Monday, October 16, 2017

Spicy Orange Polenta Cake // the perfect Fall cake


Awhile ago I have made this incredible moist polenta cake with homemade spicy sweet syrup. Not only it looks great on pictures making it totally IG-worthy it is also gluten- and sugar free too! Woo! This proofs again that healthy baking and eating can be super colorful and fragrant as well. And speaking of colorful, this cake was so beautiful contrasted in colors that I barely need to adjust and edit in Photoshop.

Thanks to the spicy fragrant this cake is absolutely a great treat for Fall and the upcoming colder days.  

Een tijd geleden heb ik deze heerlijke smeuïge sinaasappel polenta cake gemaakt met huisgemaakte zoete kruidensiroop. Niet alleen ziet het er tof uit op foto's en natuurlijk IG-waardig, het is ook nog eens een gluten- en suikervrije cake! Triomf! Dit bewijst weer dat gezond bakken en eten niet saai is maar juist heel kl(g)eurrijk kan zijn. Hij was zo kleurrijk dat ik de foto's weinig hoef te bewerken in Photoshop.

De kruidige aroma in deze cake maakt het een perfecte traktatie voor de herfst en natuurlijk voor de aankomende frisse knusse dagen. 

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The Ingredients
2 oranges (skin on + washed)
150-200 gr honey
5 eggs
100 ml vegetable oil
170 gr ground almond flour
50 gr polenta flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. orange zest
pinch of salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cardamon pods
1 cinnamon stick
1 anise star
200 ml honey or other sweetener
200 ml water

GARNISH (optional)
candied oranges & fresh mint leaves
Hey! I am gluten- and sugar free!
This stuff smells incredible goooood!
Cake is served, let the Fall
This moist spicy orange polenta cake is great on it`s naturel self but if you`re like me and you want to spice the cake even more with topping such as candied oranges (see recipe at my Facebook!) and mint please go ahead! I also have heat up the cake and put it back again the oven for a min or 5 at 100C degrees. Hence the pretty scorched mint leaves you`ll see down below.
The Steps
1. Add everything in a small pot and bring it to simmer and let it simmer for about 5 minute before removing from heat. Strain the syrup and set aside.

1. Preheat oven to 190ºC and grease and line a 23cm ⌀ springform/cakepan with baking paper.
2. Place the oranges in a pan with roughly about 2 cups of water and let it simmer for an hour. Then remove the oranges and let it cool down for about 30 min. Once cooled down place them in the blender and blitz them into pulp & puree.
3. In a large bowl beat up eggs and honey until foamy and thick.
4. Then add in the rest of the ingredients along the orange puree and mix and combine well.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 45 min until there`s a golden brown crust formed on top. Let it cool in the cake pan for about 10 min and then remove it to cool down completely.(I have left mine in the cake pan which is ok too)
6. Grab a toothpick and start poking holes in the entire cake.
7. Pour bit by bit the spicy syrup in to the cake, allowing to absorb through the cake before adding more. You can safe 30-50% of the syrup for the extra garnishing when you sliced the cake. Garnish it with candied oranges and mint and enjoy!

Monday, October 9, 2017

My recent favorite food // 3

These favorite munchies of mine

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EDO Hello Kitty biscuits
In strawberry flavour. I bought these adorable HK cookies in Hong Kong last year and they were really a great treat for my kids at work too! There are 16 individual packets inside which is very handy. These HK biscuits are also very similar to my other childhood biscuits `Koala’s March Chocolate Cream Biscuits` from the brand Lotte.
For men? Wow how discriminating no? Yet me being a woman that didn`t stop me because I ate the whole thing by myself ha. The chocolate has a tad darker taste than the original Pocky which is quite nice. This is also bought in Hong Kong.
Yakso organic black rice noodles
These noodles were on sale at my local organic shop and so I chuck a pack into my shopping cart. Even though they were still pricier than the normal rice noodles I usually get but hey, these are organic + it`s black rice which means extra fiber to the body. All win-win right?
Anyway I like to turn them into noodle soups on lazy days and the noodles taste nuttier and yum!

This brand also comes in the normal white rice noodle version. Of course organic as well.
De Guijt // Spelt Cinnamon Biscuits
Also bought in the same organic shop like the rice noodles from above, I bought these biscuits because I can`t help myself. But these biscuits are not just biscuits because these are made by people with a disability of hearing impaired or visually impaired. The biscuits are organic and claims to be homemade and you can really taste the homemade-ness because there are no additives added to it. Awesome company!
Flying Tiger Tarallini
I love knick-knack shop Flying Tiger that is a Danish brand and I love love their food section. Here I bought these tarallini snacks in the flavor garlic & chili which are by the way Italian styled rolled up breadstick. I love garlic & chili and this one was a tasty one. There`s also another flavour available if I remembered correctly.
Cooke`s Chip Strips // bacon
I found these at a French supermarket last Summer and o boy I was excited about these chips! Chips in the form of strips which I have not seen in my life before. They were 1 buck per packet which is quite pricey but better having it experienced it than regretting it later on for not buying them. And so I bought two packets at the end ha. And I have no regrets because these chips were super crunchy and delicious
Yes it is `bacon` flavoured and yes it is suitable for veggie folks. Hurray!
Tony`s Chocolonely // orange & rosemary
And lastly but not least a chocolate bar by one of my favorite brand Tony`s Chocolonely in the odd flavor combination orange + rosemary which I end up loving it very much! I like Tony`s Chocolonely because of their vision and mission in creating fair labor of cacao production with no (child) slavery being involved in their chocolate makings.
Also I love how broad their flavours and flavours combos are. I once had their `cola` flavoured onces before!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dancing & Eating in Hong Kong


I know this is a suuuuper delayed blogpost about me in Hong Kong of more than a year ago! Very sorry for that but this blogpost contains lots of fond memories because I was dancing with my family! This is something I don't say a lot which makes it extra special. My aunt joined this dance class at this dance school for elderly and there was an orientation day. Hence my aunt took us to this orientation day. You can check it all down below! Of course I wouldn't be in Hong Kong without a good batch of #foodporn pictures and hotspots so please check that all out down below! 

Dit is een ontzettend vertraagde blogpost over mijn vakantie in Hong Kong die meer dan een jaar geleden is. Mijn excuus hiervoor. Deze blogpost bevat  heb fijne herinneringen aan mijn tijd in HK want ik heb namelijk gedanst met mijn familie! Iets dat ik niet vaak zeg en dat maakt het extra mooi. Mijn tante zit op een speciale dansschool voor ouderen en er was open dag! Ze nam ons dus daarom mee op verkenning. Lees en zie het allemaal hieronder! Natuurlijk bevat er verder voldoende #foodporn want ik was tenslotte in Hong Kong en dat betekent lekker eten en hotspots verkennen! Ook dit lees je het hieronder! 

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Yee Shun Milk Company - Yau Ma Tei - Hong Kong
🎔🎔🎔🎔🎔 4/5
So before we head out to orientation day of my aunts dance school me, my cousin and aunts decided to take a little traditional Hong Kong snack first at Yee Shun Milk Company. You know just to get all energized up for our upcoming dance workshops which we are definitely taking! Yee Shun Milk Company is a typical `cha chaan teng/茶餐廳` restaurant mainly serving steamed milk pudding in Hong Kong style. According to Google Maps it has 3 chains in total which is pretty cool. Cha chaan teng are definitely my top favorite kind of restaurant in HK and of course I have to try out Yee Shun Milk Company.

But what is this steamed milk pudding actually? Well! It`s a pudding made out of milk, egg white and sugar and you can eat it either cold or hot. The texture I find is similar to `tofu fa/豆腐花/tofu custard`. There are also flavored ones such as in chocolate, red bean and coffee which is the one I took! My aunts took the original one and poured in with some sweet ginger juice which is super good as well!

Since Yee Shun Milk Company is a cha chaan teng restaurant it also serves other dishes like sandwiches and noodles.
An extra teaspoon or two of instant coffee added to it would have been nice too because obvious I like my coffee strong but this steamed milk pudding in coffee flavor was still super yummy! And it only cost HKD25 ($3,2)!
This place is sadly not very lactosefree friendly but despite that it still gets my likings!

Shake your pom pom time!
Well ok not really because the orientation day of my aunts dance school is based on traditional Asian dances for people above 50 and elders mainly. My aunt recently joined this senior dance class at this dance school and she loved it! Hence the reason she took us to this orientation day. Even though most of the given dance workshops were targeted for the somewhat elderly it was still challenging because I have never done any of these traditional dances before. I also remember that it did made me sweat at the end and kind of felt of an true work out as well!

Seeing these dance pictures of my family again makes me miss my family in HK terribly.

And yes me and my cousin were basically the youngest people here ha...
Then there was also demonstrations of others dancers which looked lovely and I applaud.

After dancing we cooled off with a well deserved ice cream!
Teawood - Mong Kok - Hong Kong
🎔🎔🎔🎔🎔 4/5
Dinner at chain restaurant Teawood! I was super excited for this and was looking forward to eating here because they are famous for their dish: honey toast which we definitely ordered. We also ordered:
string bean side dish // creamy squid ink pasta with mushroom // noodle soup with pork // strawberry honey toast


Guys! Look how adorable this spade/spoon is!!
Then it was time.

As expected this toast galore was tasty but it was more that the look of it blew me away rather than the taste itself. Because honestly it is mainly just toast stacked up decorated with cream, strawberries and other delicious food props to make it extravagant. Overall me and my family enjoyed it as with the rest of the dishes at Teawood.
My cousin carefully deconstruct it to avoid me going crazy and literally dig in with my spade-spoon.
Then we end our day with a photo session in a purikura photobooth.