Friday, December 2, 2016

Peek into my life 73

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Happy December, yay! December has to be my favorite month because of the many festive happenings going on like Christmas, Sinterklaas, NYE and my birthday! I've been preparing gifts, cards and writing down party-food ideas on paper since November because I like to be organised and prepared.

While I was editing and writing todays blogpost, I've have noticed that some of my pictures has a lot of me wearing my own handmade crochet crowns (which you can buy it here!). I do have made quite a few of them and sold of them too which I am super grateful of. And of course there's always a lot of food related pictures below. Check it all out below!
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Welkom December, je bent er! December is denk ik wel mijn favoriete maand, want het is een feestmaand met Kerst, Sinterklaas, Nieuwjaar en mijn verjaardag! Ik ben al sinds november begonnen met het voorbereiden zoals brainstormen en dingen op papier zetten, want ik wil controle hebben en hiermee ook de stress der feestdagen onder controle houden.

Ha, ik moet toegeven toen ik deze blogpost aan `t vormgeven was dat er best veel foto's van mij zijn met mijn gehaakte kroontje (die je hier kan kopen!) erop. Ik heb een paar gemaakt voor mezelf en ook een aantal verkocht (dankjewel!). En natuurlijk heb ik zoals altijd flink veel food foto's geplaatst. Lees en bekijk ze hier allemaal onder! 


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Foodie dates
Usually in the weekends
KFC! O boy it`s been ages since I went to a KFC. I don`t go to fastfood restaurants a lot anymore especially KFC since their main food is chicken and I don`t eat chicken at all. But! KFC luckily also sell corn, fries and dessert too and that`s what I had along with a girlfriend of mine who obviously ordered a box of chicken for
herself.

I do wish our Dutch KFC has a bigger assortment like for example, the KFC from Hong Kong has egg tarts, mashed potatoes and soups.
Experiencing a disappointing `apfelstrudel`.

De Juf - Middelburg - The Netherlands
My favorite café in my local place. Usually I go for the sweet while my foodie date usually go for the savory.
And this lemon bar is amazing!
Google has the best themed mini-games!
My work
Is at a school with kids.
Here are a few snaps of my work lunches. Sometimes me and my colleagues talks a lot about food too which is always nice. Check out my Easy Work & School Lunch Box ideas here:
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A few weeks ago one of my pupils brought homemade food from home for me and my colleagues to try which is these mini pizzas in Middle-Eastern style. It was spicy, sweet and yum!
Something different than bring an apple for the teach, am I right?

Rotterdam 
In my favorite city of Holland.
And where the closest Starbucks is located #lol. We finally got matcha green tea latte on the Starbucks menu! It tasted pretty nice but to me, Bagels & Beans still has the best matcha green tea latte in our country.
Beautiful street art spotting.
Followed by dinner and pigging out in China town.
And meeting up with Jessy! More detailed blogpost of this soon.
Homemades
Delicious rice noodle with spicy peanut butter sauce.
Make your own batch of green tea flavored madeleine cakes! Recipe is down below:
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A while ago I`ve tried out this new breakfast dish: oatmeal with cinnamon in mason jar and it`s pretty delicious and so so filling. Recipe is from Lisa Lorles at https://www.youtube.com/user/lisalorles.
And lately I`ve also turned and reuse jars with a nice layer of black board
paint.

Antwerp 
Detailed blogposts right here:
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Project: strawberry green tea flavored French macarons

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I honestly can't get enough of baking French macarons. I have baked these colorful tough cookies before here and here but they keep challenging me. Maybe because I don't want to lose my mojo on succeeding baking macarons and so a while ago I've made another batch of French macarons in the flavors strawberry (I've used Dr. Oetker instant pudding!) and green tea. 
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Ik kan niet stoppen met Franse macarons bakken. Ik heb deze kleurrijke koekjes met een hoge technische moelijkheidsgraad eerder gemaakt zoals hier en hier en ze blijven me uitdagen. Simpelweg omdat ik het gewoon niet wil verleren en dus bakte ik een tijdje geleden weer macarons in de smaken aardbeien (ik gebruikte Dr. Oetker kookpudding!) en groene thee.


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Ingredients
2 egg whites (2 days aged and room temp.)
½ cup sugar
¾ cup almond flour
1 tbsp. strawberry flavored instant pudding powder
½ cup icing sugar
Matcha green tea spread

optional: food coloring
Preparation is key, so make sure you have a baking tray ready with baking paper and a piping bag already settled up. Though you don`t need to preheat the oven from the start since you need to rest and dry the macarons for 30 minutes before baking.
Sieve icing sugar + almond flour + the powdered instant strawberry pudding 2-3 times.
When using liquid food coloring, add a few drops on the spatula before you fold the almond flour mixture to the egg whites.
Very important: let the macarons rest and dry before baking! This will create that lovely feet at the bottom of the macarons.
Fill it with green tea
Or with something else you desire but I`ve used this delicious matcha green tea flavored milk spread for toast & bread. Super easy.
The Steps
1. Get a large baking tray and line it with baking paper. Sieve the almond flour, icing sugar and the powdered instant strawberry pudding 2-3 times and set a side.
2. Beat the egg whites in a large clean bowl on medium speed and once there are foam forming add the sugar gradually.
Stop beating the egg white when it reached high peak and stiff.
3. Add ⅟₃ of the sieved almond flour mixture into the egg white and fold gently. Once the almond mixture is well combined add the next ⅟₃ of the almond flour mixture and repeat this whole process. The batter of the texture should be thick but still able to drip off your spatula.

The longer you fold the runnier the batter will be so careful not to over
fold it.
4. Fill the piping bag with a round nozzle with the batter and pipe circles on the prepared lined baking tray.
Once everything is piped tap the baking tray on a surface to release air bubbles inside the macarons.
Let it rest for 30 minutes before baking. Meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
5. Lower the temperature to 160°C and bake the macarons for 10-12 minutes.
I`ve noticed that the baking process can be different because of how different each ovens works so keep an eye on the macarons. Also check if the macarons are baked through, you can check it out of how easy the macarons lift up without sticking. If it sticks/has wet bottom bake the macarons at 130°C for 2-3 minutes.
6. Let the macarons cool down before filling it with the green tea spread. When it is ready, spread a teaspoon amount of filling on a macaron side top it with another macaron to finish the macaron.