Well – I seem to be on a bit of a baking roll at the moment as I have yet another superb baking recipe for you today! A very rich and decadent chocolate cake – and what is even more surprising to me, is that there is absolutely no flour in it.
Please don’t judge it by this terrible photo – as the photo really does not do this cake justice! I was rushing to serve it to my guests that I only took this miserable shot!
Thanks to a good friend of mine here in Brasilia – I have come across the BEST and the EASIEST brownie recipe that does not include adding oil & water and ‘just stir’ (aka Betty Crocker). These bad boys are everything that a brownie should be, fudgy and dense in the middle and slightly crispy and flakey on top. Keep Reading
Here is just a quick recipe I wanted to share with you to kick start your weekend! Although, it is so straight-forward it is actually perfect for a mid-week meal. So if like me, you plan your week’s dinner menu the week before, make sure you add this one on to your list :)
The chicken burgers are so juicy and flavourful you will wonder why you don’t make them more often, and the asian greens are so versatile, you can use whatever vegetables you can get your hands on, as the dressing is the real star that will steal the show! Keep Reading
Life has been pretty hectic over here for the last few months! When I haven’t been accompanying C on his business travels, I have been focusing on trying to set up a meaningful life for myself in Brasilia! Getting involved in different activities, trying to make new friends, looking for work, studying Portuguese – the list seems to be ever growing, along with my guilt – as The Travelling Chopsticks has fallen slightly by the wayside!
However to kick-start my blogging escapades again, I thought I would start May with this incredibly easy and delicious Mediterranean muffin recipe! I just love the fact that they are savoury and I wonder why there is not more of a demand for savoury muffins in the world!
When I left Singapore in 2010 to move to Mexico (to literally move in with this boy I had been having a long distance relationship with for the past year or so), I moved with a suitcase. I sold or gave away most of my furniture and packed down a few boxes of personal possessions that meant something to me and stored them at my parents. This was my exit strategy. The less things I brought with me to Mexico, the easier it would be to pack-up and leave if things did not work out.
Luckily for me they worked out perfectly, unluckily for my parents, they where lumbered with these boxes for the last few years. So when I was finally back in Singapore over Christmas, I went through them and come accross all my old cookbooks which I was planning on giving away, but just couldn’t bare to do it – so brought them all back to Brazil with me!
I have come to the realisation during my few months in Brasilia, that things I had taken for granted as staple produce, can be really hard to get a hold of here. Everytime you move to a new country, you expect there to be differences and you may not always be able to get hold of that specific brand or that seasonal vegetable- but I naively thought when it came to fresh produce it was pretty much standard across the board in all developed society – I was wrong!
I was looking at the calendar today – and I realised two things. One, we have been in Brazil for exactly 2 months today and secondly in exactly a months time, C and I will be on our way to Singapore (via Abu Dhabi for a few days) to celebrate Christmas.
Knowing how quickly time goes by, I thought I would start posting some really good Swedish Christmas recipes. Or at least the recipes that we prepare in my family every Christmas. Last year, C and I celebrated Christmas in Mexico City, and we put together a dinner for 15 people – it was such a success and everyone loved the food! Here you can read about my planning for that dinner and what we served Swedish Christmas in Mexico City Keep Reading
Over the last few months, C and I have realised the benefit of meal planning! By planning the meals you want to cook the following week and planning the days you won’t be cooking, we have realised a few things:
Weekly meal planning takes the stress away from the dreaded question ‘what should we make for dinner tonight’.
Allows you to cook meals that fit into you diet plans (for us, that is LCHF) and not just randomly throwing things together.
Cuts down (almost 90%) food waste.
(and my favourite point) You save money.
Seriously – why has it taken me so long to figure this out?
One of the most memorable trips that I have ever made with C, was when we went up to this tiny Andean village where C’s nanny comes from. It was an unforgettable trip and definitely one that made a huge impression on me.
C’s nanny, Magna took C up to her village a few times throughout his childhood to visit her family. When C grew up, he continued making the journey visiting her family, and usually bringing with him donations and toys, and in return they lavish him with food and love.