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Easter chocolates and DIY dyed decoration eggs

i’ve had four hectic weeks. hardly having any meals at home since days at my internship has been long (and there’s been a fantastic chef that making lunch for the office every day…). plus i’ve been working on this really fun project with a friend, that we’re soon to release. so i wouldn’t say that the coming weeks will be less hectic but i will try to make room for some cooking again – maybe when going home for easter? however i started with the easter candy one week early, couldn’t keep myself. here you go.

Easter, tiny pumpkin seed chocolates | piecefully

Easter, tiny pumpkin seed chocolates | piecefully

Tiny pumpkin seed chocolates
150 ml pumpkin seeds
3 tbsp raw cacao
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp agave syrup
pinch sea salt

toast the pumpkin seeds until they have “popped”, make sure not to burn them. set aside. the coming part you need to be quite quick and attentive so that you don’t burn the sugar. melt the coconut sugar on low temperature, when starting to melt add most of the cocoa, half the agave syrup and mix. directly add half of the pumpkin seeds the rest of the syrup an cocoa and mix again until the seed starts to be covered. sprinkle with sea salt, add the natural pumpkin seed and set to cool.

Easter, DIY natural dyed decoration eggs | piecefully

dyed easter eggs for decoration
eggs (as many as you plan to dye)
needle
white wine vinegar
salt

the colors:
purple beetroot works fine (however i used left over frozen pomegranate seeds)
yellow turmeric (powder)
for the golden I cheated and used gold spray…

to empty the eggs make a hole with the needle at the top if the egg – and a little bit larger one at the bottom. now blow from the top until the shell is empty (make sure to use the eggs for cooking or baking!). rinse with water, and blow that out as well. on the stove put water, a dash of vinegar, som salt and the choice of dye in a pot. fill the empty eggs with some water and put in the pot. bring to a boil and let boil for approximately 15 minutes – turning the eggs now and again. discard the water, let the eggs cool and then empty them of water. tadaa.

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Chocolate truffle cake

for my love of chocolate.
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1/2 a banana
3 eggs
3 dried figs (soft)
75 ml cacao
100 ml oat flour
a pinch of baking powder
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tbsp agave syrup
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp cacao nibs
seasalt

put the banana and figs in a food processor and mix for a bit. add the eggs and mix until semi-fluffy. add the rest of the ingredients (except the cacao nibs) and blend until smooth. fold in the cacao nibs and pour the batter into a rectangular form, either oiled or with baking paper.bake for about 20-25 min at 175°C (it should still be moist). serve with fruits and a small spoon of turkish yoghurt.

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Mango-banana spring ice-cream

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working from home on saturdays has it’s perks. this is one of them. taking a break with non-cream ice-cream. and also the sunny color matched this week-end’s sunny weather. mental note to always keep frozen banana and mango at home.

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1 small banana, frozen in pieces
a handfull of frozen mango
a knifes point of vanilla bean powder

coconut flakes for topping

put the fruit on the counter for a while so that it’s not deep frozen. then, in a mixer put the banana, mango and vanilla powder. mix until smooth. top with coconut flakes. eat.

(oh and the wonderful flowers are from a couple of years ago in a blooming Kyoto)

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Plum rum jam

some memories of plums: the dried ones that i really didn’t like as a kid. the huge tree in my parents backyard, with red and yellow ones. all that sweet umeshuu (plum wine) in Japan. the salt and sour taste of pickled plums i’ll never understand. a so called (horrible) “plum tea”. fresh plum juice at some small place on a trip somewhere i can’t remember. and then there is this. plum and rum in one pot along with som dried figs that turned out to be a not too sweet, super quick jam.

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one small batch
6 plums
5 dried figs, cut in pieces
2 knives ends of vanilla
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1-2 tbsp Agave syrup
2 tbsp dark rum

wash the plums and cut in wedges, put in a pot together with the rest of the ingredients. simmer on low heat for approximately 40 minutes, or until it has reached jam-like consistency. adjust amount of acidity or sweetener to your liking. put the jam in a disinfected jar and let cool. serve with cheese, on the morning porridge, with your yoghurt or as a dessert together with some ice-cream. keeps for about a week in the fridge.

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Cinnamon Popcorn & Apple Chips

i know i might be late but i’ve had a popcorn epiphany. popcorn anything. any day of the week. this is my latest favorite. it’s like christmas and fall in one and the same treat.

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apple chips (a small amount)
two good apples

popcorn (single serving)
1 1/2 tbsp popcorn kernels
1/2 tsp canola oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp agave syrup (or maple?)
2-3 pinches of sea salt
a small handfull of apple chips (bought or homemade)

for the apple chips.
wash and dry the apples. cut in 4 wedges and remove the core, then slice each wedge in 1 mm thin slices (making small triangles). put on baking paper, making sure pieces are not on top of each other. now dry in the oven at 75°c for approximately 5 hours (or until crisp). to let steam out put a wooden spoon/kettle-holder in the oven door, that keeps it open.

now the popcorn.
start by popping the popcorn on the stovetop in the small amount of canola oil. medium high heat and the lid on, continuously swirling the kernels. when popping stops remove from the heat. powder with cinnamon, drizzle with syrup and sprinkle with sea salt. stir and then mix in the apple chips. indulge.

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Tangy lemon tart with mazarin and pistachio

when it comes to desserts and sweets i prefer things with some kind of crispiness. cakes with whipped cream and jam are ruled out – i prefer an easy crumble any day of the week. the sweet thing with sweet pies is that they have unlimited possibilities in terms of variation, and what can actually go wrong when you have butter, sugar and fruits or berries?

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this was an experiment inspired by Therésia’s theme of the month; citrus, that turned out surprisingly well – the sour tanginess of the fresh lemons is well balanced by the sweet almond paste, and the pistachios gives it a nice twist. and apart from wedging the lemon pulp it’s really quite easy. that’s about what’s need to be said.

Lemon tart with mazarin and pistachio | piecefully Lemon tart with mazarin and pistachio | piecefully

crust
4 dl (400 ml) flour
125 g butter
75 ml sugar
1 tbsp water
1 egg

mix the dry ingredients and then pinch together with the wet ones until it’s a smooth dough. leave in the fridge for about an hour before rolling out and dressing a pie dish with it (ca 24 cm diameter). while waiting prepare the filling.

mazarin
300g almond paste, grated
125 g butter, at room temperature
80 g natural pistachio kernels, ground (i use a nut grinder)
3 eggs
lemon zest from one lemon
pulp from six small lemons

start with the lemons. zest one of them to mix with the batter. then cut away the peel from all of them and cut out “wedges” of pulp (only the pulp, leaving out the white “walls”). then mix everything but the eggs with a whisk. add in the eggs and give it another whisk. pour the batter in the crust and place the lemon wedges spread out in the batter. now bake at 175°c for 45 min (or until the tar gets a nice golden colour).

i got some crust and filling left and threw in a couple of plums in two small pie dishes, also a winning combo!

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Plum delights

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it’s been a lack of updates recently. i’ve been preparing for and starting school again, that’s why. though i’ve had time to make use of those early autumn delights. these plums made two wonderful breakfasts.

Breakfast muffins with plums
– 2 big, or three small
1 egg
1/4 dl ground flax seeds
1/2 dl oats flour (made from ca 1 dl oats)
A little more than 1/2 dl almond flour
1/2 dl oat milk
1 tbsp agave syrup/honey
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cardamom, freshly ground
1 tbsp olive oil
a pinch of sea salt
one small plum

mix the dry ingredients and whisk up the egg. mix the two parts together with the olive oil, syrup and oat milk. pour the batter in to muffin forms and put a couple of slices of plum in each of them. bake off in the oven at  200°c for ca 15 min.

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Plum pie crumble
you can see the recipe above but i’ll type it out aswell

3 plums, wedged
1 dl (100 ml) oats
3/4 dl (75 ml) almond flour
1/2 dl (50 ml) coconut sugar
30 g butter
ground cardamom

wedge the plums, put in a tray and sprinkle with cardamom. using your hands, mix together the rest of the ingredients into a crumble and cover the fruit. bake for ca 15 minutes at 175°c, or until golden. indulge with greek/turkish yoghurt on the side.

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