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Balsamic Spring Salad

For those of you who love salads, this dish is nothing but healthy and delicious. It’s my go-to salad recipe because of its simplicity. You probably won’t turn back to store-bought dressing ever again! These greens are infused in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing and topped with an avocado. But you really can customize to whatever toppings you wish! Yield: 2 Ingredients: 3 handfuls of Spring Mix Greens 1/2 avocado Balsamic vinaigrette 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tsp brown sugar 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/4 cup olive oil Suggested/Alternative toppings: sliced oranges, apples, nuts Directions: In a small bowl, mix sugar, garlic, salt and pepper with balsamic vinegar and lemon juice until dissolved. Slowly beat in oil whisking constantly. Toss spring mix with balsamic dressing. Assemble salad with your own favourite toppings! Serve and enjoy!

Korean Sweet Potatoes Appie

Since the winter games are in Korea this year, I thought it would be nice to share this recipe with you. Out of many of the Korean restaurants I’ve been to, there were always appetizers such as homemade kimchi and sesame bean sprouts. But what makes me go there again and again are there sweet potatoes that are soaked in a honey-sweet sauce. It’s really a mouth-watering snack to die for. Yield: 2-3 Ingredients: 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp soy sauce 2 tbsp sugar 2 tsp black/white sesame seeds Directions: Soak potatoes in a large bowl of water for ~30 minutes to remove excess starch. Drain and dry potatoes with kitchen paper/towel. Heat a large pan under medium-high heat with oil. Start browning sweet potatoes for 4-5 minutes. Don’t keep stirring or touching it. Let it have enough contact with the pan for a nice browning effect. Lower the heat to medium. Start turning the potatoes or mixing them, browning in …

Butter Chicken

If you were to ask me, butter chicken would probably be one of my top 10 favourite foods on the planet. It’s the most basic Indian dish out there, but one of THE best and most popular. I got my ingredients at a local Indian supermarket the other day and I was extra excited being there. And dare I say it, if you ever locked me up in a grocery store like Superstore, it would actually be the worst idea ever. I can literally spend hours inside buying things, discovering new spices and admiring pots and pans (and of course, the dishware) for heaven knows how long. And that’s exactly what happened. I spent a good ol’ half an hour just looking at rows and rows of spices. Spices that I have never heard of before. It was fascinating! I even managed to control myself from buying everything. I simply scooped out a cup of garam masala (the main spice used for butter chicken), and some red chilli powder. And that was it for that …

Nutella Bun Rolls

These are exactly what the name suggests – cinnamon bun rolls but Nutella filled instead! It’s essentially a really soft bread made with yeast wrapped around Nutella and nuts. On top of all of that, you get a vanilla glaze with added Bailey’s. If you got one of those bottles sitting at home like me, try it out! You’ll thank me for it. These Nutella Bun Rolls are definitely a real treat to indulge in whether you’re making it for yourself, your family, or a party this weekend! Yield: 12 bun rolls Ingredients: Dough 1/2 cup warm milk 1 1/8 tsp yeast 1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 cup melted butter 1 tsp salt 1 large egg 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour + a little for handling Filling 1/4 cup Nutella 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds all are great!) Vanilla Glaze (with added Bailey’s) 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 2-3 tbsp Bailey’s (or milk) Directions: Add yeast and sugar to warm milk in a large bowl. …

Double Chocolate Cookies (with candy cane bits)

One of the signs to keep watch of when winter approaches is the (dangerous) mounds of chocolates you’ll encounter everywhere you go. You either get them as presents or you buy them for yourself or your loved ones. Yet, it’s ALSO the time of the year to indulge and not worry too too much about getting fat. I mean, you can worry about that as your New Years resolution, right? As I grew older, I realized my tastebuds are slowly changing. They are more sensitive towards tasting sweet things than when I was a kid. I started turning from milk chocolate to dark chocolate. That’s why I made sure this recipe wasn’t too sweet, but still has that perfect chocolate touch to it. These are what perfect cookies should be – crispy on the edges but soft and chewy on the inside. If you aren’t a big fan of peppermint, I would advise you to leave the candy cane bits out. They are mainly there for a pretty appeal and decoration for the holidays. Anyway, …

Matcha Macarons

It’s officially the holidays when you see snow falling from the sky while you’re listening to Christmas music and piping frosting on your macarons. I haven’t ate a macaron in a loooong time so I decided to make my own just to challenge myself this winter break. And it turned out exactly what I wanted! Not overly sweet but perfect to the taste and texture. Below you will find some tips that I’ve added just to make your baking journey a little easier. Without further due, I present to you matcha macarons with Nutella filling! Yield: 24 macarons Ingredients: 3 egg whites at room temperature 1/4 cup white sugar 2 cups icing sugar 1 cup almond flour 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp Midori matcha Nutella   Save 15% OFF all Matchaeologist products when you use code: TASTEOFRAINE at checkout.   Directions: Preheat oven to 300F. Line baking sheet with silicone mats (or parchment paper). In a large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add white sugar and beat until they form stiff peaks. In a …

Lavender Earl Grey Cake

Cake cake cake cake cake! This recipe is a little longer and requires more effort than other recipes that are up on my blog, but it definitely is worth a try because who doesn’t like cake infused with lavender and earl grey tea aroma? Yield: 4’x8’ cake Ingredients Earl Grey Lavender Cake: 7/8 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cup sugar 3 eggs 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1 tbsp earl grey tea, finely ground 1/2 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 200 mL milk 2 tbsp early grey tea and 1 tbsp culinary lavender Lavender Buttercream: 3 cups icing sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 3 tbsp milk 1 tsp culinary lavender Few drops purple food colouring Garnish: ½ cup shredded coconut Zest of 1 lemon Sprinkle of earl grey tea leaves   Directions Earl Grey Lavender Cake Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9’x9’ square pan. In a small sauce pan, steep the earl grey tea and culinary lavender in the milk over medium heat. Once milk …

Matcha Crepes

It’s almost Christmas and while many of you are already doing your Christmas shopping, I’m still stuck here studying for my final exams. And of course, being the crazy foodie that I am, that’s when I decided to make these beautiful Christmas-themed crepes to cheer me up a little AND to immerse myself in the mood of this joyful season. Help yourself and your loved ones by making this delicious French-Japanese inspired dessert. Then, top it off with your favorite fruits and toppings! Yield: 12 crepes Ingredients: 2 eggs 3/4 cups milk 1/2 cup water 1 cup flour 3 tbsp melted butter 2.5 tbsp sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1 tbsp matcha + 3 tbsp water (mixed until no clumps) Toppings: raspberries, bananas, whipped cream, maple syrup   Save 15% OFF all Matchaeologist products when you use code: TASTEOFRAINE at checkout.     Directions: Blend all ingredients, pulsing for 10 seconds. Place batter in fridge for around 1 hour. Heat a non-stick pan brushed with a smear of butter on low heat. Using a ladle, spoon …

Chocolate Ganache Cake with Raspberries

You can never go wrong with a classic slice of chocolate cake. This time, I decided to add on some raspberries to give it a little tart flavor just to enhance the chocolate cake experience. I would recommend using semi-sweet chocolate or even a 70% cacao dark chocolate for the ganache. It does take some time and effort to make this 3 layered cake but in the end, it’s definitely worth it! Your loved ones will sure appreciate it! Unless you don’t want to share and rather have it all to yourself 😉 Yield: 9″ cake Ingredients: Bottom: Chocolate Cake 2 cups all purpose flour 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 cup warm/hot coffee (can use espresso powder + water to make 1 cup) 1 cup milk (or almond milk) 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla   Middle: Chocolate Buttercream 6 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature 2 1/3 cup icing sugar 2/3 cup cocoa powder …

Matcha Latte

Who would’ve EVER thought matcha latte can be made at home without an expensive brewing machine? Not me! Not until I discovered a positive correlation between muscle energy vs the beauty of a matcha latte! I really got no Popeye muscles at all but I’m trying to appreciate what my body can do as opposed to what a machine can do. You will very soon experience it for yourself. Takes about 10 minutes of your day using only 3 simple ingredients. And best of all, you can now look forward to your Mondays better than you ever used to! Yield: 1 cup Ingredients: 3/4 tsp matcha 1 cup almond milk (milk, soy milk all work great!) 1 tbsp honey   Save 15% OFF all Matchaeologist products when you use code: TASTEOFRAINE at checkout.   Directions: Heat milk in a small pot with lid on under medium-high heat. When it starts steaming and just before it boils, turn off heat. Add honey in hot milk and let it dissolve. Mix well. Meanwhile, add matcha into cup …