Raspberries and Roses Smoothie

Raspberries and roses have something in common since they both belong to the “Rubus” family of flowering plants. If you think of it, there are some roses that have a faint scent of raspberries. This raspberries and Roses Smoothie here is a delicious example of how well they go together! Continue reading

Almond Honey Bread

This Almond Honey Bread is made with a special organic “Andina Flour” that contains wheat, spelt and quinoa flours. This combination plus honey and almond meal makes a perfect loaf with almost a brioche-like flavor and consistency. Here I used my bread machine although the same recipe could be used with the traditional method with two previous risings. Continue reading

Quinoa Zucchini Croquettes

These spicy little Quinoa (pronounced keenwa) patties can be a nutritious and tasty alternative to meat as the quinoa is rich in protein and valuable minerals. The addition of zucchini and carrots rounds out this croquette perfectly. A crunchy fresh salad and maybe a slice of fresh sourdough or rye bread turns these into a complete meal. Continue reading

Filled Brioche (Tang Zhong Method)

These Filled Brioche using the oriental Tang Zhong Method make the lightest and fluffiest sweet rolls ever. I put off making these rolls for a long time thinking them complicated, but nothing could be further than the truth. There’s only a tiny additional step that takes 5 minutes, that is the “water roux” which is simply a small amount of water and flour boiled together to a paste. This gel like starter is what creates the softness and also prolongs the freshness of these rolls. Well worth the extra effort! By the way this recipe lends itself to a myriad of different shapes and fillings as you’ll see in my post. Try it – and you’ll never go back to the usual method! Continue reading

Emily’s Coconut Cake

Other than inspirational poetry which she was famous for, Emily Dickinson was also a good baker. The renown American poet loved baking bread and cakes too and decorating them with fresh flowers. Here I replicated Emily’s Coconut Cake recipe which turned out moist and delicious and also very easy to make. Her original handwritten recipe follows. Continue reading