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Grapefruit-Elderflower Mocktail

Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy – the best kind!

Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!

After the elderflower cordial recipe from yesterday, I just had to make a delicious summery mocktail. Nothing beats the summer heat like a super refreshing drink. I made a non-alcoholic recipe, but I added a hint on how to make it boozy in the notes if you like that 🙂

We’re spending so much time outside now, that it’s finally hot and feels like summer is just around the corner. You know, no more long sleeves and socks… Grrr, I hate them, I truly do! The greatest time of year is when I can move my socks to the back of the closet. So yeah, we’re thinking about buying some kind of transportable cooker or grill, so that we can prepare dinners outside.

During the Winter it’s become such a nice habit to cook the dinner together with hubby and son. We really wanna continue doing this through the Summer, but we also want to be outside as much as possible.

Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!

Back to the recipe, this is another very simple recipe and it literally takes minutes to make. And if that is not enough, it’s packed with flowery elderflower flavor and has the citrusy zing of grapefruit and lime. What else could you ask for?

What if I don’t have elderflower cordial on hand?

You can use fresh or dried elderflowers just the same. Pour half a cup of boiling water over 2 elderflowers and add 1/4 cup sugar. Let steep for 10 minutes. Let cool down. Use it as the syrup in the mocktail.

Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!

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Grapefruit-Elderflower Mocktail

Course Cocktail, Drinks
Keyword elderflower mocktail, grapefruit mocktail
Servings 4 drinks
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup elderflower cordial (link to the recipe in notes)
  • 3/4 cup grapefruit pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 TBSP lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cup sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Mix elderflower cordial, grapefruit juice and lime juice in a jar.

  2. Place ice cubes in 4 glasses.

  3. Pour over the mocktail mixture and add sparkling water.

  4. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL RECIPE HERE
  2. COCKTAIL VERSION: Add a shot of gin to each glass and enjoy!
Relaxing in the summer heat with a cold grapefruit-elderflower mocktail can be one of the great pleasures in life. Flowery and citrusy - the best kind!

Walnut Chocolate Star Bread (Egg-free)

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!
Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

While this gloomy weather continues, I’ll be sharing a new comfort recipe with you guys! All I want during these cold days is some sweet bread, but not just any sweet bread. I want one with nuts and chocolate – my favorite!

The idea for this walnut chocolate star bread recipe actually came from making a traditional Slovenian potica. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know my son’s allergic to eggs and he’s a kid and loves chocolate. That’s why I created this super soft and fluffy egg-free dough with a the most delicious lemony flavor. And I added some yummy chocolate to the traditional walnut filling. I baked this first during Easter and we all loved it, so I had to share it with you.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!
Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Since I never made star bread before, I decided to make it a little mor einteresting than the traditional roll. In fact, you can roll it however you like, but take into consideration that you might need to adjust the baking time if you change it’s shape.

Also, when it comes to the filling. I tested it with hazelnuts as well and it is just as delicios. Think nutella! The reason why I included wallnuts in this recipe is the traditional aspact of this dish, but basically you can try other nuts too 🙂

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

So, how do you make the walnut chocolate star bread?

The dough recipe is super easy. It consists of standard ingredients like flour, yeast, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest, butter and milk.

For the filling you need finelly grated walnuts (or some other nuts), sugar (a part can be replaced with honey), heavy cream, butter and chocolate.

To create the beautiful star shape you need to divide the dough into three equal parts and roll each one to 26 cm (10 inch) diameter.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Cover two layers with the filling in a thin layer and not all the way to the edge. Cover with the top dough layer that’s not covered in filling.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!
Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Place a small glas or cup in the center and cut the dough radially into 16 identical strips like shown in the photo below.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Then take two strips by the ends, twist twice in the opposite directions and pinch the ends together quite firmly.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Here are some ideas to customize this chocolate star bread recipe:

  • swap walnuts for hazelnuts or pecans
  • swap lemon zest with orange zest
  • add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the filling
  • add 1/4 cup cranberries that have been soaked in warm water (or better – rum) for 10 minutes
  • swap dark chocolate with milk chocolate or nutella
Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

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Walnut Chocolate Star Bread

Course Dessert
Keyword star bread, sweet bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rising time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

Sweet Dough

  • 2.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup + 2 TBSP milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp vanilla seeds or vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter melted

Walnut Chocolate Filling

  • 1 cup finely ground walnuts
  • 35 g dark chocolate
  • 35 g milk chocolate
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 3 TBSP heavy cream

Other

  • 1 TBSP milk or 1 egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water (for egg wash)

Instructions

Sweet Dough

  1. In a small bowl mix 2 TBSP sugar, half of the milk and yeast. Cover and wait for it to activate and start foaming.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the flour, vanilla seeds (or extract) and sugar at low speed to combine all the ingredients. Add the rest of the milk and melted butter and mix until the dough comes together. Lastly, add activated yeast. Continue mixing until a soft smooth dough forms. You can do this by hand, as well. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise at room temperature for 60 minutes or until double the size.

Walnut filling

  1. While the dough is rising, you can prepare the walnut chocolate filling. Melt butter and chocolate in heat proof bowl over the top of the saucepan with simmering water.

  2. Add sugar to the butter and chocolate mixture and stir well.

  3. In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream to a simmer (not to a boil!) and pour over ground walnuts. Add butter and chocolate mix to the walnuts and mix to get a uniform filling. Let cool to a room temperature.

Making the Walnut Chocolate Star Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°C).

  2. On a clean and lightly floured working surface, divide the dough into three equal parts and shape into spheres. Roll each of them out on a piece of baking paper into roughly 26cm (10inch) circles.

  3. Leaving the baking paper below, cover one layer with half of the filling leaving a cm (1/2inch) room at the edge. Cover with the second layer and add the rest of the filling. Cover with the last layer. Place a small glass or bowl in the center and cut 16 equally-sized slices, leaving the center connected. Twist the slices in pairs away from each other. Then pinch the ends of each pair together. Set the star aside to rise for 40 minutes at room temperature.

  4. Lightly brush the star with milk (or egg wash). Bake in the oven until deeply golden and puffy, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!
Walnut chocolate star bread is a eye-catching yet easy treat that will definitely make you look like a baking star!

Tahini Bundt Cake With Kiwi Glaze

Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?

Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day on Sunday, so I have a little treat for you guys. A tahini budt cake with a very delicious kiwi glaze. It has to be something green, right?

I used the last of our homegrown kiwis for this glaze. I love having kiwis because they hold very well during the Winter. Leave it in a cold place and they’ll be good until Spring. Isn’t it great to have some homegrown fruits available during the Winter?

We don’t have a huge garden but it’s better than nothing. In fact, you don’t need a lot of space to grow your own food. Even a balcony works for a lot of produce. My mission this year is to expand the garden to my balconies. I have two, one facing East and one facing West, so I can have some produce on one and some on the other, depending on what each plant prefers.

Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?
Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?
Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?
Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?
Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?
Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?

Let’s get back to the tahini bundt cake.

I love any kind of bundt cake really. But tahini bundt cake is so special I’m wondering if it is my favorite so far? Probably yes! Every bite is so full of flavor. I made this cake with oil, not butter. We all know butter adds amazing taste but oil in cakes adds softness and keeps the cake moist for a longer time. This time I added olive oil, instead of plain vegetable oil, because it adds such a nice flavor and goes so well with tahini.

Even when I make my own tahini paste I use olive oil. It just makes it taste so much better! Trust me, it’ GOOD 🙂

Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?
Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?
Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?

Okay, I’m ready to share the recipe. Are you excited? I sure am! And Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone 😀

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Tahini Bundt Cake With Kiwi Glaze

Course Dessert
Keyword bundt cake, cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Tahini Bundt Cake

  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 3/4 cup milk room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla seeds

Kiwi Glaze

  • 3 small ripe kiwis
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Tahini Bundt Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease a 6 cup bundt cake pan with butter or cooking spray.

  2. Place the eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat together at high speed until the mixture gets fluffy.

  3. Add oil, tahini paste, and milk and mix at medium speed just to combine.

  4. Add baking powder and vanilla seeds and mix on medium speed again just to combine.

  5. At the end add flour and mix on low speed to combine.

  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

  7. Remove from the oven and leave the cake in the pan. Cover with a cloth and leave to rest for 10-15 minutes. This will make the cake come out easily.

  8. Remove from the pan and leave to cool down before glazing.

Kiwi Glaze

  1. Blend kiwis in a blender. Pour the pureé in a bowl and add icing sugar. Whisk until well combined. Add heavy cream and mix again. 

  2. Pour the glaze over the cooled tahini bundt cake

Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?
Make this tahini bundt cake to wow everyone with a new exciting flavor! Plus a sweet kiwi glaze on top. What can be better?

Rustic Apple Plum Galette

The reason why I love this delicious rustic apple galette is because of its delicate flaky crust and the fruity plum jam.

The reason why I love this delicious rustic apple galette is because of its delicate flaky crust and the fruity plum jam.

With Spring right around the corner, I’m dreaming of Spring produce and some new recipes to test and to share with you guys.

The pantry is slowly running out of Winter foods. I had these lovely apples from my aunt’s garden still in the basement and a few glasses of my mum’s plum jam so I decided to bake an apple plum galette with my son the other day. If you have kids or have been around them for any period of time, you know you need to work fast! Although my son loves to cook and can stand on his step stool for ages and not get bored for a very long time, he’ll eventually start having some creative ideas 🙂 Meaning, things will start flying around at a certain point. Working fast keeps the kitchen clean(er).

Making dough is always fun because I’m usually making them with my stand mixer. And he loves watching at the mixer and mimicking its sound.

The reason why I love this delicious rustic apple galette is because of its delicate flaky crust and the fruity plum jam.
The reason why I love this delicious rustic apple galette is because of its delicate flaky crust and the fruity plum jam.
The reason why I love this delicious rustic apple galette is because of its delicate flaky crust and the fruity plum jam.
The reason why I love this delicious rustic apple galette is because of its delicate flaky crust and the fruity plum jam.

I tried something new here. I tried grating cold butter into the flour instead of cutting it to cubes. It takes less time to incorporate into the flour. This way the butter won’t heat up as much and will create a very flaky crust. And honestly, I think it’s the best crust I’ve made. With a little sprinkle of sugar on top it is super delicate and crunchy at the same time. I love it so much!

One of my favorite ways to make a pie or a galette is to add some jam. This way you add some sweetness and an additional flavor, like in my dried fig and blood orange tart. I love plum jam and I think it goes really well with apples. Plus, my mum makes a super delicious one without adding sugar. Her trick is to bake plums in the oven instead of cooking on the stovetop. You didn’t hear that from me, wink wink 😉

The reason why I love this delicious rustic apple galette is because of its delicate flaky crust and the fruity plum jam.
The reason why I love this delicious rustic apple galette is because of its delicate flaky crust and the fruity plum jam.
The reason why I love this delicious rustic apple galette is because of its delicate flaky crust and the fruity plum jam.

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Rustic Apple Plum Galette

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 big sweet varienty apples
  • 1/3 cup plum jam
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 TBPS unrefined cane sugar
  • 115 g butter cold
  • 6-7 TBSP milk chilled
  • 1/2 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • unrefined cane sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Add flour, sugar, and salt to a large bowl.

  2. Use a coarse grater to grate cold butter in the bowl with flour.

  3. Use a stand mixer with kneading attachment to mix the butter in the flour. Mix only for a minute so the butter doesn’t overheat. Then add cold milk and mix until you don’t see any more dry flour. The dough will still look a little dry but if it forms a ball when squeezed, it’s done. Wrap it in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to set and cold down.

  4. Meanwhile cut apples into thin slices and sprinkle with cinnamon.

  5. Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

  6. When the dough is chilled roll it out to about 3-4 mm thick into a round shape. Spread the jam on the dough but leave 2-3 cm edge clean. Place apples over the jam. Again leave 2-3 cm crust edge and fold it over the apples to form a galette.

  7. Sprinkle some more unrefined sugar over the galette.

  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

  9. Leave to cool until moving from the baking tray

The reason why I love this delicious rustic apple galette is because of its delicate flaky crust and the fruity plum jam.

Orange Dutch Baby

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It’s made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it’s naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

One of my all time favorite dishes are crépes. Seriously, I used to make them at least once a week. Since little J has egg allergies we had to swith to egg-free. We usually make Amerikan-style pankakes made with banana and add all kinds of flavoring in the dough or on top of the pancakes. J’s favorite – CHOCOLATE 😀

You are wondering why am I blabbing about pancakes when this is a Dutch baby recipe. Dutch baby is also called a German pancake, so here’s where my thoughts come from. Also it basically uses the same ingredients.

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

I only recently tried dutch baby for the first time. I saw so many amazing photos of Dutch baby but never quite got to try them. And I must say I missed out BIG TIME. And they are sooo easy to make.

One of the reasons why I never tried them was because I didn’t have a cast iron pan. What?! I know, I know… I recently bought one so now I can try some new dishes, yay!!

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

Okay, back to the orange dutch baby. Oranges and Winter go hand in hand in my book. I couldn’t imagine cold days without some freshly squeezed orange juice or any dessert that includes oranges (or some other citrus). So making an orange Dutch baby is a no brainer. I think I’ll have to make them every Saturday morning. And some banana pancakes for my son 🙂 There’s no way he can watch me eat the Dutch baby and be okay with not having something just as delicious.

This orange Dutch baby has very little refined sugar. Actually, since it includes whipped honey even the light sprinkle of powdered sugar in not necessary. I love a tiny bit, though. The recipe also includes a super easy orange sauce that you can use in other desserts as well. It’s awesome on brownies 🙂

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

Have you ever heard of whipped honey? I love it! Whipped honey is nothing but… well, honey that is whipped. Nothing fancy or difficult but totally different to regular honey. Also, if you buy non-pasteurized honey (which I suggest you do) you know it crystalizes. Whipping it makes it runny again without heating it. Let me know if you try whipped honey or my orange Dutch baby in the comments below.

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Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.
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Orange Dutch Baby

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It’s made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it’s naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword dutch baby, easy recipe, german pancake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

Dutch Baby

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour mix (approx. 1/3 wholewheat flour and 2/3 plain white flour)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 TBSP clariffied butter
  • 1 orange cut in slices skin removed
  • powdered sugar to taste

Orange Sauce

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (approx. 3 oranges)

Whipped Honey

  • 1 cup unpasteurized honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 °C (425 °F) placing a 25 cm (10 inch) iron pan in the oven to heat as well.

Orange Sauce

  1. Pour freshly squeezed orange juice into a saucepan and bring it to a simmer. Let simmer until the volume is about 1/4 of the initial volume. Set aside.

Whipped Honey

  1. Whip honey on medium-high speed for 10-15 minutes. The honey will become airy and pale white.

Dutch Baby

  1. Mix eggs in a blender on high speed for a few seconds so they start to bubble.

  2. Add flour mix, milk, cinnamon and salt and mix on medium-high speed for another few seconds or until the ingredients are well combined.

  3. Take the pan out of the oven, place over high heat and add clarified butter. Wait until butter is bubbling then add the batter and return to the oven.

  4. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave sit in the oven for an additional 5 minutes. This will keep the Dutch baby bubbly structure.

  5. Take out of the oven and sprinkle powdered sugar over (You can omit this step), top with orange sauce, 1 TBSP of whipped honey and fresh orange slices. Enjoy!

Orange Dutch baby. Light and airy topped with orange sauce, whipped honey and fresh oranges. It's made in no time! My favorite Winter breakfast lately because it's naturally sweet but also fresh at the same time.

Shredded Chicken Enchiladas With Homemade Enchilada Sauce

These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that’s made with little effort in only 15 minutes.

These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.

I can’t believe tomorrow’s Christmas already. Hasn’t December just begun??

I had plans to do some thorough house cleaning plus some more baking and decorating, but my son’s been home all week long with a cold and an ear infection. Although I can do some cleaning with him around and helping, there’s just no way I can do it in detail. Still, it was fun having him at home, we haven’t had the whole day to ourselves since he started kindergarten.

These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.
These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.

We’re making plans what to eat during holidays. Me and my husband are huge fans of Mexican food. So I’ve made a recipe for chicken enchiladas with a homemade enchilada sauce. The recipe is very easy! We usually end up making too many so we eat them again next day for breakfast. Okay, I admit, maybe we make too many on purpose 😛

We have a favorite Mexican restaurant and we used to only order beef enchiladas there. We’re crazy about beef! Then one evening we decided to try chicken enchiladas. I guess we always order them with chicken ever since. They use cabbage in the filling and it just goes so well with chicken and the tomato sauce. So that was the inspiration behind this recipe.

For the filling you can use leftover chicken, because we all know big Christmas dinners leave us with a ton of leftovers. I hate throwing food away and love recipes that transform those into something very delicious.

These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.
These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.

I hope you are having wonderful holidays and I wish you peaceful and loving moments with the ones you love!

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Shredded Chicken Enchiladas With Homemade Enchilada Sauce

The BEST chicken enchiladas, hearty but full of veggies!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken enchiladas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

Chicken enchiladas

  • 8 corn tortillas (20cm/8inch)
  • 1 cooked and chopped chicken breast (leftovers can be used)
  • 1/4 cabbage head
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 400 g mozzarella (shredded)
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 lime
  • 1 avocado (cut into thin slices)
  • chopped coriander

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

  • 800 g canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice (or cranberry juice)
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 TBSP peanut butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 fresh chilli
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

  2. Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until it thickens a bit.

  3. Use a blender to make a smooth sauce.

Chicken enchiladas

  1. Thinly slice cabbage and onions. Cut red bell pepper in small chunks and grate carrots. 

  2. In a skillet sauté onions, cabbage, carrots, and red bell peppers. When they soften add garlic and sauté for another minute.

  3. Place the sauteed vegetables in a big bowl and add shredded chicken breast, half of the shredded mozzarella and 1/3 of enchilada sauce (or more if the mixture seems too dry). Mix well and divide into eight parts. Use each part to fill one tortilla and roll them o keep all ingredients inside.

  4. Add 1/3 of enchilada sauce to the bottom of the baking pan. Place rolled tortillas on top and pour the remaining 1/3 of enchilada sauce over the tortillas. Add the other half of mozzarella on top and bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden.

  5. Use pomegranate arils, avocado, lime and coriander as garnish. Serve warm.

These shredded chicken enchiladas are my absolutely favorite enciladas. The recipe is super easy and it even includes a homemade enchilada sauce that's made with little effort in only 15 minutes.

Mango Margarita Smoothie

Who doesn’t love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos? I sure do!

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

Hey, it’s been a LOOOOOONG time. Way to long. 

I’ve missed posting here so much. I’ve kicked myself in the rear end this week and made a plan for a few future recipes. Hopefully, I can see them through! Baby Jernej is not so little anymore. He’s standing on his own now, crawling all around the place, exploring the world and filling our hearts with all kinds of joy. If you wanna see what’s going on in our personal life head on to my personal Instagram account

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do! Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

And now to the recipe. Today is National Margarita Day and I made a non-alcoholic mango margarita smoothie.

I’d say cheers, but it’s long gone.

There’s something about mangos in smoothies. Puréed mangos give such a nice smooth texture to drinks. They are one of my favorite fruits to put in smoothies, besides avocados. All due to the texture. Okay, and flavor too 😀 What are yours?

Since becoming a mom, maintaining a healthy diet has been so hard. The biggest problem for me is forgetting to eat, which I find super weird and annoying. And that’s why recipes like this are super important… Simple, easy and done in no time. I’m planning on sharing a few other recipes suitable for mom’s with little time to prep and also for little kids to enjoy. Btw, baby J tried the mango margarita smoothie and he approves 😀

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do! Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

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Mango Margarita Smoothie

Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 mango (chilled)
  • 3 oranges (chilled)
  • 2 limes (chilled)
  • salt for garnish

Instructions

  1. Peel mango and juice oranges and limes and blend all until smooth.

  2. Run a lime wedge around the outside of a glass and dip the rim in some salt for garnish and taste. Pour in the smoothie.

Who doesn't love a simple refreshing margarita smoothie with mangos. I sure do!

Welcome Baby Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

Hi guys!

I’ve been away for a month occupied by he hardest but the most rewarding job. On April 5th a little baby boy Jernej came to this world and turned our lives upside down. I never knew I could ever love someone as much as I love my baby. Kissing his forehead, massaging his super tiny feet, loving every unconscious smile when he’s sleeping and caressing his soft cheeks…

Although I’m loving every moment spent with him, I never imagined how exhausing and rewarding caring for a newborn is. After a month, I can easily say it was the toughest month of my life, although full of tears of happines and love, it was also filled with frustrations and self-distrust. Total respect to all the moms that have survived this introduction period keeping a clear mind! Saying that, my baby is sleeping well and is not fussy at all, I can’t imagine that being different…

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

When I came home from the hospital I was missing moving and doing whatever around the house. Lying in bed all day is totally not my MO, so I baked some cookies while Jernej was sleeping and took some photos. I named them Welcome baby chocolate buckwheat cookies 🙂 To welcome the cutest baby boy to this world <3

I love having a batch of cookies ready for the sweettooth moments of mine and my husband’s. We LOVE cookies! I’m surprised I don’t have more cookie recipes on the blog. I’ll have to change that, right?

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist. The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

What I love about butter cookies is, that they are super simple and you can make them in a food processor. They take no time whatsoever, but they taste sooo good! And if you make them with wholegrain flours you add so much nutritional value. In this recipe I used wholegrain spelt and wholegrain buckwheat flour, but you can easily use plain flours.

Lately I became a huge fan of unrefined cane sugar. It’s not a sugar we usually use in baking, so when I first tried it I became obsessed immediately. If you want caramelly taste without making caramel, cane sugar is the solution. I’m telling you, it makes a big difference.

Although plain buckwheat cookies are incredible, they are even tastier with some chocolate and coconut. Plus they look so pretty, don’t they?

I’m out of these cookies and now I’m waiting for elderflowers to bloom to make some Elderflower Cookie Bites with Raspberries.

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist. The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

Having a lot of work and being exhausted by the continuous feeding and diaper chaninging, I can’t promise I’ll be posting as often as I did before the baby, so bare with me. I’ll get the hang of it and will start posting weekly as soon as I can.

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Welcome Baby Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 32 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup wholegrain spelt flour
  • 2/3 cup wholegrain buckwheat flour
  • 50 g unrefined cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla seeds
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 80 g butter
  • 4 TBSP water
  • dark chocolate
  • coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.


  2. Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until they form a ball.

  3. Divide the dough in half, half it again and so on, until you get 32 identical pieces. Form bals with your palms.

  4. Place on a baking paper lined baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Move them to a wire rack and leave to cool down for at least 10 minutes.

  5. Melt chocolate over a saucepan of simmering water. Dip the bottom half of the cookies in the chocolate and coconut and place on a pre-cooled tray lined with baking paper. Leave in the fridge to set.

The most delicious chocolate buckwheat cookies with wholegrain spelt and buckwheat flour and a tropical twist.

Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower Mole Tacos

These quick and easy roasted broccoli and cauliflower mole tacos are such a nice healthy fresh lunch or dinner. With the addition of a 5-minute pickled radish and avocado yogurt sauce they make a perfect meal.

These quick and easy roasted broccoli and cauliflower mole tacos are such a nice healthy fresh lunch or dinner. With the addition of a 5-minute pickled radish and avocado yogurt sauce they make a perfect meal.

What have you been up to lately?

I’m all about mexican food these days and I’m enjoying spicy food while I still can. Apparently when you have a baby, you’re stuck with bland and boring unseasoned food for a month or so. I’m dreading that!

If there’s anything I love about cooking is that there’s always a way to make super fast lunch or dinner and still make it incredibly delicious. Most of the time I’m enjoying spending hours and hours in the kitchen. It’s my absolute favorite spot in the house. But sometimes it happens I have to whip up something in five minutes or so, but still want it to be super delicious and healthy if possible. I love how tacos make this possible every time. You can use whatever’s in your fridge and add some nice spices, some yogurt or nut sauce and you’ve got a five minute meal right there.

One of the simplest versions I make is, I just quickly sauté some red peppers, add some fresh avocado and a glug of yogurt in a tortilla and I’m good to go. Other times I have a couple more minutes to spare and I play around with food.

That’s kindda how these mole tacos with broccoli and califlower came to be. I love broccoli, it’s probably one of my favorite green veggies and I could eat it every single day. Cauliflower is great too, so I added it to make it a more fun recipe. In this recipe you can actually use either one of these or both.

These quick and easy roasted broccoli and cauliflower mole tacos are such a nice healthy fresh lunch or dinner. With the addition of a 5-minute pickled radish and avocado yogurt sauce they make a perfect meal.

Mole Tacos

Moles are actually a variety of sauces and dishes that include these sauces. We’re not making a mole sauce today, though. This recipe is an interpretation of a mole sauce, my style. Some hot chillies, cocoa powder and lots of other spices. It’s basically a rub or a spice mix for the broccoli and cauliflower that we’re gonna roast. And it’s a spice mix that you can make in advance and keep in your pantry.

These quick and easy roasted broccoli and cauliflower mole tacos are such a nice healthy fresh lunch or dinner. With the addition of a 5-minute pickled radish and avocado yogurt sauce they make a perfect meal.

Quick pickling

Loving the pickles!

They usually take time to make, but there’s a quicker cheaty way to make them. And it takes literally 5 minutes or less. The main ingredients in pickling are vinegar and salt, sometimes water. Besides the veggies of course 🙂

What we’re going to do is cut the veggies real thinnly, which will make them pickle faster. Then add some salt, which will bring out the water from the radishes. And of course add some vinegar to make it sour. And that’s it. So simple!

These quick and easy roasted broccoli and cauliflower mole tacos are such a nice healthy fresh lunch or dinner. With the addition of a 5-minute pickled radish and avocado yogurt sauce they make a perfect meal.

Making your own tortillas

You can also try making your own tortillas and find the recipe here. But double it if you’re making this whole recipe.

I’m making my own tortillas all the time and I make the dough in the morning. I divide it into balls and cover in plastic foil and leave it on the counter or in the fridge until I’m ready to make them. Sometimes I even make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for a couple of days and have a taco marathon week 🙂

A new awesome flavor combo each day. Yay! Try that, if you haven’t already 🙂

These quick and easy roasted broccoli and cauliflower mole tacos are such a nice healthy fresh lunch or dinner. With the addition of a 5-minute pickled radish and avocado yogurt sauce they make a perfect meal.

So, have a good day and hopefully get some sun!

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These quick and easy roasted broccoli and cauliflower mole tacos are such a nice healthy fresh lunch or dinner. With the addition of a 5-minute pickled radish and avocado yogurt sauce they make a perfect meal.
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Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower Mole Tacos

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 tacos

Ingredients

Mole Spice Mix:

  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt

Mole Tacos:

  • 1 broccoli
  • 1 cauliflower
  • mole spice mix
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Pickled Radishes:

  • 200 g radishes
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP vinegar

Avocado Sauce:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup natural yogurt (180 g)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of 2 limes
  • a handful cilantro
  • pinch of pepper
  • pinch of salt

Other:

  • 16 small tortillas (find recipe in my Turmeric Falafel Wrap post and make it double)
  • pickled radishes
  • avocado sauce
  • peanuts
  • cilantro
  • chopped chillies

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Mole Spice Mix:

  1. In a bowl mix all ingredients to get a uniform seasoning mix.

Mole Broccoli And Cauliflower:

  1. Chop broccoli and cauliflower into small florets and cut the harder stems into 1 cm sized chunks.

  2. Add them to a big bowl and sprinkle with mole spice mix and olive oil. Toss around to coat them evenly with seasoning.

  3. Move them to a lined baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes or until tender.

Pickled Radishes:

  1. Slice radishes thinly. Add them to a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Massage them vigorously for a minute or two, so they start releasing water. Leave them to rest for another minute, then pour away the excess water. Add vinegar to the radishes and set aside.

Avocado Sauce:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add more water if necessary.

Serving;

  1. Fill the tortillas with broccoli and cauliflower, add pickled radishes, avocado sauce, peanuts, cilantro and chopped chillies.

These quick and easy roasted broccoli and cauliflower mole tacos are such a nice healthy fresh lunch or dinner. With the addition of a 5-minute pickled radish and avocado yogurt sauce they make a perfect meal.

Crunchy Mocha Frozen Yogurt with Date Caramel

This creamy mocha frozen yogurt with mocha puffs and date caramel combines a perfect cup of coffee with some cocoa and dates in a form of frozen dessert. Breakfast or dessert, it’s up to you! A little extra thing is the recipe for mocha cocoa puffs, which you can add to your morning cereal bowl.

This creamy mocha frozen yogurt with mocha puffs and date caramel combines a perfect cup of coffee with some cocoa and dates in a form of frozen dessert. Breakfast or dessert, it's up to you!

Welcome to breakfast heaven!

If you thought a cup of coffee was necessary in the morning, wait until you try this. It’s freakin’ mocha frozen yogurt with some extra mocha puffs and date caramel on top. 

It’s so decadent and indulgent, but not unhealthy, which is what I love in a good breakfast. Don’t we all?

This creamy mocha frozen yogurt with mocha puffs and date caramel combines a perfect cup of coffee with some cocoa and dates in a form of frozen dessert. Breakfast or dessert, it's up to you!

So, the whole thing started because I needed a refreshing cereal breakfast, that wasn’t the boring milk and cereals. I though icecream. That’s indulgent, but using yogurt is probably a smart decision. I thought mocha flavor would be an awesome addition to frozen yogurt, so I made these lovely coffee bean shaped mocha puffs. Yay, you can eat them with good old milk too, isn’t that a nice touch? Keep them in a dry place in your pantry and have them at hand for whenever you feel a coffee rush.

It totally became my personal morning coffee. You probably already know I don’t drink coffee and when I do it’s decaffeinated. So are these mocha puffs, but you can make them with caffeine, no problem!

I love serving the mocha frozen yogurt in these crazy cool mugs by Polonapolona. They are the cutest and they love their morning coffee served with a a bang 😀

Oh, did you notice the caramel drippings? This is the date caramel, the easiest thing to make in the entire world and so so delicious.

Like like lick-the-sides-of-the-cup awesome 😀 

And absolutely necessary on a heaped cup of this goodness.

This creamy mocha frozen yogurt with mocha puffs and date caramel combines a perfect cup of coffee with some cocoa and dates in a form of frozen dessert. Breakfast or dessert, it's up to you! A little extra thing is the recipe for mocha cocoa puffs, which you can add to your morning cereal bowl.This creamy mocha frozen yogurt with mocha puffs and date caramel combines a perfect cup of coffee with some cocoa and dates in a form of frozen dessert. Breakfast or dessert, it's up to you! A little extra thing is the recipe for mocha cocoa puffs, which you can add to your morning cereal bowl.

So, baby update.

I’ve been doing some last shopping for the baby, which is very tiring, since I’m not much of a shopper. What I do is, write a paper with all the stores and what to buy where and then head out. I compare prices online to save time spent in the actual shop. Don’t get me wrong, I love market shopping, but fluorescent lit stores are horrible. If it’s a special foods, fabric or furniture store, then it’s fine, I get distracted. Everthying else is just a big pain in the you know what!

Okay, enough complaining. The good thing is, I think I’m actually well prepared for the arrival of the little one. Some minor thing are missing (like the crib – not minor :P), otherwise we’re good if the baby accidentally surprises us.

Okay, back to food…

This creamy mocha frozen yogurt with mocha puffs and date caramel combines a perfect cup of coffee with some cocoa and dates in a form of frozen dessert. Breakfast or dessert, it's up to you! A little extra thing is the recipe for mocha cocoa puffs, which you can add to your morning cereal bowl.This creamy mocha frozen yogurt with mocha puffs and date caramel combines a perfect cup of coffee with some cocoa and dates in a form of frozen dessert. Breakfast or dessert, it's up to you! A little extra thing is the recipe for mocha cocoa puffs, which you can add to your morning cereal bowl.

What would I do to eat this every single day for the rest of my life. Um… I should totally do that!

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Crunchy Mocha Frozen Yogurt with Date Caramel

Total Time 6 hours
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

Frozen Yogurt:

  • 1 kg Greek style yogurt (about 4 cups)
  • 5 TBSP honey

Mocha Puffs:

  • 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or whole grain flour)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 TBSP butter , melted

Date Caramel:

  • 1 cup dates , roughly chopped
  • 1 TBSP nut butter (I like almond or cashew butter)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Mocha Puffs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

  2. In a food processor mix all dry ingredients: almond flour, al-purpose flour, cocoa powder, instant coffee, baking soda and salt. Add honey and butter and pulse until a ball forms.

  3. Make little balls with palms of your hands using three quarters of the dough. The remaining quarter of the dough and flatten it on the baking paper to about 5mm thick. Add the balls to the baking paper and use a spoon handle to make little dents in the middle of the balls and make them look like a coffee bean. You can leave them round as well.

  4. Bake for 6-7 minutes, keeping a close eye to what's happening in the oven. The puffs burn very easily. Take them out when they are still a little soft but firm. They will harden as they cool down.

  5. Break apart the flattened baked dough when it has cooled down. You can leave some chunks. You'll use that to mix in the frozen yogurt.

  6. Keep the coffee shaped puffs in an airtight container.

Frozen Yogurt:

  1. Mix yogurt and honey in a blender and transfer the mixture to an airtight container. Freeze for about 3-4 hours, mixing the yogurt with a fork every 30-45 minutes.

  2. Add it back to the blender and mix well to get a smooth texture. At this point the mixture will get a bit runny again, but that is fine. At this point add the broken coffee puffs and fold in the frozen yogurt.

  3. Transfer it back to the container and freeze until you like the consistancy, probably about 2 hours.

Date Caramel:

  1. Soak dates in water for 10 minutes, then add a pinch of salt and mix them in a food processor. If you like your caramel more runny, add a little more water. 

  2. The caramel keeps in the fridge for at least 2 weeks.

Assembly:

  1. Take frozen yogurt out of the freezer when it's the right consistency or 30 minutes before serving if it's fully frozen. Scoop up in serving bowls and top with mocha puffs and date caramel.

This creamy mocha frozen yogurt with mocha puffs and date caramel combines a perfect cup of coffee with some cocoa and dates in a form of frozen dessert. Breakfast or dessert, it's up to you! A little extra thing is the recipe for mocha cocoa puffs, which you can add to your morning cereal bowl.
[This post was kindly supported by Polonapolona. I was provided some mugs for this post. No other compensation was received.]

This creamy mocha frozen yogurt with mocha puffs and date caramel combines a perfect cup of coffee with some cocoa and dates in a form of frozen dessert. Breakfast or dessert, it's up to you! Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Sparkling Pomelo Ginger Shandy (Virgin And Not So Virgin)

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

What do you do when you can’t have booze? Make something out of beer.

Yeah, yeah, I know many of you will say beer without alcohol is not beer at all and you might be right. Some of them taste…hmmm. How should I put it? Miserable.

But when you’re pregnant and can’t have alcohol, trust me, it’s much easier to like non-alcoholic beer. Some brands make very good ones, but I’ve also had one that tasted like a chewing gum. Uhm, not so good!

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days. This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

Well, it was about time to make another drink recipe, since it’s been a while now. I’m all about citruses during this winter. I don’t think I’ve eaten so many oranges and mandarins at any point in my life and a big squeeze of lemon in a glass of water is a total must. I haven’t had any pomelo, so I thought I’d put it in a sparkling beer drink with some spicy ginger and have a pomelo ginger shandy.

Pomelo is such an awesome fruit, it’s sweet like a grapefruit, but doesn’ have the bitterness, which is great for a beer drink, since beer is already bitter. 

On top of all the pomelo juice, the ginger gives the drink a little heat and warms you up 🙂 That’s why I love ginger!

And pretty much everything about this drink 😀

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days. This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

This pomelo ginger shandy is such a nice refreshing drink for the lazy days leading to spring, sitting in the sun on a balcony wrapped in a warm blanket. Listening to bird singing starting again, such a lovely time. I’m getting sentimental.

Our balcony life (yeah, this should totally be a title of a movie) is gone during the winter, but when the sun starts to become warmer and the days get longer, we start hanging out on the balcony again. During the spring and summer it’s where we eat, play board games, read and do pretty much everything. Like, who needs the indoors, anyway?!

So, I’m very happy with the longer not so freezing cold days 🙂

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

And I’m happy to have this non-alcoholic drink, which can also be alcoholic, whatever you prefer. It’s a great way to pimp up your favorite beer and add some fruitiness 🙂

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Sparkling Pomelo Ginger Shandy

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Anja Burgar

Ingredients

Simple ginger syrup

  • 4 TBSP cane sugar
  • 3 TBSP grated fresh ginger
  • 1 TBSP pomelo zest
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice

Pomelo Ginger Shandy

  • 500 ml pomelo juice (juicing described in the instructions)
  • 500 ml lager beer (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

Instructions

Simple ginger syrup:

  1. Add all ingredients to a mortar and make a smooth paste.

Juicing pomelo:

  1. Pomelo is a big fruit and it's hard to juice it on a regular juicer. I peel the pomelo and remove the thin white skins, then blend it in a blender for a minute or two and use a nut milk bag or a tea towel to squeeze out the juice.

Pomelo ginger shandy:

  1. Mix together pomelo juice and simple ginger syrup, pour into glasses and add beer.

 This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days.

This sparkling pomelo ginger shandy is a nice refreshing drink with a little kick of spice, perfect for lazy sunny late winter days. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Nutty Apple & Poppy Seed Strudel

This apple and poppy seed strudel has four delicious mouth watering layers – poppy seed, curd, walnut and apple layer with sultanas. In many ways it is reminiscent of one of the best Slovenian dessert Prekmurska gibanica.

This apple and poppy seed strudel has four delicious mouth watering layers - poppy seed, curd, walnut and apple layer with sultanas. In many ways it is reminiscent of one of the best Slovenian dessert Prekmurska gibanica.

Hi, guys!

It’s about time to make another kindda Slovenian recipe – another dessert inspired by our traditional Prekmurska gibanica. Remember the Spring Strawberry Layer Cake in a Glass, that is a very light and healthy version of the original recipe. Well, this time it’s also a little lighter, but just a little bit.

This apple and poppy seed strudel has four delicious mouth watering layers - poppy seed, curd, walnut and apple layer with sultanas. In many ways it is reminiscent of one of the best Slovenian dessert Prekmurska gibanica.

The original Prekmurska gibanica is very heavy on the fat, not that this apple and poppy seed strudel recipe is not, but much much less 😀

Okay, I’m making it sound like a dissaster of a dessert. It’s actually not and it really is one of my favorite Slovenian desserts. With four different delicious layers you can’t go wrong, right?

I left the layers as are, but added honey in two of them (the poppy seed and the walnut layer), because you know I’m addicted to honey 😉 My breakfast today… honey on bread and butter. You see! ADDICTED!

I hope you don’t get scared by the four layers, because these fillings are literally the easiest you-can’t-do-it-wrong fillings. And if you don’t like an ingredient, change it. For example, you could use different fruit, or change walnuts for some other nuts. So many choices.

This apple and poppy seed strudel has four delicious mouth watering layers - poppy seed, curd, walnut and apple layer with sultanas. In many ways it is reminiscent of one of the best Slovenian dessert Prekmurska gibanica.

This was actually one of those recipes, that I didn’t even plan to make. I was left with some phyllo dough that was about to go bad and was firstly thinking of making a simple, but yet delicious, apple strudel. But since that’s probably the most common type of strudel I make, I thought, I should do it differently this time and see if I can make a layered strudel like Prekmurska gibanica.

Guess what, yes! And it’s pretty freakin’ delish. At first I added too much poppy seeds and not enough apples, which made it a little dry, so I changed the recipe. Now it’s moist and sooo yummy.

This apple and poppy seed strudel has four delicious mouth watering layers - poppy seed, curd, walnut and apple layer with sultanas. In many ways it is reminiscent of one of the best Slovenian dessert Prekmurska gibanica.This apple and poppy seed strudel has four delicious mouth watering layers - poppy seed, curd, walnut and apple layer with sultanas. In many ways it is reminiscent of one of the best Slovenian dessert Prekmurska gibanica.

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Nutty Apple & Poppy Seed Strudel
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Poppy seed layer
  1. 100 g ground poppy seeds
  2. 100 ml boiling milk
  3. 1 TBSP honey
Curd layer
  1. 300g curd
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1 TBSP icing sugar
  4. zest of 1 lemon
Walnut layer
  1. 200 g ground wallnuts
  2. 150 ml boiling milk
  3. 2 TBSP honey
Apple layer
  1. 6 medium-size apples (around 1kg), peeled and coarsely grated
  2. 2 tsp cinammon
  3. 120 g sultanas
  4. warm water
Strudel
  1. 500 g phyllo pastry (10 sheets of 35 x 45 cm)
  2. 150g butter, melted
  3. Icing sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Poppy seed layer: Pour boiling milk over ground poppy seeds and mix well with a spoon. Once the mixture has cooled a little, add honey and mix again.
  2. Curd layer: Split the eggs into egg whites and yolks. Mix curd, icing sugar, lemon zest and yolks with a spoon. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks and fold it gently into the curd mixture.
  3. Walnut layer: Pour boiling milk over ground walnuts and mix well with a spoon. Once the mixture has cooled a little, add honey and mix again. If there's excess liquid on bottom, drain the mixture through a fine sieve.
  4. Apple layer: Put sultanas in a bowl and cover the with warm water. Leave them to soak for 15-20 minutes, then drain. Mix together grated apples, cinammon and sultanas.
  5. Assembly and baking: Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  6. Coat a big baking tray with melted butter. The trey should be big enough to hold five 35cm long rolls.
  7. Spread a generous amount of butter over one sheet of phyllo pastry with a brush, cover it with another sheet and spread butter over this one too.
  8. Visually divide the sheet into 5 parts (lenghtwise). Spread poppy seed mixture over the first, curd layer over the second, walnut layer over the third and apples over the fourth. The first will be a little thinner, the fourth a little thicker and the fifth will be empty. Start rolling from the poppy seed layer. Roll as wide or narrow as your baking tray allows. You are going to have 5 of these rolls.
  9. Place the rolls into baking tray and cover the tops with some more butter.
  10. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the crust looks golden.
  11. When you take it out the crust might look soggy, but it will get crisp once it cools.
  12. Sprinkle with some icing sugar before serving.
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This apple and poppy seed strudel has four delicious mouth watering layers - poppy seed, curd, walnut and apple layer with sultanas. In many ways it is reminiscent of one of the best Slovenian dessert Prekmurska gibanica.

This apple and poppy seed strudel has four delicious mouth watering layers - poppy seed, curd, walnut and apple layer with sultanas. In many ways it is reminiscent of one of the best Slovenian dessert Prekmurska gibanica.

Popped Beans and Steamed Broccoli Salad

Whoever says comfort food can’t be healthy, has obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

Hey, hey! We’re having broccoli today. 

Hmmm, the rhyme was unitntentional, I guess I’m feeling poetic 😛

I have a habit of steaming broccoli instead of roasting them. I dunno, I think it’s because of the vivid green color it keeps. Plus, it’s quicker 🙂 I was thinking what would go well in a steamed broccoli salad and then I remembered a Jamie Oliver show from a while ago. Can’t even remember the recipe, but I know he roasted the beans on a pan until they started popping. I tried those before and they were great. So, it sounded like an awesome idea to add them to the broccoli. Turnes out it was the right decision and with some added chopped parsey, pomegranate seeds and spicy nuts this makes a perfect winter salad.

The best thing about this salad is, it can be both a warm or a cold salad. For a warm salad, you dress it while everything is hot, for a cold salad, you rinse the broccoli with cold water after steaming and then decide if you want the beans and nuts to be warm or not. It’s up to you!

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

I’m seriously obsessed with mustard dressing. Although I’m normally not a fan of mustard as a condiment, it’s so amazing if you use it as seasoning.

This dressing is probably the one I use most on daily basis, because it’s super simple and mustard gives it an extra depth and richness. It works really well with bitter winter salads like radicchio.

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

So, some updates on what’s been going on in my life lately. We’re starting to prep more seriously for the baby. Yep, barely starting. I mean we have bought some things, made some and we’re getting lots of second hand stuff from friends, but we still have sooo many chores until I can really say, now we’re ready. We still have 10 weeks, but you never now, when the baby might surprise us. Oh, I have to tell you about the cutest little pants I’ve sewn. They are the cutest, but I’m affraid the fabric is not strechy enough and they’ll probably be to small to fit even a newborn. Luckily, I’m stacked with fabric and I’m making new ones 🙂

Ok, enough baby talk!

Besides all the baby preparations, we’re also starting to prep for the new dance show that we moved from Spring to Autumn, because of… well, baby. Yesterday, I started making my part of the coreography. You can imagine a big belly and a fast dance + some floorwork. It was fun, but also very chalenging!

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

Great, your all updated now, so let’s start cookin’!

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Popped Beans and Steamed Broccoli Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Steamed Broccoli Salad
  1. 1 big broccoli
  2. 1 cup cooked red beans (if you're using canned, rinse well before cooking)
  3. 3 TBSP mixed seeds (sunflower seeds, sesame, black sesame...)
  4. 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
  5. 1 tsp ground garlic
  6. 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  7. a bunch of parsley, chopped
Lemony Mustard Dressing
  1. 5 TBSP olive oil
  2. 3 TBSP lemon juice
  3. 1 TBSP mustard
  4. pinch of salt
  5. pinch of pepper
Instructions
  1. Steamed Broccoli Salad: Cut the florets away from stems and cut them into bite size chunks. Cut the thinner stems into 1 cm chunks. Peel the thick main stem and cut it into 1 cm cubes.
  2. Boil a little water (about a finger's width) in a steaming pan and add the steming basket. Place the stem parts of broccoli into the steaming basket and the florets on top. If there are any leaves from broccoli place them right at the top. Cover with a lid, reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes or until you can easily pierce the broccoli with a fork, but it's still vibrant green. Be careful, because broccoli can go from vibrant to brownish color quickly.
  3. If you prefer your broccoli to be cold, rinse immediately under cold water to stop it from further cooking. If you're serving it warm, just remove from steamer and let it drain.
  4. In a bowl mix together garlic and chilly flakes.
  5. Heat a big skillet over medium-high heat and add beand and half of the garlic and chlli mixture. Cook them for about 4-5 minutes, tossing every now and then. Once you see most of the beans open, add the nuts and toss every now and then for a minute. Remove from heat and add the remaining garlic and chilli mixture.
  6. Lemony Mustard Dressing: Beat all ingredients together with a fork.
  7. Steamed Broccoli Salad: In a salad bowl, mix together broccoli, parsley, 2/3 of beans and seed mixture, 2/3 of pomegranate seeds and dressing. Top wih the remaining 1/3 of beeans and seeds and the rest of pomegranate seeds.
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 Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, had obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Hungry anyone?

Whoever says comfort food can't be healthy, has obviously never tried popped beans and steamed broccoli salad with toasted spicy nuts and lemony mustard dressing. Such a perfect winter salad. Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Bacon Wrapped Prunes With Herbed Feta Dip

Indulgent finger food  for the best party you’ll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

Yay, finally sharing this recipe with you!

I’ve been making it for a while now, but never got around photographing and posting it. But with the holiday season slowly arriving, I felt like, I owe you this recipe, because – yes, I’m gonna say it – it’s amazing. It’s dried fruit wrapped in bacon. Who wouldn’t love that?! 🙂

Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

There’s a little story about how I got to this deliciousness. It happened on our honeymoon a little over two years ago.  I know many people decide to go to some perfect tropical beach for their honeymoon, but we decided to make a road trip through Europe. We made over 2500 km in 16 days and saw soooo many things and sights. One of them was the lovely town of Kaunas in Lithuania. It gave out the vibe of still being stuck in the old time with all the old communist monuments and decaying facades, but that actually gave the town a really special character. 

Anyway, convinced that the nightlife would be pretty much non existant we headed to the center of town. Well, we were dead wrong. It was vibrant and lively with all the people siting in the restaurants and pubs, drinking, eating and having a blast. Looked so fun that we had to join. For the first time ever we tried mulled beer. Delicious, btw! We also tried some finger food. Among other we had tiny packets of prunes wrapped in bacon that were filled with some kind of nuts. That was such a clever and incredibly delicious appetizer! Soft and chewy, but crispy on the outside and in the middle. Clever, I’m saying. I’ve been making my own version ever since.

Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

I’m in love with this presentation, with the tree springs, holding together the bacon wrapped prunes. There’s another story behind that. 

I usually spend New Year’s Eve with friends in a cabin somewhere in the wild (sometimes not so wild). One year we decided to throw a fancy dress-yo’self-very-pretty kind of New Year’s Eve party. These pretty bacon wrapped prunes were a must! Of course, we were not at home and we didn’t have toothpicks that would hold the whole thing together so we headed to the garden and cut some tree springs and solved the problem. Easy 😀 They looked so much better than with good old toothpicks. Don’t you think they look festive?

In case you are like me – always in need of some dip, here’s a recipe for a simple feta dip with fresh herbs. I used parsley and chives, because that’s what still growing in the garden, but you can add whatever you’ve got on hand. 

Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

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Go ahead, try them out on the side of some mulled mandarin juice! I sure will 🙂

Bacon Wrapped Prunes With Herbed Feta Dip
Yields 30
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Bacon Wrapped Prunes
  1. 30 prunes, pitted
  2. 15 thin bacon slices
  3. 25 g almonds, chopped finelly
  4. 1 tsp olive oil
  5. 2 tsp ground sweet red pepper
Herbed Feta Dip
  1. 100g Feta Cheese
  2. 60 g Greek style yoghurt
  3. a bunch of herbes (I used parsley and chives), chopped
  4. pinch of pepper
Bacon Wrapped Prunes
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat, then add chopped almonds. Roast for a minute, until they start smelling sweet. Remove from heat and add olive oil and ground sweet red pepper. Toss around to coat the nuts and set aside too cool a little.
  3. Cut bacon in half.
  4. Fill the prunes with nuts and wrap them in bacon, securing ends with toothpicks.
  5. Place them onto a bakin paper lined baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the bacon gets golden and crispy.
  6. Best served hot.
Herbed Feta Dip
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, to get a smooth dip. Keep in the fridge before serving.
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Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip!

Indulgent finger food for the best party you'll ever throw, but not without these crispy bacon wrapped prunes and a decadent herbed feta dip! Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!

Mulled Mandarin Juice

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

I really hope y’all love mandarins as much as I do. They’ve been my main food these days. A nasty cold decided to haunt me, but I was prepared…

With tons of mandarins. I mean I probably ate a few kilos of them. And I’m not exaggerating at all! I’m feeling much better now and ready to bring you another awesome recipe.

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Inspired by mulled wine and apple cider, I decided to give warm drinks a little twist. I’ve added mandarins to those two drinks before, but never tried cooking mandarin juice on its own. And man, I’m sorry I didn’t!!

Don’t get me wrong, I love mulled apple cider, but it needs lots of lemon to reduce the sweetness. Well, not mandarins. Especially the sour ones. Which are my favorites, btw 🙂 There’s just a little honey or any other sweetness necessary in this recipe, or if you prefer sour drinks like me, you can omit that.

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Now that we got this straight, let’s talk spices.

Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, peppercorn and star anis. That’s what I used. It’s basically what I usually used in mulled drinks, sometimes I play with flavors and add someting new, but being ill and all, I wished for something very homey and familiar. Something to make me feel like a little baby 😀

And it made me so happy I just had to share this recipe with you. I have a feeling mulled mandarin juice is gonna be my everyday drink now. Since being pregnant means, I have to be careful with what kinds of teas I drink, I was also out of warm drink options. This will be perfect to spice things up.

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

A little secret. I have a feeling rum would go awesomely with mulled mandarin juice, so if you can drink alcohol, try adding it after cooking. And let me know how it was 😛

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

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I want to hear everything about your other favorite winter drinks in the comments below.

And if you want to boost your immunity, so you don’t get a cold like I did, try some Immune-Boosting Elderflower Turmeric Tea.

Mulled Mandarin Juice
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 600 ml (3 cups) freshly squeezed mandarin juice (from about 1 kg of mandarins)
  2. 600 ml (3 cups) water
  3. 2 cinnamon sticks
  4. 10 cloves
  5. 4 slices of ginger
  6. 10 peppercorns
  7. 2 star anises
  8. 1-2 TBSP honey or other sweetener (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a pot and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to low heat. Cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and serve hot.
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Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice!

Easy to make from scratch warm autumn mulled mandarin juice! Click to find the whole recipe or pin and save for later!