2 Weeks in Thailand and Hong Kong

2 Weeks in Thailand and Hong Kong

I spent my spring break vacation in Thailand (more precisely Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai) and Hong Kong, which was definitely awesome. I won’t go into detail into what I did, but Thailand is pretty much all temples and delicious food whilst Hong Kong was visiting relatives and walking the streets (+shopping of course!).

In Thailand, amongst other things, we visited the Doi Tung Royal Villa and Mae Fah Luang Garden (a must see!), Doi Suthep, and the Golden Triangle (the place where Thailand meets Myanmar and Laos). We also visited Cat ‘n’  A Cup cafe on our last day in Chiang Rai. Although I am not cat crazy, it was cool to be eating in a place full of cats and the drinks and food were so good! Especially their waffles and green tea latte.
2 Weeks in Thailand and Hong Kong

I couldn’t resist sharing this picture. We were staying at the Happynest hostel in Chiang Rai, where everything looked just so picture-worthy (including their typewriters), that I probably looked like some crazy fool who took  pictures of hostels.

Hong Kong has amazing food. That is one thing I can affirm right now. The other thing that I can say is whatever you do, do not go hiking for 5 hours in the pouring rain with an enormous headache because a. the ground turns into a mudslide and you will be literally sliding and grabbing onto trees to go up and down a hill, b. there’s no view anyways because it’s raining so what’s the point, c. the headache will turn into an even bigger headache but you’ll have to continue hiking because there ain’t no bed on a mountain! Trust me, I know from experience :(. For shopping, we bought lots of clothes (Tuen Mun center and Mong Kok are the best places for that), pens (Pilot Juice anyone?) and an enormous bag of matcha powder. The 1 kg bag of matcha powder is all Pinterest’s fault. I kept seeing delicious baked goods, with matcha this, matcha that so I just had to buy the bag when I saw it. This probably means you’ll be seeing lots more matcha recipes, especially since I only realized after that one recipe only required a few tablespoons of matcha and I bought 1 kg. of it.

That’s all for today! See you next week, hopefully with a matcha something recipe.

Tropical Blueberry Smoothie

Tropical Blueberry Smoothie

I’m going to Hong Kong soon!!! Just one more week of school and then I’m off. I actually can’t wait for all the delicious food and the much warmer weather than we’ve been having over here. Like can you believe it’s snowing in March? I fear this city is adopting Quebec’s weather 😦 .
Tropical Blueberry Smoothie

Weirdly, although it’s really cold outside (well, for me it is because I’m a naturally cold person), I still love making smoothies, yogurt bowls, chocolate banana chia seed pudding and all sorts of cold stuff for breakfast. Read More »

Healthier Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

Healthier Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

This is one of the richest desserts I’ve indulged in and it is totally worth the 30 minute hassle it takes to make them. Thick, dark chocolate oozing out of a soft chocolate cake is just eye candy!
Healthier Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

I remember, a few years back, we would have so much trouble making this cake. It literally took us seven to eight tries during the summer to get the center perfect. Now when I make this cake, I usually try to follow the recipe as close as possible because even the minutes you leave it to cool down are important. It’s super good but I have to admit, it’s not that healthy… So I made a healthier version, using Texanerin’s recipe as base, and it turned out, wait for it, even better than the unhealthier version! Like can you believe it? A healthier recipe that tastes better than the original?
Healthier Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

Healthier Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 mins (Prep 10 mins)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A healthier version of a gooey, sweet and rich chocolate dessert that tastes amazing!
Slightly adapted from: Molten Lava Cakes for Two – Texanerin
Ingredients:
1/3 cup blonde coconut sugar
2 large eggs
2 egg yolks
2 tsp. vanilla
1  1/3 cups (240 g) dark chocolate, chopped
6 tbsp. (84 g) coconut oil
6 tbsp. (56 g) all-purpose flour or buckwheat flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 175 °C (350 °F). Grease 4 ramekins very well.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, egg yolks and vanilla. Set aside for ten minutes so the sugar can dissolve in the mixture.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together, stirring ever so often to make sure it doesn’t burn.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and keep stirring until the mixture is thick and sticky. Fold in the flour until just incorporated.
  5. Divide the mixture between the ramekins and bake in the preheated oven for 13 minutes. When it’s done, the top should not look gooey. Let the cakes rest for 7 minutes in the ramekins (this is essential for the outer sides of the cake to firm up, leaving a gooey center), before inverting onto a plate. Serve right away, with berries!

Light and Fluffy Japanese Cotton Cheesecake

Light and Fluffy Japanese Cotton Cheesecake

Okay, quick post today guys. Although I had a pro-D day on Friday, I still managed to take the entire weekend to finish my homework, so no time for making food! But luckily, I made this heavenly cheesecake last week. It’s not really healthy, but also not the unhealthiest dessert ever.
Light and Fluffy Japanese Cotton Cheesecake

Usually, any cheesecake that I eat has to be the unbaked version because I find when it’s baked, such as New York cheesecake, it’s just too rich for me. Japanese cotton cheesecake, however, distinguishes itself from its American counterpart by being much lighter (maybe the whipped egg whites?) and, at least according to me, much yummier!Read More »

Chai Infused Date and Oat Bread

Chai Infused Date and Oat Bread

This moist bread will rock your world. It has chai tea, medjool dates, almond milk and oat flour, which work so well together. I had never tried tea in baking before, but now I can tell you that I’m hooked! It tastes delicious and all those spices wafting out of the oven door is killer to the senses.
Chai Infused Date and Oat Bread

I added walnuts on the top, which give it some extra crunch and taste amidst this dense bread. I’ve not been feeling very creative lately, so this recipe is actually a slight adaptation from Feasting On Fruit’s Chai Spiced Quick Bread. It’s fairly easy to make, but wait until the bread has completely cooled down before cutting it. Trust me, or you’ll end up with broken and a bit soggy slices of bread (yeah, I might’ve been a bit impatient).Read More »

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Omg, I can’t believe I just made those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (you know, the ones with the orange package that every peanut butter lover goes crazy over?) in a much healthier and delicious version. I’m over the moon right now with joy!
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

With only 5 ingredients and a bit of modifying with Beaming Baker’s recipe, I ended up with three decadent and sweet chocolate peanut butter cups. I wanted to make more, but one look at my overflowing freezer and I knew I was never going to be able to fit a large 12-muffin pan in there. So I had to content myself with 3 individual metal tins lined with cupcake liners that I kind of inserted in the nooks and crannies of the freezer. By the way, this is totally worth making and since the recipe only makes three, you won’t be wasting a lot of ingredients if you don’t like it (which has about 0.000001% chance of happening because who can resist peanut butter and chocolate? Not me, that’s for sure).Read More »

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Happy Monday everyone! I didn’t have enough time this weekend to make anything, so I’m going to do this award that Bern Bakes nominated me for last week!

The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

This is what the award’s all about:

“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

Rules:

  • Anybody nominated can nominate seven other bloggers
  • The nominee answers questions posted by the nominator
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
  • If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simple does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to get the award

So here are my answers for Bern Bakes:

1. When did you start your blog and why?

I started my blog in August, 2015 and at that time, I was reading many food blogs and I really wanted to start my own with healthier recipes because I was frustrated with all the baking recipes that looked okay, but then when I got to the ingredients list there were tons of unhealthy stuff, like 5 cups of sugar!

2. If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Keep in mind that this one food can be changed up and flavored differently each time you eat it)

Smoothies! There are so many combinations with fruit, vegetables, cocoa powder, and more that I would never ever grow bored of it.

3. What’s your favorite hobby?

Ooo this is a fun one. Definitely reading. I love immersing myself in a story and I absolutely enjoy it. I’m a bit crazy when it comes to books ;).

Now for my nominees:

Cookies and Chemistry (https://cookiesnchem.com/)

Princess Saffron’s Kitchen (https://saffrons-kitchen.com/)

Being Me By Sarah (https://beingmebysarah.com/)

The Kitchen Chemist (https://thekitchenchemistsite.wordpress.com/)

Nourish Nurture Live (https://nourishnurturelive.com.au/)

Vanilla Bean Online (https://stephaniemormina.com/)

Valmarielife (https://valmarielife.wordpress.com/)

And the questions:

What’s your favorite book?

If there was one type of cuisine you could eat (e.g. Italian food), what would it be?

What would be the one thing you would change in the world?

Thanks again, Bern Bakes, for nominating me!

 

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin in a Mug

Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin in a Mug

This is definitely one of the easiest and delicious things I’ve ever made. A muffin in a mug which takes about five minutes to prepare, then one minute to microwave sounds unbelievable, am I right? But it actually works.
Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin in a Mug

It’s healthy, delicious and gluten-free. Plus, there’s blueberries! (Oh and just to put it out there: I love blueberries.)

Since I’m a lazy person, and I just didn’t feel like doing anything today, this is what I made as a snack and I was surprisingly awed by how good it tasted. Read More »

Apple Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butter

Apple Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butter

Since breakfast is normally coined the most important meal of the day, you probably understand that skipping breakfast is kinda bad for your health. But do you know why?
Apple Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butter

Some of my friends skip breakfast constantly so this is for you guys ;).

Reasons why you need breakfast:

  1. It gives you energy!
  2. You’re actually less likely to be overweight if you eat breakfast because you’ll feel less compelled to reach for sugary snacks during the day.
  3. It improves memory and concentration levels, so you’ll get better grades at school.
  4. It makes us happier and reduces stress levels.
  5. Provides essential nutrients that you might not get for the rest of the day.

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