Yucatán Peninsula - Mexico

The Yucatán Peninsula – Mexico

Happy New Year guys! I just came back from a trip to Mexico and I loved it so much. The hot weather, swaying palm trees and delicious food were a stark contrast to home, where it was cold and snowing. And the food in Mexico was delicious. Sure, it was pretty much just all meat and bread. And more meat and bread. Every day. But it was amazing! This format of post is going to be kinda like a guide just in case any of you decide to visit these places. (my dollar signs for restaurants are rated out of 3)
Yucatán Peninsula - Mexico

First stop: Cozumel. A pretty island just a ferry ride away from Playa Del Carmen, we had a nice walk through town and took some crazy bus to get to San Gervasio, an archaeological site from the pre-Colombian Maya civilization. I would recommend taking a taxi instead of busing to the ruins because it was very complicated and we ended up with having to call a taxi anyways to go back to the ferry terminal. The ruins itself were pretty, but nothing as extraordinary as those on the mainland. I didn’t eat anything at the island nor stayed there overnight, so no recommendations for this one.

Second stop: Playa Del Carmen. We stayed here for two days, hanging out at Walmart and the ATM stations. Kidding!Read More »

Vanilla Greek Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding

Vanilla Greek Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding

There’s only one week before Christmas! Although we’re usually never home during that day, we still celebrate it, just somewhere else. Like this year, we’ll be going to Mexico (so this is my last blog post of 2016) and I can’t wait. The temperature there is supposed to around 20 to 30 degrees, which is way better than the below zero temperatures we’ve been receiving at home. And I hate the cold.Vanilla Greek Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding

The frigid air did not prevent me from making chia seed pudding (even though it’s probably the coldest breakfast you can make) because I can’t hep myself. I just love it so much. (And chia seeds, among other things, are loaded with antioxidants so it’s a win-win!)Read More »

Healthy Winter Buddha Bowl

I finally made something other than desserts and baked goods! Since my mom usually makes dinner every night, I never make dinner, but this time, my parents were out and I had to prepare dinner myself. I have been longing to make a Buddha bowl in, like, forever, so that’s exactly what I did.

It might not look like the best dinner ever, but it certainly tasted like it. And it took me under 30 minutes to make, so I call this a successful meal.
Healthy Winter Buddha Bowl

Who knew Buddha bowls could bring so much joy to the eater? And I think the cold winter weather (it was snowing here!) might have made me appreciate a warm bowl of yummy veggies even more.Read More »

Raspberry, Lemon, and Almond Milk Creams

Raspberry, Lemon and Almond Milk Creams

I was flipping through a cookbook, La Tartine Gourmande by Béatrice Peltre, that I had lying around in my house, mainly out of guilt that I had never actually made anything in it yet. All the recipes looked so good but I was feeling lazy. And then I reached the dessert section.
Raspberry, Lemon and Almond Milk Creams

If you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you might know that I have a thing for desserts. So naturally, my interest in the cookbook spiked up to like 200% and I wanted to make everything. Lemongrass and blackberry teacakes, dark and white chocolate mousse cake, rhubarb mousse fraisier, apple and pear verrines, spiced panna cotta… There were just so many yummy-looking recipes!Read More »

Healthy Chocolate Banana Jumbo Muffins

Healthy Chocolate Banana Jumbo Muffins

It’s Monday. The end of the weekend and the start of yet another week of school. Whoopee. On a happier note, I finally finished a part of my school project (which I got to publish online) and it wasn’t boring!
Healthy Chocolate Banana Jumbo Muffins

We had the choice of any subject, so I chose, of course, something related to food. It’s about the relationship between food and us (+ the environment) and we needed something substantial to present this subject, which I decided to put in the format of a magazine. Read More »

Crunchy Gluten-Free Waffles

Crunchy Gluten-Free Waffles

Being half-Belgian, waffles are a must in our household. Sure, it’s not something we eat everyday, but when we do, we cherish it. There is a traditional recipe, Belgian Liege waffles, which is a thick waffle filled with crunchy sugar pieces, but it’s not very healthy, especially with all the butter and sugar. This is a simpler, healthier version of it which is pretty much a waffle that actually tastes like a thin waffle cookie, or in proper terms “Pizelle” (for those food experts).
Crunchy Gluten-Free Waffles

Please pardon the random banana slices. I was in a rush and the waffles looked so plain so I thought that adding fruit would look better, but, as I said, I was in a rush so they weren’t cut or placed very well. I might’ve been also a bit distracted by the crazy turn of events *ahem, USA elections* that happened this past week. I’m not from the States but it still shocked me.Read More »

Chocolate and Coconut Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate and Coconut Crinkle Cookies

School is sometimes so weird. We have a one week break right now (don’t know why but I’m not questioning their decision), so I’ve been home watching TV shows (The Flash is awesome!) and my brother decided to use the time to work on a school project.  This particular school project, having done it once upon a time back in 8th grade, is not your typical assignment. And mixed with cookie-making it becomes a bit hectic.
Chocolate and Coconut Crinkle Cookies

I somehow managed to bake these healthy chocolate cookies in the midst of my brother’s filming/singing chaos (though I did have to steal the camera for a few minutes to take pictures) and the results are soft, almost pillowy-like, cookies with a sweet burst of chocolate and coconut inside.Read More »

Blueberry Cranberry Almond Cake

Blueberry Cranberry Almond Cake

First of all, let me try to convince you why this is the best healthy dessert as of right now.

Number 1: My brother, a very skeptic eater of healthy food, had not one, not two, but three slices of this cake last night!

Number 2: Coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, berries and almond flour all play key roles in making this cake soft and delicious.

Number 3: It’s cake!!! (okay, that was kind of obvious, but I consider it very important)
Blueberry Cranberry Almond Cake

This dessert is a very rich cake, partly because of the eggs and the almond flour, and that’s what makes it so good.Read More »

Strawberry and Cranberry Galette

Strawberry and Cranberry Galette

Okay, I finally did it. A healthier crust which still has the taste (and easy prep) of an all-butter crust just became a reality! Plus all that fruit can’t hurt, right?
Strawberry and Cranberry Galette

I was originally trying to decide between making almond pancakes or almond cranberry cake, but then while watching my brother’s soccer game, I started thinking about a galette with berries. I literally visualized the entire recipe and result as I watched a soccer ball being bounced back and forth between the two teams. (Okay, the crust was adapted from Joy of Baking’s Cranberry Galette recipe because I had no idea about proportions.)  I was going to use almond flour for the crust, but I forgot to, so next time I’ll try that and see how it goes.
Strawberry and Cranberry Galette

In love right now. In love.Read More »

Almond Crunch Granola

Almond Crunch Granola

My mom has tried so many granola bar recipes and most of them turned out into a crumbly sweet mess that she kinda gave up after a while. But for us, those recipes were never a fail because we got to eat all those sweet nutty little pieces of granola with some berries and yogurt for a snack and it was so good. The crunch of the nuts and oats with the little hint of honey or maple syrup in smooth homemade yogurt? There was no better snack than that.
Almond Crunch Granola

Like doesn’t it look amazing? And it’s made with almond flour so gluten-free is on the table. (Btw, if anyone has food photography tips please feel free to share them 😉 I started reading Nicole Young’s Food photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots and it is super helpful!)Read More »