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Don’t Forget: Fashion, Food & Flirts is More Than Meatless Now!

Published April 4, 2015 by The Feminist

I know, I know, I don’t mean to spam you all with my new website, but you can hardly call it spamming when the website is as awesome as mine, right? 😉 Anyway, please visit http://morethanmeatless.com/ for lots of new recipes and tips and tricks!

For example:

This mushroom tempura dish was absolute HEAVEN!

Or why not read up on how to make the best tofu dishes?

Or read one of my very first portrets of a veggie friend?

See?

So many new things to discover!

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Fashion, Food & Flirts will pull the plug… but will launch a brand new vegetarian website

Published March 27, 2015 by The Feminist

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Do you need a tissue, dear reader? Or maybe an entire bucket to cry in?

Don’t worry. I completely understand how you must feel right now. Sad. Depressed. Completely left alone in this dark world full of conservative and intellectually-challenged politicians and ugg-wearing, botox-loving bimbos. (Which of the two groups is worse, I will wisely leave in the middle.)

These past couple of years have been wonderful as a member of the blogging community. I was able to express myself in ways I never was able to before and I have gotten to know some great fellow bloggers in the process. I can honestly say that you have been the greatest, kindest, funniest and craziest readers on the planet and I really want to thank you all for your loyal readership.

But it is time to discover new horizons. Only a couple of days after swoon-worthy Zayn Malik left One Direction in order to be able “to enjoy a life out of the spotlights”, I –too- am ready for a new adventure. But unlike naughty Zayn, who cut himself out of our boyband-loving hearts completely (yes, I am still in mourning), I will stay in touch.

Nay, scratch that.

I will be even more present in your lives… just in an entirely different cyber formation.

So fear not, dear readers! This bitch still got plenty to talk about! I am happy and honoured to announce that I am launching a brand new vegetarian website, called More Than Meatless.

As the name suggests, it is a vegetarian website with an abundance of fun and inspiring dishes, stories of fellow vegetarians and tips and tricks from professionals.  With this website I hope to convince everyone (yes, I am ambitious) of the wonders of vegetarian cuisine and to inspire them to put on that apron and try one of the recipes themselves.

Plenty of the vegetarian recipes from Fashion, Food and Flirts will also be on More than Meatless, along with brand new inspiring dishes. Plus, everything looks much more organized on More than Meatless, so it will be easier for all of you loyal readers to find back old recipes. Conclusion: don’t be sad! Visit More than Meatless!

In case you’re still a bit down and depressed, here is a very comforting noodle soup recipe that is also featured on my new website. So whether you would like to slurp away your sorrow because of the cyber death of Fashion, Food & Flirts, or celebrate the birth of my brand new (far more professional, if I might add) cyber baby More than Meatless, this noodle soup will do the trick!

You can find the recipe on… you’ve guessed it!… More than Meatless!

http://morethanmeatless.com/recipe-items/red-curry-coconut-noodle-soup-with-smoky-tofu-and-mushrooms/

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The Best (Vegan) Chocolate Cake… with Cassis Liqueur

Published March 17, 2015 by The Feminist

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I know that this is a rather bold statement to make, but trust me on this one: THIS. IS. THE. BEST.

Seriously, if you would serve this chocolate cake to a vigorous, I-would-rather-have-a-large-ecological-footprint-than-ever-eat-anything-vegan Dumbass, he would eat it all up, because you really cannot tell that this cake is entirely dairy-free and vegan.

it is unctuous, moist, scrummy in your tummy, delicious!

Add to that some gorgeous Cassis Liqueur, which I drizzled over the top of the cake and you just know that this cake couldn’t be anything other than sheer perfection.

PS: if you’ve been wondering why Fashion, Food & Flirts has been so absent these past couple of weeks, please rest assured, because everything will explain itself shortly! I’ve been working on a brand new concept/project, which I will share with y’all soon! So bear with, dear readers. Bear with!

Ingredients:

  • 150gr flour
  • 175gr sugar
  • 35gr cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp blueberry jam
  • 200ml water
  • 2 tbsp Cassis liqueur, plus 3 extra to drizzle over the top
  • 50ml vegetable oil

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together.

2. Add the water and oil and mix well. Stir in 2tbsp of jam and liqueur.

3. Pour the batter into a brownie tin and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.

4. Once it comes out of the oven, drizzle some extra Cassis liqueur over the top and let it soak up all the moisture before removing from the tin.

Baking With Booze: the Schnapps Edition! Apple and Poppy Seed Cake With Schnapps

Published February 26, 2015 by The Feminist

This is an unconventional twist on two of Austria’s most classic desserts: the Apfelstrudel and the Mohntorte.

Think: caramelized and spiced apples mixed together with a poppy seed sponge and drizzled with Schnapps. Things really can’t get more Austrian than that!

WARNING: Eat too much of this cake and you may start to yodel.

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Ingredients:

  • 140gr caster sugar
  • 170gr butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 140gr flour
  • 1tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 apples, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 50gr poppy seeds
  • 75gr nuts (mix of your choosing)
  • 2 tbsp fruity Schnapps (apple or apricot), 2 extra to drizzle over the top

Method:

  1. Heat a knob of butter in a pan and fry the apples with a tbsp. of sugar and a pinch of cinnamon until golden brown.
  2. Blitz the nuts and poppy seeds together in a blender until you get a fine dust/paste.
  3. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Mix the sugar with the butter until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time.
  5. Slowly stir in the flour, baking powder and spices.
  6. Add the poppy seed mix.
  7. Stir in the fried apples and add 2 tbsp of Schnapps.
  8. Pour the batter in a loaf tin and bake for approx.. 50 minutes.
  9. Once the cake comes out of the oven, drizzle on some extra Schnapps (2tbps, or more!)
  10. Serve with a glass of Schnapps on the side.

Dense, Dark and Devilishly Delicious: This Chocolate & Orange Cake Has It All

Published January 30, 2015 by The Feminist

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Chocolate and orange: it’s a classic combination that works every single time. But be prepared: this wonderful cake takes this traditional match-made-in-heaven even one step further onto the delicious scale, for this is not just a regular chocolate cake flavoured with orange zest or juice. Oh no. This cake is like a giant cake version of chocolate covered candied orange peel, for it boldly not only contains the zest or juice of this citrus fruit, but the whole – yes , the whole! – orange.

If you think putting whole oranges in a cake sounds a bit bonkers, I totally feel ya. It is not something I, an amateur Belgian baker, do on a regular basis either. But nevertheless, I was so terribly intrigued I simply had to try it! After all, the Spanish have been doing it for centuries! And if there is anything the Spanish know how to do – apart from dancing the flamingo and making paella- it is baking orange cakes. (Preferably using Valencian oranges, of course.)

So there I was, in my tiny Belgian kitchen, boiling two oranges (I used the smaller, but very flavoursome Minneola oranges) in a pot for about an hour until they were completely tender and my kitchen smelled like a Spanish beach party. After that heavenly scented hour, I blitzed the oranges in a blender. Whole. Including juice, flesh and skin. This amazing puree is then mixed through the other ingredients, poured in a tin, baked in the oven  … et voila! You will have never tasted such a wonderful chocolate cake in your life! Thanks to the orange puree, the cake is dense, moist and incredibly pudding-like; anything but what you’d expect from a traditional flour-based chocolate & orange cake. Moreover, the orange notes are punchy, but not too overwhelming, and seem to make the chocolate taste even more chocolatey.

What did I say again? Oh yes, the best chocolate and orange cake EVER.

So my dearest readers, you can stop being skeptical. Bake this cake. You won’t regret it.

Ingredients:

  • 50gr butter
  • 25gr cocoa powder
  • 2 Minneola oranges (or you could use 2 smaller regular oranges or clementines)
  • 2 tbsp rum
  • 1 egg
  • 140gr caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 85gr flour

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
  2. Cook the 2 oranges in boiling water for about 1 hour until they are soft and tender. Drain and let them cool slightly before blitzing into a pulp in your blender.
  3. Once you’ve blended the oranges into a puree, put the puree in a large mixing bowl together with the cocoa powder, rum and sugar.
  4. Stir in the egg, mix well, and finally add the flour.
  5. Pour the batter into the baking tin and bake for 30 minutes in the oven.

Wonderfully Eccentric: Amaretto, Orange and – hell yeah! – Couscous Cake

Published January 17, 2015 by The Feminist

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Weird, Wacky and Wonderful.

No, this description doesn’t just fit my very own personality (you know what they say: “know thyself and thou shalt be happy”), but these three adjectives are also the best way to describe this delicious cake.

When I told a random stranger at the gym that I had just baked the most incredible sweet couscous cake, she looked at me as if I was completely bonkers. (Admittedly, the fact that I simply wanted to share that with a stranger while running on the treadmill probably contributed to her thinking I was mentally challenged.)

Anyway, what I would like to say to that random stranger at the gym – and everyone else who is reading this with a huge frown on his forehead: wipe that frown off your face, darling! Using couscous in a sweet cake may sound rather eccentric at first (eccentric in this case being a euphemism for absolutely fucked up), but once you’ve tasted this cake, you will realize that this is in fact a sweet tooth’s revelation. The couscous adds great texture to the sponge and gives it a nice earthy flavour-dimension. Although this cake is slightly denser and heavier than a simple flour cake, your plate will be empty before you know it, thanks to the zingy, fragrant and sticky orange and fenugreek syrup that is poured all over the top of the cake once it comes out of the oven. This crazy-sounding syrup not only adds extra flavour, but makes the cake so intensely moist.

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And once you know that I’ve also poured in a good splash of Amaretto, you just know that the initially wacky is in fact rather wonderful.

So weird as this all may sound, this couscous cake is a culinary sensation!

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Amaretto, Orange and Couscous Cake With a Fenugreek Syrup

Although there are quite a few powerful flavours in this cake, one will never overpower the other and they all marry beautifully well together.

Ingredients:

  • 90ml olive oil
  • 60ml Amaretto
  • 60ml fresh orange juice
  • 70gr orange marmalade
  • 2 eggs
  • 35gr caster sugar
  • 35gr desiccated coconut
  • 40gr plain flour
  • 90gr spelt couscous
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Almond flakes to garnish, optional

For the syrup:

  • 50ml water
  • 50ml fresh orange juice
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 4 tbsp honey

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Whisk together the olive oil, juice, marmalade, Amaretto and eggs until the marmalade is semi-dissolved.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the coconut, sugar, flour, couscous and baking powder. Add these to the wet and mix well until combined.
  3. Grease and line a loaf tin with baking parchment. Pour the batter into the tin and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.
  4. Near the end of the baking time, place the syrup ingredients in a small pan and bring to the boil. Let it reduce slightly until it gets syrupy. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, pour one third of the syrup over the cake. Wait 5 minutes and pour over another third of the syrup. Wait another 5 minutes and pour over the remaining syrup. Let the cake cool down slightly in the tin before removing from the tin. Scatter some almond flakes over the top, if you wish.

Baking With Booze: Italian Amaretto Coffee Cake

Published December 20, 2014 by The Feminist

Dear readers, it has been a ridiculously long time since my last Baking with Booze video. Not because I was lacking inspiration – I’m never short of inspiration!- but because I was lacking time. These past couple of weeks have been absurdly busy and I regret to say that the first thing that suffered from my busy life was my blog and my Baking with Booze spin off show.

However, this doesn’t mean I have forgotten all about you, dear readers. You still have a special place in my heart and that is why I decided to clear my busy schedule and make some time to put together another Baking with Booze video.

This cake is – to use Tom Kerridge’s favourite phrase- “utterly lush”: a moist loaf packed with aromatic coffee and Amaretto flavours and topped with a tasty walnut crumble. It is by far the most perfect cake to kick off the Holidays, for it will get you into a Christmas spirit in no time.

PS: With this video, I also took the liberty to bombard you with my favourite song of the moment: Therapy by Mary J. Blige. I hope you all like it as well, because otherwise you are so screwed. 😉

Ingredients:

For the walnut crumble:

  • 50gr walnuts, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 20gr butter
  • 1 heaped tbsp. flour
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

For the Amaretto coffee cake:

  • 150gr butter
  • 200gr cane sugar
  • 200gr flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 100ml hot water
  • 1 tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 50ml Amaretto

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C and line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
  2. Make the walnut crumble. Mix the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and flour together in a blender until you get a thick paste. Stir in the chopped walnuts by hand until evenly dispersed and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix the hot water together with the espresso powder and let it cool slightly before adding to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix well. Now stir in the Amaretto as well. Your mixture will look disgusting at this stage, but it will change, trust me.
  5. Stir in the eggs, one at a time and whisk well after each addition.
  6. Finally, stir in the flour and baking powder and pour the batter into the baking tin.
  7. Scatter dollops of the walnut crumble all across the top of the batter and bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes.