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We all love chocolate. I refuse to believe otherwise.
Maybe some of us like dark bitter chocolate. Maybe others prefer a lighter milky sweetness. Maybe you are the white type of chocolate person. And maybe you like it nutty.
Regardless your particular preference I would like to assume you like chocolate.
And if you indeed like chocolate.. you got to like chocolate mud cakes.

I have been looking for ages for the perfect chocolate mud cake. Sweet and at the same time bitter, moist but not wet.
I knew exactly the right shade of chocolate color and the texture but somehow it was always quite not right!

But after about a year experimenting with TS Table Spoons.. I came across a Eureka moment.
I guess I had given up on the thought of actually perfecting the chocolate mud cake recipe of my grandmother.
Sometimes, with the passing of time, we tend to forget details of things. A mere generalization of feeling, aromas and colors is whats left behind and the rest of the story tends to be filled up by a very conscious consciousness.
That is the reason I decided to abandon the effort and merely accept faith and just mix the written analogies in order to achieve the mediocre certainty of a nice chocolate mud cake.
Yet, as i tripped over, fate had it, my flour bowl turned and a few of its precious powder content flew up in the air.
To make along story short, I ended up with about 2TS less flour… which brought me to the most delicious chocolate cake recipe!

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What you need is 125gr. dark chocolate, 125 gr milk chocolate, 250 gr butter, 4 Leggs, 550 gr caster sugar, 325 gr self raising flour, 1 ts instant coffee, 188 ml water, 30 gr cocoa, 1 TS orange liquer, 1 ts vanilla extract, 125 ml buttermilk (or yogurt!)
You can start by mixing chocolate, butter, coffee, water over low heat mixing regularly.
In another bowl, mix flour, cocoa, sugar.
Then mix the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture. Add eggs, the vanilla and the yogurt.
Give it a good stir and bake for about 1 h. at 180o C or until the knife come out clean depending on your oven.

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sweet popcorn party favor

Last weekend, mister and I, celebrated his birthday with a few close friends and relatives.
It wasn’t a big party with fancy lights and dj’s. It was a rather small gathering with heartfelt wishes and cozy corners where friends and family got together to wish my darling another happy year.

Mister has a “strong affinity with water”. In fact we both do. In one of our first dates we decided to go swimming in the middle of May in the Atlantic Ocean at around 3 am. It was freezing cold and I didnt manage to get past running my toe in the water but mister took a brave dive. The water attracts us. Its magical color, the light defracting on its surface. There is something poetic about it and when mister asked me to make a party invitation for him, naturally I suggested a nautical theme.

You see, mister is the little star of my life and nothing makes me happier than see him smile so I decided to pull together a few colorful treats according to our nautical theme to delight our guests and bring excitement to the otherwise rather dull standardized birthday buffet concept.

custom flags for party

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nautical theme party treats

So even though birthdays occur only once every 7 years, we decided to eat, drink and celebrate in a sweet nautical theme style.

Did you know?
Birthdays occur only once every 7 years since the date you were born on moves each year to the following day of the week. This means your annual celebration is actually for your birth date – not your birthday – and in truth your birth day (= the actual day you were born on) occurs only every 7 years!

Here is a free template for your own mini popcorn paper boxes. Just add your name and print out!

So, if you have been wondering about my previous post and why I chose to feature that in a culinary blog, I m ready to explain!

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You see, in reality I have been working on designing cookies for Movember.

Movember is an initiative (http://nl.movember.com/ ) that helps raise awareness for cancer in men using a strong visual sign of “manhood”..that of a moustache. (Yes.. we are talking about moustaches here ladies!)

So, being a girl myself..and not really knowing anyone with a moustache I had a whole lot of research to do…

There are many, many types of moustaches out there. Some elegant and some barbaric, some very fine and others quite bushy.. I have been checking infographic representations of moustaches for a week now trying to decide upon a form that i would like to use for Movember.
Late last night, I concluded on these following shapes which I lasercut and used to create my moustache cookies!

The dough is made with organic ingredients and flavored with deep vanilla scent and the sugar glaze is fine and delicate with a coffee aroma.

If you would like to say hi, taste some cookies, get a nice moustache trim and support Movember,
feel free to drop by the Movember shop, located in Magna Plaza Shopping Center in Amsterdam.
I will be there every Sunday noon with fresh cookies and surprises for adults, children and..pets!

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Let’s be honest. Most of us have some sort of addiction.

Whether its shopping, smoking, drinking coffee, there is always a little dark secret.

My mister is addicted to coffee. We are not talking about one cup a day… we are talking about multiple cups.. a few on the breakfast table, a few during lunchbreak and occasionally a cup or two in the evening.
Yet, mister also enjoys chocolate. Usually with his evening coffee. Its a little ritual for him.
A cup of freshly brewed coffee with a chunk of sweet organic chocolate…

So, i decided to give him some help towards the coffee detoxe.. (which he still aint aware he is going to go through)
My idea is to substitute a few coffee cups a day with delicious vegeterian chocolate cupcakestopped with coffee “buttercream”..

A cup of coffee for the morning? Or maybe a cup of coffee cake?

Can you resist?

Chocolate souffle baked in a mini cupcake pan and decorated with a mint flavored sugar topper!

Dark luscious running chocolate and a fresh crispy sugar to conclude a gorgeous meal, or perhaps to accompany a cup of afternoon mint tea?

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And since I chose for mint cupcake wrappers, I went for mint colored, mint flavored sugary tops…
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Have a nice week everyone!

I heard once, many many years ago, that the most unfortunate aspect of our lives is the lack of a soundtrack. A music score, playing parallel to our existence, lifting up our spirit and warming up our soul, embellishing the moments of pleasure and subduing the moments of grief..

I woke up today singing along the tune of nouvelle vague’s , melt with you…

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Mini, tiny, bite size chocolate souffles, topped with chocolate, chocolate crispie tiny balls and a small blueberry.. One bite to release the chocolate that still in its liquid form, merges the flavors of the chocolate crisps and blueberry into a pleasurable explosion that lasts a second…

mmmm… a tiny dose of pleasure melting together on a Sunday afternoon..

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