BBQ Kimchi Baked Wings with Wasabi Peanuts

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Yes, I know I am on a kimchi phase. I think I’m trying to make up for all the years that it was missing from the life. This dish is inspired by my friend Chi from Pocha Factory. She made the most delicious Asian Inspired burger for the Final Burger Battle which took place last year, and which she won. Besides the kimchi and her secret sauce, she added chopped wasabi peanuts to her burger. This added a nice extra crunch and spiciness that went very well with the meat.

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This serves 3-4 people.

Ingredients:

800grs of chicken wings

For the sauce:

½ cup of BBQ sauce

½ cup of kimchi

1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons of ginger syrup

1 tablespoon of sesame oil

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

½ teaspoon of salt

Juice of ½ a lime

1 tablespoon of honey

Extra:

½ cup of wasabi peanuts, chopped

3 tablespoons of chopped chives

 

Preheat the oven to 200C/390F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Blend all of the ingredients for the sauce until smooth. Taste it and adjust the salt to your liking. Pour the sauce into a large bowl and add the chicken wings. Toss to coat them well.

Spread the wings on a single layer over the prepared baking sheet.

Bake them for 1 hour until the wings are caramelized.

Sprinkle the chopped wasabi peanuts and chives over the wings. Enjoy!

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Crispy Onion Rings

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These onion rings are super crispy because of the panko and cornmeal coating. They are so addictive. I posted this picture about a month ago on my Instagram account and since some people asked for the recipe, I thought of just placing it here. I made them again today as a topping and side to the burger below which I made for lunch. It has wasabi arugula dressed in a simple vinaigrette, a beef patty, Chili Gouda, chimichurri, a fried egg and topped it with the onion rings. It was so good!

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Ingredients:

2 medium white onions cut into about 1cm slices

1 cup of Panko

1/2 cup of cornmeal

A good pinch of paprika powder

A good pinch of onion powder

A good pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of cayenne (optional)

Salt

1 cup of all-purpose flour

2 eggs, beaten

1 litter of vegetable oil

 

In a medium bowl, mix the panko with the cornmeal, paprika powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and cayenne. In a separate bowl, mix the flour with some salt. Have another bowl ready with the beaten eggs. Have a large cutting board ready to place the onion rings and another one lined with paper towels.

Dip each onion ring in the flour, then in the beaten eggs and finally coat it well in the panko mixture. Repeat for all.

Heat up the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry the onion rings in batches until they are golden. Then place them in the prepared cutting board to absorb some of the oil. Enjoy while still warm.

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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Matcha-White Chocolate

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Cookie season is coming soon and these chocolate thumbprint cookies make perfect edible gifts or you can just eat them yourself of course. I made the filling with just white chocolate and matcha. But if you would like a softer filling, you can make it into a ganache by adding about 75ml of cream when you are melting the chocolate over a water bath.  These cookies are quite fudgy and I find them nicer if they are not too big, so try to use not more than 1 tablespoon of cookie dough per cookie.

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You can use the leftover matcha-white chocolate to make hot chocolate milk.

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This recipe makes about 15 cookies.

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

1 cup of self-rising flour

113grs of butter at room temperature

½ cup plus 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

½ cup of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 tablespoon of milk

For the matcha filling:

225gr of white chocolate, chopped

1 ½ tablespoons of sifted matcha

Extra:

50grs of dark chocolate, melted

 

Preheat the oven to 180/350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the butter, sugar, vanilla and the egg yolk. Then add the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix until combined. Finally add the milk and mix only until combined.

Make small balls with about 1 tablespoon of the cookie dough and place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space in between. With your thumb press a bit with your fingers to flatten them. Using the handle of a wooden spoon; press gently in the middle of each cookie to create an indentation.

Bake them for 10 minutes. As soon as they come out of the oven, press each cookie again with the handle of the wooden spoon as the indentations lose definition while baking. Allow them cool completely.

Once the cookies have cooled down, start making the filling. Melt the white chocolate over a water bath. Once it has completely melted, slowly start adding and mixing in the sifted matcha.

Place the matcha-white chocolate in a piping bag or zip lock bag. Pipe it into the center of each cookie. Allow the chocolate to harden. You can place the cookies in the fridge to speed up the process.

Once the chocolate has hardened, decorate each cookie by drizzling melted dark chocolate over each one. Once the dark chocolate has hardened, keep them in an airtight container.

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Spicy Apple Chips

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When I was younger and still living with my parents I used to make apple chips more often. That had to do with the fact that they had two large ovens so I could make big batches in one go. Now with a small oven, It just takes longer so I don’t make them as often as I’d like. They are such a great snack. Recently I got a craving for a Mexican lollipop a friend of mine brought me back from Mexico some years ago. They were apple lollipops with a spicy citrus flavor similar to the flavor of Tajin seasoning powder. I used to have that powder in my pantry but I was out. So I added sumac for the citrus flavor and cayenne for heat. It’s a very addictive snack.This recipe makes a small batch.

Ingredients:

For the simple syrup:

2 cups of water

2 cups of sugar

For the chips:

2 apples, thinly sliced with a mandoline (I used one Granny Smith and one Royal Gala)

Cayenne

Sumac

 

Preheat the oven to 110C/230F. Line a baking tray or more with parchment paper.

To make the simple syrup, just place the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Then transfer it to a bowl and let it cool down for 10 minutes.

Once the simple syrup has cooled down, place the apple slices in the syrup. Let them sit there for 1 minute. this will help make the apple chips very crispy. Then strain them and spread the slices over the prepared baking tray. Sprinkle with some cayenne and sumac. A little cayenne goes a long way here; you can be a bit more generous with the sumac.  Bake them for 1 ½ hours or until crispy.  I like to lift each chip from the parchment paper and move them about an hour into the baking, so they are less likely to break once you take them out and they are complete crispy. They are best when eaten right away, otherwise allow them to cool down and store them in an airtight container till the next day. They are so light and crispy, it’s hard not to finish them in one go.

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Sweet Potato & Lentil Sliders on Homemade Mini Pretzel Buns

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I have been craving a veggie burger lately. I am a sucker for small food so I made sliders. Since my husband doesn’t love lentils, I made these with red lentils which don’t hold their shape. This makes it easier to mix them with other ingredients, therefore hiding them a bit. I cooked the lentils in vegetable stock to add more flavor. A panko coating makes this sliders super crunchy. The result was a delicious treat. My husband loved them. I only told him about the lentils afterwards.

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It’s hard to find good sliders buns here, so most of the times I just make my own. I used my Soft Pretzel Twists to make these mini pretzel buns. The ingredients are the same; there are just a few different steps.  Once the dough has risen, divide it into 16 equal pieces.  Then form each piece into a ball. Place the balls in the baking soda/water bath for 30 seconds. Then place them on a prepared baking tray (lined with parchment paper and lightly greased with vegetable oil).  Cut a cross in the middle of each bun, brush the tops with an egg wash and sprinkle with some sea salt. Bake for 8 minutes at 230C/450F. For the recipe of the pretzels just click here.

This recipe makes 14 sliders.

Ingredients:

For the sliders:

600gs of sweet potatoes

½ cup of red lentils

2 cups of vegetable stock

40grs of grated Parmesan

Pinch of onion powder

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of lemon pepper

Pinch of celery salt

Pinch of cayenne

Pinch of pepper

1/3 cup of breadcrumbs

2 sprigs of fresh thyme

For the breading:

1 ½ cups of panko

½ cup of breadcrumbs

¼ teaspoon of Salt

¼ teaspoon of Celery salt

¼ teaspoon of Paprika

For the lime mayo:

7 tablespoons of mayonnaise

Juice of ½ a lime

Celery salt to taste

Extras:

2 avocados, sliced

A handful of frisse

Garden cress

Olive oil for pan-frying the sliders

 

Roast the sweet potatoes for 1 hour at 180C/350F.

While the sweet potatoes are in the oven, start cooking the lentils. Place the lentils and vegetable stock in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until soft, stirring from time to time. This will take about 15 minutes. Once they are cooked, turn off the heat and let them dry out in the saucepan for 30 minutes.  Once the 30 minutes are up, mash them with the back of a wooden spoon.

To make the lime mayo, mix the mayo with the lime juice and celery salt. Set aside.

Once the sweet potatoes are done, peel them and place them in a large bowl. Mash them with a fork. Add the lentils and the rest of the ingredients for the sliders. Mix well.

Mix all of the ingredients for the breading in a bowl.

Grab about 2 tablespoons of the sweet potato mixture and form it into a ball. Coat the ball in the breading. Apply some pressure so it sticks. Repeat for all of the mixture.

Pour about 6 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, place 7 balls in the pan. With the help of a spatula, press each ball a bit to create a hamburger shape. Cook until they are evenly brown on each side.  Repeat for the rest of the sliders.

Serve on the mini pretzel buns, with some frisee on the bottom and top them with avocado, lime mayo and garden cress.

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Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Orange & Pecans

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It’s been a while since I made cookies and now that the weather has turned, I feel more like baking sweet things. I added chopped dark chocolate, orange zest and salted pecans to the cookies. If you don’t want to use salted pecans, just add a good pinch of salt to the cookie dough. These cookies are soft and chewy. It’s impossible to eat just one!

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This recipe makes around 30 cookies.

Ingredients:

1 cup of granulated sugar

½ cup of brown sugar

226grs of butter, at room temperature

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

¾ teaspoon of baking soda

2 eggs

2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour

100grs of dark chocolate, chopped

Zest of 1 orange

½ cup of salted pecans, chopped

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Place both sugars in the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and mix until it’s soft and fluffy.

Add the vanilla essence, baking soda and eggs. Mix it for a few seconds. Then add the flour and mix until all the flour is incorporated into the cookie dough.

Finally add the dark chocolate, orange zest and pecans. Mix just until everything is combined.

Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the cookie dough and place it on the prepared tray. Make sure to leave enough space in between the dough because the cookies expand quite a lot.

Bake for 9 minutes, until the edges start to get golden. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

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Chocolate & Matcha Popcorn

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I love popcorn and always keep in my pantry for those times when I feel like a snack and don’t want to leave the house. Today is one of those days. It’s cold and rainy, and I am hungry! I drizzled a mixture of white chocolate, coconut oil and matcha on the popcorn. And then drizzled a bit of dark chocolate melted with coconut oil. Snack attack satisfied!

Ingredients:

For the popcorn:

1/3 cup of popcorn kernels

1 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil

Salt

For the white chocolate:

100gr of white chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 teaspoon of Matcha

For the dark chocolate:

30grs of dark chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

 

In a large pan with a lid, melt the coconut oil for the popcorn over medium heat. Once it has completely melted, add the popcorn kernels. Cover with the lid, and keep shaking the pan until all the kernels have popped. Transfer the popcorn to a large bowl, add salt and set aside.

You can melt the white chocolate with the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 second intervals at a time, stirring in between.  Or you can melt it over a water bath.

Once the white chocolate has completely melted, add the matcha powder and mix until everything is combined. Drizzle it over the popcorn and toss it to combine.

Melt the dark chocolate with the coconut oil. Once it has completely melted. Drizzle it over the popcorn. Toss to combine.

Spread the popcorn over a tray lined with parchment paper and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes until the chocolate becomes hard again.  Then break it into smaller chunks, serve and enjoy!

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Korean Style Nachos

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Last month I tried Korean fried chicken for the first time and I was amazed by the sauce it is covered in. I was talking about it with my friend Kaile who has more knowledge about it and she was telling me how this sauce goes well on pretty much anything. I was so excited when she brought me a pot of it when she came over for cake the other day. I couldn’t wait to try it. Nachos have been on my cravings list for a few weeks now and I finally made them for dinner yesterday. It was also the perfect day to make them as I actually didn’t feel like cooking at all. But since it is such a simple and quick recipe, I just went for it.

By the way, Kaile has her own blog about beauty and fashion. I really love her style and her photography is really a treat for the eyes. It is called Kaile Chung. You can check it out by clicking here.

This recipe serves 2 (for dinner).

Ingredients:

For the beef:

400gr of minced beef

2 tablespoons of chopped ginger

¼ teaspoon of onion powder

¼ teaspoon of garlic powder

1 ½ tablespoons of sesame oil

4 tablespoons of Korean chili paste (Gochujang)

2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

1 tablespoon of honey

Vegetable oil for cooking the meat, about 2 tablespoons

For the rest:

1 large bag of tortilla chips, about 200gr

200ml Sour cream

200gr shredded cheese, I used Gouda

2 jalapeños, thinly sliced

2 red chili peppers, thinly sliced

1 spring onion, thinly sliced

 

First cook the meat, add about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the minced meat, ginger, onion and garlic powder. Cook for about 3 minutes and then add the sesame oil, Korean chili paste and honey. Keep stirring until the meat is cooked through. This will only take a few extra minutes. Then turn off the heat and add the sesame seeds and stir until they are mixed through. Here you should taste for salt; I didn’t think it needed any so I skipped it.

Set your oven to broil.

Arrange the tortilla chips in an oven dish or cast iron skillet. Spread the cheese over the tortillas, and then add the minced meat. I added a bit more cheese on top of the meat. Then place it in the oven until the cheese melts. This will only take a couple of minutes, check it so it doesn’t burn.

Once the cheese has melted, remove the nachos from the oven. Top with some sour cream and finally add some slices of jalapeno, red chili pepper and spring onions.  Eat right away.

Matcha Alfajores Filled with Fudge

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I love trying new recipes and of course I hate it when they don’t work out. We ended up having snacks and ice cream for dinner yesterday since our dinner turned out to be a disaster of a recipe. My husband called it this morning the dinner that shall not be named.

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I wanted to make another dessert with matcha again and today I tried these alfajores. Alfajores are cookies from South America filled with dulce de leche. You can make them with flour or a mixture of cornstarch and flour. I prefer the last one as it is very crumbly. I filled them with fudge instead of dulce de leche since I love the combination of matcha with chocolate.  The dough for these cookies is quite dry and crumbly, so don’t worry when it cracks while rolling it. You can always patch it back together with your hands.  For the original Alfajores recipe with dulce de leche, click here. This recipe makes about 30 mini alfajores.

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Ingredients:

For the fudge:

1 can of condensed milk

1 cup of milk

½ cup of cocoa powder, sifted

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 teaspoon of butter

For the Alfajores:

1 ¼ cup of cornstarch (Maizena)

½ cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

2 tablespoons of matcha

¼ cup powdered sugar (plus more for rolling the dough)

3 egg yolks

4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened

3 teaspoons of milk

 

To make the fudge:

Over medium heat, pour the milk and vanilla essence into a saucepan. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until it dissolves. Then add the condensed milk. Stir with a wooden spoon until you can see the bottom of the saucepan. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes. It is important to keep stirring to prevent it from burning.  Once you can see the bottom of the pan while stirring, turn off the heat.  Add the butter and stir until it dissolves and it is mixed through.

Pour the fudge into a bowl.  Allow to cool down and then keep it in the fridge covered with plastic wrap.  Leave it in the fridge for at least 1 hour to harden.

To make the Alfajores:

Sift the cornstarch with the flour, matcha and baking powder.

In another bowl, whisk the softened butter with the powdered sugar. Then whisk in one egg yolk at a time. Then add the dry ingredients in 3 batches. Finally add the milk.

Once it is all mixed through, place the dough on a clean surface and using your hands press it into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic film and let it rest in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

Once the dough has rested, preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on your working area and your rolling pin.

Grab ¼ of the dough and roll it very thin (about 2.5 millimeters). The dough will crack, but you can patch it back together using your hands. Just roll it out gently. Cut the dough using a small round cookie cutter (3 centimeters in diameter).  Place the cookies on the prepared baking tray. You can put the scraps back together and roll it out again. After that, I would just throw away the scraps and start rolling the other ¼ of the original dough. I don’t reroll it more than twice just because it becomes very crumbly and harder to work with.

Bake for 7 minutes.

Allow the cookies to cool down. Once the cookies are cold, place the fudge on a piping bag or Ziploc bag.

Flip half of the cookies upside down and pipe some fudge in the middle. Then place the other cookies on top and press to sandwich them together.

Only fill the cookies that you are going to eat on the same day, otherwise just keep the plain cookies on an air tight container. They will keep like this for a few days.

 

 

Lime Cookies Stuffed with Bounty, with a Malibu Lime glaze

Lime Cookies Stuffed with Bounty, with a Malibu Lime glaze

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Lately I have been into making stuffed cookies; I blame my sweet tooth on the cold weather. Bikini season is far, far away still, so a little overindulgence won’t hurt. Since I can’t have tropical weather at the moment, at least I can eat something that evokes summer to me.  Coconut, rum and lime. I really love this combination, so I thought of putting them together in cookie form.  This recipe makes about 19 cookies.

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For the cookie dough:

113gr butter, at room temperature

½ cup of granulated sugar

½ cup of icing sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Pinch of salt

2 cups of all-purpose flour

Juice of 5 limes

Zest of 3 limes

For the filling:

5 bounty chocolate bars

For the glaze:

1 1/3 cup of icing sugar

1 tablespoon of Malibu rum

Juice of 1 lime

 

To make the cookie dough, cream the butter with the granulated sugar and icing sugar until light and fluffy.  Then mix in the egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt.  Add the flour. Finally add the lime zest and lime juice.

Once it is all mixed, cover and let it sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour.  You can also leave it in the fridge overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Open all of the bounty bars. Slice each piece into 3 parts.

Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and start shaping the cookies.

Take about a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball with your hands. Then flatten it, pressing with both your hands.  Place a piece of the bounty bar in the middle. Bring the edges of the dough together and press to seal them and then form a ball again.  Place the ball on the prepared baking sheet and repeat until all the cookies are done.  The dough is quite sticky, I found it easier to wash my hands after assembling 5 cookies, and then start to assemble them again.

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Bake them for about 10 minutes, until the edges start getting golden.  Then remove from the oven, let them rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack.

Once the cookies have cooled down, start making the glaze.  Mix the icing sugar, Malibu and lime juice in a small bowl.  Pour the glaze in a Ziploc bag, and snip off one of the corners of the bag. Use it as a piping bag and drizzle over each cookie.

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