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Chicken Spinach Meatballs with Creamy Sauce

Chicken Spinach Meatballs with Creamy Sauce

Get your warm rice or crispy sweet potato fries ready because your new favorite chicken dish is here! These chicken meatballs with creamy sauce recipe are so flavorful! I used beef broth instead of chicken and the result is amazing! So, keep in mind, when 

Black Forest Puff Pastry

Black Forest Puff Pastry

I’ve been wanting to make this black forest puff pastry recipe for quite some time now. I have envisioned it in my head in multiple occasions. So, last week I made attempts, 2 actually, I’ve tweaked and swapped ingredients to please my unsatisfied vexed palate. 

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Vegetables

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Vegetables

Easter 2022: Look how pretty these Easter eggs turn out. I’m really amazed how vegetables magically transform simple white egg shells into delicate light-toned Easter eggs embellished with flower and herb designs. 

Easter 2021: I remember spending the holiday in Hotel Bären in Wengen with my husband and my little Carlton then (now, >30 kg, not so little anymore..tsk…tsk..) While having breakfast, I noticed these brown colored eggs in a basket with interesting lovely patterns on a buffet table. In a flash, I picked up one and immediately drawn to it. Looking at it meticulously…how- did- they- do -that? 

Easter eggs in Switzerland are the most elegant, not only from its alluring outside appearance but also how it is distinctively made with wholesome ingredients. The eggs are traditionally dyed with onion skin, decorated with fresh flowers and herbs as patterns. For this recipe, I also used red cabbage to achieve sky and dark blue colors. FYI: the dark blue was the result of my failed attempt of trying to get a pink one. I must say that it was the most beautiful mistake I’ve ever done! 

As I research more on the internet, there are so many ways to color your Easter eggs naturally with vegetables. According to the picture above, beet root will give the eggshells that pink tinge that I was aiming for. Can’t wait to try this again next year!

Herb Wrapping Tips: 1. Place herb facing you on a piece of strainer cloth. 2. Place egg on top of the herb. 3. Place it on your palm. 4. Wrap it tightly. 5. Twist the top. 6. Tie with ribbon. 

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally Using Vegetables

No artificial coloring. All-natural dye using vegetables : onion skin and red cabbage for a healthy and happy Easter Day! Let's start coloring Easter eggs!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 d
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Swiss
Keyword: easter eggs, eggs, food coloring, healthy dye, natural dye, onion skin, red cabbage
Servings: 5 people
Author: Dhin

Equipment

  • strainer/cheese cloth or hosiery
  • ribbon

Ingredients

  • 9-12 white eggs organic
  • 8 g yellow onion skin
  • 300 g red cabbage thinly sliced
  • water
  • fresh flowers and herbs
  • 1/2 slice fresh lemon

Instructions

  • On a piece of cloth, place herb facing you.
  • Place the cleanest part of the egg on top of the herb.
  • Place it in your palm.
  • Tightly wrap the cloth.
  • Twist the top.
  • Tie with ribbon.
  • Repeat with different choice of pattern: (i.e. rosemary, thyme, small flowers, etc)
  • Add onion skin or red cabbage in the pot.
  • Add wrapped eggs. Cover it with some of the onion or cabbage.
  • Fill up pot with water.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Cook eggs for another 6 minutes.
  • Cool down. For dark blue, add lemon in red cabbage water.
  • Refrigerate for 5 hrs - 24 hrs.
  • Using scissors, cut the ribbon.
  • Gently unwrap and remove the herbs.
  • Wipe excess water with paper towel.
  • Admire and enjoy!

Notes

TIPS:
  • use white eggs to get the full color effect. 
  • use strainer/cheese cloth/hosiery 
  • small flowers, rosemary, and thyme are really pretty as patterns
  • for dark blue color, use 1/2 slice of fresh lemon
  • refrigerate for at least 24hrs for maximum color
  • a vegetable color chart is available on gemframboise.com
  • finally, if you're a visual person like me, watch the step-by-step video tutorial on youtube. 

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Flawless Flourless Chocolate Soufflé

Flawless Flourless Chocolate Soufflé

What is a perfect chocolate soufflé for you? For me, I like mine flourless pretty tall crackless top delicious with custardy center, served warm with melty Movenpick meringue ice cream, top with Fribourgeoise meringue bits.  Sounds like a dream. But, no, no, no…it’s really happening. This. 

Soft and Chewy 2-Ingredient Gluten Free Cookie Dough

Soft and Chewy 2-Ingredient Gluten Free Cookie Dough

No Flour, No Butter, No Corn, No Oil, No Gluten….just making the best cookie dessert bites that you can eat without guilt. This super easy gluten free cookie dough recipe just need 2 ingredients: Nut Flour of Choice + Maple Syrup! Yup! That’s it!! and 

Dark Chocolate Covered Oranges + French Orangettes 🍊

Dark Chocolate Covered Oranges + French Orangettes 🍊

Bonjour! Bonjour! Bonjour! Oui, je suis là! Oooh, la la! Just channeling the “petit côte français en moi”. Please excuse my French. It’s still a working progress. You’re probably scratching your head with my uncanny introduction, but this is the most suitable for our recipe today. 

Have you ever caught yourself staring fiercely at something while doing your routine groceries? I got a small box of French Orangettes for the first time to enjoy at home and that intense moment led me to reading more about it. How come I’ve never heard of this before? This should be more mainstream. I loved  and accepted this ecological idea of not wasting orange peels. It’s just too good to go. 

I’m not a chocolate connoisseur. Tempering chocolate petrifies me. I’d rather enjoy it as is or in baked goods. However, arming yourselves with simple chocolate handling techniques will spare you from heartbreaking affair with chocolates. So, please glance through my list of helpful tips before touching your precious chocolate bar. You can thank me later. 

Dark Chocolate Covered Orange Peels (French Orangettes)

Think twice before throwing away orange peels. Try this sweet idea instead!
Prep Time1 d
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time2 d
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Dark chocolate, French Orangettes, Oranges
Servings: 10 people
Author: Dhin

Ingredients

  • 3 oranges organic
  • 500 ml water
  • 200 g sugar
  • 200 g dark chocolate 64%
  • sprinkles optional

Instructions

  • Wash and dry oranges thoroughly.
  • Cut both ends of the fruit.
  • With a small sharp knife, slightly cut into the skin in four segments.
  • Carefully peel the skin and remove the white membranes as much as possible.
  • Cut into four strips.
  • In a small saucepan, add water and sugar. Stir and bring it to boil.
  • Lower the heat and wait for the water to calm a bit.
  • Add orange peel strips.
  • Bring water to boil. Remove from heat. Let water calm. Bring to boil again.
  • Repeat 3 times.
  • Drain water.
  • Arrange strips on a plate. Cover in plastic wrap.
  • Place in fridge overnight.
  • Day 2: In a large bowl, add 125 g of dark chocolate in small pieces.
  • Make a bain-marie. Place the bowl on top and start melting chocolate.
  • Stir gently once the chocolate starts to melt on the side.
  • Keep stirring until all chocolate is melted.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add the rest of the chocolate and stir until all melted.
  • Return chocolate to the bain-marie to bring it up to temperature, stirring constantly.
  • Transfer into a thermal glass cup.
  • Place parchment paper on top of serving plate.
  • Start dipping orange strips and slices.
  • Add sprinkles if desired.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Enjoy and serve the same day.

Notes

TIPS: 
  • since we're eating the orange skins, it is best to use organic ones. 
  • prep the orange skins a day before dipping in a well tempered chocolate 
  • cook orange skins 3 times - you can use more sugar if you like but I kinda like it on a little tangy side 
  • use 64% dark chocolate, it's not too sweet, not too bitter = just perfect!
  • use a bain-marie to melt chocolate. bain-marie = small saucepan with hot water 
  • temper and be patient with your chocolate 
  • do the finger test with tempered chocolate, it shouldn't be too liquidy. 
  • use a thermal glass cup, it will help your chocolate stay ooey-gooey! 
  • use heart shaped sprinkles to uplift the loving essence of Valentine's Day - serve this fresh and devour them ASAP!
  • you can also sprinkle it with some himalayan pink salt. It's satisfying!

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Sticky Crunchy Glutinous Rice Flour Cake (Mochi + Matcha + Almond Crunch)

Sticky Crunchy Glutinous Rice Flour Cake (Mochi + Matcha + Almond Crunch)

There are so many varieties of rice cakes in the world. Growing up in the Philippines where the sight of rice is inescapable, I’ve always maintain my love for rice desserts. I witnessed the meticulous process of making it and I would say it took forever! 

Healthy Salmon Poke Bowl with Quinoa + Papaya Balls

Healthy Salmon Poke Bowl with Quinoa + Papaya Balls

What is that one dish that you will eat everyday without getting tired or bored with it? Hmm, so many delicious options! But, let me help you make up your mind (where’s my magic wand?…oh, here it is…*waving, waving, waving…third time’s is a charm*) Voila! 

2 Ingredient Pie Crust: The Apple Biscoff Pie

2 Ingredient Pie Crust: The Apple Biscoff Pie

Is it just me? I see apples all year round, but when the leaves start changing its colors and end up dancing all over the streets like nobody is watching, I get this craving more than usual for apples. I guess, it must be Autumn. 

We’re celebrating Autumn in Switzerland for the second time around. It’s windy, it’s chilly, no wonder the trees have to shed its leaves and say sayonara! I won’t blame them. The weather can be a little bit depressing. Aside from witnessing the majestic foliage in Switzerland, there’s one thing that I really look forward to and it’s quite simple: imagine a hybrid of two delicious apples in the whole wide world. Fuji and gala. Imagine the texture of fuji apples with sweet taste from gala apples. That my friend is what I call, the Swiss apples.

Easy on the pie crust, SVP. We’re definitely going the easy way because we’re only using 2 ingredients to make the crust. I pick you– Lotus biscoff cookies and you, yes you–butter. Now, we can take a deep breath and get to know the cookie that saved the day. Lotus biscoff cookies are, in my opinion, is the pringle version, once you pop you can’t stop. It’s thin and loaded with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, just to name a few, that will awaken your sleeping palate.  Apples and biscoff cookies really flatter each other effortlessly.  So, let me show you how to make the easiest apple pie with biscoff cookies perfect for fall gatherings. 

2 Ingredient Pie Crust: The Apple Biscoff Pie

Do you have biscoff cookies and butter? Let's make the easiest apple pie with a 2 ingredient pie crust.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: 2 ingredient pie crust, Apple, apple pie, biscoff
Servings: 4 people
Author: Dhin of gemframboise.com

Equipment

  • ~20 cm round pan

Ingredients

  • 16 biscoff cookies
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 200 ml whipping cream
  • 1 med egg
  • 60 grams sugar
  • 40 grams pudding powder vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp bourbon vanilla
  • 2 small baking apples honeycrisp or gala

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F / 175 °C.
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter. Set aside.
  • Using a pastry brush, grease baking pan with some melted butter. Set aside.
  • Place cookies in a ziploc bag.
  • Using a rolling pin, crush cookies.
  • In a medium bowl, gently combine crushed cookies and melted butter.
  • Transfer in a well greased baking pan.
  • Using a small spatula or the bottom of a measuring cup, press crust mixture firmly on and around the baking pan.
  • Bake for 5 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, add whipping cream, egg, and sugar. Mix.
  • Add pudding powder. Mix.
  • Add vanilla extract. Mix. Set aside.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel apples.
  • Using a melon scooper, de-core apples.
  • Slice apples thinly.
  • Arrange thinly sliced apples around the baked biscoff crust.
  • Gently pour liquid mixture in a circular motion on top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  • Cool down for at least an hour.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Don't forget to read tips below.

Notes

TIPS:
  • Use a food processor if available to crush cookies. 
  • Crushed cookies doesn't have to be super fine. It can have some chunks but not too chunky. 
  • Please use baking apples such as honeycrisp or gala. 
  • Use a melon scooper to de-core apples.
  • You can arrange apples however you like.
  • If you don't want your apples to turn brown, squeeze some lemon on them. (Optional) For me, it didn't really make a big difference once done baking. 
  • To distribute liquid mixture on top of apples evenly, pour it in a circular motion.
  • Cool down pie and serve the same day with fresh chantilly cream or vanilla ice cream. 
  • Finally, if you're a visual person like me, watch the step-by-step video tutorial on YouTube. 

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Squid Game Lunch Box

Squid Game Lunch Box

Netflix & Chill. This is my absolute favorite thing to do on a weekend especially when you feel drained all week. Just grab your remote and browse what’s new on Netflix. Two weeks ago, I happened to watch a new Korean drama series called Squid Game.