Recipe { Easy Cauliflower Soup }

Even though other parts of the world are enjoying springtime weather, we were blessed with another snowstorm this week. Since it’s still cold, I just want to eat food that warm me up, like this delicious (and easy) soup!

My cousin first discovered this recipe, and I’ve made tweaks to it over time. That’s the beauty of cooking, you can change a recipe to create your own version of a dish – it’s like a creative outlet. This recipe is pretty versatile, and I’ve left alternative options below. Feel free to play around and adjust it to your taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup Chicken broth
  • Mushrooms (approx. 227 g)
  • One head of cauliflower
  • One onion
  • One big potato
  • 1 can (540 mL) white kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • Salt & pepper

Steps

  1. Prepare all the ingredients: wash mushrooms, cauliflower and potato.
  2. Roughly cut up the veggies them up.
  3. Add all the ingredients to a big pot.
  4. Over medium heat, bring to boil and let the ingredients steam for about 45 minutes.
  5. Blend everything together.
  6. Serve while hot!

Alternatives

  • Add 1-2 tbsp Italian herbs.
  • Add 1/3 cup cream cheese. This makes it a lot more delicious!
  • Removing the kidney beans
  • Using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth
  • Add Sriracha sauce, to taste.
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Recipe { Croque-Madame }

Saturday mornings should be spent lazily around the house in pijamas, with a nice brunch and catching on blogs, magazines, or TV-shows. What better way to spend a Saturday morning?!!

When I came across this recipe for Croque-Madame on Cupcakes and Cashmere, I knew that I had to try it because : a) I love brunch; b) I love ham, cheese and eggs; c) It looks so damn good I just had to try it for myself.

It was SO easy to make, and it was absolutely DELICIOUS. This is also a perfect recipe to make for a group of people because it looks more complicated than it actually is, so you can impress your friends.

I didn’t really change recipe other than using this simple béchamel sauce by Mario Batali. I would probably even exclude the béchamel sauce altogether next time, or would add parmesan cheese to it. Actually, I didn’t really follow the proportions because that’s just how I roll (although my boyfriend would disagree with this method of cooking…). You can easily add some spices and flavors to the béchamel sauce, or use a different kind of cheese on the bread! That’s the fun part about cooking: there are no rules! (well…sorta…)

What’s your favorite brunch food? Any good recipes I should check out? 

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Recipe { White Chocolate Peppermint Bark }

I wanted to make another easy but fun recipe for the holidays and thought of making chocolate bark. It’s just another great way to impress guests or give to your host if you are going somewhere for dinner during the holidays. There isn’t much more to say about this recipe other than it’s easy and delicious! After a busy week, I took a morning to myself, put on some Michael Bublé and pranced around my kitchen while making this. Yes, there was some shameless dancing involved.

The fun thing about bark is that you can combine any ingredient that you want, like nuts or another favorite candy. Be creative and have fun with it!! Simply replace the candy canes with other ingredients.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups (600 g) White chocolate
  • ½ cup (100 g) Dark chocolate
  • 6 candy canes (or about 1 cup of crushed candy cane)

Preparation

  1. Line a pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Crush the candy canes (I broke the candy canes into smaller pieces, placed them in a bowl and then crushed them with a measuring cup).
  3. Pour the white chocolate in a bowl and place over a boiling pot of hot water. Mix continuously until fully melted.
  4. Mix in about ¾ cup of the crushed candy canes.
  5. Pour the white chocolate & candy cane mixture on the parchment paper and even it out to about ¾-inch thickness.
  6. Melt the dark chocolate and then pour in a Ziploc. Close tightly making sure that it’s sealed and as much of the air is removed. Cut the tip and then pour evenly on top of the white chocolate.
  7. Sprinkle the rest of the crushed candy canes over the dark chocolate while it’s still soft.
  8. Cool the bark in the fridge for an hour or two, or until hardened.
  9. Break apart and enjoy!
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{ Ingredients }

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{ Tip: crush the candy canes with a metal measuring cup }

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{ Step 3: melt the white chocolate over a boiling pot of water }

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{ Step 4: add crushed candy cane }

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{ Step 5: spread out evenly }

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{ Tip: to easily pour the melted chocolate in the Ziploc, place it in a wide container like a mug. First start by scooping one spoonful of the chocolate to add some weight to the bottom of the Ziploc for it to hold better }

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{ Tip: squeeze out as much of the air from the Ziploc as possible and cut out a small opening in the corner }

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{ Finished product! }

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