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Valentine’s Chic Chocolate Cake

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! What are your plans- fancy big dinner or staying in with a home cooked meal?

We’re staying in this year and celebrating with this simple chocolate cake. It’s a quick 1 bowl dessert, no mess, no fuss and sugar free as it’s sweetened with maple syrup. I hope you enjoy it and let me know how it turns out.

Would love to hear your plans, leave me a note in the comments!

Happy Valentine’s Day!❤


Chic Chocolate Cake Recipe


Ingredients:


2 large eggs
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup dark maple syrup
Pinch of fleur de sel
1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean
3 tbsp flour (or gf flour mix)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 shot prepared espresso

*dehydrated raspberry powder

Method:


• Whip the butter, add the eggs until double in volume.
• Add the maple syrup, fleur de sel and vanilla bean.
• Gently fold in the flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder until combined.
• With the mixer running on the lowest speed, slowly pour in the espresso. Can also be done by hand – gently fold in the espresso with a whisk until smooth.
• Pour into a 9″ baking pan with a removable bottom and bake for 15-20 minutes.
• Remove and let cool.
• Serve with whipped cream, dust with icing sugar or dust with dehydrated crushed raspberries as shown in the photo.

*The cake can also be topped with a ganache frosting (1:1 ratio chocolate + hot whipping cream, let stand and whisk until smooth and cool enough to pour or thickened to spread)

Enjoy!

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Sweet and Spicy Salmon (two ways)

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Salmon two ways
6 servings

Le creuset dishes, sesame oil

Salt
Pepper
1 tsp Mustard seeds
3 tblsp Maple syrup
1 tsp Raw sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried parsley
Dash of red chili powder
1/3 cup Soy sauce
Black Sesame seeds (optional, for the top)

{1-2 tblsp Sambal oelek (red chili paste)} * Add This To half The Marinade

This recipe works best with salmon fillets due to the complementary flavours in this marinade; but feel free to try it with other kinds of fish.

I serve this with roasted vegetables on the side.

1. Clean and dry the fish fillets and place in a shallow bowl or plate
2. Combine all the ingredients and coat the fish with the marinade. Set aside for about 25 minutes to allow the flavours to meld.

3. Preheat oven to 470F

4. Transfer to a baking dish and place a little sesame oil to coat the bottom. Lay fish in a single layer and pour over remaining marinade.

5.Roast the fish for approx 15 (do not overlook) and put under broil for a few minutes to slightly char the top.

6. Alternatively, you can bbq it.

Enjoy!

Summer Zucchini Tart

image Recipe: 1 sheet of puff pastry,  thawed 1 large zucchini,  sliced into thin ribbons with a mandolin 100 grams sheep’s feta Fleur de sel (or kosher salt) Fresh black pepper Herbs de Provence Olive oil Fresh rosemary sprigs Preheat oven to 425° F Line a baking sheet with parchment Roll out your puff pastry and sprinkle some feta and drizzle a little bit of olive oil. Place an even layer of zucchini ribbons over the pastry and  then sprinkle with salt, pepper,  herbs de Provence, olive oil,  and feta. Repeat layers with remaining zucchini. Top with fresh rosemary sprigs and bake for approx 25 min or until golden brown and the pastry has risen. Slice when slightly cooled. Great as a main or as an appetizer. Enjoy! 20140724-143555-52555255.jpg

Roasted Campari Tomatoes and Sweet Vidalia Onion Focaccia

I love this focaccia. It’s sweet, salty and delicious.
It’s fantastic on its own, or as a base for a sandwich.
I make mine with sweet Campari tomatoes, but really, any sweet variety will do, the same with the onions.
Another favourite addition to this focaccia is cured black olives. This is what I love about focaccia the most, it’s really a blank canvas for your taste buds, so go wild and feel free to try different toppings. But trust me, this one is a winning combination.

I personally love to eat it when it’s piping hot out of the oven. The tomatoes are still juicy, the sweetness of the onions and the sprinkling of my favourite sea salt really brings it home!

Stop drooling and go make this…you’ll thank me later. 🙂

Roasted Campari Tomatoes and Sweet Vidalia Onion Focaccia

Here’s what you need:

For the starter:

2 tsp quick rise yeast
1.5 cups of warm water
2 tsp raw sugar

Combine the ingredients in a large bowl until it’s foamy, approx 10 minutes.

For the dough:

Starter (above)
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tblsp kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, crushed (optional, but adds a nice flavour)
1/3 cup olive oil
2 Sprigs of fresh rosemary (or 1.5 tsp dried)

Topping:

5 Campari tomatoes, sliced
1/2 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
Fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 450°F

In a stand mixer (or by hand), combine the starter with the remaining ingredients until incorporated and you have a nice dough ball. It may be sticky, but that’s ok! Set aside for at least 30 minutes to rise, should be doubled. (If you’re in a hurry, you can omit this step and proceed with the recipe, it will still turn out delicious.)

Line a baking sheet with parchment, drizzle with olive oil.

On an oiled surface, roll out the dough into a rectangular shape* and place on parchment. Indent the dough with your fingers, making little pockets/wells into the dough with your fingertips.

Top with sliced Campari tomatoes, sliced onions, sprigs of fresh rosemary, sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil on top for good measure.

Set aside and let it proof for about 20 minutes.

Bake for approx 30 – 35 minutes, until golden. Oven times may vary.

Enjoy!

*The dough should be soft/pliable enough for you to stretch and shape with your hands, if you do not have a rolling pin. It’s fun and your hands get a little workout! 🙂

Iced Coconut Latte (Dairy Free)

coffeeCool down with this delicious dairy free latte! Easy and sooo good!  You can even substitute the milk and try other flavours, such as, almond, hemp, chia seed or soy.

Recipe:

1 cup chilled coconut milk
2 tsp raw cane sugar
1-2 shots espresso
Ice cubes or crushed ice

Mix coconut milk and sugar, pour 1 shot espresso over and top with ice. Enjoy!