The weather on the second day was not too bright, and the temperature was chilly. Then we decided to take a day to visit the beautiful Dutch windmill village, Zaanse Schans is on the banks of the Zaan river. We got the train tickets from Schiphol airport to Sloterdijk first then change to Zaandijk Zaanse Schans, it took about half an hour.
For my memory, I think I haven’t posted any rice dish before, except risotto.
This is an easy fusion dish, mix up with pesto sauce with fried rice. Why do I use kale? Mainly because basil is too expensive for me for a few leaves. So I get the kale instead and it is on sale! I can keep a few more pennies in my pocket. :p
In addition, this pesto sauce has so many health benefits to share. Such as full of folic acid, add walnuts with it can give us the omega 3, which protects our brain cells. Also, it is so delicious on spaghetti as well, I’m planning to make it for my tomorrow dinner.
Kale Pesto Fried Rice
2 cups Kale leaves only, stems removed
A large handful Toasted walnuts
1/4 cup Nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp Sea salt
2 cloves garlic, chopped (I haven’t used it)
1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil, more or less
In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine the kale leaves first for the first 2 minutes. Then add the other ingredients except for the olive oil. When the motor running, drizzle the olive oil in slowly through the hole. Blend it all until a smooth sauce. Store in a clean jar and top up with more olive oil and store in the fridge.
Then fry the rice in a hot work with a bit more oil and add the pesto sauce. Mix evenly and add some sweetcorn or garden peas if you like.
I have been a few weeks not very well and stay at home after I came back. Just too lazy to think about what I’ll cook.
When I flick and browse around the web without any idea, then lots of pancakes appear. So I think is it pancake’s day? Nope, it’ll be in March this year. But who said we can’t make pancakes when it is not a pancake’s day!!!
So, this saves my day when I’m feeling low. Wish you all like it and give me a blessing!
Vegan Pancakes With Aquafaba for A Lazy Day
1 Cup Plain flour + 1 Cup Buckwheat Flour (can use 2 cups buckwheat flour for gluten-free)
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 tbsp Unrefined Brown sugar
1 1/4 cup Nut milk of your choice
1 Can of chickpea, salted-free, reserved 1 cup of the liquid, chilled in the fridge
1 1/4 tsp Apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp Oil
Any fruits or berries of your choice
Peanut butter sauce or other nut butter
Any dairy-free cream, (like cashew cream, oat cream, soy cream or coconut cream), optional
In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients and set aside.
To make the buttermilk, mix the baking soda into the nut milk, stir to well combined, set aside for 10 minutes. Then add the vegetable oil, stir well.
Beat the reserved chickpea brine: aquafaba to a stiff form, it’ll take 10 to 15 minutes.
Add the buttermilk to the dry ingredients and use a hand whisk to mix until just combined. It’s better not to over-whisk the batter, keep the texture light and fluffy.
Use a spatula to fold the whipped aquafaba into the batter, remember gently.
Keep a frying pan over low heat, rub some oil, and put a dollop of the batter onto the pan. Let the pancakes to cook until small bubbles appear and the edge firm up. Flip it over and cook quickly on the other side.
Cover the cooked pancakes with a clean tea towel when you cook the others.
Serve with nut cream and fresh berries when it is still warm.
Missed all of you for nearly 3 months, I have been away and it has lots of fantastic things happened recently.
Today is Valentine’s day, it seems we haven’t celebrated this special day since a long time ago.
Despite that, I like to bake this little chocolate cake for my hubby. 🙂
This is a simple, no fuss and easy to achieve success even a new baker.
You can get a lave cake from this simple recipe, but I have baked a little bit over-time accidentally. Sadly, I can’t have a lovely lava cake that I want to. This is what I get at last: a fluffy, soft chocolate cake.
Vegan Chocolate Cake (Lava Cake)
Ingredient: (Make 2 ramekins)
1/2cup Plain flour
3 tbsp cacao powder
Pinch of sea salt
1/4tsp Baking soda
5tbsp Unrefined brown sugar
2tbsp Vegetable oil
1/2tbsp Lemon juice or vinegar
1/2tsp vanilla extract
2 Dark chocolate cubes, 75% cocoa, (dairy-free)
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Sieve the plain flour in a bowl, with the salt, cacao powder, and baking soda, set aside.
Put sugar and cold water in another small bowl, stir until the sugar dissolved.
Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice, mix well.
Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined but not over mix.
Pour the batter in the greased ramekins.
Then, place one chocolate cube in the batter, press down to immerse into the batter.
Place in the hot oven and bake for 27 minutes. Don’t overcook if you want a lava cake.
Remove out from the oven and leave to cool 2 to 3 minutes. Then gently invert the ramekins on a serving plate.
Tap the base of the mould and let the cake slid on the plate.
Dust some cocoa powder or icing sugar on top. Then serve immediately.
Here is the first time I’m not talking about cooking recipes.
Because I heard bad NEWS from Flickr (photos storage). They announced that Free members with more than 1,000 photos and/or videos uploaded to Flickr have until Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to upgrade to Pro or download content over that limit. After January 8, 2019, members over the limit will no longer be able to upload new photos to Flickr. After February 5, 2019, Free accounts that contain over 1,000 photos and/or videos will have content actively deleted—starting from oldest to newest date uploaded—to meet the new limit.
Has anyone stored your photos in Flickr? If you own a Flickr Pro account, that’s no problem at all but not the free members, sadly!
But I am one of the free members for so many years since. And my blog’s photos are linked in Flickr mainly.
If they changed the policy to keep 1,000 photos only for free, and more than that will get deleted automatically.
How about my blog’s photos were there so many years already? Once they deleted, my photos will get vanish! And I can’t afford to pay the Pro account as well.
It is stealthily entering to the frosting winter after the happy Halloween. Do you like this weather? I like the autumn more actually! Looking at the tree’s leaves turn into brown, then gradually to yellow. And gently falling on the road or lawn without any notice.