Experimental Thursday: Avocado Chocolate Marble Cake

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I was inspired by Gooseberry and Avocado Loaf Cake Recipe by Bunnykitchen.com, thank you Poppy for the inspiration and has been dying to try out making cake with avocado.

So here I’ve decided to make an Avocado Chocolate Marble Cake. It turned out pretty good, a little dense (will need to tweak the recipe a little bit) but has a nice subtle avocado taste to it. Why with chocolate? Because back in Indonesia, we have a dessert drink made from avocado, condense milk and chocolate syrup, just like a smoothie and its somehow all complements each other. So I thought why not in a cake, minus the condense milk part…

If you want to try it at home here’s the recipe:

1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 egg
120 ml of light cream
100 g of melted butter
100 g of melted chocolate
2.5 teaspoons of baking powder
3/4 cup of sugar (I think you can get away with 1/2 a cup if you want it less sweet)
1 ripe avocado

Wet Ingredients:
Blend using a food processor one avocado, egg, melted butter and light cream put it aside.

In another bowl combine flour, sugar and baking powder and mix it together. Pour in the wet ingredients and combine it gently, try not to overwork the mixture. Then Take half of the batter in another bowl and mixed in the melted chocolate.

In loaf thin, to get the marble effect, you just need to layer green batter then chocolate batter when its all done, get a stick and swirl it around to create the marble effect.

Baked in a preheat 180C oven for 45-50 minutes, use a stick to check whether its ready, if the stick come out clean then your cake is ready!

Leave it out to cool down et voila, a nice afternoon tea cake is ready!

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Self Reflections

Today is my 2nd year wedding anniversary, it has been a roller coaster journey through ups and down; from visa issues (twice; French and British), living separately in the England; I was in London he was in Swindon (2 hours journey) and now moving to his hometown, Paris. We had some happy times too off course, travelling a lot for the last 2 years, goofy moments and now finally living together under the same roof (phew! after 6 years together). I am grateful that we managed to overcome all the drama in our life and wishing that we will grow together as a couple.

The self reflections are the things I wanted to improve on myself to be a better wife and person, and to be a reminder to myself there is always room for improvement. A little pledge to make my relationship with my husband better.

The biggest challenge  for me is not to take things personally, I can be overly sensitive at times and take things to heart and make small matter into a gigantic matter. This is normally the start of our little ‘sparks’. I have to admit most of the time the start is because of a misunderstanding of what is being said and over simple matter. I need to let go of the little things and stop taking things too personally as if it’s a personal attack on me (which I felt most of the time) even thought after we talked about it later on, it’s not rather it was mostly my insecurities. I have issues in always wanting to please people and also having the support of my loved ones, so when he has different opinions than mine, i felt unsupported, which shouldn’t be the case. As I know everyone has their own opinion right! But I am too stubborn in someway (the other biggest change I need to improve on) to accept that. I do understand sometimes there are also some cultural differences on interpretation and the way things are said, which I also need to be more understanding and not take it too literally (which is hard as I am an over-thinker)

My pledge to myself:

1. Stop taking things to personally.

2. Stop over-thinking, because it makes yourself agitated even more

3. Accept that I cannot please everyone and agree with everyone.

4. Take a time-out if I felt I am too emotionally upset and will say things that might be hurtful.

Hopefully by doing these little changes, I would take things easier and have a better relationship with my lovely hubby, because he deserve it after being so patients with me, dealing with my craziness and grumpy moments!

Happy 2nd year Anniversary baby, I love you and thank you for always being there for me no matter how annoying I can be sometimes!

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Motivational Monday

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I need to remind myself this everyday, as I have been craving my own comfort zone, home sweet home in Melbourne. However right now home is here in Paris, even though things can get a little tough sometimes, I need to keep my chin up and be grateful that I get to live in one of the most beautiful city in the world.

I forgot to post my sunday gratitude post so here it is:
Thank you for a wonderful week full of meeting new people and friends
Thank you for another eye-opening moment living in Paris
Thank you for the support of my dear friends, who are ready to hear me rant and ramble over Skype when things get tough.
Thank you for giving me the chance to making green changes in my live, one little step is better than nothing.
Thank you for giving me the courage to keep going when things get tough

Happy Monday and Never Give Up!

Wishful Thinking on a Friday Night

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Creamy Soy Latte from Mart 130, South Melbourne

 

Ok so I know it’s late (00.13 local time) to be dreaming about a cup of creamy latte, but since it’s friday night I’m thinking how wonderful it is to be able to get a nice cup of my favourite soya latte for my saturday breakfast.  Wishing I could just get up tomorrow morning and plonk myself at one of my favourite cafes in Melbourne like Seven Seeds, Market Lanes Coffee or Mart 130 and ordered myself the creamiest soy latte! I think I am little bit homesick, I miss Melbourne a lot and can’t wait till January comes where I get to go home for a few weeks!

A girl can always dream right!

Good night world, and be nice to our precious earth!

 

 

Baking Friday: Banana Bread

I’ve always love baking, and these days I’ve baked a few times a week. One of my favourite is Banana Bread, especially after you forgotten that you have bananas and they all turn into ugly looking thing however they are the best to make into banana bread! Right now is baking in the oven, waiting patiently till I can get my hands on the first slice; yummy!photo-9

This a is a new recipe I am trying, I got it from Jamie’s Oliver Website. I did remove the nut’s as I will be serving it to some of my friends’ children.

Ingredients
Recipe:

1 cup (115 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)

1 3/4 cups (245 grams) all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar

1 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

3 ripe large bananas (approximately 1 pound or 454 grams), mashed well (about 1-1/2 cups)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Garnish: (Optional)

1 large banana, sliced or dried banana chips

Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place oven rack to middle position. Butter and flour (or spray with a non stick vegetable/flour spray) the bottom and sides of loaf pan. Set aside.

Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool and then chop coarsely.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nuts. Set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick and chunky. (The important thing is not to over mix the batter. You do not want it smooth. Over mixing the batter will yield tough, rubbery bread.) Scrape batter into prepared pan and place the slices of banana on top of the batter for garnish. Bake until bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. This bread can be frozen.

45 minutes later… 

 

Here is the result! The only changes I made, I end up baking it for around 45 minutes because it was already golden brown and the toothpick came out clean.

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Happy Friday y’all and indulge in a little bit of sweetness in your life

Turquoise oh How I love Thee!

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Le Morne – St Regis Mauritius

Turquoise is one of my favourite colour other than yellow, it reminds me of tranquility and serenity of paradise, just as how I felt when I was in Mauritius. I think beautiful wouldn’t even enough to describe it. The turquoise blue sea calling you to come and relax with its warm clear water, immersing yourself in its tranquility. I’ve been blessed to have experience this, happy times! This is my Wednesday Wish List, to go back to paradise!
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Le Morne – St Regis Mauritius

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Pointe Aux Piments – Le Meridien Mauritius

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Pointe Aux Piments – Le Meridien Mauritius

After Sun Care!

After Sun Care!

As summer is here I think it’s important to care even more for our skin, for me Aloe Vera is the best after sun skin care. Not just its cooling for your skin, it has a lot of skin repairing ingredients and anti-bacterial too. Due to its high water content aloe vera is good for hydrating and moisturising your skin as well. I’ve always used the Vaseline one, which is easy to get in Boots (UK), but since I finished mine, the no 2 and 3 is on my wish list! Plus aloe vera is as natural as its get, if you can get a hand on the plants, its even better you can just scraped the inside and put on your skin, organic to the max!

Enjoy the summer but don’t forget to take care of your skin!

The Best Pizza in Lake Como

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THE pizza

So if you read a lot of article about Lake Como, you will find almost everyone is recommending this Pizza place called Pizzeria Balognett in Via delle Mele 5a Frazzione Balogno di Tremezzo, 22019 Tremezzo, Italy. So I thought it was a good idea to try!

The restaurant is a little secluded among residential area, as you walk in or drive in, you see a garden patch which I’m presuming is for the pizza! definitely a bonus point for me, nothing is more organic than eating your own grown vegetables. The restaurant itself is a little shabby but nice, Francia the owner was a little distant at first but was very accommodating and polite, why because we didn’t know that it was CASH ONLY restaurant so we told her need to go and get some cash, she told us to stay, eat first and get the cash later. She even joked with my husband that I will be the guarantee while he went to get some cash! There were plenty of tourist, as it is mention in almost every guide about Lake Como however you will see a lot of the local people too a bit later in the evening. Probably its only tourist like us who has dinner at 7 o’clock oops!

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Yummo Calzone

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The Verdict:
The pizza we ordered were simple but yet so flavoursome, and it was the first time that I had some carrots and some other radishes in my calzone (closed pizza) but it was absolutely delish and somehow light. Even the lemon sorbet were to die for! I love lemon sorbet and by far this was the best I’ve tried because there were no bitter after taste at the end. Price wise it wasn’t very expensive, we paid €45 for 2 person, which include 2 pizza, a half carafe of white wine, 2 desserts and 2 bottles of sparkling water.

I mean you will probably find a lot of pizza place in Lake Como, but this one you can be sure that they were fresh.

Bon Apetito!

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My favourite Lemon Sorbet

Sunday Gratitude

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It hasn’t been a wow week after the complain and a little bit of disputes with dear hubby, however I still want to give thanks to all the other happy things that happened this week!

*The biggest happiness come from my little sister surprising news* (will share it later when she said I can)

I speak a little better french than the week before (YEAH!)
I managed to bake 3 batch of muffins this week!
Had a lovely lunch party with my school friends
Had a lovely sunday picnic with my Indonesian friends
Feeling blessed to have supportive amazing friends that happy to hear me rant about anything and everything!
Oh and finding a bio supermarket near my house which is affordable!

Thank you for a wonderful week!

Cheerios