Chicken and Vegetable Stew

Seeing that all my posts until now have been rich chocolate desserts, I’m sure you’re probably starting to feel a chocolate overdose just by looking at them. I want to take a little break from the sugary and unfortunately not so healthy things to post a recipe that is a little more kind to your body. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love any kind of dessert, but when it comes to my daily eating habits I also love a good nutritious healthy meal. I know healthy can often mean ‘boring’ and ‘bland’ for some people, but when a salad or another ‘healthy’ meal is done right I swear it tastes better than any fast food meal! Plus it makes you feeling so good for having eaten something delicious and so beneficial for your body.

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Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Ganache Filling

I guess I could say my obsession with macarons started about 2 years ago when I had my first macaron at Lindt Cafe on Collins street in Melbourne City. They looked cute, colourful and tasted super delicious. Ofcourse at the time I wasnt sure what to expect from a macaron but these ones seemed to do the trick. Ever since then I have been on my own macaron journey where I have tasted really good macarons and others which were pretty horrible and stale. In the meantime I had decided to start trying out my own macarons from various recipes, so I mostly knew what to look for in a good macaron. With my many failed attempts at different recipes, I have finally found one that always works everytime. The recipe I use is an adaptation of the BraveTart recipe with the chocolate flavour variation. Before these chocolate macarons, I did my fair share of experimenting with coloured macarons as well as naturally flavoured pistachio and lemon, however their textures have not turned out as good as the chocolate ones. Chocolate macarons in my opinion are also the best ones! So here is my long awaited chocolate macaron with chocolate ganache filling recipe requested by many friends!

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Mum’s Speciality Chocolate Cake

When I think about my earliest memory of baking, there is that one certain cake that always pops into my mind. The one which I had seen my mother bake so many times that it was always intriguing to try. It always amazed me as to how she got it so moist, chocolately and super delicious! Once I got my hands onto the not so secret recipe, it was my number one cake (and only cake I knew how to make) that I used for anything. I would layer it with whipped cream or cover it with chocolate pudding and serve it to the family on any special occasion. Of course this was before I had any knowledge about the endless possibilities of other rich chocolate cakes which used lots of butter and other delicious things. Needless to say, I didn’t even know that most cakes were made with a butter base because mum had always chosen to go the some what ‘healthier’ and ‘lighter’ versions of cakes.

Even though my knowledge of cakes and various recipes has expanded considerably, I still sometimes find my self enjoying this simple yet delicious cake from time to time. It reminds me of my childhood and my mums baking. It is still a staple cake that mum occasionally makes for guests and it is the perfect cake to accompany a Turkish family’s nightly ├žay vakti (tea time).

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