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(Almost) Guilt free Chocolate Cake

Barcelona, Spain

Hello Ladies!

I hope you are all well!

We just came back from a wonderful week in Herblay where we were able to enjoy Jan and Nigel’s company (it was awesome) as well as some delicious home-cooked meals, interesting TV shows, wonderful discussions and a little bit of French wine 😉 We had a great time and we miss you already. So does the little croqueta!

So this week I have decided to share with you a great recipe for a simple chocolate cake. But this one is special: No butter and hardly any sugar, which makes this recipe one of my favorite because I can eat a delicious chocolate treat without feeling too guilty! I think it is also great for when you have kids over and want to give them something that is not too sweet.

We made this awesome cake for Norah’s 3-month birthday. I can’t believe it was almost 3 months ago. Time flies…

Needless to say mommy and daddy really enjoyed the cake 🙂


Ingredients for 8 people:
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Light summer apricot tartlets – under 200 calories!

Herblay, France

Hello my dear Ladies,

Since I got back from Greece I’ve been trying to watch my calorie intake and to get back on the wagon by eating healthy foods. I’ve been loading up on the colorful and varied fruits that have taken over the Herblay market. In summertime I give strawberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines and apricots a lot of play because they are just SO delicious!

Culinary Correspondence - Apricot tartlets recipe

As much as I’ve been enjoying fruit salad for dessert, I’ve been craving something a little more decadent. The local boulangerie is an evil temptress… every time I walk by the sweet smell of bread and viennoiseries – well, let’s face it, butter – weakens my resolve to eat light. I devised this tartlet recipe to feed the sugar demons inside while staying relatively low cal. Each tartlet came out to 185 cal, but your results may vary depending on the ingredients you buy (particularly the pastry).

Using store-bought pastry makes this recipe super simple to throw together!

I’m happy to share these tasty little treats at the Novice Gardener‘s Fiesta Friday #26 🙂

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Zaatar Almond Crackers

Vancouver, July 2014

Hello ladies!!!!!

It’s was SO hard leaving you in Milos and going back to Vancouver and work. Apologies for the delay on this post- it’s well overdue. When I was on the paleo, I was having a hard time when going to picnics or day time parties (like my friend’s baby shower) as all I could eat was the raw vegetables. Which were tasty- don’t get me wrong! But I wanted to have an alternative so I could have “sandwiches”. I searched for ideas and found almond cracker recipes that are ridiculously simple. I decided to put my own twist on them by making them with zaatar.

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Short and Sweet: 2 minute Almond, Cinnamon Apple Cake

Vancouver, Canada

This has got to be the most incredible and simple dessert to make. Seriously. I am on the Paleo diet- however I was having friends over for dinner and wanted to have a treat dessert. And I found this recipe from The Paleo Mom – and I’m hooked. And my friends are hooked. I have adapted the recipe- mine uses pecans and omits the coconut.



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Delicious Birthday Carrot Cake

Barcelona, April 2014

Hola Ladies!
After a month of crazy changes in our life, due to the arrival of our little angel Norah, I am finally able to better manage my time and publish this post.

Even though Thomas and I are on a diet in order to lose the pregnancy weight (that we both put on…), I wanted to share with you the recipe of a delicious carrot cake I found online on Marmiton. Carrot Cake is one of Thomas`favorites and I really enjoyed making this cake for his last birthday party in November, Thomas and the guests really loved it! I did too 🙂
It became one of my specialties and the gang always asks for more carrot cake!

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Easy Homemade Artisan Bread

Vancouver, March 2014

There’s nothing quite like home-made bread: the smell, the taste and the real sense of accomplishment. But it can be quite laborious what with all the kneading. No more thanks to Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street Bakery!!! Here’s his original recipe which I followed from the article in the NY Times. It’s so easy that even little Norah could make it (well- one day soonish…)

Hot bread!


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Orange and chocolate chip muffins you can’t tell are vegan!

Herblay, France


Hello Ladies,

Sorry it’s taken me so long to get this recipe on the blog. I can’t believe that Christmas was over a month ago. It seems like yesterday that we were enjoying these delicious and moist orange muffins over our Christmas morning breakfast.

As you know, one of the challenges of being together was finding things that everyone could eat. Between Hanin’s pregnancy, different food allergies and other dietary requirements we were a hard group to feed!

This recipe is adapted from the only muffin cookbook you’ll ever need: Muffins: Fast and Fantastic by Susan Reimer. Seriously – I can’t recommend it highly enough. Emily and I worked together to adapt the Orange Muffins recipe by making it vegan, adding chocolate chips and skipping the glaze – delicious! The boys tore into them and had no clue that they were vegan…!

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