Taiwanese Honey Castella Cake with Bee K’onscious

This cake is lightly sweetened with Bee K’onscious raw honey…it is very delicate, soft and it melts in your mouth.  Great as it is or served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Before I continue…I need to disclose the following…I received a sample of Organic Raw Bee K’onscious honey for review purpose and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are completely mine own based on my experience.

I saw and heard of raw honey but never had the chance to try, so when the company contacted me, I thought that it was a good opportunity to give a try…so here I am writing this post…and I am glad I did…as a matter of fact, I already baked this cake twice and ready for the third time…

– What is raw honey?

Raw honey is processed differently as compared to the regular honey. Apparently ray honey contains more minerals, vitamins and bioactive plants compounds. Moreover, raw honey contains bee pollen with are not found in regular honey due to processing.

– How the Taiwanese Castella cake tastes with Organic Brazilian Raw Honey?

Well, the raw honey is not as sweet as the regular ones, giving the cake a light and delicate flavor of honey, not overwhelming…indeed a great addition to the already refined cake. I hope you are not “tired” of Taiwanese Castella Cakes…

– Are you ready to check the recipe?

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs (total weight of approximately 300g) separated, (make sure the bowl with egg white does not contain any trace of grease)
  • 70 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 60 g organic raw honey
  • 60 ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 g white vinegar
  • 60 g white sugar (depending on your taste)

Method:

Preheat oven at 300oF

In a small pan, add the vegetable oil and place in a low heat until small bubbles appear on the side of the pan.

Pour the warm/hot oil into a heat resistant bowl and add the sifted cake flour, mix well to form a thick paste. Add the raw honey and then the milk.

Add the egg yolks 3 at the time, mixing well into the batter each time.

Add the vanilla extract, the batter will be somehow. Mix until well combined, at this point the mixture will resemble a thin pancake batter.

In a large bowl of a hand-held mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg white with the vinegar until large bubbles form.

Add the sugar slowly into thirds. Whisk until soft peaks form (very important that the egg whites are SOFT PEAKS). Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft peaks.

Add about ⅓ of the meringue to the peanut butter/egg yolk mixture and mix gently until all the egg white is incorporated to the batter.

Pour the peanut butter/egg yolk mix to the remaining meringue and fold gently until all the egg white is combined to the batter. Do not over mix.

Pour the batter into 2 loaf pans (20 cm x 7 cm or 7 ¾ x 2 ¾ inch) lined with parchment paper.  Tap gently the pan to remove excess of air bubbles.

Place the pan into a tray and fill with approximately 2 cm or ¾ inch of hot water and place into the oven.

Bake for approximately 45 minutes, then decrease the temperature to 285oF and bake for another 10 minutes or until a wooden stick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Remove the pans from the oven and the cake from the pans. Let is sit on a wire rack.

Gently remove the parchment paper and let it cool completely on the wire rack.

Serve at room temperature or cold.

Keep the cake in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, although it will be all gone by then.

– Would like to see more light cakes recipe?  Check these out…

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Dalgona Coffee with Oatsome

This very simple and easy recipe to make a light and frothy coffee has been inundating the internet…and only requires three ingredients.

It was so funny when I saw so many of dalgona coffee recipes on the internet, which is nothing more than whipped coffee I just laughed…laughed because my aunt used to make this all the time using a simple fork when we were living in Brazil…more than 30 years ago…

I topped the coffee foam on a cup of Oatsome milk with a few ice cubes…it was so delicious, the combination of creamy coffee with oat milk…tasted like dessert in a cup.

Oh, before I continue, this was my first-time trying oat milk as I got an invitation to try Oatsome from BetterBody Food.

I received a sample of Oatsome for review purpose and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are completely mine own based on my experience.

– What is Oatsome?

Oatsome is an alternative for dairy milk, it is organic, non-GMO and gluten free. It tastes delicious and you can use in your baking, coffee…it is somehow creamy and yes, taste great.

– Do I personally like Oatsome?

Yes, it is creamy and super delicious, and it sure can substitute milk in every possible way. It is something that I would buy, especially that my husband is lactose tolerant.

– What is dalgona coffee?

Dalgona coffee according to the internet was originated from South Korea…really? As I mentioned above, my aunt was making this whipped coffee more than 30 years ago…

This coffee is made by simply whisking 3 ingredients: instant coffee, sugar and boiling water, using an equal proportion.

– Why is dalgona coffee different from the others?

The whipped coffee is super light, fluffy, velvety and it is placed on top of cold milk…therefore mimicking as iced latte or cappuccino…sort of it…and yes, you can make it with hot milk.

– How long does the dalgona coffee last?

Using same proportion of the three ingredients will get you a pretty stable coffee foam.  In my experience the stability of the foam will decrease by decreasing the amount of sugar.

– What do I use to whisk the coffee?

You can use all kind of kitchen tools from a simple fork to hand mixer…I personally used my milk frother stick. Just keep whisking until stiff peaks.

– Should we look at this popular whipped coffee?

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

Method:

Mix all the three ingredients in a small bowl and whip.

Whip until a stiff peak form.

Serve over ice milk or hot milk of your preference, such as oat milk, soymilk, almond milk, rice milk and so on…delicious over vanilla ice cream…it is a must try!

– Looking for bolder desserts? Check these out…

Did you know that recent studies demonstrate that coffee in moderation lower the risk of mortality? Moreover, coffee might protect you against liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke. It is true that coffee can raise temporarily blood pressure due to its caffeine content, therefore it should be taken in moderation.

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Applegate Turkey Burger

If you are looking for a simple, easy and healthy turkey burger, these might do the trick…Applegate turkey burgers.

Before I continue, I need to give you a full disclosure… “I have been given Applegate Turkey Burgers as part of a product review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

I have never made turkey burger but have used ground turkey for these recipes…and when eating ordering burger somehow it is always beef…therefore I did not have any turkey burger to compare with.

Moreover, I have not heard of Applegate until I was contacted by the company and they offer me to try their products. They have many other products that I would love to try, but was given the turkey burgers…

– Why trying Applegate Turkey Burgers?

They are organic and it contains two ingredients…yes you read it right, two ingredients…turkey and rosemary. How healthy can you get?

– How these turkey burgers taste?

For us, it was a bit dry…this might be my fault since I used an air-fryer. To be fair, it was delicious together with tomato, lettuce and some mayo.  You might want to add spices and herbs to bust the flavor.

– Would I but these turkey burgers?

Especially that we are trying to cut red meat.  These burgers are a great alternative for a quick and easy meal.

– Where can I find Applegate turkey burgers?

I saw it in the frozen section of many groceries stores around me, you might try to look at your local store.

– How should I cook these turkey burgers?

Because turkey meat is very lean, cooking on a pan with a little butter and/or oil will add moist to the patties.

– Are you ready to try Applegate Organic Turkey Burgers?

Sorry to disappoint you…there is no recipe for it…just cook the burgers you normally cook beef patties, grill, pan fry, air-fry…top with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and with your favorite condiments…in between buns or wrapped in lettuce leaves. Cheese? Of course, which ever kind of cheese you like.

In another words, just use the turkey burger as you would use the beef patties…

Looking for more simple and easy meal? Check these out…

Did you know that lean turkey can provide you with a lot of protein? Make sure to choose fat-free portions of the turkey as they are rich in niacin (heart health), selenium (thyroid health, help immunity),  tryptophan (amino acid for the production of serotonin as well as immune system) and many others minerals.

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Egg Salad with Better Body Foods Avocado Mayo

Can you believe that this avocado mayo tastes just like your regular mayo, and uses 100% avocado oil? This avocado mayo is creamy and so smooth…you will love it!

I must admit that I was very skeptical when approached to try the avocado oil mayo as I have tried the olive oil mayo and just did not like it…well, after trying this product I must confess…it is amazing, you can not tell the difference between the regular mayonnaise when compared to this one made with avocado.

Oh! Before I forget, I have been given the Better Body Foods Avocado Mayo as a gift, all opinions in this review are my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

– Let’s talk about mayonnaise…what is mayonnaise?

Mayonnaise is a high oil emulsion, as in chemistry, emulsion is a mixture using ratios of two liquids that usually do not mix….as example we have water and oil. In case of mayonnaise would be lemon juice and egg, yolk (emulsifier) and oil. Oil is added slowly to the mixture of egg yolk and vinegar and whisked very quickly. Little droplets of

– Calories content?

Well…I have not really compared the calories content between the traditional and the avocado mayonnaise, as you know all the mayonnaise uses egg and oil as a base, therefore they are all high in fat content and yes, not a considered a healthy food.

– What’s the difference between traditional mayonnaise and mayonnaise made with avocado oil?

Since the oil is necessary in the making of mayonnaise, it will make sense that the kind of fat used will determine the health level of the mayonnaise. The best oil for mayonnaise would be olive or avocado oil…both oils in moderation are healthy…

– The test…

I used a very simple way to test the avocado oil mayonnaise…egg salad…and it was delicious…

There is not recipe as hard boil eggs were chopped and mayonnaise added to taste.  I did add freshly ground rainbow pepper to the egg mixture…and made a simple sandwich with the egg salad so nothing would mask the flavor of the mayonnaise.

– The verdict…

Awesome, as mention before I did not care for mayonnaise made with olive oil, due to its strong flavor, but loved the mayonnaise with avocado oil, being the flavor milder and hard to differentiate between the traditional one. Not only tasted wonderful avocado oil in moderation is good for you heart and brain, lower your cholesterol and is loaded with antioxidants…

– Are you ready to try avocado oil mayonnaise?

I hope you get to try and please let me know how you like it…

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SuperFood Protein Bread

Have you ever had bread with protein powder in it? Well, this might be the way to start a new day…specially if you are in hurry.

First, I must admit that this is my first-time trying protein powder, I never felt that I needed it but when I was offered to try one of products from LIVfit, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to try the Organic SuperFood Blend

I had the bag  in my cupboard for a couple of weeks and every time I look at it I did not know what to do with it…I did not want to add into smoothie or juice…that is too simple…until I need it to bake more bread and the “aha moment” that I was waiting to use the superfood blend came to my mind…why not add some protein into my bread dough? And this post was created…

Before I continue I must disclose the following… “I have been given SuperFood Blend as part of a product review, as the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company“.

People always complaint about the empty calories in bread…not anymore, as this bread comes with protein and the mix of vitamins and antioxidants…a great way to start your day.

– What is SuperFood Blend?

The SuperFood Blend is a mixture of organic pea protein, quinoa, chia, flaxseed meal, hemp, green tea, variety of fruit blend and some vitamins…you can read more about it here.

– How should I add the protein powder to the bread dough?

Since I am already familiar with all the ingredients in this blend and have made bread using them (separately) it would not be too hard to incorporate the powder into the bread dough. And yes, I applied the tangzhong method…I substituted a small portion of bread flour with the protein powder and added vital gluten to compensate the lack of it from the protein powder.

My making this bread I found out that the protein powder absorb a lot of liquid, therefore much more water was added to get the perfect texture.

– Did the protein powder affected the bread?

Not at all, the bread came out moist, soft and fluffy…if not by the color and the speckles you would not be able to tell that there is protein powder in it…

– Ready for the recipe?

Ingredients:

Water roux or Tangzhong

  • 50 g bread flour
  • 250 ml water

SuperFood Blend Bread Dough

  • 500 g bread flour
  • 80 g SuperFood Blend
  • 70 g sugar
  • 7 g salt
  • 7 g yeast
  • 7 g vital gluten
  • 30 dry milk
  • 200 ml water
  • 80 g butter (room temperature)

Method:

Water roux or Tangzhong

Whisk together the water and the flour until the mixture is well blended and free of lumps.

Stir the mixture while it cooks over the medium heat to reach 65oC/149 – 150F. It takes about 2-3 minutes.

Continue whisking until the mixture starts to thicken. The mixture of flour will have “lines”.

Remove from the heat.

Transfer to a bowl, cover with a plastic film to avoid “skin” from forming.

Ready to add to the bread dough once is cool.

Water roux or Tangzhong can bend kept in the fridge for up to 48 hours.

SuperFood Blend Dough

In the mixer, add all the water roux, and all the other ingredients under bread, except for the butter.

Turn the machine and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until a uniform very wet and sticky dough.

Increase the speed to “2” and let it mix for 15 minutes. The dough should be very sticky. Do not add extra flour as the dough will be less sticky as gluten forms.

Add the butter and mix for 15 to 20 minutes more. Take a small portion of the dough (like a golf ball) and stretch gently until a very thin and transparent membrane (windowpane).

If the dough tears mix for another 2-3 minutes until you achieve the windowpane test. The window pane test, demonstrates that the gluten is very well developed and it will create a very light crumb. The dough should be very elastic.

Remove the dough from the mixer and place in a bowl by covering with a plastic film.

Let dough proof until the dough tripled to its original size.

Assembly

Now it is time to shape the dough…

Knock back the dough and split into approximately 8 little balls (approximately 140 g each) and let it rest for 5 minutes on the counter.

Flatten the ball making sure that the air is removed and fold into thirds, then roll it like a Swiss roll.

Place the Swiss rolls into 2 Pullman pan, (4 each) pan and let it rise until triple of its original size.

Cover the pan and bake in a preheated oven of 350oF for approximately 25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and flip the bread into a wire rack to cool. Slice according to your like.

Store the bread in an airtight container.

– Looking for more bread recipes? Check these out…

Did you know that protein is necessary for building bones, muscles and skin? With that said, not everyone needs extra protein, especially if you eat routinely meat, fish, dairy products and eggs. Adding protein powder to your diet might be beneficial to vegans, vegetarians, athletes, older adults…

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Pasta with Kumana Avocado Sauce

This pasta with the already made Kumana avocado sauce is super delicious and easy…great for any weekday meal.

I am sure you might be a little skeptical…avocado sauce in pasta? Yes, I repeat…avocado sauce in pasta…If you have never had you are missing a super easy and tasty pasta dish. You can use any type of pasta such as angel hair, bow tie, spaghetti, orecchiette, fusilli and so on…in this post I choose to use ravioli (frozen) and fettuccini…

Before I continue, I must disclose that I have been given Kumana Avocado Sauces as a gift to try, and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are completely mine own based on my experience.

– What are Kumana Avocado Sauces?

When I was approached to try these sauces, I must confess that I did not think twice…and I am so glad to have the opportunity to try and share my experience with you. I received a package of three, “Be Original”, “Be Sweet” and “Be Hot”. These sauces are delicious…light and so tasty. They are perfect paired with chips, tacos, eggs, steaks, poultry…you name it…

– Want to know more about Kumana Avocado Sauces?

Please check it out here at Kumana Foods.

– Why you need to make pasta with Kumana Avocado Sauce?

Because it is easy and so good…and you just need a few ingredients to make an unforgettable pasta dish…this because the avocado sauce has not only avocado but onion, bell pepper, cilantro and garlic. The sweetness of the sugar plum tomatoes combined with the slightly spicy avocado sauce with a hint of vinegar is just amazing.  My husband loves it…

– Are you ready for the recipe?

There is really no need for recipe. Just cook the pasta of your choice. Drain and toss the avocado sauce, tomatoes and cilantro. Top with cheese before serving…below are more detail in case you really want something to follow.

Ingredients:

  • Pasta of your choice
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh sugar plum tomatoes
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Kumana Avocado Sauce, original
  • Grated cheese of your preference

Method:

In a pot bring water to boil and cook the pasta according to the instruction of the package.

In the meantime, cut the sugar plum tomatoes lengthwise and chop the cilantro, set aside.

Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain the water and place the pasta in a skillet with a little of olive oil.

Toss some avocado sauce and mix gently, add the tomatoes, stir for a minute. Taste and add more avocado sauce if desire. When all well combined and ready to serve toss the chopped cilantro, mix top with freshly grated cheese. Serve hot.

– Looking for more easy and simple recipes?  Check these out…

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Fresh Berries with Vanilla Yogurt

Today I am sharing with you a very simple twist for your everyday bowl of berries and yogurt. You will not believe that just a little sprinkle of the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla powder on a plain yogurt will make magic…all of a sudden the berries are covered by an elegant layer of very delicate, aromatic and flavorful yogurt…

This is one of the posts that there is no need for recipe. Plain and simple, just top your fresh berries with yogurt.  Oh, before I continue, when I was approached by Nielsen-Massey Company to try one of their products I picked the vanilla powder since I have never used vanilla in the form of powder. I received a sample of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Powder for review and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are mine based of my experience.

Now, back to the post…the special treat is in how you prepare the yogurt…in this particular post I used homemade non-fat yogurt (which I will share some other time). You can use whatever kind of plain yogurt you wish.

I added a bit of organic sugar and a sprinkle or two of the vanilla powder. I could not believe that just a little bit of the vanilla powder could give such an amazing aroma and yet delicate flavor to the plain yogurt. I hope you get a chance to try.

If you enjoy this simple twist of berries with yogurt you might want to check on Strawberries and Cream, Frozen Berry Yogurt recipes.

 

Did you know that berries are rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrient? The berries are loaded with anthocyanins due to the natural bright colors and flavonoids in the seeds and skin.

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Chef’s Dinner at Le Blanc, Cancun

Today I am sharing with you what we experienced at Le Blanc, Cancun for Chef’s Dinner. It was a lot of fun and super entertaining. I hope you get to experience it one day…

Every year for the past 4 years we have been going to Cancun for vacation, the kind of  real vacation were we do not have to worry about anything while vacationing, just relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.

Don’t take me wrong, there is another kind of vacation that we enjoy too, the ones that we get to see the world, and learn about the history and how people live.  On this kind of vacation because we go to places that we have never been before we try to see and learn as much as we can.  Once the vacation is over we always feel that we need a vacation to recover…I am sure that you know what I am talking about.

Going back to our trip to Cancun…this time we stayed in Le Blanc.  Le Blanc is the “high end” of the resorts which we are member of. Anyway, it was a phenomenal experience from the arrival to the departure. In this post I want to give you a little taste of the one of the highlights of our stay…Chef’s Dinner.

In spite of dining out quite often, this is the first time that I post something that was not cooked/baked at home. If you have been following my blog, you know that this is the case.  So why am I posting this? Let me tell you, it was such an amazing experience that I had to share with you…and I hope somehow I can fairly present it to you at this post.

The dinner was held in the kitchen, yes, they had a little and very intimate counter for 3 couples.  We were all seating facing the main kitchen, as we subject our palate to detectable flavors our eyes got to witness the “craziness” and the many activities taking place in the kitchen.

We were greeted and accompanied throughout the dinner by the executive chef, Marco Antonio Cazares and the sous chef, Guillermo Romero. During the dining experience other chefs from the Asian, Italian and French restaurant came along as well.  Each dish was paired with different wine as well as champagne.

We got to taste 9 different dishes, they were all fantastic.  All the dishes had their uniqueness taste and the presentation was so pretty that many times I just felt that I did not want to disturb the plate.

The whole dinner was so interactive and entertaining.  We talked and ate throughout the evening.

Thank you chef Marco Antonio Cazares!

 

Disclaimer: The resort/restaurant reviews are solely based on mine experience.  All opinions in this review are my own and I was not compensated in any way to write this review.

 

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