Sophies Foodie Files

Mostly healthy & tasty colourful cooking with Sophie's twist!

Flower-shaped mini almond butter banana cakes with dark chocolate chips!

Hey folks, welcome to the month March! The weather is getting better, the birds are singing & I feel fine,…How about you?

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A few years ago, I invented this Gluten-free almond butter-banana- flower-shaped cake! It was the best gluten-free cake, I ever invented. You can find the original recipe: here! This is a glorious easy to make winning almond butter & banana combination. I also added dark chocolate chips. It is truly delicious! Whenever I serve this cake, everyone who tasted it, asked me for the recipe! Now, I made smaller bite-sized flower-shaped cake treats out of them! It is easy peasy! ;)

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yum yum yum!

Read on How I made them! :)

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Creamy dairy-free pasta dish with home- grown oyster mushrooms!

Yesterday evening, I invented this lovely Dairy-free creamy pasta dish! I used home-grown oyster mushrooms in here. A while ago, my husband bought me a DIY package with spawn of oyster mushrooms in it. Home-grown makes all the difference in flavor! So delicious, so good, so meaty-like! :) How I grew them, I tell you all later in a separate post! The first time, we had 85 gr & now, yesterday evening , I had 125 gr! Not bad, hey?

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Raw Goji berry brownie tartlets!

Yesterday evening, I invented these tasty beauties! Check them all out! I soaked a lot of cashews in the early morning & used them well rinsed & drained at night! Make these tasty raw goji berry brownies tartlets now! No guilt! ;)

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Yum Yum Yummmm & Good for you too! :)

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Read on how I made this lovely recipe,…

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People,…It’s a wrap! :)

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Today, I invented these tasty beauties! Ooh yes,…It’s a wrap! These lovely dark yellow wraps are Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free, Corn-free, Soy-free, Egg-Free Dairy-free curry coconut wraps! They are just AMAZING!!! I found mine in a tiny vegan shop in the city center of Leuven, called SHAVT. This stands for Simple Healthy & Vegan Things!

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Read on for more cool information & How I made these tasty filled wraps!

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Vegan Gluten-Free Cumin roasted vegetables: A lovely side dish!

Yesterday evening, I invented this lovely side dish! A mix of cumin roasted vegetables including cut up Brussels sprouts. A while ago, I roasted them for the 1st time & thought that roasting them, bring out, their sweeter flavor!!! I loved it. Now, I tested them with ground cumin. The Brussels sprouts loved it & so did we!

Yum! A lovely Side dish!

Yum! A lovely Side dish!

Cumin roasted veggies!

Cumin roasted veggies!

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Raw chocolate goji berry banana smoothy! Raw, Vegan & Gluten-free!

Today, I made a lovely Raw, Vegan & Gluten-free breakfast smoothy with raw chocolate covered goji berries, a ripe banana & unsweetened home-made almond milk! It was the best raw smoothy, I have made in ages! It looks like a carrot smoothy but I promise you it tastes like something heavenly! First, you taste the raw chocolate then the goji berries, then a hint of banana & almond.

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Yum!

I made this by using my new favorite raw chocolate covered goji berries. They look something like this:

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The yummy inside!

The yummy inside!

Read on for more info on this raw chocolate & how I made this delicious smoothy:

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10 Tasty Valentine Treats!

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Because it is nearly Saint-Valentine, I will give you 10 tasty treats from my blog to choose from & to serve 1 or more of them to your beloved! Check them out! Just click onto the pictures to go directly to the yummy recipes! Enjoy! ;) xxx

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1. Vegan Gluten-free 4-ingredient puddings with a secret ingredient!

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2. Vegan spelt pancakes with cardamom  scented fresh sticky caramelized figs!

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Vegan love scones! ;)

A Vegan Love Scone!

A Vegan Love Scone!

Now, I got you attention, right? These scones are one of the best, I ever invented! ;) I call them love scones because they have everything in here that I love,…Yum!

Now, what else did I stuff in them? Can you guess,…???

Fresh from the oven,..

Fresh from the oven,..

Yes, …You are right,…vegan chocolate,…almond flakes,…almond milk,…maple syrup & a maple glaze! Ha!

Don’t you want to come over for tea & have a scone or 2 together???

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Vegan Gluten-free Seasonal salad with black radish & tofu!

This evening, I invented this lovely salad with shredded black radish, carrots, soaked big raisins & lots more,.. I made a simple balsamic vinegar dressing & served it with fried tofu bits. It was a super delicious salad that was also Seasonal! Yum yum yum! It was very tasty! :)

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And the special ingredient in this lovely shredded salad is: yes,…Black radish!

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Vegan veggie pasta sauce with seitan on a bed of spelt spaghetti

Yesterday evening, I made this tasty vegan pasta sauce. I served it with semi-wholemeal spelt spaghetti. I added some veggies too, of course! Instead of real mince, I used vegan seitan mince. I love seitan mince over real pork & veal mince anyway. So, this is how I did it:

Yumm! All vegan! It looks just like the real thing!

Yumm! All vegan!
It looks just like the real thing!

Yummm! Don’t you want a big plate full?

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Can you guess the ingredients in this lovely red sauce? Read on to find out, if you were right!

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Vegan Gluten-free spiced dinner!

Yesterday evening, I made this lovely Vegan & Gluten-free spiced dinner! All of the flavors were just right & tasty combined! Check it all out! :)

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Gingered vegetable soup with green lentils!

Just now, I made this lovely gingered mixed vegetable soup with green lentils! This is a one pot dinner! I have a cold so I needed a comforting healthy soup with fresh ginger in it to bring me back at health! ;) MMM!

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Want to know, How I made it?

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Sophie’s salsa verde with pan fried haddock pieces!

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This my version of the good & tasty salsa verde. It means a green sauce. Salsa verde is a great sauce to make. You eat it cold. You can easily make it in your beloved food processor.

I served my salsa verde with pan-fried haddock pieces & oven baked potatoes. It is great to use as a simple cold sauce in pasta. You could also stir it through mashed potatoes.

It is great to use a big dollop on jacked potatoes. It is great in a salad too. You could also use it on top of grilled pork: a divine combination!

Now, my recipe, it is easy peasy!

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Home-made nutty quinoa oat granola! Vegan & Gluten-free!

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This morning, I invented this delicious tasty nutty quinoa-oat granola, all home-made of course! :) This is also Vegan & Gluten-free too! I added lots of good stuff to it, just wait & see!

This granola is not so sweet, just the way I like it. My husband thought this was the best granola, I ever made! He gave it 10/10! xxx This would be an ideal food gift!

I love it with cold soy milk, straight from the fridge. Yum yum yum!

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Vegan spelt pancakes!

A few days ago, My husband made these delicious easy to make spelt pancakes! Just see for yourself, don’t you want 1, 2 or 3?

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These pancakes are very tasty & very easy to devour too! Enjoy! :)

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Raw Vegan Gluten-free lemony hemp protein smoothy!

This morning, I made this delicious Vegan & Gluten-free Lemony Hemp protein smoothy! I added a few other healthy things & drank 1 big smoothy as a nice drinkable healthy breakfast! You see?

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What is Hemp protein, I hear you say?

Raw 100% organic hemp protein powder is a raw powder from hemp seeds. After the raw hemp seeds are cold pressed & gently milled, the resulting fine green powder can be easily added into your daily breakfasts, smoothies etc.

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Hemp seeds are very healthy & an excellent source of minerals, fatty acids & proteins. It is also a healthy source of dietary fiber, chlorophyll, and minerals including magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium. This finely milled powder has a rich, nutty flavor that is ideal for smoothies, baked goods or any recipe that could use a protein and fiber boost.

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We have got an allotment! :)

Yeahh! My husband & I got an allotment! Yes, yes! It is situated at the outskirts of Mechelen, into the full countryside! :) It is nearby where we live. Our beloved friends are in the same allotment. We got the plot since November the 1st 2014. It is a really good size, about 110-120 square meters. We have sun early in the morning, in the afternoon & at the west-side too. We have clay-loam ground. On the left-side of our plot, there is a water-well. Great, right?

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There is a beehive at the end of our plot, on the left! :) Great for future blossoms, veggies to be, plants & flowers!

Like you see above, it was hugely overgrown with weeds & can you see what type of plant,…?

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Vegan Gluten-Free Fridge tofu scramble!

This morning, I wanted to make a lovely breakfast tofu scramble! I had to use up a few veggies from my fridge! That’s why I call this a Fridge tofu scramble! I added a few spices from my pantry & to keep it vegan & gluten-free, I added a bit of nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor! ;)

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Don’t you want a full plate & join me?

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Sojami: Tartimi spread with garlic & 5 sort of peppercorns: review!

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Do you want a slice of Vegan spiced tofu quiche?

Yesterday evening, I invented this fabulous Vegan Spiced Tofu Quiche! I had a leftover organic vegan puff pastry that I needed to use up. Check it all out!

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Come on over @ my house & I will serve you a big slice, if you want! ;)

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I had a new square non-stick pastry tin that I needed to try! It really worked out well! I just had to grease the tin, sides & removable bottom & the Quiche came out perfectly! It was the 1st time, I created a vegan Quiche using drained & Vitamixed silken tofu! My husband & I ate 2 pieces each. In the pst, I made Vegan Quiche tartlets using a home-made spelt oil pastry & using soy cream in my tartlets! You can find the recipe: Here!

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Chicken served with a cranberry orange port sauce served with oven roasted parsnips, red onions & sweet potato fries!

Yesterday evening, I invented this festive chicken with a home-made cranberry-orange-port sauce with a hint of cinnamon! I served it with a lovely oven roasted side dish: oven roasted parsnips, red onions & sweet potato wedges! This is a festive & very delicious dinner!

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You have to know that this is my special to go home-made cranberry sauce that has had a lot of success the past years. every time, I made it at dinner parties for my friends or family, people asked me for the tasty recipe! It is an oldy but a goldie! ;)

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Mustard-dill glazed salmon on a bed of deliciousness using A Belgian product of the region: Mustard De Ster!

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Yesterday evening, I made this delicious invented salmon dinner! I made a lovely glaze for my salmon fillets using a combo of fresh dill, some oil, pepper, sea salt & a special Belgian product of the region called: Mosterd De Ster. ( Mustard The Star! ) Now, you are wondering, what the hell is a produce of the region aka streekproduct? A Streek product is a well-known & well-certified product of a specific region in Belgium. Streek = Region. You know them by this labelling:

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Here is their website only in Dutch though. http://www.streekproduct.be

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Raw breakfast smoothies! Vegan & Gluten-free too!

This morning, I invented these tasty RAW breakfast smoothies! They are also Vegan + Gluten-freeI had leftover fresh cranberries, a few other things in my fridge & had to use them up! So, I made these beauties! The ginger in here gives you a big kick to your brain that you need in the morning,…right? One glass of 500 ml really fills you up! And that is what you want, hey?

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Got leftover fresh cranberries? Make this Vegan Gluten-Free Quinoa porridge!

I got leftover fresh cranberries that I needed to use up so I invented this Vegan & Gluten-free Warm Quinoa Porridge!

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t is such a lovely, warm, quinoa flakes porridge! You can add whatever you want, but I made it like this. The key is to make it not too sweet! ;)

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Vegetarian cheesy spelt pasta!

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Yesterday evening, I invented this lovely vegetarian cheesy pasta dish! I had some leftover sheep’s cheese in my fridge. That was leftover from making the spelt flatbread, see earlier post: here! I had to use it up.

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Seasonal spelt flatbread!

My husband invented this Seasonal Vegetarian Spelt Flatbread for a New Year’s Dinner party that we hosted for my beloved mom & dad!

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Can you guess the ingredients?

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Vegan Pecan Pie Smoothy!!!

Hello folks,

Happy 2015 to you all! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas Season, many presents at Christmas & New Year’s Eve too! :) During these festivities, I ate,…a lot,…and you? Now, I need to slim down,… a bit,…how about you? So, you all know, that I only recently created a fabulous easy vegan spelt pecan pie,…and now, I wanted to recreate that pecan pie in a smoothy aka dessert aka breakfast! You even can name it a glorious dessert because it is spoonable,…or drinkable,…Check it all out for yourself, right?

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A Happy New Year & Top 10 most viewed posts of 2014!!!!

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I wish all of my readers from all over the world: A Happy, fun & healthy 2015 filled with joy, great new discoveries, many culinary adventures, many friendships & fabulous recipes also here on my blog! :) Yes!

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And now my top 10 most viewed posts in 2014!!! Ooh yes! :) I will begin at number 10 to 1! Just click onto the pictures to go directly to the tasty recipes, reviews & traveling posts! ;)

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Festive Cheesy, ham pesto appetizers! Only 4 ingredients!

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Hey folks!

I hope you celebrated a lovely joyful Christmas with your family, friends & loved one’s! I want to give you this festive easy to make appetizer that always is a great hit wherever I present these tasty beauties! :) Yum yum yumm,…Excellent with a good glass of Prosecco brut, Cava brut or real Champagne Brut! :)

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Spelt chocolate ricotta muffins with dark chocolate chips!

Go on,...Indulge yourself!

Go on,…Indulge yourself!

Yesterday, I made these festive Spelt chocolate ricotta muffins with dark chocolate chips! They are incredibly amazing & wonderfully delicious in the mouth! I used fresh sheep’s ricotta in them! :) Go on,…Indulge yourself,…You so deserve it because of all the Christmas gifts packaging & decoration! ;)

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Yummm!

The muffins make an ideal breakfast & are not too sweet either! Just the way, I like them! They really fill you up! A lovely breakfast muffin!

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Can I serve you a glass of chocolate hazelnut milk? Vegan + Gluten-free!

A Delcious home-made Food Gift! x

A Delcious home-made Food Gift! x

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Vegan spelt crunchy double chocolate cookies!

Yesterday, I made these divine wonderful cut-out cookies! They are very simple to make! They are crunchy cookies & I added chopped vegan white chocolate & chopped vegan milk chocolate to it all! So they are like Heaven!

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Don’t you want a few of them with your coffee?

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Pecan Chocolate Cake Slices!

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Every year round Christmas, I make these delicious easy to make Pecan Chocolate Cake Slices! They are always a success wherever I bring them! :) So, now you can enjoy them too!  They are a Great Tasty Food Gift! 

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Vegan maple scones with pecan & cranberries served with maple’s butter! :)

Today, I made these Festive Vegan Maple scones with pecans & cranberries! The scones itself are Vegan!! The maple’s butter is not! Maple butter is pure maple syrup with some added unsalted butter that is boiled, cooled & whipped into this tasty Canadian spread! Very rich but surely delicious! It is very sweet so it is good that my scones are not! ;) So use it for a long time in small portions!

Vegan Deliciousness!

Vegan Deliciousness!

I just looovvveeee these tasty scones! I used white spelt flour in them & vegan margarine! They are also topped with a maple glaze! You will love them too, even as a nice breakfast in these lovely cold days before Christmas,…or they are great eaten as a nice brunch on Christmas day,…;)

Canadian Maple Butter!

Canadian Maple Butter!

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Vegan Christmas stollen, my way!

Hey folks,

I just love the few weeks before Christmas, don’t you? It is my favorite time of the year,…ho,..ho,..ho,..!! How about you? T’s the season to be jolly,…falalalalaaaa,..la,..la,..la,..laaa! :) I put on some great old Christmas songs of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole of Ella Fitzgerald,…In Belgium, we didn’t grew up with these cool old-fashioned great Christmas songs! :(

Every year, my husband Peter & I get a real cool Christmas tree & we decorate it with gold & red balls of glory! Last year, we got this new wooden crafted Christmas Stable,…Just look at it: pretty cool, hey?

My new ecological wooden carved out Christmas Stall!

My new ecological wooden carved out Christmas Stall!

This fantastic home-made Vegan Christmas stollen was all invented by me, myself & I aka 2 years ago, but because it is so delicious & amazing, you all must make it this Festive Christmas Season! Even, if you are not a vegan, you will love it! It is a more healthy recipe with a bit of a twist! ;) A little bit naughty but nice,… Like you all know me!

An excellent food gift!

An excellent food gift!

Normally, a Christmas stollen has dried glacé cherries, nuts, candied peel & dried fruit like sultanas in them. I don’t like a lot of these ingredients so I had to make & invent one, my way. Every Christmas, I have to make this for my hubby Peter & family members,…It is not a request, it is a necessity!  I know that you all will love it too!  :)

Normally, a Stollen is a fruit cake, more like a bread, containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar or icing sugar. The cake is usually made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts and spices. Stollen is a traditional German cake, usually eaten during the Christmas season. It is made with yeast, water and flour, and usually with zest added to the dough. Candied orange peel and candied citrus peel, raisins & almonds, and different spices such as cardamom & cinnamon are added. Other ingredients, such as milk, sugar, butter, salt, rum, eggs, vanilla, other dried fruits, nuts and marzipan can also be added to the Stollen dough. Except for the fruit added, the dough is quite low in sugar. :) The finished cake or bread is mostly sprinkled with icing sugar. The traditional weight of a Stollen is around 2 kg, but smaller sizes are now available. I didn’t add icing sugar on top! I did it this way:

Vegan Deliciousness!

Vegan Deliciousness!

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It is time for,…

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Yesterday afternoon, I made this Warm

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I received some fresh stalks of curly kale ( boerenkool in Dutch ) from our friends’ allotment. ;) This is a spiced up filling good-for-you soup filled with vegan gluten-free goodness! It is more a meal then a normal soup! I didn’t mix the soup! Enjoy! :) You will love it too!

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Vegan spelt pecan pie!

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This morning, I made my first invented pecan pie! I saw many unhealthy recipes on the internet & on other blogs so I tried to make it much healthier & I think I succeeded! The only not so healthy ingredient in here is vegan butter! ;) This is a pure sweeter indulgent of a fine dessert, something new in flavors for Peter & me! I didn’t make it too sweet. I don’t like my tarts to be too sweet. Instead of corn syrup I used maple syrup, grade C!

The next time, I will make it into a tartlet tin with loose bottom, much easier in getting the pie aka tart out of the pan!

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Make this fantastic delicious vegan spelt pecan pie right now!

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Travelling Sophie: Mechelen, part 2!

Hey, folks! A while ago, I gave you Travelling Sophie, Mechelen, part 1. You can read all about it here!

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We will start in De Hoogstraat. It is one of the stress that lead into the center of the city.  From where I live, this is the way, into the city center. We have 2 African shops here, close to each other. Just before going in De Hoogstraat, you can find this African Asian shop. Here you can buy your chili peppers, kilo’s of rice, manioc, spicy sauces, etc.

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Here is the mini-competition:

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On the other side of the street, is a new candy shop! But they don’t have any vegan candies though,…:(

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Yummy unhealthy candy!

Yummy candy!

Snoep Goed, Hoogstraat 84, 2800 Mechelen. Open? Monday till Saturday from 10 AM till 5 PM. This candy shop has old-fashioned candy, bio or organic candy, sugar-free candy & special candy.

We are walking further in the road. Here on the right side, you have a really good butcher! :) What a beautiful building too! Hoogstraat 25, 2800 Mechelen.

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My favorite vegan chocolate!

Hey all, this is my favorite vegan ” milk chocolate” with whole nuts! I first met this tasty chocolate 2 years ago, when traveling in Berlin, the vegan city! ;) I bought this lovely vegan chocolate aka ” milk” chocolate in the vegan supermarket called Veganz! I love all of their chocolate products! I know that you would like them too! But they are hard to find here in Belgium! I bought it @ Shavt! This is a tiny all vegan shop in the city center of Leuven. Shavt stands for Simply Healthy And Vegan Things! I was there yesterday. In a future post, I will review this tiny cool vegan shop.

On one side it will look like this:

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On the other side like this:

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Happy ThanksGiving!

I wish my readers all over the world, who celebrate ThanksGiving, a lovely happy one! :) Yeah! Enjoy it with your beloved family & friends! :)

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No-oil granola! Vegan & Gluten-free!

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This morning, I made this easy to make no-oil granola! You can change the nuts & use whatever nuts you have in the house, but keep the amounts. You will love it too! I like to serve the granola, still warm, with a good vegan soy yoghurt or with warm home-made cashew milk! ;) This would make an ideal food gift too! :)

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Make this No-Oil tasty Granola right now! How?

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Curried Jerusalem artichokes yellow carrot soup! Vegan + Gluten-Free!

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Yesterday, I received some fresh Jerusalem artichokes, also named sunchokes, topinambours in French & aardperen in my language aka Dutch! Whatever you call them, these veggies are very under-estimated & under-used here in Belgium. When you buy them organic, they are very pricy!

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My husband’s bacon, mushroom & red onion quiche with a side salad!

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Yum!

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One evening, I was too tired to make dinner! My husband had the afternoon off & offered to make us dinner! It was this lovely combined dinner! So delicious too! A Speedy tasty quiche with a seasonal side salad! :) Yum!

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Ricotta dessert topped with Licor 43 marinated kaki’s!

Yum!

Yum!

Kaki is the Dutch word for Persimmon fruit. What are persimmon fruits? 

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Make this right now! :)

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An organic pork loin dinner to impress!

Last week, I made this delicious invented dinner! I had a beautiful piece of organic pork loin in my fridge. Now, I wanted to make a more fabulous dinner out of it & I also used mulled ginger wine in here! This is what I made:

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This is a great tasty dinner for a dinner party! You will WAW your guests for sure! :)

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Vegan & Gluten-free spiced avocado chickpea spread!

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Yummm!

A few days ago, I invented this lovely spiced avocado chickpea spread! I added some chopped red onions & spiced it up a bit too! How? Just read on,…:)

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yummm!

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Vegetarian Beetroot risotto with 2 cheeses! :)

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Every winter, I make this delicious easy to make vegetarian beetroot risotto with 2 cheeses! Which one’s? Read on,…:)

When you add the 2 cheeses to the risotto, after cooking, the risotto will turn pink red bubblegum color,..cool,..hey?

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Sophie’s festive braised Magret duck breast with a cassis & raspberry sauce, served with a parsnip & carrot mash!

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I am still ill but this was a scheduled post! We love to savor duck at our house & we love this more classical dish, that we at least make 2 in wintertime. I know that you all will love it too! It is that delicious! It is also festive & great to give at a dinner party & that is what we did! ;) Enjoy! xxx

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Soothing home-made cinnamon tea!

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Yes, here I am with a new recipe but yes, I am still ill! :( It is a soothing easy to make cinnamon tea to keep you warm in these colder days ahead! I make this home-made cinnamon tea each time when I am sick. It helps really well when dealing with stomach flu! It is really good for you too. ;)

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A news flash!

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