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These are a few of my favorite things!

These are a few of my favorite things at the moment!

My favorite tea at the moment!

Shotimaa: Green tea, orange & cinnamon: Loving


This is a lovely green tea with herbs, spices & with plant extracts. The ingredients are: green tea bancha (65%), anise (5%), barley malt, bergamot orange extract, elderflower, cardamom, linden flowers, ginger, cinnamon extract, black pepper, cloves. More than 3/4 of the ingredients are organic.

I love this tea because it resembles Fall in all the way. It has good green tea in it but the tea is not bitter when it is steeped for 4 minutes in my favorite mug! It is like a soothing comforting healthy tea. I love the flavors so much. I think that you will too. I buy mine in my organic food store: bio-planet. One package with 16 tea bags costed me: 2.99 Euro.

My favorite vegan filled chocolate at the moment!

Wiloco, special chocolate, made in Belgium! This is a Belgian sub brand of lactose-free chocolates. Now, they created also a Bio vegan gluten-free chocolate. The producers are: Montserrat. This one is a white one filled with a delicious hazelnut praliné. I love that hazelnut praliné & that white coating, darker chocolate because the chocolate itself is sweetened with mostly coconut sugar. So it is not that real white color! 😉 They call this color: tropical white! ha! They are right! I love to savour it just like that or I love to drink a lovely vegan café latte with it! It is tasty, tasty, tasty this way!

These are the ingredients: coconut sugar (36 + 1/2 %), cacao butter, unrefined dehydrated rice syrup, hazelnuts, cacao mass (at least 32%), natural aroma, vanilla, soy lecithin. 1 packet, this packet of 90 grams costed me: 3.60 Euro. That is a lot but normal vegan chocolate is still very expensive here in Belgium. You can really taste the lovely warm depth of the coconut sugar & the yummy hazelnut flavor! Yummm!

My favorite Champagne at the moment!


This is my favorite Champagne at the moment. It is lovely enjoyed with many tasty appetizers from my blog, especially, these lovely one’s! Vegetarian red currant ricotta appetizers!

Since 1859, the Duval-Leroy family have perfected the quality of their non-vintage Brut, balancing their passion with an aesthetic sensibility.

It is in this product that one can feel the unique power and character which marks out a top-of-the-range champagne. Consistency, expertise and a creative spirit ensure a success which needs no further demonstration. The Maison Duval-Leroy revels in the art of blending Pinots and Chardonnays. Enriched with around fifteen crus and generous quantity of reserve wines, Duval-Leroy Brut confirms its complexity and is recognised for its consistency.

Providing a perfect balance  between finesse and power, it draws out flavours of dark chocolate, cinnamon and roasted yellow figs, expressing its subtle, melt-in-the-mouth vinosity. 

It was the only Champagne recognised by Wine Spectator magazine in its Top 100 classification for 2008. 

Grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Bottle sizes: 20 cl, 37.5 cl, 75 cl, 150 cl, 300 cl, 900 cl

Prize in Delhaize: 25.99 Euro

How to enjoy it: Serving temperature between 8° C and 10° C. Ideal as an apéritif wine, it also provides a subtle accompaniment to white meats & other tasty appetizers like Festive cheesy, ham & pesto appetizers,//  tasty ricotta appetizers, // 2 lovely festive appetizers!

My favorite vegan yoghurt of the moment!

This lovely vegan plant-based yoghurt is my favorite at the moment. I love it pure or eaten in a lovely bowl with a sliced banana, topped with just a sprinkle of coconut sugar. Yummmm! I can’t get enough of it. This is also great to use in a vegan cake for added coconut flavor or enjoyed with home-mad granola & fresh fruits. I also am experimenting to use it in smoothies!

Benefits are:

100% plant-based and rich in plant protein

Low in sugars

Naturally lactose free & gluten-free

Source of calcium, vitamins B 12 and D 2

These are the ingredients: Water, Hulled soya beans (7.8%), Coconut milk(4.3%) (Coconut cream, Water), Sugar, Calcium (Tri-calciumcitrate), Acidity regulators (Sodium citrate, Citric acid), Stabiliser (Pectin), Natural flavouring, Sea salt, Vitamins (B 12, D 2), Antioxidants (Tocopherol-rich extract, Ascorbyl palmitate), Yogurt cultures (S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus)

There is 2.1 gram sugar on 100 ml based coconut-soy yoghurt. That is not so sweet, just the way, I like it! It costed me, per pot = 5oo gr: 2.39 Euro.

My 2 favorite unsweetened plant-based milks of the moment!



I drink this one, every morning, 1 full glass! I also enjoy it in my daily vegan café latte. It has a lovely flavor. There is only 0.1 gram sugar per 100 ml. Ooh yes! That is what I want. The ingredients are: Water, Hulled soya beans (6.5%), Acidity regulators (Monopotassium phosphate, Dipotassium phosphate), Calcium (Calcium carbonate), Maltodextrin, stabilizer (Gellan gum), Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2). Contains soya. Naturally lactose free & dairy free. Gluten free. It costed me: 1.85 Euro.

I also use it in many recipes on my blog like in many SMOOTHIES , such as this one: Fruity Flax smoothy, or this yummy one: Vegan Gluten-free Banana Peanut Butter Smoothy. I also use it in PANCAKES like these one’s: Vegan whole grain spelt oat pancakes with spiced plum compote!

I also like to use it in tasty MUFFINS, like this one: Vegan spelt chocolate chip pumpkin muffins! 

I even use it in DESSERTS like, this tasty one: RAW Chocolate pudding with a pink swirl on top!

I love this unsweetened almond milk a lot. If I don’t make my own almond milks in my Vitamix, then I choose & use this one. It is convenient & easy to buy in our local supermarket. I don’t like this one in my morning café latte because the flavor is too overpowering. This has a lovely almond flavor. The almonds in here were roasted. Then turned into almond butter & then water was added. Yum! I like it to use in SCONES like Vegan love scones, in PANCAKES like, Vegan 5 ingredient pancakes, in BREAKFASTS, like, Can I serve you this hot oatmeal?, in SMOOTHIES, like cha-cha-cha or chai latte smoothies? that means in everything but not in my coffee! 😉  It costed me: 2.39 Euro. Benefits are:

  • Enjoy the refreshing roasted taste of Almond Unsweetened
  • 100% plant-based
  • Naturally low in fat
  • 13 kcal per 100 ml
  • Source of vit. E which is an antioxidant. It contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress*
  • No added sugars

There is only 0.1 gram of sugar per 100 ml. Cool, right? The ingredients are: Water, Almond (2%), Calcium (tri-calcium phosphate), Sea salt, stabilizers (Locust bean gum, Gellan gum), Emulsifier (Sunflower lecithin), Vitamins (Riboflavin (B 2), B 12, E, D 2)

This has a lovely milder almond flavor. The almonds in here were roasted & turned into almond butter & then water was added & a few other ingredients, like you read above.

And to end this cool post, this is my favorite alcoholic drink of the moment!

Can I serve you a nice small glass?
Can I serve you a nice small glass?

This is my favourite Speculaas Liqueur of the moment! Every year, near Sinterklaas, we buy it in a lovely tea & coffee shop called Simone Léevelt, here in Mechelen. This is a really good one! It is from the Dutch brand: Zuidam. It costed me: 14.15 Euro. You can sip it in lovely small liqueur glasses, add it to your fresh cup of coffee, add it to cut up fruits, to let them marinade a few hours in it or to put it into these tasty PUDDINGS like this one: Vegan carob chia puddings with a special ingredient!

So, I hope you enjoyed this lovely post! 😉 See you all later! xxx Follow me on Facebook too! 🙂

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23 thoughts on “These are a few of my favorite things!

  1. What lovely favorite things, dear Sophie! that tea sounds lovely & just right for this time of year! That speculaas liqueur sound really like something yummy for us!
    thanks so much for the lovely recipe links too.We still must try a few new one’s! Yummm!

  2. Hey Sophie! Greetings from snowy Norway! 🙂
    I love these favorite things! i also know that lovely tea, it is wonderful! 🙂
    That champagne got my attention too. That vegan filled chocolate sounds very delicious too!

  3. That chocolate sounds divine & I already know that lovely champagne,…very lovely too!
    I am also interested in that lovely speculaas liqueur! the uses are endless! 😉 x

  4. I love this post! I have just converted from being a meat eater to being vegan and so I have favourited so many of your recipe links. I thought I’d never be able to eat pancakes again so I was very happy to see your pancake recipe 🙂

    1. Congrats! I couldn’t go vegan all the way though. I started with creating vegan recipes when I was diagnosed with lactose-intolerance lang years ago. 🙂 xxx

      1. Thanks! To be honest, we were practically eating a vegan diet anyway as I too am lactose intolerant. I also have insulin resistance (I have polycystic ovarian syndrome), so I’m supposed to avoid chocolate and such, so this way, I won’t be tempted by naughty things and make myself ill! xxx

      2. I can relate to that. I only eat vegan chocolates & vegan desserts now, so I have no problems whatsoever! 🙂 Only at feasts or in restaurants. I think, I could go vegan totally but my hubby doesn’t think this way at all. I still like game meat though & real cheese.

      3. Oh, cheese is my biggest downfall! I haven’t tried any vegan cheese yet, but I’ll be trying different brands in the new year 🙂 xxx

      4. Thanks Sophie, I will look them up. I love so many lovely recipes on your blog. I look forward to finding more lovely recipes in 2016 🙂

      5. I also did a few reviews, tagged under review & also like to make home-made tofu herbed ricotta,etc. I have more than 416 vegan recipes on my blog.

  5. This tea sounds right up my alley! A perfect time for me to read this as my New Year’s resolutin for 2016 is to drink more tea! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 xo

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