Sophie's Foodie Files

Mostly healthy tasty colorful cooking & gardening with Sophie's twist!

Redcurrant strawberry jam, the easy way!

It has rained for a while now, in these parts of Belgium. So, I headed over to our allotment & needed to harvest a lot of strawberries & the first of the red ruby red currants! This year, we have a smaller harvest of juicy red sweet strawberries. What a pity! Today, I harvested these lovely strawberries & a lot of the first juicy ruby red currants,….ooh yes! And guess what I made with them: redcurrant strawberry jam! Easy peasy! Here is the lovely easy video:

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Vegan Gluten-free triple coconut cookies!

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These divine soft cookies are Vegan + Gluten-free! They are a great breakfast, a lovely snack or a great dessert! They are also lovely enjoyed with some good coconut tea on the side: double yum! They also make an excellent food gift, all nicely wrapped up!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Vegan Gluten-free rucola cashew spread! MMM!

Here is the video: enjoy!:)

Yummmmm! Make it now! :)

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MMM!

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Raw Chocolate Cheesecake, the video!

You know that a while ago, I posted my lovely Raw Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Cheesecake, yes? You can find the original recipe + video HERE!

Here is my video about it all. Enjoy!:)

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My Raw Sunflower Seed Milk video! DIY!

A few hours ago, I published my Raw Sunflower Seed milk video on my you tube channel. You can subscribe Here!

Come on over @ my You Tube Channel & subscribe, please!!! :) You can also like my video’s,…that would make me very happy!:)

It was fun making it!:) You can find the original recipe here in my archives on my blog, fully written out & + the video too: Home-made Raw Sunflower Seed Milk.

Enjoy!

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Roasted pumpkin, thyme chorizo soup served with a home- made savoury pumpkin & feta bread!

Yesterday, I invented this very tasty soup. I served this tasty soup with a savoury pumpkin & feta bread. You can’t go wrong with this combination. It is like a meal in itself. Lovely to spread some good real butter on the pumpkin & feta slices or toast them, yum! When the bread comes out of the oven, it smells ooh so delicious all over the house!!! This soup with the lovely bread aside, is also very lovely enjoyed with a good glass of red wine, of course! MMMMM!

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MMM!

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Vegan cranberry carob fudgy brownies!

MMM! Divine vegan cranberry carob brownies!

MMM! Divine vegan cranberry carob brownies!

I reposted this old tasty favorite recipe of mine. It is always a success near Christmas time, or any other time of the year. I stack many bags of cranberries in my freezer for later use in the year, when I crave them!!

Today, I made these tasty vegan cranberry carob brownies. They are so simple to make yet so pleasurable too. Make them now & enjoy every bite of them! :) Read on How I made these delicious Brownies!

 

Hannah@Bittersweet said: ” Such an intriguing flavor combination! Neither carob nor cranberries tend to get the love that they deserve, so I’m happy you’re highlighting these under-appreciated ingredients together. ”
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Raw Carob Brownie Cookies!

I had an idea in my head for some time so I acted on it. I created these RAW CAROB BROWNIE COOKIES that I made using my beloved cookie cutters. I wanted to create a healthy cookie that was a bit more sweet than usual. So I used raw pitted large dates in them. Brazil nuts happen to be my favorite nuts so I used them too.:)

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It is nearly sinterklaas,….So make Sophie’s festive speculaas now! :)

Sophie’s festive speculaas cookies!

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Vegan Gluten-free Nut & seed granola!

This morning, I invented this lovely nut & seed granola. I thought why not invent a lovely granola without oats or quinoa? So, this is what I created:

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MMM!

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Vegan spelt chocolate chip pumpkin muffins!

This afternoon, I made these delicious easy to make vegan whole grain spelt pumpkin chocolate chip muffins !!! Yeah! That is right! That is a mouthful, hey? I made them not so sweet so you can eat them as a lovely portable breakfast, a healthy snack or a nice dessert! Check them out!

YUM!

These are also great to give as a nice lovely Food gift, for a loved one! 😉 I used my silicon flower-shaped baking mats again! My muffin holes are a big bigger than normal-size muffin tins!

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Vegan Gluten-free Raw Chocolate Cheesecake!

Yesterday afternoon, I invented this lovely RAW VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE! Ooh yes, it is a real beauty!

It is CREAMY, HEALTHY & DELICIOUS! You can cut them up like smaller bars or you can eat a bigger slice,…It is up to you!😉 Let’s see how I made them! 

Johan said: ” I made your divine, fabulous delicious raw chocolate cheesecake & loved every bite!
You create & invent so many delicious recipes! Divine! xxxx ”

Rean on how to make it & for the video too!:)

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Walnut butter with a secret healthy ingredient !!!

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Because I still had leftover beets, I needed to invent several new recipes with them. So, I thought, I invented this lovely recipe. Can you guess the ingredients? Two of them are RAW!!! The 2 raw one’s are very healthy too! Let’s see the spread again:

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Oil-free Vegan Wholemeal Oat Plum Muffins! A healthy snack! :)

Today, I invented these lovely wholemeal oat & oat bran flour muffins. I still has some leftover red plums from a friend’s garden. I needed to use them up! Let’s face it, how many can you eat straight away?

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Raw Vegan Gluten-free blackberry caramel nougat bars!

Today, I invented these tasty beauties! :) They are very addictive, raw, vegan, gluten-free delicious amazing freezer bars! Ooh yes, check them out! ;)

These are the best raw bars I have ever invented let alone made! :) They are fantastic, amazing & just wonderful in the mouth! The combined flavors go magically together! ooh yeah! ;)

About this post: Raw Vegan Gluten-free Blackberry Caramel Nougat bars! Hannah from the vegan blog Bittersweet said this: ” Oh my goodness, that sounds unbelievably delicious! I may not be able to use home-grown blackberries for mine, but I have no doubt that the end results will still be stunning!!! “

Hannah (bittersweet)

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Raw carob red currant chocolates! Vegan & gluten-free too! :)

Today, I invented these tasty Vegan Gluten-Free carob red currant chocolates! Ooh yes! They melt in the mouth. They are a bit sweet with the carob powder & Medjool dates in them & now & then, you can taste a hint of sourness of the fresh red currants. The red currants come from my allotment!😉 They make an ideal food gift too!😉 MMM!

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Home-made redcurrant strawberry jam!

Yesterday I invented this lovely red currant strawberry jam! Yes, a simple combined jam but a very good delicious one too!:)

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Home-made red currant vanilla jam! A tasty food gift!

Today, I invented this lovely home-made red currant vanilla jam! I had lots of fresh ripe red currants from our allotment! Ooh yes! So, what to do with them, hey?

I tested different ideas but this was the best recipe yet. This is more of a really thick jam aka jelly like, I believe but this is because you have natural pectin in your berries & I used jam sugar, there is pectin added also.

yummmm!

yummy!

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Home-made Vegan white chocolate coconut bars!

Yesterday, I invented these delicious vegan  home-made white chocolate coconut milk bars! The topping is super delicious aka it is home-made vegan white chocolate & the cooked cookie base is really yummy too! Between these 2 layers you taste the lovely coconut milk with added vanilla seeds! Really delicious!:)

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The topping is not pure white because of the used vanilla seeds & used maple syrup in here! Nevertheless, they are really super! They are not too sweet either! You can really taste the coconut first, then the lovely home-made white chocolate topping & then the tasty cookie base! Ooh yes! One bar is really filling too! Grab one before you go to work or enjoy 1 or 2 with a good vegan café latte or with a lovely coconut tea, why not indulge yourself?  These are fun to make, reasonably healthy & super yummy too!:)

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Let’s see how I made them!😉

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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!😉

yum yum yum!

yum yum yum!

Read on How I made them!:)

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

Suzanne@apuginthekitchen said: ” I can hardly believe those scones are vegan. They look wonderful, I am really loving spelt flour. ”

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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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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!😉

Yummm!

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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Yummy!

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!

Saskia said: ” I made it yesterday & loved it! It is soooo deliciousssssss! ”

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Vegan spelt pecan pie!

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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No-oil granola! Vegan & Gluten-free!

Yummm!

Yummm!

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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Vegan buttermilk fresh fig cake!

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This morning, I picked 72 fresh ripe figs from my own fig tree. They are all huge & very ripe. I cleaned them & made this wonderful cardamom, mace & cinnamon scented fresh fig spelt bread aka cake. I made this lovely cake not too sweet. I like to eat a big slice, just like that! It is That good!:) My husband gave it a 10/10! 

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You want to devour a big slice, don’t you?

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Vegan coconut chocolate chip oat cookies!

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Sean & Linda said: ” We made your tasty cookies yesterday evening & we both love them so much, sweet Sophie!
They are amazing & very delicious indeed with a good café latte! 😉 Yum Yum! ”

You want a big bite, don’t you?

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Vegan spelt pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

This afternoon, I made these delicious easy to make vegan whole grain spelt pumpkin chocolate chips muffins !!! Yeah! That is right! That is a mouthful, hey? I made them not so sweet so you can eat them as a lovely portable breakfast, a healthy snack or a nice dessert! Check them out!😉

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Gluten-free Vegan Buckwheat Oat Apple Muffins! A tasty breakfast!

Yesterday, I bought gluten-free buckwheat flour & gluten-free brown rice flour. I wanted to make tasty muffins with them so I made these beauties!

A thing of beauty! :) Gluten-free & Vegan!

A thing of beauty!:)
Gluten-free & Vegan!

This morning, I made these delicious easy to make gluten-free vegan buckwheat oat brown rice apple muffins! One muffin really fills you up with deliciousness & goodness for your body! They aren’t that sweet either. I also made them vegan!😉 Yeah!:)  They are great as a lovely breakfast on the go, or when you sit down with a good vegan café latte. I enjoy them with some vegan butter!:) These also make an excellent food gift, just see for yourself!:)

An excellent Food Gift! :)

An excellent Food Gift!:)

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Gluten-free, sugar-free banana almond butter cake with dark chocolate chips!

Do you want a big bite?

Do you want a big bite?

This is the best gluten-free and sugar-free cake I have ever made. I didn’t use any flour. I also used coconut blossom sugar. It is a more rich, a bit moist and delicious cake with now and then hints of melted dark chocolate chips. Just check it out for yourself! To make it more special, festive and beautiful, I made it in a flower silicon mould.When the cake was ready, I said: Mama, made it,…hearing and singing the song of Jay-Z!! He rocks, you know!

Recently, I made my flower shaped cake again to bring to a party, a dessert party! Everyone loved it & instantly asked for the recipe!😉 Yes, it is that delicious!:) MMM!

The cake was all devoured after 2 days!

Beautiful, hey?

Beautiful, hey?

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No-Bake strawberry cheesecake tartlets topped with cashew caramel!

Would you like a big bite?

Would you like a big bite?

Today, I made these stunning no-bake strawberry cheesecake tartlets! I topped them with a cashew caramel! I bet if you want one to try & then, I assure you, you want another one!:) But one really fills you up & is enough!:) You keep the other one for the next day, to indulge yourself!!! They are also Vegan, Gluten-Free & No-Bake too!:)

No-Bake, Vegan, Gluten-Free! :)

No-Bake, Vegan, Gluten-Free!:)

You can find this tasty recipes also here: http://www.instructables.com/id/No-Bake-vegan-strawberry-cheesecake-tartlets-toppe/

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Rhubarb & almond muffins with cinnamon & nutmeg!

Lovely, hey? Tasty too!

Lovely, hey? Tasty too!

A few days ago, I made these lovely rhubarb muffins. These are a bit lighter & a bit more moist then I made before but they are so lovely & yummy,…These are also a great tasty food gift & will make a great dessert or a cool breakfast on-the-go,…:)

Again, my parents gave me fresh rhubarb from their garden. So, I couldn’t refuse,…

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My mom’s wholesome cookies! :)

A wholesome food gift! :)
A wholesome food gift!:) Tasty, tasty, tasty too!

A few days ago, my mom & dad came to visit me. We all drank coffee together. She presented me with her home-made wholesome cookies. They were superb. They are softer cookies filled with great tasty ingredients like unsweetened dark chocolate, unsweetened dried cranberries & flax seeds. She even made them with wholemeal spelt flour! They also make a great breakfast & are filling!😉 Yummmm! They are a great food gift too, I agreed here!😉

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My Dad’s wholemeal spelt apple tart!

MMM! Such deatail!

MMM!
Such detail!

This glorious tasty easy to make wholemeal spelt apple tart looks amazing & is pretty tasty too! My dad likes his flavours plain & simple but you could jazz it up a bit, by adding raisins, cinnamon or almond flakes or whatever you like,…it is up to you!:)

This is a more healthy dessert apple tart, using yeast. Check it all out:

Yum Yum Yumm!

Yum Yum Yumm!

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Home-made sunflower seeds milk! Yeah! :) Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free!!

Today, I made this Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free Home-made sunflower seeds milk!  I never made plant-based seeds milk before,…This is great for people who are allergic to nut milks! 😉 Check it al out below:

A Tasty Food Gift! :)

A Tasty Food Gift!:)

What is sunflower seeds milk? Red on for recipe & the video too, of course!:)

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Vegan, Gluten-free home-made carob chocolates!

Home-made carob chocolates, topped with coconut flakes & crushed walnuts!

Home-made carob chocolates, topped with coconut flakes & crushed walnuts!

A few days ago, I made these easy to make home-made carob chocolates! I served these @ coffee at New Year’s Eve! They were a huge success!! Check them out!!! We can’t buy good carob chocolate over here & those shop-bought bars are full of bad ingredients & lactose, so I made these myself! This is how I did it!

MMM,...! :) Carob goodness!

MMM,…!:) Carob goodness! A tasty Food Gift!!:)

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Vegan, Gluten-Free home-made brazil nut milk & a brasil nut milk recipe!

Home-made Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free Brazil nut milk!

Home-made Raw Vegan, Gluten-Free Brazil nut milk!

I just made home-made raw brazil nut milk. This is how I made it! Easy peasy with My Vitamix & then, I strained it through my nut milk bag! I didn’t sweeten my milk because I like the soft creamy taste of home-made brazil nut milk! You always can sweeten it later in other recipes!

Yummy Raw brazil nut milk!

Yummy Raw brazil nut milk!

What is brazil nut milk?

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A Merry, Happy & Fun Christmas & yummie mini chocolate cakes!

I wish all of my readers a Merry, Happy & Fun Christmas filled with joy, warmth, really good food & many Christmas presents too!:)

My lovely decorated Christmas Tree!

My lovely decorated Christmas Tree!

A great decorated real Christmas tree, hey? ! What do you think about my carved out tree stall?

My new ecological wooden carved out Christmas Stall!

My new ecological wooden carved out Christmas Stall! Cool, hey?

Now, a last-minute, tasty recipe from Sophie’s Foodie Files: Yummie mini chocolate cakes! Great to enjoy, after dinner, with a good café latte or a good cup of fresh coffee!😉 Check them out!

Yummie mini chocolate cakes!

Yummie mini chocolate cakes!

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Sophie’s speedy mixed berry cake!

A fabulously easy to make fruit cake

A fabulously easy to make fruit cake

I had leftover ripe raspberries & blackberries in my fridge. I wanted to make a quick cake from them. So, I made this! Easy does it here!:)

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Vegan wholemeal spelt double coconut banana muffins!

Vegan Double Coconut, wholemeal spelt & banana muffins!

Vegan Double Coconut, wholemeal spelt & banana muffins!

Spelt has 30% more protein than whole meal flour. So, it is good for you! These breakfast muffins contain wholemeal spelt flour, baking powder, 3 very ripe bananas, coconut milk, shredded unsweetened coconut, canola oil, cane sugar, cinnamon & vanilla extract. These are yummy moist muffins.

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Gluten-free, sugar-free banana almond butter cake with dark chocolate chips!

Divine Gluten-Free heaven!

Divine Gluten-Free heaven!

This is the best gluten-free and sugar-free cake I have ever made. I didn’t use any flour. I also used coconut blossom sugar. It is a more rich, a bit moist and delicious cake with now and then hints of melted dark chocolate chips. Just check it out for yourself!To make it more special, festive and beautiful, I made it in a flower silicon mould.When the cake was ready, I said: Mama, made it,…hearing and singing the song of Jay-Z!! He rocks, you know!

The cake was all devoured after 2 days!

Would you like a big bite?

Would you like a big bite?

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Vegan cranberry clementine chocolate chip muffins!

This morning, I made these tasty & invented cranberry & clementine chocolate chip muffins! They are so delectable & seasonal too! These are great as a special breakfast, smeared with vegan butter. Yummy, I say! :) Check them out!

Fresh vegan clementine chocolate chip muffins!

Fresh Vegan Cranberry Clementine Chocolate Chip muffins!

Recipe: For 16 heart-shaped muffins

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MMM,…!!!

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Gluten-free triple quinoa bread!

A Georgous Gluten-free triple quinoa bread! :) Yeahhh!

A Georgous Gluten-free triple quinoa bread!:)
Yeahhh!

A few days ago, my husband Peter made this tasty Gluten-free triple quinoa bread,...It is a very special Gluten-free bread that includes 3 forms of quinoa,…ooh yeah! There is quinoa flour, quinoa flakes & the bread is topped with red quinoa,…It is smashing in flavour combined with some cheddar cheese on it or some elderflower jam. This bread would also be great food gift!:) This bread is not vegan because of the eggs & buttermilk in here!😉 This is a very nourishing bread that is very dense but very tasty too!:)

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Vegan Christmas Stollen, my way! :)

MMM!  A vegan Chrsitmas stollen!

MMM!
A Vegan Christmas Stollen!

I will repost my home-made Vegan Christmas Stollen from last year because it has had enormous success over the past & present year & it is that good to savour & easy to make too!

Recently, I had the idea of making a vegan Christmas Stollen. 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. I don’t know if you still can name it a stollen but I love it anyway! So did my husband Peter. I know that you all will love it too! :)

A crossshot of vegan heaven!

A cross-shot of vegan heaven!

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Home-made rosemary oil!

Home-made rosemary oil! A great food gift! :)

Home-made rosemary oil!
A great food gift!:)

This Summer, I had a big rosemary plant & wanted to keep a part of it in a lovely home-made rosemary oil! It is easy peasy to make & you will love this fragrant easy to make fresh rosemary oil! This is how I made it! Check it out! It will make a great food gift!😉

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Vegan pumpkin carob brownies!

Divine vegan pumpkin carob brownies!

Divine vegan pumpkin carob brownies! A lovely interior shot!:)

This morning, I made these easy to make carob pumpkin brownies! They are so simple to make yet so pleasurable too. Make them now & enjoy every bite of them! :) They are all wrapped up a lovely food gift! Yum Yum!

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Home-made vanilla extract & home-made sherry vanilla extract! :) Great food gifts! ( Gluten-Free option! )

About 1 month ago, I made 2 home-made vanilla extracts. Normally, I make it with a good vodka. I use 3 vanilla beans in 1 cup of liquid. You will have to wait for about 1 month, before these 2 vanilla extracts are ready. Every day, you need to shake the bottle up & down to infuse the vanilla beans into the liquid. After 1 month, your vanilla extracts, will be darker in colour & will scent fantastic! :) I made these beauties:

Home-made vanilla extract & home-made sherry vanilla extract! Tasty food gifts!

Home-made vanilla extract & home-made sherry vanilla extract!
Tasty food gifts!

Just, look at these 2 beauties! Excellent food gifts! Oooh yeahhh,…:)

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Sophie’s Vegan & Gluten-Free granola! A tasty Food gift!

MMM,...! Sophie's Vegan + Gluten-free granola!

MMM,…!
Sophie’s Vegan + Gluten-free granola!

This morning, I made this tasty & easy to make Vegan & Gluten-Free granola! I love eating granola when it is getting colder outside,…outside, it is raining I am inside in my pyjamas, sipping from a lovely cranberry tea & making this tasty granola!😉 It is all about being comfortable!😉 I was listening to some good old music from Will Smith & Janet Jackson!

Yummy home-made granola!!! :)

Yummy home-made granola!!!:)

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Home-made Vegan rhubarb-ginger-orange vodka,…oooh yes! :)

Tasty rhubarb-ginger-orange vodka drinkable gifts!

Tasty rhubarb-ginger-orange vodka drinkable gifts!

You know, a while ago, about 1 month ago, I invented a rhubarb-ginger-orange vodka idea. You can read all about it Here,... I had to infuse it all with the sugar for 1 month in a dark place & had to shake the bottle up & down a few times every day. This mix is not Gluten-Free because of the vodka, of course! Now, the time has come to bottle them,…ooh yeah: Just look at these tasty beauties!:) You will have to begin with this tasty home-made vodka, 1 month before you want to drink it or give it away for a nice drinkable food gift! ;) 

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Vegan, Gluten-free fresh fig treats! No-bake!

Tasty no-bake fresh fig treats! A stylish fabulous Food Gift!

Tasty no-bake fresh fig treats! A stylish fabulous Food Gift!

Yesterday evening, I invented these tasty no-bake fresh fig treats! I used fresh ripe figs from my own fig tree in here! I joined a whole lot of tasty ingredients together to make these beautiful tasty treats! They are No-Bake, Vegan & Gluten-Free too! Some of them, I rolled into 80% dark vegan chocolate shavings & other I left naked, just like that. You must taste them to see which ones you prefer,…Check them out! They also make a great & tasty food gift!:) Oooh yes!

Yummmmm!

Yummmmm!

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My 1st 9 ripe fresh figs & Vegan + Gluten-free fig cheesecake mini bars!

My first 9 ripe figs from mu own fig tree! Yeahh!

My first 9 ripe figs from my own fig tree! yeah!

I was just saying to my dear friend, Norma that she had her first ripe figs from her own tree & that I hadn’t seen any ripe yet! I was wrong!

In my tree, there were today, already 9 ripe figs & some of them, were over ripe already! I need to check them out, a few times per day now!😉 Don’t they look juicy, lovely & yummy??? I do think so,…!:)

MMM!

MMM!

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Home-made vanilla almond milk & Vanilla almond carob coconut maca smoothies, All Vegan + Gluten-free! :)

Homa-mde vanilla almond milk! Vegan + Gluten-free too!

home-made vanilla almond milk! Vegan + Gluten-free too!

Yesterday afternoon, I made home-made vanilla almond milk,…yeah! I also made lovely smoothies with it! Check it all out here! Easy does it here! I used my beloved Vitamix again!

Delightfully delicious! Vanilla almond carob coconut maca smoothies!

Delightfully delicious!
Vanilla almond carob coconut maca smoothies!

Make them right now! You won’t be disappointed!😉 Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophie’s Vegan + Gluten-Free triple coconut & almond butter soft cookies!

Don't you want a big bite? Vegan, Gluten-free divine soft cookies!

Vegan, Gluten-free divine soft cookies!

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Sophie’s Tasty Treats! Vegan + Gluten-Free! :)

Very tasty with a cup of fresh coffee! :)

Very tasty with a cup of fresh coffee!:)

This afternoon, I invented these tasty treats! If you eat 2 of them, they really fill you up! So, I made them in my beloved food processor. They are an excellent breakfast-on-the-go, a lovely snack with a cup of fresh coffee, a tasty dessert,…These tasty balls are really filling! They are also an excellent tasty food gift!!! What else do you think is in them?? Can you guess it??????

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Home-made refreshing ginger ale: version 1!

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My husband Peter made this home-made refreshing ginger ale, version 1! He made this 2 days ago, when the weather was really hot in our garden. We needed something refreshing to cool down a bit & this is what he invented! Yummy, I say! All hail to Peter!😉 This home-made ginger ale is a tasty drinkable food gift and a great appetizer drink too!:) Read the rest of this entry »

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Home-made vanilla sugar!

Home-made vanilla sugar!An excellent food gift too!

Home-made vanilla sugar!
An excellent food gift too!

2 months ago, I made home-made vanilla sugar. It is so easy to make & so tasty to use too. Here in Belgium, we can buy it in expensive little sachets of each 20 gr.  Who knows what else they put in that vanilla sugar?

So, this is how I did this & you can easily make this too! Read the rest of this entry »

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Two vegan & GF spreads!

Sundried tomato spread with basil, chickpeas, garlic powder & a special ingredient too! :)

Sun-dried tomato spread with basil, chickpeas, garlic powder & a special ingredient too!:)

MMM!

Marinated artichokes in a flavoured oil & chickpeas spread!

Yesterday, I made these 2 tasty vegan & Gluten-Free spreads! They rock! They are so versatile to use too. You can use them as a lovely spread on bread or make a lovely sandwich out of it. Great also as a yummy spread in wraps or burritos’. Great on crackers too! Enjoy it all!:)

After being in the fridge for 1 night, the spreads will stiffen up a bit. MMM! Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophie’s home-made dry spiced rub & dry spiced rub whiting fillets, served with a spiced broccoli & potato mash!

Sophie's dry spiced rub whiting fish with spiced broccoli & potato mash!

Sophie’s dry spiced rub whiting fish with spiced broccoli & potato mash!

Yesterday, I bought fresh whiting fillets at my local fishmongers’. I wanted to make my own spice rub to put on top of the fish fillets. I marinated the fish fillets tops for 2 hours with the rub! I served them with a spiced up broccoli & potato mash. I did it this way!

Recipe: For Sophie’s spiced mix rub = 33 gr.

Sophie's dry spiced rub!

Sophie’s dry spiced rub! This would make a tasty little food gift too!:)

Make this dry spice rub now & use it in this tasty recipe: Read the rest of this entry »

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Vegan gluten-free chocolate hazelnut milk!

Home-made chocolate hazelnut milk!A stylish food gift !

Home-made chocolate hazelnut milk!
A stylish food gift !

Tasty & easy home-made chocolate hazelnut milk!

Tasty & easy home-made chocolate hazelnut milk!

I made this tasty home-made chocolate hazelnut milk with soaked hazelnuts. This chocolate version has a deeper, rich & tasty chocolate flavour but isn’t too sweet. I didn’t use medjool dates because I am not very fond of them. I used maple syrup, grade C to sweeten & also used coconut sugar sweetened raw cacao nibs. Yummmmm!:) Read the rest of this entry »

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Vegan spelt savoury scones!

Tasty vegan spiced spelt savoury scones!

Tasty vegan spiced spelt savoury scones!

Hello, my friends! Long time no see! The last 2 weeks, I lost my blog mojo. I didn’t feel to cook nor bake. Then, I fell from the stairs in my home & my husband got sick as well.😦

But now, I am better & my husband is okay too. Now, I have plenty of energy again to cook & bake! Let’s get on with it! I invented these tasty savoury vegan scones. They are a bit spicy at the end of your tongue with the smoked spicy paprika in it! They are tasty on their own, sliced open, layered with a vegan cheddar cheese slice or eat them, sliced open, with some vegan butter smeared on them, lovely to enjoy with a home-made vegan soup, yum yum!😉

Tasty vegan savoury scones, baked with lots of love!

Tasty vegan savoury scones, baked with lots of love!

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Vegan carob banana bread!

Yum Yum Yum!

Yum Yum Yum!

Today, I made this tasty vegan carob banana bread. I didn’t add any nuts because I didn’t want to use them. We can’t buy carob chips over here so I used carob powder instead. If you can get carob chips, you could use these 2 types of carob for more carob power! Normally, I would use 1/3 cup carob chips & 1/3 cup carob powder!:) I like its taste & I don’t get any headaches this way!:)

Vegan deliciousness!

Vegan deliciousness!

Recipe: for 1 vegan carob banana bread, for 9 normal slices

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Vegan cranberry carob brownies!

MMM! Divine vegan cranberry carob brownies!

MMM! Divine vegan cranberry carob brownies!

Today, I made these tasty vegan cranberry carob brownies. They are so simple to make yet so pleasurable too. Make them now & enjoy every bite of them!:)

Tasty vegan cranberry carob brownies! MMM!

Tasty vegan cranberry carob brownies! MMM!

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Vegan Christmas Stollen, my way!

Recently, I had the idea of making a vegan Christmas Stollen. 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. I don’t know if you still can name it a stollen but I love it anyway! So did my husband Peter. I know that you all will love it too!:)

MMM! Vegan Christmas Stollen, my way!!

MMM! Vegan Christmas Stollen, my way!! An Excellent food gift 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:

MMM! All vegan goodness!

MMM! All vegan goodness!

MMM!

MMM! A perfect vegan view of heaven!

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Sophie’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Christmas granola!

I adore making granola. You can find a lot of unhealthy granola recipes on the internet. I experimented with other recipes & I came up with this one. This is my favorite granola recipe. My husband & my family loves it!
I call this one a Christmas recipe, because there are red dried cranberries & green pumpkin seeds in it. They are the primal colours of Christmas.

It is lovely enjoyed with some vegan coconut yoghurt or soy yoghurt or a vegan nut milk.

TTasty home-made vegan granola!

Tasty home-made vegan granola!

You must have seen this picture before, I use it in my about page. This picture is already 4 years old. So, is that one, below.

MMM! This would make an ideal Christmas gift!!!

MMM! This would make an ideal Christmas gift!!!

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Sophie’s festive speculaas, reposted!

Sophie's festive speculaas cookies!

Sophie’s festive speculaas cookies!

Speculaas (Dutch pronunciation: [spekyˈlaːs], Flemish speculoos, French spéculoos) is a type of short crust biscuit (cookie), traditionally baked for consumption on St Nicholas’ Eve in the Netherlands (December 5) and Belgium (December 6).
In recent years it has become available all year round. Speculaas are thin, very crunchy, slightly browned and, most definitely, have some image or figure (often from the traditional stories about St. Nicholas) stamped on the front side before baking, the back is flat.
Speculaas dough does not rise much.
Canadian moose & Canadian maple leaf speculaas cookies

Canadian moose & Canadian maple leaf speculaas cookies

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Vegan cranberry clementine chocolate chip muffins!

This morning, I made these tasty & invented cranberry & clementine chocolate chip muffins! They are so delectable & seasonal too! These are great as a special breakfast, smeared with vegan butter. Yummy, I say!:) Check them out!

Delightful vegan cranberry & clmentine chocolate chip muffins!

Delightful vegan cranberry & clementine chocolate chip muffins!

Yummm!Vegan goodness!

Yummy!
Vegan goodness!

These muffins are just wonderful & amazing too! Ooh yes! Read the rest of this entry »

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Vegan cashew, chocolate & pumpkin spread!

You know by now, that  I like to make tasty & invented cashew cheese spreads, all invented by me, moi! :)

I do think a lot of you have tried a few of them like my vegan strawberry cashew spread, this was more like a thicker vegan strawberry cashew yoghurt,  my vegan pear & cashew cheese spread & my vegan rucola ( arugula ) cashew cheese spread. If you liked & loved them the same way, as my husband & I did , then I know you will love this home-made cashew, chocolate & pumpkin spread! Check it out!

How to use it all up?

1. It is great to eat like that, with a lovely spoon, straight from the jar!

2. It is excellent as a lovely cheese spread on some toast or on a lovely sandwich!

3. It is great too, as a lovely spread onto pancakes!

4. Lovely to pour over your morning muesli!

5. Pour it over vegan ice-cream!

6. It is lovely to enjoy, smeared onto a fresh slice of bread!

7. Lovely to eat on a slice of vegan cake

MMM! All vegan goodness!

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Vegan pumpkin & pumpkin spiced pancakes with home-made pumpkin pie spice!

A while ago, I made home-made roasted fresh pumpkin purée. I had to use it up. The rest, I froze into Ziplock bags in my freezer, for later use. We can’t buy pumpkin in a can. It doesn’t exist in Belgium! Too bad, I say!😦 and because we can’t buy pumpkin spice over here, I made my own. This is also good for the people of Belgium so we can use this tasty mixed spice too!

Home made pumpkin spiced & vegan pumpkin pancakes!
A real delight!

It was the 1st time, I made vegan pancakes & it worked out really well.

MMM! Double pumpkin vegan pancakes!

I also made my own pumpkin pie spice!

Home-made pumpkin pie spice!

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Sophie’s spiced spelt vegan pumpkin bread!

Today, I made this stunning vegan pumpkin bread studded with yellow raisins, infused with an organic cinnamon, ginger & cardamom tea. Yummy, I assure you that! I made my bread not so sweet because I saw recipes on the internet that were stuffed with lots of sugar. I didn’t want that!:) So, I made this stunning & very appetizing pumpkin bread! This is great & tasty enjoyed with the same ginger, cinnamon & cardamom tea in your tea mug!  Check it out for yourself, my lovely ones!😉

MMM,..vegan goodness!!

You can find this recipe also here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Spiced-spelt-vegan-pumpkin-bread/

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Vegan pear & cashew cheese spread! Yeah!

Sorry my friends, it has been way too long, since my last post on September the 5th 2012. I had a good excuse, though! My husband Peter & I planned our trip to go to Berlin, Germany, for 7 nights. Ooh yeah, baby!:) But we booked everything & we will be staying in a 3 star Design hotel near Checkpoint Charlie, in the historic area of this wonderful city! I also will be testing some good vegan cafés, restaurants because the city has a grand & large vegan scene! It is all about the culture, historic buildings, all kinds of food, curry wurst, lovely shops, Brandenburg Tor, etc!

A part of the old Berlin wall!

Have any of you any good tips about foods, restaurants, exciting things to do? I welcome all of your suggestions!😉 xxx

Now, back to some good food, I say!

Yesterday, I invented this great & tasty pear & cashew cheese spread! Yeah! It is vegan, dairy-free & gluten-free too! You know last times, I have made these other stunning vegan cashew cheeses, like this arugula cashew cheese spread & this tasty one aka cashew strawberry yoghurt, but all so tasty & well-flavoured, all invented by me, moi!:)

Don’t you want a lovely pot with this tasty vegan pear & cashew cheese spread???

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Vegan spelt chocolate chip cream cheese cookies! Ooh yeah!

Today, I made these stunning invented vegan spelt chocolate chip cream cheese cookies! You know, a while ago, I made these awesome tasty vegan no-bake cream cheese fig bars & had 1 pot of tofutti  ( vegan, dairy-free & gluten-free ) cream cheese left. I had to use it, didn’t I? So, I made these fab crunchy more healthy spelt cut-out cookies!:) They look lovely, don’t they????😉

Tasty vegan spelt chocolate chips cream cheese cookies!!
Crunchy too! Great as a delicious food gift!

A dinosaur! Yummy too!

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Vegan spelt banana breads individualized, ooh yeah!

Smaller Bundt, individualized vegan banana breads!! So tasty!
Great as a food gift!:)

A lovely flower pattern, can you see it?

Today, I made these invented lovely & tasty vegan banana breads. I made several smaller banana breads instead of 1 large one. One banana bread is for 1 person. I made 14 smaller ones! I made them healthy using light organic spelt flour. They are more of a  hearty breakfast as a dessert. You can have these on the go,..really tasty & not too sweet. I recently bought a new flower patterned Bundt silicon mat & I had to use it, didn’t I? I also used 2 other silicon flower patterned baking mats. My silicon baking ware is from the Italian brand: Silikomart. Here is their website in English they ship all around the world!  Just click onto the previous link!

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Vegan strawberry cashew cheese spread aka strawberry cashew yoghurt, I think! Yeah!

MMM,…How can you resist? Luscious, sweet strawberry cashew cheese spread!

Today, I made these invented strawberry cashew cheeses spread! You know from my last post, that I made vegan rucola (arugula ) savoury cashew cheese  spread &  it was a huge success! Now, I wanted something sweet. If you fancy something more sweet on your daily bread & you want something that is vegan, dairy-free & gluten-free, you must check this easy peasy recipe out! It has only 3 ingredients!! Oh yes, baby!

MMMM,…!
Tasty vegan strawberry cashew cheese spread aka yoghurt!:)

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Vegan double ginger & rhubarb jam & some latest awards, yeah!!!

MMM! Divine double ginger & rhubarb jam!

Appetizing,…hey?

Yesterday, I made this tasty & easy vegan double ginger & rhubarb jam. It is a very tasty jam. I used freshly peeled ginger & stemginger in syrup in here. I also added juices of 1 lemon & of 1 orange in here! Yummy! These are great as a special food gift, especially for food & ginger lover’s.

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Vegan spelt rhubarb cake with chocolate chips

A divine & good for you spelt vegan rhubarb cake with chocolate chips! Yum Yum!

A lovely & healthy vegan spelt rhubarb cake with chocolate chips!

Yesterday, I made this tasty vegan invented rhubarb cake with DF chocolate chips. I used light spelt flour to make it much healthier. I also used a vegan buttermilk. This cake looks stunning, right?

I used a silicon baking form because I only bake with silicon baking materials because it is so easy to use. You don’t have to grease the moulds & you let the cake sit for 10 minutes in the baking tin for a lovely shine on your cake, after baking. That’s typical for silicon baking. It also comes out very easily too.:) This cake is divine ,eaten still a bit warm or cold with a good cup of tea.

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Vegan baked banana & coconut cheesecake

Tasty vegan baked banana & coconut cheesecake tartlets

A delightful & tasty dig in baked banana & coconut cheesecake!

Today, I made these tasty & appetizing vegan baked banana & coconut cheese cakes. They turned out great. The base is crispy & chewy & the filling is silk, smooth & truly appetizing!!!

Recently, I am experimenting with tasty invented vegan recipes. I don’t like using eggs anymore in my baking. I also wanted a vegan cheesecake I didn’t want to use a vegan cream cheese like tofutti. This cream cheese is so heavy & unhealthy too.

I had silken tofu in my fridge & wanted to use it in this tasty cheesecake. I have experimented with using tofu in my kitchen, lately.

So, make these easy yet tasty appetizing cheesecake tartlets & go on, indulge yourself: it is so healthy & apart too!😉 Read the rest of this entry »

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Vegan pear and cashew nut pulp spelt muffins

Delightful vegan pear & cashew nut pulp spelt muffins! Lovely as a food gift!

A tasty & fluffy interior! Yum!

Yesterday, I made these tasty vegan pear & cashew nut pulp spelt muffins. This recipe is my own creation! These aren’t that sweet. They are ideal as a good breakfast on the go! Read the rest of this entry »

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Two Home-made cashew milks

What is cashew milk?

This is a non-dairy, gluten-free milk, obtained from raw or soaked nuts, drained & rinsed well too, 4 cups of water are added. You can add whatever you want with it. You can add vanilla extract, cacao powder or another sweetener like maple syrup or agave syrup. 

Mostly, people on the internet use 1 cup of nuts & 4 cups of filtered water. You can add more water if you like but I love using 4 cups of water because you will end up with a lovely white cashew milk, just like a milk consistency.

Most of the time, they tell you to soak your nuts at night or at least 8 to 12 hours in water in the fridge. Why? The nuts become less raw & they are easily digested in the stomach. When these nuts are soaked, then well-drained & rinsed, they become more useful to use in raw vegan cheesecakes, in baked desserts, in muffins or in bread. Or you can make your own vegan cheese or spread.

You can make nut milk from every nut or a mix of nuts that you like & love. I am experimenting with them now. More recipes to come! Read the rest of this entry »

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Joy Bauer’s Food cures book review & 2 recipes from her new book!

Recently, I received a copy of Joy Bauer’s latest book: Food cures.

One of the best nutrition books that I have!

I didn’t ever hear from this woman before. I did some research & found out that she is one of the leading women in the nutrition world. She is a dietitian & nutrition expert. She also appears on the Today show on television in the USA.

Her latest book is a real winner. It has 516 pages of truly interesting information on all kind of foods that you must eat if you have a certain condition or to prevent one. The book has many different sections & deals with medical conditions like insomnia, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, memory loss, osteoporosis, premenstrual Syndrome, migraines, mood swings, celiac disease, cancer prevention, etc.

She explains everything well  & shows us how we can improve these conditions by eating & drinking the right foods. She divides every section in breakfast, lunch, snacks & dinner parts. That’s very clever of her so it is easy to use. Joy also answers questions of people. She also tells us how & what we must do if we want to lose weight & how we must do that the right & healthy way.

She also has many tips on what we must eat & drink to improve healthy skin, healthy hair & how to feed a beautiful smile,…:)

Her writing is lovely, she writes with enthusiasm & she knows how to pen it down & motivates us all the way in this book! 

I already tried & tested 2 recipes & they were ooh so tasty! They didn’t fail me at all! I just tweaked a bit the ingredients to my need.

She uses ingredients that you all can find in supermarkets or in the bio shops like Whole Foods or at farmer’s market’s. Her recipes are easy to make & are written down very well. She explains it well to us. I love her recipes because she cooks & eats a lot like me!The only point that I didn’t like was that she doesn’t uses agave syrup  or coconut blossom sugar, because it is more healthier then the normal white beet sugar. She also didn’t use any unrefined coconut oil. It is far better than butter. I hope that in the feature she will use these good ingredients in her fabulous recipes. I think that she didn’t use that because it is very expensive, over here in Belgium, anyway!The book is a thick one but a huge success in my family. I am so happy that I received it!

Here is the tried & tested recipe number one. It is on page 381 & is listed under insomnia. She calls it: Pasta with roasted pumpkin, sage & walnuts.I made this tasty recipe yesterday & my husband & I loved it! The walnuts in here & the roasted pumpkin did it! I also used fresh sage from my garden. She used whole wheat pasta & I used 100% whole wheat rice. MMMMMMMMMM,….!

A divine vegetarian pasta, walnuts & pumpkin dish!

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Roasted pumpkin, thyme & chorizo soup served with a home- made savoury pumpkin & feta bread!

A divine roasted soup!

A yummy savoury home-made pumpkin, feta & red onions bread

A wonderful food gift!

Yesterday, I made this very tasty soup. I served this tasty soup with a savoury pumpkin & feta bread. You can’t go wrong with this combination. It is like a meal in itself. Lovely to spread some good real butter on the pumpkin & feta slices or toast them, yum! When the bread comes out of the oven, it smells ooh so delicious all over the house!!!

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Home made fresh & dried figs chutney!

Delightful home-made fig chutney: ready to be enjoyed!

Recently, my husband & I bought our dream house.We have a lovely reasonable sized garden with a smaller fig tree. At the present moment, this fig tree is has a lot of fresh figs. So, I thought, what to do with so many figs? I came up with a few ideas. I invented a lovely fresh & dried figs chutney. There are also a few new fig recipes coming up on my blog later on, like fig clafoutis, etc.

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Sophie’s healthy & tasty gluten free & egg free scones with chocolate & pecans

A few days ago, I made these tasty & healthy gluten-free & egg free scones with dark chocolate chips & pecans. They were oh so tasty although they didn’t rise much. I served them , sliced open & smeared with minarine & peach jam. MMMMMMM,…!!!

These scones were all devoured after 3 days by me & my husband. When we ate 1 + 1/2 , we weren’t hungry for 4 to 5 hours. That’s how filling they are. I used 4 gf flours: tapioca flour, coconut flour, brown rice flour & millet flour. I brushed the scones with milk & sprinkled some unrefined coconut blossom sugar over the top of each scone before they went into the oven.

Check them out! They are large but so gooooddddd!!!! Great to give as a food gift too!

delightful & tasty scones! Don’t you want a big bite?

fantastic special food gift!

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Sophie’s healthy gluten free and sugar free banana and almond butter cake with dark chocolate chips

                                                                                       

A wonderful & appetizing flower shaped almond butter, banana & chocolate cake!

Great & divine looking!

 This is the best gluten-free and sugar-free cake I have ever made. I didn’t use any flour. I also used coconut blossom sugar. It is a richer, a bit moist and delicious cake with now and then hints of melted dark chocolate chips. Just check it out for yourself!To make it more special, festive and beautiful, I made it in a flower silicon mould.When the cake was ready, I said: Mama, made it,…hearing and singing the song of Jay-Z!! He rocks, you know!
The cake was all devoured after 2 days!
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Sophie’s gluten free and egg free speculaas spiced apple muffins

tasty gluten-free & egg-free speculaas spiced apple muffins

Today, I made these egg free and gluten-free speculaas spiced triple apple muffins. It is my own recipe.  I used apple in 3 ways in here: grated apple, apple in little pieces & apple sauce.

These are healthy breakfast muffins that aren’t too sweet…a breakfast that you can take along with you in the car, to the office or just savour with a good cup of tea at home.
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Sophie’s gluten free light brown teff breads

A lovely gluten-free home-made bread & the same bread rolls!

The cut trough gluten-free bread: looking good!

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Sophie’s moist gluten free zucchini muffins!

A divine & tasty interior: all gluten-free!

Tasty zucchini gluten-free & dairy-free muffins: great for a breakfast on the run!

Yesterday, I made my own first moist gluten-free zucchini ( courgettes ) muffins. They are a real delight! Even my husband & my in-laws loved them! Here is the recipe!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Flower almond cakes served with almond custard

Delightful flower almond cakes

I love making these flower individualised almond cakes. They look pretty & they are so delicious & festive!

They are great on their own but a home-made almond custard complements the flavours in the cakes. Try this combination, you will see,…

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Sophie’s festive speculaas

Sophie’s festive speculaas cookies!

Canadian moose & Canadian maple leaf speculaas cookies

Recently, I received the Moose cookie cutter & the Maple leaf cookie cutter from my friend,Koko from Koko’s kitchen. We swapped gifts.
The cookie cutters made beautiful cookies! Thanks again, Koko! I will use them a lot!
Here is one of many favourite cookie cutters: a knight on his horse!

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Sophie’s maple scones with pecans & cranberries, served with Maple’s Butter

Delightful home-made scones with cranberries & pecans!

I love these scones. They aren’t too sweet & they have pecans, dried cranberries & maple syrup in them. They also have a maple glaze.

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Sophie’s cranberry, pecan & oats spelt cookies

Christmassy spelt, cranberries & pecan oats cookies! Good for you too!:)

crunchy good-for-you cookies!

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Sophie’s hand made Kefir white organic bread

A big, tasty kefir organic white bread!

A yummy interior!

Recently, I started to make my own bread. This is the first bread I made. It is a lovely white bread with a chewy crust. It smells of kefir. It has organic white flour, 450 ml of kefir, 1 heaped teaspoon of grinded sea salt & dried yeast.
You know that kefir is good for you. So why not use it in the bread?

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Home made Limoncello & a recipe using it: Marinated limoncello chicken with rice & limoncello courgettes

A yummy home-made limoncello! Great as food gifts!

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Crunchy oats, almonds & pumpkin seeds bars

tasty bars to be!

crunchy good-for-you bars!

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Sophie’s speedy mixed berry cake & some latest awards!

A fabulously easy to make fruit cake

Don’t you want to try a yummy slice??

But wait, there’s more!

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Eggless wholemeal spelt, banana & coconut breakfast muffins

Double coconut, spelt & banana muffins!

You know by now that I like to bake with wholemeal spelt. Spelt has 30% more protein than whole meal flour. So, it is good for you! These breakfast muffins contain wholemeal spelt flour, baking powder, 3 very ripe bananas, coconut milk, shredded unsweetened coconut, canola oil, cane sugar, cinnamon & vanilla extract. These are yummy moist muffins.  Read the rest of this entry »

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