Vegan Nutella ‘Crownie’

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I don’t know, I mean, it isn’t fluffy like a cake and nor is it dense like a brownie, it’s kind of somewhere in between — like a cama, a wholphine, or a liger… but in an edible form. Something like a ‘Brake’ (ahhahaha) or a ‘Crownie’? A ‘crownie’ sounded better to me, so a crownie it shall be.

Also, just a disclaimer, this recipe may be a tad bit ‘lazy’, but it’s only because I wasn’t feeling well two weeks back when I came up with this crownie and a shortcut seemed more attractive to me. ‘Lazy’ in the sense that, for this recipe, I’ll be using Vegan Nutella instead of recreating the Nutella flavour with chocolate/ cacao and hazelnuts. If You are interested in a ‘made from scratch’ recipe, though, my Oil-free Chocolate Brownie recipe or my Vegan Nutella Brownie recipe (the former is favoured! ?) would be perfect for You!

ANYWAY, my Dad loved this and so did I. So maybe, just maybe, You might just love this too. ???❤?

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Edinburgh Day 5

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Vlog linked at the bottom of the post! >

Old friends, new friends, and the vast greatness of The Pentland Hills in between made up my 5th day in Edinburgh. It was an adventure, an excitement, a flurry of just very good, very positive emotions.

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” 
― Tom Bodett

On this very day, I felt like I fulfilled all 3 requirements for happiness: friends to love, an endless list of places I have yet to experience, a hope that I will still have these humans to love and these places within reach.

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Edinburgh Day 4 // Almond Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Jasmine and I on New Year’s: two drowsy, sickly girls being absolute bums because headaches and congested chests left them bed-ridden. The 1st day of 2017 was like a hug almost: warm, reassuring, affectionate, and comforting. The day whizzed by with Jasmine and I accomplishing close to nothing (we tried sleeping away the discomfort, went grocery shopping, baked some delicious almond chocolate cookies — recipe below — chatted, watched a movie, ate sushi, …) but that’s okay because there is value in rest, deceleration, and recalibration.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” 
― John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

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Warming, Crunchy, Christmas-y Apple Cinnamon Granola

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I’ve been noticing a trend with regards to things I cook/ bake/ eat when I’m with certain friends — it seems to vary depending on who I’m with. Is that odd? With Miriam, it seems to be nice cream, banana loaves and scones, with Wei, it seems to be cookies, and with Rui Chen, it seems to be a never-ending cycle of granola, granola and more granola (I’m not complaining, though). 😉

Rui Chen spent a week in Munich recently and You can just imagine how much granola we had to our disposal for breakfasts… it was heavenly let me tell You that! This Apple Cinnamon granola was born out of the desire for something warm and hearty to combat the harsh, frostbite-y cold just outside of our tightly shut windows.

Funny story: Upon asking the vendor for 200g of the unsweetened dried apple rings, he replied with a question, “Are you diabetic?” I was slightly taken aback, and incredulously retorted, “No, no, not at all! It’s just that we prefer sweetening our food with maple syrup or coconut sugar…”

Update: I went back to his stall just yesterday to get another pack of the dried apple rings because I had the intention to bring some to Edinburgh to make some of this granola with Jasmine. He greeted me with a big smile and asked me if I would be interested in trying his newly-made batch of coconut sugar-sweetened dried apple rings.

I bought 100g of them, and they were delicious. :’)

BUT ANYWAY, I know You’ve come for the granola recipe so I shall stop rambling.
Scroll down for the recipe!

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25.12.2016: A Vegan Christmas Feast for 2!

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Scroll down for the vlog I pieced together. >

3 things from Christmas this year: 

“The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship.” — Joseph Addison
Yes, and coconut sugar and coconut butter are a close second and third.
(Scroll down for pictures of the feast we had!)

Having loved ones in different time zones meant getting Christmas wishes at different times of the day, depending on when the clock struck 12 for them. This effectively made the flair and magic of Christmas somehow seem ‘last longer than 24 hours’.

This Christmas song!

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Pear Coconut Nut Granola

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Winding through the curly wurly walkways of Viktualienmarkt on a grim, cloudy afternoon, we found ourselves spoilt for choice as we stood before a pushcart stall chock full of dried fruits in both their sweetened and unsweetened forms. I was instantly drawn to the dried, unsweetened pear slices for I realised at that moment I had never tried them before. Their appearance intrigued me so — seemingly smooth like a dried apple, but very much orange like a dried apricot. Also, (don’t ask me why but) I wondered if they somehow would go well with hazelnuts?

Update: Rui Chen and I incorporated them into a granola recipe we were brewing, …
and You’ll be happy to know that they do. 😉

Sweet, nutty, crunchy, rich, tasty (ahh the floral undertones of vanilla go so well with the sweet upper tones of pear… who knew!), nutritious and so delightfully cluster-y… We are in love with this recipe! It’s a keeper! ?

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21.12.2016: Just Touristy Things in Munich

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Just five things:

  1. These pancakes for breakfast. (O M G)
  2. We ice skated and lost sensation in our toes, but the fun we had made it worth it.
  3. We found out that ‘Humans of New York’ has been made into a book.
  4. Dad reminded me that 21.12. is the shortest day of the year, i.e. least daylight hours.
  5. Wai Yee shared two amazing songs with me: the calming  “Safe If We Don’t Look Down” by Mutemath & the ghostly, incredible “Find Me” by Sigma (feat. Birdy) (thanks love!)

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