Do You Feel that Love is in the Air? Saint Valentine Round-up

Still looking for ideas for a romantic Saint Valentine dinner? Look no further than this red themed recipe round-up to prepare a delicious and loving meal.

The only thing I know for sure that is up in the air right now is me! When this post goes live I will be on a 13 hour return flight back from Beijing. Will I have found love in China? I am not going there to look for a true one but the Lantern Festival, February 11th this year,  is China’s equivalent to our Saint Valentine day. And the color red will be everywhere as the color of the New Year and Spring Festival. As red as this gorgeous and sensual recipe round-up!

Saint Valentine recipe round-up

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Feed Me! Taking Care of your Sourdough Starter, plus Egg-Free Pancakes

Craving a loaf of sourdough bread? Make it yourself if you have a Sourdough Starter. Learn how to take care of your starter to keep it healthy in this post. And get a bonus sourdough starter pancake recipe too!

I am away on vacation this week but I prepared a quick post for you today about sourdough starters. Before you can make a sourdough bread, you will need to get your hands on a sourdough starter. You can totally make your own starter at home if no one has any to spare (see resource list below). And just like your kids, you have to feed your starter regularly to keep it alive! No one wants a dead starter on their hands 😉

sourdough starter and pancakes

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Homemade Sourdough Bread with a Sourdough Starter

Did you know that sourdough bread is part of the fermentation craze? The sour taste comes from the addition of a starter, a fermented mixture of flour, water and naturally occurring wild yeast.

Is there anything more comforting than the smell of freshly baked bread coming out of the oven? I just adore making a basic food item like this, as all our ancestors have been doing for centuries. Lately I have being playing around with a sourdough starter given to me by my friend Karyn this fall to make sourdough bread. Here is my basic recipe.

Sourdough Bread

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Huāshēng Bǐng | 花生饼 | Chinese Peanut Cookies

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! 新年快乐 ! Happy Chinese New Year!  Today marks the beginning of the Spring Festival as we welcome the rooster. What better way to celebrate than with these addictive Chinese Peanut Cookies.

These beauties are called Hua Sheng Bing, 花生饼 in Mandarin. It translates as peanut cake but clearly they are wonderful cookie bundles. One can find them in homes and markets in China during the Lunar New Year. If you love peanuts you will adore the texture and massive dose of peanut crumbs. In fact these Chinese Peanut Cookies take cookies to a whole new level of  peanut. They are just fabulous!

Chinese peanut cookies

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How to Give French Eclairs a Modern Makeover

Did you know French Eclairs are the new ‘it’ pastry? These retro desserts are making a huge comeback right now at you local chic bakery. But it’s even more fun to make them at home. Let you inner artist run wild when decorating!

Raise your hand if you devoured a many eclairs in your youth? This French pastry is made with pâte à choux, shaped in an oblong vessel that transports whipped cream or custard cream to your mouth, formerly finished off with a chocolate ganache. The new modern French eclair sheds it’s ganache coat for gorgeous and artistic edible works of art.

French eclairs

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Golden Milk: the Secret to Keeping the Doctor Away

Want an alternative remedy to stay healthy and sleep like a baby? Try a cup of golden milk a day: made from turmeric golden paste, nutmeg, a mineral rich sweetener, and any milk you like.

Do you know what my greatest fear is in January and February? Getting really sick! Since this year I have yet to have succumbed to a real cold or flu I am extra nervous. With a big trip coming up in 3 weeks, I want to do everything in my power to build a strong immune system. That includes a glass of water a day with 1 tablespoon of unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a glass of golden milk before bed.

By the way golden milk is also excellent for insomnia! Never heard of golden milk? Keep reading to find out all the wonderful benefits it can bestow on you and get the recipe to make it at home.

golden milk

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Boozy Peaches and Cream Trifle, a Matcha Made in Heaven

Shhh… Can you Keep a Secret? Today I am sharing with you my Peaches and Cream Trifle recipe. It is the ultimate quick in-a-pinch dessert recipe that your guest will clamor for.

I am almost ashamed to say that this recipe has been my go-to dessert for years when pressed for time, and yet I have never blogged about it before. Why have I not shared this divine Peaches and Cream Trifle recipe with you until today? I was afraid you would judge me because it is just so freaking easy and quick to make. But it is also one of my most consistently raved dessert. Every time I make this for guests I get rave reviews. Sometimes greatness comes from simplicity.

Peaches and Cream Trifle

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