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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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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Traditional Oliebollen | Dutch Doughnuts

Oliebollen are a fantastic Dutch New Year’s Eve treat. These Dutch doughnuts are made from a thick yeast dough peppered with dried fruits and apples which is fried till perfectly golden.

Can you guess what I will be having for breakfast every day this holiday week? Oh yeah some oliebollen! Oliebollen is a Dutch doughnuts (or donut I never know) that is the quintessential Dutch treat for New Year’s Eve. Apparently over 80% of the Dutch population consumes oliebollen on between Dec 26th/Jan 06th. With this recipe I wish you my readers a very Tasty, Happy and Healthy New Year 2017!

Oliebollen

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More Holiday Cookies! Koulourakia and Italian Ricotta

We had the Christmas holiday cookies bake-a-thon again! Come try one of our 223 cookies fresh out of the oven or take one of our 10 creamy fudge spread jars. Please, take some! Or settle for these 5 recipes to get you in the spirit of merry baking.

Have you ever spent an afternoon baking Christmas cookies for the holiday celebrations to come? Well I got together with my friend Catherine again this year and we spent a day baking our holiday butt’s off. Once again we had a mountain of holiday cookies, plus some jars of yummy spreadable creamy fudge. I hope these Greek Koulourakia and Italian Ricotta cookies are good enough to sooth the mean spirit of Krampus, this month’s Food ‘n Flix pick.

Holiday Cookies Koulourakia Italian Ricott 2016 bake-a-thon g

holiday cookies creamy fudge spread

Can you spot the odd man out from the jars for Creamy Fudge Spread?

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Pie Crust Recipe for HapPIE Holidays!

Nothing says hapPIE family gatherings like a homemade pies! Everyone should have a great pie crust recipe on hand to bake up gorgeous berries or custards. Easy to make on the spot or make ahead and freeze your dough.

Did you have a recipe that left you stumped for a long time until one day it just worked? I did and it was a pie crust. It took me so many tries when I was a kid (and teen) to get my first pie crust right. I can’t beleive I did not just give up. But I persisted and one day it worked! Since then no pie crust was goes to waste. And that is a good thing because a good pie crust comes in very handy during the holiday season and all those desserts you have to bring over to family parties.

pie crust homemade pie ideas

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The Definite Food Photography Gift Guide

Need to brush up on your Food Photography skills and equipment? This Food Photography Gift Guide will cover everything you need to get started if you have been bitten by the food photography bug.

It’s early December and I am already going to tell you my 2017 blog resolutions. If I don’t write it down I tend to let things slide. This way you can hold me accountable for my slacking tendencies. 2016 was a huge year for me blog wise because I rebranded my blog name completely. It was a big ordeal and then I jumped ship for the rest of the year. Bad Evelyne! Let’s get back on track, shall we? 1) I really need to change my theme to a better and quicker one. 2) I want to pick one social media platform and abuse it to the fullest positive capacity. 3) And I have been putting of my food photo skills for too long. That is where I got the idea to prepare this Food Photography Gift Guide for you just in time for the holidays!

P.S. Post has already been updated a few times with amazing suggestions from you amazing readers and social media fans. Keep sending me your ideas if you think something should be added to the list!

The Definite Food Photography Gift Guide

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Husarenkrapferl, an Austrian Christmas Cookie

Time to shake up your holiday cookie roster? How about a batch of Austrian Husarenkrapferl cookies? This gorgeous almond shortbread, dusted with icing sugar and finished off with a dollop of jam, will be the talk of the dessert table.

OK people the holidays, less then a month away! Have you started your preps, like for anything, yet? I have not except for a little cookie dabbling in the kitchen. This year I am serving up some Husarenkrapferl cookies and I am so very proud to include them in a Canadian Cookie Collaboration!

Husarenkrapferl cookies

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