Chocolate Barks – a Christmas gift

This years christmas gift: Homemade Chocolate Barks! Ingredients: White Chocolate bars Dark Chocolate bars It’s important to use a good quality of chocolate for the optimum of taste Optional Sprinkle combinations. I choose: White Chocolate with: Cranberries and Pistachio Chocolate covered … Continue reading

A Homage to Fruits and Breakfast

Dear fructose intolerant reader I guess this post is not meant for your eyes, as you will probably not find joy in reading it. Dear fruit lover/ Breakfast and Brunch Fanatic, “Let’s eat the Rainbow”-preaching Reader Welcome to an other … Continue reading

Birthday love and the Valentines surrender

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Yesterday was my friends birthday. I asked her sister, what her favorite cake was and she said Poppy Seed or Chocolate. You know me: Why choose if you can have both, right?
A Poppy Seed Chocolate cake with a Marzipan layer
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This Marzipan layer should have stayed in the middle, Poppy and Chocolate everywhere, but the little cake had other plans and made this incredible gooey chocolate marzipan base (Yes, it sunk). The bigger cake handled my plan a bit better. Either way, the taste was delightful and the little trick of the situation: You just act like the result is exactly what you wanted.
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So I made a little experiment and the result was a beautiful cake, tasty and moist. Actually 2 beautiful cakes. A normal sized cake for my dear friend Andrea and this little sweety in the photo.
You probably know that tomorrow is Valentine’s day. And even if I and my soon to be husband don’t celebrate this at all (at least that’s what we say), it is hard to forget about it, if it’s all over the stores and commercials. So what happens is, a week before Valentine’s day I get reminded at least once a day, that this day is around the corner – This day we kind of don’t want to celebrate (Because why show love and gratitude on one day if you can show it every day).
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But every time by the end of the week I capitulate: I just looove making presents and love notes and it’s just an other reason to bake some sweets for my love – with a little self cheating trick: I just bake it a day before – resisting the Valentines pressure not.
And then there is the other reason why to bake cakes: There is no lovelier smell for me then the smell of bread, cake or cookies in the oven, while it is raining or snowing outside. That simple.
But why is this cake so incredible rich and moist? The secret ingredient is no more a secret: Creme fraiche or Plantbased Cashew Sour Cream/ Silken Tofu
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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and I wish everybody a beautiful Valentine’s day or just a great day without Valentine, whatever you prefer.
Find This Recipe Here or go to “Easy Desserts”
Love, Emily

An Apple in a Cheesecake and a Bun in the Oven

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In Switzerland we actually don’t have such thing as baby shower (or bridal shower, just the normal showers you take every morning). My best friend is pregnant since 8 months. And while seeing this miracle growing I got aware that we do not at all celebrate our Mothers-to-be enough in this country. As I love hosting parties and didn’t have to reinvent the wheel, this was the perfect moment to throw my Anna and her little Baby Boy a Baby Shower. Time to shower her with love! And of course shower everyone with delicious food, what else!
One of the desserts was my Caramel Apple Cheesecake with Crumble. Click Here to see the Recipe.
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An other oldie but goldie I made, were my Marzipan Poppy Seed Cupcakes. Click Here for the Recipe.
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For the Salty Flavors I made a Pumpkin-Carrot Quiche and the Spinach-Feta Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting I make for almost every Party.
And my newest little fun creation were my Potato Skewers. All you do is you bake the halved Potatoes with some oil and Salt, cool them off and then layer delicious toppings on them.
My Creations were: spicy Guacamole and Shrimp / Garlic Salami and Herbal Cream Cheese / Green Olive Paste and Cherry Tomatoes
It’s also a lovely glutenfree option or if you don’t eat bread for any other reason.
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For the Non- alcoholic drink I made a Ginger – Apple Lemonde. All you do is grade fresh Ginger and cut some more in to slices. Poor some hot Water over it, mix it with Lime Juice and Honey and but it aside. Then you mix it with organic Apple Juice and some bubbly Water. You can serve this Beverage cold or also warm like a Punch.

It was a wonderful afternoon with all these great woman and I can’t wait to finally meet him!

 

I wish you all a great weekend!

Emily

Get ready for a Sweet Sweet Sin

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After I found out how easy it actually is to make Cheesecakes it’s my Nr.1 Dessert to bring to a Party (Also because of that Cheesecake Love so many people have).
Soooo once again, I present you an other sweet bomb Cheesecake Recipe:
Pecan – Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with a Butterscotch Topping
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If you enjoy these tastes you will love this Dessert! I was inspired by a book from The Hummingbird bakery (Thanks to Steffi!) The only change I made is that I added some Chocolate pieces.
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Find this Recipe Here or go to “Desserts” and enjoy!
Love, Emily

A cookie not just for the christmas time – Chocolate Chip Thyme Cookies

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I must say, even though I do love sweets, most christmas cookies are just not my favorite. (I guess I’m usually more a cake person). With the exception of my sister-in-laws super buttery “Mailänderli” cookies (She sometimes even dunks half of the cookie in chocolate….ridiculously good…).
But there is an other cookie I always enjoy, doesn’t matter what time of the year it is. The classic Chocolate Chip Cookie. Timeless deliscious!
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About half a year ago I had the idea to make my Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe and spice it up with some fresh Thyme. I took them to school and my study buddies enjoyed them a lot.
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This time I made them with dried Thyme- and after the bite of approval it is time to share this keeper with my blog friends and wish you all a wonderful christmas time with your friends and family!
Klick Here for the Recipe, or go to “Easy Desserts”

Love, Emily Lovestone

And it was (Cheesecake-) love at first sight

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Didn’t she just post a Cheesecake Recipe? I know I know! Am I excused if I tell you that this one is with White Chocolate?! (yummm…..)
I have to maybe explain you, that Switzerland, where I live, knows about Cheesecake for a very short time only. People here grow up with baked or non-baked Cake made with Curd Cheese. Some people call this Cheesecake. Don’t get me wrong. I always loved the light and fluffy Curd Cheese and fruit Cakes. But it’s simply indisputable not a Cheesecake the way the USA makes it. A Cheesecake in my eyes is not light and fluffy….well maybe fluffy. It’s going to ruin your diet! It’s sweet and creamy and that’s how I think a Cheesecake should be.
So many people here only know Cheesecake for maybe a bit more then 12 years (that’s a guess) and for most of the time in the past years it was only to buy at Starbucks….for a lot of money. They had only 2 varieties: New York Cheesecake and Raspberry white Chocolate Cheesecake.
When I moved to Basel 11 years ago to study, the Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake was our biggest treat. Every second week some friends and I would buy a piece and share it together. This sweet sensation made the sun shine on rainy days!
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Last week I was invited to a Party (maybe you saw my Flower Bread…that was for the same Party), and so I knew right away which Dessert I will bring. Cheesecake has so many lovers in this world and makes faces smile while eating. But which one? I actually thought of a Caramel Nut Cheesecake or a Peanut butter Chocolate one (mmmh, just by writing out those names my mouth is watering….I will make and post them one day! Promised.)
But then I thought about not getting too fancy… (In this country some people slowly get used to Peanut butter and love or hate it. It’s just not a very often used product. I must say…..I looooove it!!!! So maybe it’s the best for me, that we can’t buy my favorite brand here. Which would be Jif!!!) …and bring the “classic” one. The one that everyone here knows (because there was no other for a long time) Hello Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake! Welcome to the Party! And it was love at first sight…!

Ps: I wanted to make Hearts with my Raspberry Sauce and I do know, that Hearts do look a liiiiittle different……maybe you can see them with some creativity 😉
I should have practiced before. In my head it was so easy to do…
Gladly I had some sugar hearts left to decorate 🙂
Find the Recipe Here or go to “Easy Desserts”

A great weekend everyone!
Love Emily

Happy 1.Blog Birthday!

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Exactly one year ago this blog baby was born. Happy 1.Birthday!
After writing so many Recipes on paper and post-its for friends that asked me, after I have cooked for them, I knew there most be an easier solution. So my cooking passion led me to wordpress and wordpress led me to many youtube tutorial videos and (another) new food blog was born.
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The only motto for this blog: Easy to prepare with fresh quality ingredients and recipe ideas mostly created by myself with influence from all over the world.
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And with my blog journey the feedbacks came. Thank you for all the enthusiastic and of course also critical feedbacks (Some thought I was posting too much, for some it wasn’t enough, some people got irritated by vegan recipes, some wished for more meat dishes…..my conclusion: I think there is a Recipe for everyone).
And guess what? This blog and I will continue to surprise you with new and hopefully inspiring dishes to just look at or recreate.
Thank you for following or visiting my Blog!
My todays Birthday post: Fast and easy Raspberry Cheesecake in a glass.
Find this Recipe Here or go to “Easy Desserts”
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Very berry much love
Emily Lovestone

Searching for the eggs on Easter Sunday…..

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For the Easter Dessert I made a classic Lemon Pie. The Lemon curd is easy prepared and you can make it days or weeks in advance. I bought the pie crust…*shame shame* and forget the Eggs!!!…
Lucky me, when I saw, that I still had two eggs left in the fridge. Two! That doesnt make a great big layer Meringue….
All in all a great Pie. Even with a thin layer Meringue. And about the bought crust….pssst, it’s our little secret!
Find the Recipe Here or go to “Easy Dessert”
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Love, Emily Lovestone

Strawberry-Rhubarb Love with a creamy Apple Kiss

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….those crunchy sweet “crumbles” on top of the sweet fruit combination of Strawberries and Rhubarb pieces, with this irresistible Apple Vanilla Cream…Sweet dreams come true. I think I have a new favorite dessert!
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While I made the crumbles they looked just perfect…but what happened while I was baking them? Instead of keeping the shape of round crumbles, it all just melted to a nice and crunchy crust on top. Not really what I wanted, but at least it didn’t effect the taste.

Find the Recipe Here or go to “Easy Desserts”

Crumble-Love and a happy sunday everyone!
Emily