Donuts for Breakfast

Donuts for Breakfast

Donuts for Breakfast

We had a leisure day yesterday, waking up lazily as if it was a weekend. We settled on donuts for breakfast, there’s this new(ish) donut shop close to my work place we’ve been meaning to try again.

I got a box of donuts from there on my way from work a couple of months ago in a bout of spontaneity.
I’ve talked about not really being ‘donut people’ before, but the unique and aromatic flavours were a pleasant and luscious surprise.
They conveniently offer baked, vegan and gluten-free varieties too!

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Spelt Waffles with Rosewater Maple Syrup

Spelt Waffles with Rosewater Maple Syrup

Last weekend was our long weekend. We got the Monday off to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday or maybe it’s the monarch we’re celebrating, I’m not quite sure, but it’s definitely the unofficial start to summer in these parts.

We took advantage of the gorgeous weather to prepare our little balcony for all the outdoor summer fun we’ll be having. We spent all our free time at home on our balcony last summer and we’re hooked!

Spelt Waffles with Rosewater Maple Syrup Spelt Waffles with Rosewater Maple Syrup

So this past weekend we scrubbed the balcony clean of winter’s dirt and grime and painted it a bright summery shade.
At the plant center we got dahlias, yellow and orange marigolds, lilies, begonias and colourful leafed painted nettles. The balcony looks beautifully welcoming now, I can’t wait to spend blissful sun-filled moments there.

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Coffee Journal | Screaming Beans, Amsterdam

Screaming Beans, Amsterdam

A coffee shop is one of the first things I look for when I get to a new city or town. This is good for two reasons. It lets you take a breather and orient yourself, and you start off your trip with something familiar – coffee. Sometimes you even get great recommendations from the locals; coffee shops are great for that.

On my first trip to Amsterdam, we sat in the charming garden of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and had our coffee with appeltaart. For this second trip last fall, we got a last minute recommendation for Screaming Beans Coffee Bar but really, having seen it on this list of ’25 Coffee Shops Around The World You Have To See Before You Die’ cemented our decision to try it.

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Pasta with Lentils and Vegetables

Pasta with Lentils and Vegetables

Pasta with Lentils and Vegetables

There are certain items in our little cramped pantry that we never seem to run out of because we’re continuously using and restocking them, lentils for instance.

We keep a few varieties on hand; plump and glossy beluga lentils for winter soups; it’s also excellent with roasted okra. We love the peppery earthy flavour of Puy/French green lentils so much we put them in everything.

Pardina lentils (Spanish Brown) are a recent addition to the pantry; it’s sturdy with a rich nutty flavour and the prettiest shade of brown.

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Custard Cake with Whipped Coconut Cream

Custard Cake with Whipped Coconut Cream

This is one of the very first cakes I made when I started baking. I felt so proud of myself when it turned out a success, I told anyone who would listen about this cake I’d baked.

It’s the kind of simple and quick cake that can be easily cobbled together for afternoon tea or snack.

It was the custard powder that initially drew me to this cake; it reminded me of a dessert my mom used to make – warm and creamy custard sauce poured over tender slices of pound cake, it was decadent and perfectly sweet.

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