Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Project: Matcha Tart


So you've asked for it! Here a matcha tart recipe by yours truly.

This couple of weeks I have been making at least 1 tart (or pie) a week and I've got to say I'm improving! I even started experimenting with vegan tarts and such which is quite a challenge but yet rewarding at the end. Because at the end a tart (or pie) is a combo of crunchyness and softness. Like a cookie with a flavoursome filling! 

Hier isie dan, een makkelijk en lekker matcha taartschelp recept!

De laatste paar weken in de keuken maak ik minimaal 1 taartschelp (of tart/pie in 't Engels) in een week en ik moet zeggen ik vind steeds mijn weg hierin! Ook ben ik aan 't experimenteren met vegan tarts wat een uitdaging is maar gelukkig ook belonend. Want eigenlijk is zo'n taartschelp een combi van krokant en smeuïgheid. Net als een koekje met een zachte vulling!

The Ingredients
160 gr cake flour or all purpose flour
15-30 gr icing sugar
85 cold butter, cut in small cubes
1-2 tbsp. ice water

2 eggs
200 ml cream
40 ml milk
80-100 gr sugar
1 to 2 tbsp. quality matcha powder 
steps: 1st dough ✓
2nd eggs ✓
3rd matcha flavour ✓
(No need to grease or line the baking tin)
N O M O R E S O G G Y B O T T O M ✘

• blind bake! Like this picture above check out the steps down below
• after blind bake brush the tart surface with a layer egg wash and bake for another 10 min
• also cool down and chill the crust ingredients for example in the fridge. The flour gets a good rest and results a crispier and finer texture.
So so happy with this matcha tea mixing bowl that my dearest blogsister Jessie got me for my birthday!
M A T C H A egg-tart
My inspirations for this matcha tart recipe came from the Hong Kong egg tart which is where the filling is based off. The only difference is by adding the extra matcha powder turning it into a matcha (egg)tart!
The Steps
making crust
1. Mix flour with the icing sugar and matcha powder in a large bowl. Add the cold butter cubes and rub with your fingertips into the flour until the mixture feels like damp sand.
2. Add 1 to 2 tbsp. of ice water and knead the mixture and you stop kneading when it forms a dough. This should be done quickly.
3.Flatten the dough, wrap it around plastic clingwrap and let it rest in the fridge for atleast 30 minutes. TIP: overnight even better! That`s what I do.
4.Prepare the baking paper + baking beans/dry beans or rice for blind baking. Also preheat oven to 180°C (350F).

making filling
1. In a large bowl: crack the two eggs and add sugar, the milk and the first 100 ml of the cream. Beat them well together and set aside.
2. Prepare in another bowl the matcha mixture by adding the matcha powder and the rest of the cream and mix it well with a whisk. This avoids clumps in the filling. Once everything is smooth and mixed together add this to your egg mixture and combine gently together. Do not over combine we don`t want to create air bubbles in the filling and create holes during baking.

blind bake
1. Once the dough is rested enough take it out and roll it out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of around 0.5cm. Place and press the dough in any desired tart/cake tin of size ∅ 12. Create holes in the bottom with a fork. Line on top the prepared baking paper and fill this with baking beans.
2. Bake the tart shell in the oven for about 15-20 min. Remove from the oven and the baking paper with the baking beans and let it cool down a bit. Preheat oven to 200°C (400F)

making tart
1. Strain the matcha mixture with a sieve into a pouring jug. From here pour the mixture into the prepared tart shell and bake in the oven for 15 min. Lower the oven temperature to 180°C and bake for another 5 min.
2. Let the tart cool down completely and to firm up before cutting. Serve with cream, fruit, nuts whatsoever if you feel like to!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Food by Koek & Pan

The food business `Koek & Pan` (means biscuit/cookie & pan) is established by two massive foodie cousins Thomas & Peter and are specialized in baking decadent pies and pastries. I`m trying to be a good foodblogger and to blog about nice food items and so I like to go exploring and learn, experience and eat good food around the globe.
Koek & Pan are great examples to keep me motivated in blogging. Thanks to IG I have discovered Koek & Pan with their croffins which is a sweet pastry and totally mesmerized by the look because I have not seen this beauty in my life before nor eaten it. And as a good foodblogger that I try to be, you go visit the place, order the food and hopefully you wont be disappointed. And I sure wasn`t because I came back for round two at Koek & Pan! More about that check out at my other blog post at this
link below:
Sometimes you meet nice people. Really nice people. Here I was having a little chit-chat with one of the owners.
My Takeaways
1 funghi castagna pie (large)
1 croffin `browni`
1 croffin `tompouce`
This funghi castagna pie is 100% handmade and vegetarian friendly. First, look at the crust and the many many paper-thin layers so gorgeous! The filling is creamy and contains mushroom, chestnut and parsley. A slice of this is perhaps not good for any diets but so decadent and so tasty!
Side story but I once tried to make puff pastry and croissants but I failed
and cried.

Anyway, saving the best for last which is dessert: croffin by Koek & Pan! Sometimes it can be written as cruffin because a cro(u)ffin is actually a croissant x muffin in one: a croffin! And so much better than this other merged pastry cronut in my opinion.
Koek & Pan makes them every Saturday with every week new flavors. They even once made a matcha flavored one (OMG!) which I sadly missed it.
Anyway, I had the pleasure of trying out the brownie and tompouce flavored one and they were so SO good!
To beautiful to eat!
But I killed it anyway!
And with no regrets!

FOOD: ••••∙ 4,⁵/5
INTERIOR: ••∙ 2,⁵/5
SERVICE: ••••∙ 4,⁵/5
PRICE: ••• 3/5

Friday, April 6, 2018

Summer & Winter Time at Villa Augustus

Villa Augustus (translate: Villa August) is a hotel & restaurant in the middle of a (vegetable) garden in the city Dordrecht and I`ve been here twice! The first time at Villa Augustus was in the warmer days when all the green was blooming and enjoying food and drinks under the sun while soaking up vitamin D. But I was also here with the colder days still enjoying food and drinks near a heater and having a complete me-time moment. 
The Vegetable Garden
Villa Augustus was voted in 2010 🏆 to be one of the 72 most beautiful places to stay in the world. While I do not know the other 71 places, Villa Augustus is really magnificent and unique and I truly believe it is thanks to the garden. A vegetable garden precisely! The ingredients for the food from the restaurant itself comes mostly from this same garden and to me that is bonus: food wise, environmental wise and totally craft wise. I love it!

Not just a home for veggies but the garden offers plenty room for
flora too!
The Water Tower
Which is now a hotel. A sleeping place with a view. I`d love love to spend a night here but it is quite pricey...
The Restaurant
So I can`t afford a hotelroom at Villa Augustus (yet) but I sure can afford the food! Their menu changes with every season and surprisingly the prices are pretty fair too, hurray!
We Ordered
* 1 sencha ice tea
* 1 primitiro (red wine)
* 1 portion arcacini
* 1 season salad
* 1 portobello mushroom w/ poached egg
* coffee
So if you are like me who loves a simple rustic homey dish + you`re a veggie-lover/vegetarian then you`re in total good hands at Villa Augustus. They have great brewed coffee and teas too!
Themed cutlery, cute!


So my first time at Villa Augustus was actually with a Tinder-date. We sat outside and I`ve shared these arancini (risotto balls) portion with this Tinder-date who didn`t really like me at the end but thanks to this I have discovered these delicious arancini balls which clearly has more balls than my Tinder-date has.
Just sayin`
At the kitchen & giftshop
Next to the restaurant there`s a wonderful shop and market selling fresh produce, (cook)books, plates & cups of all sorts, cute gift thingies and baked goods. You can also check and peep out at the open kitchen and see how people cook!
Now I`m a sucker for quirky things and I don`t mind spending from time to time a tad more on something awesome and overpriced but some of the quirky things at the giftshop were crazy overpriced. I wanted to buy this cotton canvasbag with a radish printed on (not shown on the picture) and the smallest size was like 25 bucks already! Now I`m really a sucker for quirky things but for this I hold my wallet dear to my heart.
But honestly Villa Augustus has GREAT lemon meringue pie! Probably the best I have ever had in my life.
ADDRESS: Oranjelaan 7 3311 DH Dordrecht - THE NETHERLANDS

FOOD: •••• 4/5
INTERIOR: •••• 4/5
SERVICE: ••• 3/5
PRICE: ••• 3/5