Friday, November 30, 2018

project: vegan & gluten free coffee dessert


Sometimes you are at a country,= or in a town or in a restaurant and you are experiencing something special that you want to revisit that particular place or in today's post case: recreate a dish.
I was at SPIRIT and it's one of my favorite vegetarian/vegan restaurant in The Netherlands and I had their vegan coffee cake bar. It was so delicious and inspiring that I've decided to recreate at home and hopefully to experience the same tasting again. And I must say I'm pretty satisfied and happy about it. I am so happy about it that I'm sharing this vegan dessert recipe with you guys!

Soms ben je in een land of in een stad of in een restaurant en je ervaart iets speciaals dat je dit nog een keer wilt herbeleven. Of in 't kader van de blogpost van vandaag: herbeleven van een gerecht.
Ik was namelijk laatst bij een van mijn favoriete vegetarische/vegan restaurant SPIRIT en nam daar de vegan koffie dessert bar. Deze was zo lekker en inspirerend dat ik besloten heb om 't na te maken en herbeleven. Ik moet eerlijk zeggen dat dit grotendeels gelukt is! Ik ben dik tevreden en dus daarom deel ik het recept ook graag met jullie! Heel veel bakplezier!
bottom crust
45 gr oats (make sure to buy glutenfree one if making glutenfree! )
30 gr almond meal (I`ve tried coconut flour too which works fine too!)
1 tbsp. cacao powder
2 tbsp. melted coconut oil
⅛ tsp. salt
3 - 5 tbsp. of sweetener of any (I used agave)

150 gr soaked cashew nuts of minimum 4 hours
150 ml oat milk (or almond/coconut/rice milk)
4 tbsp. walnut oil (or coconut oil)
1 tbsp. instant coffee
4 - 6 tbsp. of sweetener of your choice

½ tsp. agaragar
125 ml (½ cup) water
1 tbsp. instant coffee
2 tbsp. of any sweets you like!

OPTIONAL: chocolate, cream, nuts for garnish
Vriendelijk Nederlandse vertaling!
this dessert is a day beforehand friendly dessert-baking! Woo!
Like these cashew nuts that you can soak from at least 4 hours up to 12 hours. Do this before you go to bed and once it`s done have a wonderful sleep and in the next morning you`ll have ready steady cashew nuts in the use. It`s so stressfree baking really!
format around 20 - 22 cm
filling time
This part is easy lemon squeezy though there`s zero lemon in it of course. Just blend everything in the blender into smooth as mush then layer it on top of the bottom crust, let it set up in the freezer for at least an hour and you`re
Walnut oil! Or you can use coconut oil of course.
This is one of my favorite plantmilk by the brand Oatly and it`s called `oat milk. I think it`s a great alternative for the cow milk because it`s creamy, great for people with gluten intolerance and has nice nutty flavour that goes pretty well with this vegan coffee bar dessert of mine! You can of course use other plantmilk for this recipe like almond milk or coconut milk.
One of my favorite smell is coffee. Especially in the morning. Or at coffee bars or shops with a piece of cake. I think I can safely say that coffee is for sure in my favorite smell top-3 list!

Agar? Agar!
Agar or kanten is a vegetarian jelly agency and a great gelatine substitute. It`s cultivated and extracted from seaweed and it is popular in the South-Asia countries.
Here`s how it works:
1. dissolve in water
2. add flavour
3. boil on medium fire for about 5 min to thicken up
4. pour in moulds and let it set
You may sieve it for extra smoothness!
The Steps
making the bottom crust
1. Line and grease a cake pan and preheat oven to 180ºC.
add the oats, almond flour, cacao and salts into the food processor and blits finely like texture of flour. Then add the melted coconut oil and sweetener and blitz again until everything comes, sticks and holds together. If it`s too dry or not sweet enough just add a little bit of coconut oil and sweetener and once it is done press the crust mixture evenly in the cake pan bottom and bake for 15 min. Let it cool down and set aside

make the filling
2. Add everything for the filling in a blender and blend everything into mush and smooth. Not sweet enough? No problem! Just add a little bit sweets to it. Pour and layer it over the chilled down crust and let it set at least an hour in the freezer.

making the topping
1. Dissolve and stir the agaragar in a small saucepan with water first. Put it on medium fire and add the flavoring and cook for about 5 min until it thickens. Stir occasionally!
Sieve the topping mixture let it cool down for half min or so (not to long or it will completely set!) and then pour it over the chilled coffee cream layer. You`ll see how quick agaragar set! It`s pretty cool. Cover and let the entire set in the freezer. Overnight is fine!
2. And lastly garnish with nice things! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Ghost town: Doelen

This is Doelen
Doelen is a tiny little village just outside Antwerp city and the last decades it is known as being an abandon village or referred as a ghost town. According to the latest counting there are more or less 20 residents in Doelen. There used to be more and the reason why residents move out is because of the nearby nuclear power plant (yikes) and the expansion of Antwerp City itself, hmmm. It`s a shame really and there are apparently plans going on in completely wiping out the entire village. Including the awesome graffiti artworks that have been sprayed on the abandon houses, which I think gives a little bit of a `soul` to the this ghost town Doelen.
This banner pretty much says that Doelen is habitant, do not vandalize and respect the property of the residents. One thing for sure it didn`t stop the graffiti artists to do their thing and personally I do not mind in this kind of setting. I like a good piece of art and this is one of the reason me and my bestie came for.
Such a weird contrast - an old Dutch windmill and a big steamy chimney on the background.

Anyway me and my bestie were first-timers here in Doelen or as how we Dutch people would say `disaster tourists` and we were not so sure what to expect. Apart that we were excited of course but the amount of disaster tourism including us is something we did not expect! I think there are more tourist people here then the actual residents. There were even families with children and a bus full of senior people who stopped by and took photo`s and such!
Lunch with your bestie at an industrial quayside with a view of a nuclear power plant. How wonderful! I mean it is something that we don`t see it everyday. Anyway the weather was great and for lunch we had: sandwiches that I`ve made, curry triangles, tea and fruit.
Don`t tell but my bestie here was a bit scared entering Doelen ha. Scared for abduction or such. And I was like, well don`t worry I got food and such to survive/bribe on
Entering the graffiti playground
We were hoping to find good graffiti artworks on the walls and houses.
I think this used to be the main street of the town?
And I think I have found my favorite piece of street art.
Even the cobblestones are lost.
More tourists!
This is a ghost house if you ask me really.
This used to be a gas station. Now a canvas for pro and amateur graffiti

This is pretty cool and creative with bottle caps.
I also liked this one a lot!
“Everybody Can Be Proud”
We have found one living facility! A pub! Alongside with the Dutch windmill from before which is by the way a lunchroom that was closed sadly and only open for certain of days and season.
Bummer because I`d love to try out some Doelen speciality.
Not vacant
As I`ve mentioned before Doelen has still some little resident left. You can tell by the look of the houses. It has no graffiti on it and looks kind of cosy too from the outside.
Goodbye Doelen!