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Simple Recipe: Poppy Seed Rugelach

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By now, you should know I love baking, poppy seeds and Jewish cuisine. One lazy Sunday afternoon, I was craving sweet, and the two ingredients I bumped up to in the kitchen were: puff pastry and poppy seed filling. I quickly decided to make these delicious poppy seed Rugelach. You really need few ingredients, so if you were going to make a quick and easy dessert, follow along.

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You will only need these few ingredients: Puff pastry, milk, sugar and a poppy seed filling (or anything you want, really).

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Roll out the puff pastry, and use a fork to make holes in the dough, this method makes sure your dough won’t expand massively.

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Mix a couple of table spoons of filling with a couple of table spoons of milk; this will create a more managable filling that is easy to spread out. Spread it out on your dough to have a good layer of poppy seed filling. You use as much or as little as you want, it is up to your taste (don’t use too much, though).

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Cut your dough into 8 to 12 pieces of triangles. This is the base of the croissant shaped rugelach. Roll each piece out, starting from the lager side into the smaller side. The dough will stick to itself as the filling is sticking, already.

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Place them onto a baking sheet with parchement paper, brush some milk onto the unbaked Rugelach, sprinkle some sugar on top, and bake in the oven on 200 degrees celcius for around 15 minutes.

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This is what they look like once removed from the oven. Golden brown, crispy, croissant shaped Rugelach. Mmm, delicious! Obviously, I didn’t use the entire can of poppy seed filling, so what I did is freeze the rest in freezer bags and flatten them out, so once you want to defrost some filling, it defreezes easily. By all means, this is not a traditial recipe. This is only a quicker version, that is why it’s made with premade puff pastry and not the homemade dough which isn’t puffy at all.

TIP: Omitting the milk and using a parve dough, this recipe could be ideal for your dessert table on Rosh Hashanah. I hope you enjoyed this quick recipe. Comment down below what you’ve though of it, all feedback is welcome. Shana Tova!

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

 

 

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Antwerp Hotspot: Chickpea Eat-Drink-Enjoy

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Last week, I had a heavy day with two exams, so I decided to have lunch with my dear friend Zoë. I found out the day before, on Instagram that there was a nice hummus place not so far from our campus, so we had lunch at that place, called: Chickpea.

Basically, it’s a cosy Mediterranean/Israeli restaurant with as a specialty: hummus, because the owner is Israeli and Israel without hummus is like Belgium without fries. No single North African soul can live without its chickpeas, so you can guess, one of my favorite dishes is Hummus. So, I tried!

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Here is a sneak peak of the menu. I chose the homemade lemonade and the Open Sesame which is hummus with tahini in the middle. You can get everything to take out or just eat in, it is very cosy in front of the window or on a little table on the street. The concept of this place is: Fresh and Organic.

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We first got some pita bread with za’atar spices in olive oil, as a dip. Very attentive! (y)

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Next to organic Mediterranean food and homemade lemonade, you can get homemade iced tea, juices and coffee. This is not a vegan nor vegetarian restaurant, but there are vegan/vegetarian options on the menu.

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Yummie! The hummus was delicious, especially with the hot sauce with coriander, that I love. You automatically get a small side dish with any hummus dish you order. The standard side dish is the Israeli salad called: the all time classic. (btw, how cute are the names?) If you think it’s not enough, there are plenty of side dishes on the menu you can get in small or big a portion.

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God Damn, you hummus! You were so good!

If you are in Antwerp and looking for a nice hummus place with a friendly service, make sure to visit Chickpea. Zoë wrote a review on her blog as well, so make sure to read it: Zoë’s post

Address: Oudaan 4, 2000 Antwerpen
Number: 0475 60 49 49
Website; Facebook

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

 

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Recipe: Parve Poppy Seed Roll with Challah dough/Makowiec

PoppySeedChallahRollI was supposed to go on a healthier lifestyle as of August 1st, but my Mom came back from Poland the night before with 10 cans of Masa Makowa (Poppy Seed mix for Eastern European pastry/Makowiec filling). I asked her friend (the one who lives in Poland) to buy some cans so that my Mom could bring it back to Belgium for me (it is extremely expensive here in Belgium). I obviously didn’t ask for 10 cans, but Polish people multiply their generosity in literally every possible situation! <3

I felt the urge to make ‘Makowiec’ as I have 11 months to consume these cans (900 grams each!!! And I haven’t finished the first can yet!!!) I don’t know Polish cuisine, but I know the Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine, so I made Challah dough and added the store-bought filling and rolled it up! I can assure you, you are in for a treat! 

I hadn’t made Challah for a very long time and I figured out that the result was a little bit try, as I didn’t knead the dough that long (all by hand, to be clear). So, this is just a quick post because I had promised you to do so on my Facebook Page, but I’m obviously going to remake this recipe until the result is PERFECT! I just made two quick rolls, that weren’t rolled that well. Next time I will be providing you a much more detailed article with beautiful pictures.

I have to be honest, this Masa Makowa has a lot of orange (and other dried fruits) in it, and it is not my favorite mix. I’m planning (after the exams) to make my own version of the mix, with more nuts in it (Hungarian style), and will automatically make a recipe article about it! For the time being, we will make a homemade dough with a store-bought filling.

Ingredients for the dough:

  • 1 cup of half hot, half cold water
  • 2 packs of active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg, 2 egg yolks
  • 75 grams of granulated sugar
  • 75 ml of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 800 grams of flour

Ingredients for the egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • A couple of tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Ingredients for the filling:

  • Store-bought filling of your choice or follow the recipe of the filling of you choice (I have the Helio and Bakkaland fillings)

How to:

  • 1 cup of half hot, half cold water + 2 packs of active dry yeast // mix together and set aside for 5 min;
  • 1 large egg, 2 egg yolks, 75 grams of granulated sugar, 75 ml of vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons of salt // lightly beaten and mixed together;
  • After 5 min: add the cup of water with the risen yeast // mix well;
  • Add half a cup of lukewarm water to the mix // mix again;
  • Slowly add flour to the wet mixture // it should be around 4 cups of flower (800 grams);
  • Add more flour if the dough’s still sticky;
  • Add more water if you think you have not enough dough and according to that, add more water in order to make it sticky again;
  • Knead the dough for around 10 min in order to form a non-sticky ball of dough;
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel, somewhere warm; 
  • Let it rise for 60 min, until the dough has tripled in size;
  • Punch the dough and cut the dough in the 3 to 4 parts // smaller or bigger loafs: make less or more parts;
  • Roll the ball of dough out until you have a thin layer of dough (not too thin, though);
  • Cut the edges in order to get a square;
  • Spread the filling on the entire surface of the dough and roll it until you have a cylinder shape dough;
  • Mix the ingredients for the egg wash together and brush it on the rolls;
  • Preheat your oven to 200 C° celsius;
  • Place your rolls onto a baking sheet, onto backing paper;
  • Bake the rolls for about 40 minutes; cover the rolls with aluminum foil if you see the rolls brown too quickly during these 40 minutes.

 

Until Next Time

Love | Sarah K.

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Tartine, Antwerp

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My girls and I decide to eat lunch together for the last time before the finals. We all wanted to try this place in the city called: Maison Tartine. Their concept is: Breakfast – Brunch – Lunch but mainly ‘des tartines’ (sliced bread in French).

I am generally not a big fan of eating bread ‘solo’, I am more of a warm dishes person, and that is why I took a Tartini Veggie, which is a panini with mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, pesto, rucola, and pine nuts on two slices of whole wheat cereal bread. Let me tell ya, it was goddamn GOOD, and only €6,00!

All my friends took a ‘Tartine’ and those portions were CRAY CRAY! Two BIG slices of white or whole wheat bread filled with yummie ingredients. I tasted one of my friends ‘Tartine’ and it was extremely good. All ingredients were perfectly balanced. My next order will definitely be the ‘Tartine Maison’. 😉

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After such a meal we could not eat desert anymore so we did not try the cakes they had, which are standard: cheesecake, apple crumble and chocolate cake. But I finished it off with a chaï latte, which was in my opinion not as good as some other places I have tried, but much better than the watery Starbucks one (and cheaper, only €3,50).

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Conclusion: I would not come back for the chaï latte, but definitely for the tartines. 😉

PS: The owners of Tartine will open a new Restaurant across the street named: Gojo Ethiopian Resto-Bar. I am curious! 🙂

Zoë wrote an article as well, go check it out: Facebook, Article, WordPress, Tumblr, Instagram 

Address: Minderbroedersrui 60, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Open: 8 AM – 6 PM

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram 

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

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Culture Coffee & Donuts, Antwerp

Listen, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! I might want to lose weight, but that does not mean, I do not feel emotional when I see cake and coffee.

A week ago I saw a friend of mine liking a page on Facebook called: Culture Coffee. When I see the word ‘Coffee’ my brain, eyes, and body start to mingle and I do not know what to do anymore, but thinking about COFFEE! I asked her if she had tried this place and she did, and we decided to pay this place a little visit. Because, after visiting their Facebook page and seeing all this yumminess I did not want to wait any longer.

Basically, this place sells donuts, in any flavor you can possibly imagine, with some cakes, muffins and of course COFFEE! Last Tuesday we finally paid a visit to this place in between two classes, and I loved it! It is huge and has a lot of tables and couches, which I like. My friends and I sat down on a huge wooden table and order some drinks, cake, a wrap and a donut.

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I ordered a hazelnut flavored latte and a Red Velvet bar. When I saw a picture of their cheesecake on Facebook I wanted to try that because cheesecake is my favorite, unfortunately, that day the cheesecake was nowhere to be found (#SadFace). So, I took the Red Velvet cake with a cream cheese frosting and it was DELICIOUS! The hazelnut flavored latte was delicious too (not like the Starbucks lattes with an overdose of syrup), just on top!

If you are in Antwerp, live in Antwerp and want to try a new coffee bar with a great variety in donuts, cakes, and sandwiches, you should definitely try Culture Coffee & Donuts.

Address: Sint-Katelijnevest 52, 2000 Antwerp

Open: 8 AM – 6 PM

Love | Sarah K.

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Healthy during exams


Last time I wrote a blog post I was determined to go healthy ALL THE WAY. Unfortunately, I have not tried to be healthy at all. The food that has passed through my mouth is unbelievable! I have not felt this miserable since a long time and I really need to change that, because my exams will start soon and we all know it is not a good idea to feel miserable during that period, and junk food will not fuel my brain, keep me motivated, etc. 

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I made a schedule for my exams: waking up early, study at least 10h a day, take breaks regularly, go to the gym 3 to 4 times a week, etc. The only thing I did not do is a food schedule, which I desperately need. Lots of fruits, veggies, complex carbohydrates, lots of water, tea and coffee. Just before writing this I was watching the news and a nutritionist was talking about complex carbs, that they pass through the digestive system, they are broken down into glucose and they are your brain and body’s primary fuel. Vitamins, fiber, and minerals are what I need to pass through exams. 
This morning I ate something with simple carbs and a café au lait (with skimmed milk), it is okay, as long as I do not exaggerate. I finished half the stuff I had to do for today, which I am happy about. At lunch, I had two slices of spelt bread with shrimps and a little touch of cream (I know it is not good!), but overall everything so far so good. 


My goal is to lose 7 kilos by July 1st, 2015, 1 kilo per week is doable. It should not be difficult to be healthy during the exams, and I want to prove it. Should I blog about it, vlog about? Let me know if you read this. 
 

Until then, 

Love | Sarah K.

PS: I added a picture of brain foods I need during the exams. 🙂 Enjoy! 

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