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Vlog 3: My 24th Birthday w/ Zoë Fellows & Ines Leroy

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Hi, guys! Welcome to another vlog! I celebrated my birthday with my besties Zoë and Ines. We had dinner at Verona and cocktails at Absinthbar/Appelmans, Bar 11 and danced it all off in Cuba Bella. I got a book by Stephanie Duval (How Blogs Work) as a birthday present! Hope you enjoy this video! Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel!

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

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Funfetti Cupcakes w/ Zoë Fellows & Ines Leroy

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Ines Leroy & Zoë Fellows

This summer, Zoë, Ines and I decided to make the Funfetti Cupcakes which Zoella had uploaded on her YouTube channel. This was a nice activity to make amongst friends during a warm summer Friday night. And I took some pictures to show you.

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We used a premixed bag for cupcakes and added butter, milk and eggs. The mix we used is called Hema Cupcake Mix and is from… well, HEMA.

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This was the result: perfect cupcakes, cooling before being frosted.

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Happy and satisfied (food)bloggers!

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Some cupcakes didn’t fit into the muffin molds so we had to bake them separately and this is the result: expanded cupcakes to the rescue! Eastern Season in Cupcake World! LOL

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And with the frosting! The frosting was liquidy, but we know why. We used liquid butter (from a bottle) instead of classic butter. The frosting had that melted effect you get when you try to make frosting out of melted ingredients. The cupcakes were delicious, though, and looked pretty cute!

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We took our first polaroid selfie with Zoë’s polaroid camera, and I had to take a picture of this selfie to be sure it gets never lost.

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Obviously, after putting some effort in making these cupcakes, I had to try the cupcakes. I decided to eat the expanded one. 🙂 They were delicious! We baked them a little longer than the packaging advised and were moist as f—! BIG WIN!

If you’re curious in knowing more about these girls here, check their blogs out: Zoë’s Blog, Ines’ Blog, and check Zoella’s YT channel for the exact recipe if you’d like to make them yourself. We obviously did not follow the recipe 100%, we followed the packaging instructions and used ingredients we found in the supermarket rather than all the ingredients Zoella used.

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Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah

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Djemaa El Fna 2015: Celebrating Moroccan Culture

Whether it’s a food truck festival or just a food market, I love them, because I love food. A couple of weeks ago was the last week of Park Spoor Oost in Antwerp. Park Spoor Oost used to be a rail station that wasn’t available to the people but was used for railway purposes from the port of Antwerp. It closed down years ago and that huge space was left empty. This summer they decide to organize food truck festivals, fun fairs, bars, and much more on Park Spoor Oost, and one of them was Djemaa El Fna.

Djemaa El Fna IDjemaa El Fna is the famous market place in Marrakesh, that is why the organizers decided to call the market like that because it reminded them of the food stands in Morocco. It gave it a try and here are some pictures I want to share with you.

Djemaa El Fna IIWe ate something from this place in Antwerp called Fez. I know Fez, I have been there, maybe 10 years ago, and I didn’t like it. But this time, they surprised me. The food was delicious! I had a Chicken Briwat (with powdered sugar on top) and small salads: red bell pepper salad, white cabbage salad and couscous salad, each and every salad was extremely delicious, but I’ll have to admit, my favorite was the cabbage salad. They added orange blossom water to each salad which made a delicious combo with the other ingredients. Next to the Briwat, my sister and I shared a Harira soup, delicious as well.

Djemaa El Fna IIIAt last, we went to a place to finish it all off with Moroccan mint tea.

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Djemaa El Fna IIIII loved this tray with all the ingredients you need to make Moroccan mint tea. It says: “What’s in mint tea?”

Djemaa El Fna VIThey were selling Mhajeb or stuffed Msemen. These are North African ‘pancakes’ stuffed with different kinds of stuffing.

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Djemaa El Fna VIIIConclusion: It was fun. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, as it is the first edition and not everything was in place. Maybe the weather played a roll in some stands being left empty. The food was delicious, there was definitely some animation (not enough to my taste), but as I said: I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

If you are interested in seeing more, I have uploaded a vlog on my YouTube channel:

I hope you enjoyed it, leave it in the comments down below and I’ll reply ASAP.

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah

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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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Summer Update!

Finals over, diet K.O.

Last time I have written a post I was determinated to go healthy all the way. Unfortunately (read the first article) I went all up and then all down. The first week of the exams was good, I ate normal and healthy and went to the gym four times. I woke up every single day at 6 A.M and studied all day long. First exam arrived and the struggle got real! I knew I was going to fail, the motivation got me down and bad food saw the light of my mouth.

It got me thinking about the future of my studies and had to make a huge decision. I will talk about it later when it is finalized (circa. September/October 2015).

Anyway, I have some time to blog now and opened a YouTube account. I have a shopping haul on its way, a foodlog that I have filmed during the exams, etc. Subscribe to my channel, this way you will be updated when I upload a video.

I am reviewing loads of products, I still need to figure out how to make nice pictures to show you, though. 😉

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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The benefits of water during the exams (and all times!)

I have been reading a lot of articles these last couple of days, about how I should improve my entire exam period, health wise. I came across an article in a Belgian newspaper about the effects of water on our body/health. As it is in Dutch, some of you will not understand a single word of it, and that is why I am going to recapitulate the entire article for you, because first of all water is quite important in your life AND during the exams, second of all I like to analyse things and try them out for you, for me, for everybody. 
 
Basically, our body consist of 60 to 70% of water and we sweat, breath and urinate moisture, which we need to compensate with enough of our fluid intake. The amount of water we should drink depends on a couple of factors: how active we are; our health; where we live, and what we drink in a day. 
 
A study has shown that in a normal situation, the adult human being needs to drink around 2,5 liters of water per day to keep the water balance in place. This includes our food intake. But, in our Western European climate we only need 1,5 liters of water per day.
 
When I say water, I mean any liquid but when you drink a glass of water versus a glass of Coke, coffee, tea, etc. it will not have the same effect on you. Coffee and tea are slightly diuretic, which results in the need to compensate much more while water is pure hydration/fuel for your body. Alcohol is the most diuretic of them all, so you will need even more water to compensate that. 
 
 
Anyways, I think you get it. A well-hydrated body is healthy and has a better connection to your brain because water fuels the body AND the brain. It helps you function much better because when you are dehydrated you are energyless which results little concentration on whatever you do. Furthermore, as I want to lose weight during my finals, what the article mentioned as well is the more you drink, the more it gives your body the opportunity to burn fat, and is this not what we all want? The other option is to drink two glasses of water before any meal. This creates the illusion of being full and results in eating less, and re-results in losing weight = WIN-WIN! 
 
One last and important point is that the brain shrinks when we work out for at least 90 minutes without hydrating ourselves. This is not what we want, right? We need our brain during the exams, so ladies and gentlemen, drink water whenever you can! 
 
After knowing this all, we will be able to hydrate ourselves well during the entire period of finals. Now, what am I going to do? I am going to try the two glasses of water before any meal; drink as much water during my workout, and watch my “anything-else-but-water” consumption and compensate it with an extra water intake. 
 
I decided to vlog the entire period during finals. Hopefully, you will like it, as much as I am excited to film everything. You will be able to follow me on my water intake this way. I am the kind of person who could forget to drink water once in a while because I am next to never thirsty. So, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and get my videos from the moment they are up. 😉 
 
Until Next Time, 
 
Love | Sarah K.
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