by Meli C

Category — Food

Vegan Brownies



These are not your typical brownies. No oil, no butter, no eggs.  You won’t be able to tell. Perfectly flaky crust on the top and chewy inside, these are the easiest and yummiest brownies I’ve ever made.


2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, or about 100 g (I prefer Ghirardelli)
1/2 cup + 1 tbs of tahini
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup combination of rum and orange juice (or you can leave the rum out and just use either juice or water)


Preheat the oven to 350F.
Melt the chocolate over simmering water (bain marie).
Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, mix the tahini with the liquid, whether it be the water or rum and juice mixture.
Add the melted chocolate and the powdered sugar. Mix well.
Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture, and keep mixing well.
Grease and line an 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Pour in and even out the batter.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the outside is crusty but a toothpick comes out slightly gooey.

*Recipe adapted from this one.

July 27, 2015   No Comments

Chocolate Banana Muffins

{chocolate + chocolate chips + banana + walnuts}

My mom has been visiting and she bought about 20 bananas last week. I knew for sure that some would become overly ripe before we got around to eating them.  In preparation for this, I searched on pinterest for a chocolate banana muffin recipe (or else I would make this again).

This recipe was a total hit. I had all the ingredients at home, which is always a plus, and the whole wheat flour & applesauce substitutions definitely minimize the guilt (without sacrificing the taste).

I only made 2 variations to the original recipe: I added chopped walnuts to the mix along with the chocolate chips and used kosher salt instead of regular, which really brought out the flavors.

{view from the top}

May 10, 2012   1 Comment

Simple Bolognese

A yummy bolognese is not only great with pastas – we actually like it best served over polenta (as seen here). This recipe is so easy that it pretty much makes itself.  I like to make a big batch and store it in the fridge/freezer. It’s often been a huge lifesaver!

You’ll need:

1 lb. lean ground turkey, beef or chicken
1 bottle of your favorite marinara sauce (for this recipe I used this)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped garlic or garlic paste (I use this)
3 bay leaves
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Sea salt to taste

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add in the garlic and toss to coat in the oil for a minute. Now add the turkey, browning it on all sides. At this point, add the rest of the ingredients: marinara sauce, bay leaves and red pepper flakes. Mix well and bring to a boil, then cover with lid and set to low heat.  Set the timer to 90 minutes and let the sauce simmer.  If it becomes too thick, you may add a little hot water (do this in 1/2 cup increments to avoid using too much).

{mix a few times while simmering}

{remove bay leaves before eating}

May 2, 2012   No Comments

Warm Chocolate Soufflé

{Warm chocolate soufflé & vanilla ice cream}

Fran’s mom shared this recipe with me a few months back. It’s so good that I couldn’t keep it to myself.

This dessert is not only easy to make, it’s easily among the best warm chocolate cakes that  I’ve tried. It’s not too sweet and just the right size, and it can be made in advance and refrigerated for later baking.

I hope you’ll try making it and let me know how it goes!

Recipe + Prep

5 eggs + 5 egg whites
1 cup butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
250 grams dark chocolate bars
1/2 cup sifted flour

{beat all of the eggs + light brown sugar with an electric mixer}

{melt chocolate + butter over a bain marie}

{combine egg + chocolate mixtures + fold in sifted flour}

{grease/butter your molds or ramekins}

{fill the molds almost all the way to the top}

{preheat oven to 180 C /350 F + bake for 10-12 mins*}

{the crust must be firm + the middle gooey}

{turn over onto a plate + sprinkle powdered sugar}


*Oven times may vary, I recommend checking the cake at 2 minute intervals after 10 mins.

April 18, 2012   No Comments

Farm to Table

How would you like to have the freshest local produce delivered to you every other week? Well, if you live in Miami now you can.

A coworker of mine introduced me to Farm to Table, offering weekly delivery service of boxes filled with the freshest local produce, right from the farm!

You can order a small box (1 -2 people) for $26, or a large one (3-4 people) for $36. Here’s what comes in the box:

Vegetables – Tomatoes, Peppers, Squash, Zucchini, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Pickles, Eggplant, Spinach, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chards, Collards, Corn, Onion, Turnip, Radish

Fruits – Avocado, Mango, Strawberries, Grapefruit, Oranges, Watermelon, Papaya, Starfruit

Herbs – Parsley, Dill, Cilantro, Basil, Arugula

Simply awesome.

April 12, 2012   No Comments

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