How I ate my way through Europe

Hello! I’m back from the hiatus, sweltering in the Indian summer, ready to make more cookies and stay far far far away from icing and dough until winter is here.

But first, Europe. !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Visiting Europe has been something I’ve dreamed of for many, many years. We managed to fit in Paris, Amsterdam and a few parts of Italy in our two-week trip and I’ve come back with mental, unforgettable images of some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. We stayed at the cutest AirBnb rooms, loving the non-cliched, non-touristy prices and decor.

A big part of the trip, however, was food. Mainly because it’s a big part of my life :) I’m a vegetarian so that made my food journey a bit harder and a bit more adventurous. Oh, and the cheese. So. Much. Cheese.

Over the last couple of weeks, as and when I got wi-fi access, I shared where I was going and what I was eating on my Facebook page. The response was phenomenal. Thank you :)

I took these photos on our mobile phones, nothing fancy, and very little attention to aesthetics and camera angle simply because the food was always so incredible to look at! And I was always so hungry. Did I mention we literally walked all over the continent? So much walking!

By the way, the title of this post was to be: Everything I Ate I Ate Everything in Europe.

I couldn’t unfortunately do that in the actual title box. Formatting woes.

I won’t ever forget this trip for a lot of reasons. Like being inside the Colosseum. Or watching the turquoise sea at the Cinque Terre. Or sitting in front of the Midnight in Paris steps (more on that next week!). Or sipping Prosecco in a piazza in Florence. But mainly, the food I ate at all of those moments :)

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Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Before you cringe, don’t.

This cake does not taste like beetroot. It only tastes like awesomeness.

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It is the non-fuss, non-stress Godsend version of this mudcake and just as good as this dense chocolate loaf. You could top it with a ganache, but frankly, all it needs is a spoon, fork or greedy hands.

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Rich and deeply chocolatey. The beetroot adds the wondrousness moisture, similar to what zucchini does for these guys. Warm from the oven, this is what good days are made of.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the rush to make every conceivable baked good with peanut butter, I almost forgot I had no regular peanut butter cookies! So I finally got down to it and jazzed them up with chocolate chips, of course, because I can’t seem to get enough of that combination. Check these out. And these.

There’s a protein-packed version and a Reese’s Cups version.

And then there are these. Soft, chewy, classic goodness.

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Make the dough at night, stick it in the fridge, go to sleep smiling and wake up to fresh cookies in about 15 minutes. I mean, what part of that does not sound good.

Just this: they are ADDICTIVE. Gooey chocolate chips inside, peanut butter flavour exploding all over the place and the perfect soft soft soft texture. Much like these.

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They are thick and puffy, not flimsy at all. Thank the dough-chilling for that. And this recipe. A little sugar adjustment (of course) and a bit of temperature changing and we were good to go.

Cup of hot, strong coffee and you have what they call happiness.

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Chilli Chocolate Cakes for Two

A few weekends ago, I decided I need a weekend where I don’t try and conquer the world. So, this weekend I watched a bunch of movies (Nightcrawler is AMAZING but CREEPY), made some fabulous pasta, sipped white wine while watching Grey’s Anatomy (I know, I know), proved to myself that chocolate and chilli always works, aaaaaand saw my dentist (my teeth are surprisingly not falling out yet).

I conquered the world without actually working on it :D

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Sunday afternoon chocolate cakes. Always. Always. Always. With some excellent Bean Therapy Guntur Chilli Chocolate stuffed in the center. Ooey gooey spiked awesomeness.

Yes my oven went into overdrive and cooked these cakes way faster than I expected so I had some mutilation on hand, but oh my god, still so good.

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I’ve worked with Bean Therapy before too and I’m seriously in love with their chocolate. Inside these little cakes, perfectly proportioned for two, those squares of chilli flavoured chocolate are incredible.

I think you should make these. Your next weekend will be unbelievable.

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Oatmeal Butterscotch and PB Chip cookies

I spend an extraordinary amount of time on BuzzFeed. It’s ridiculous really. I can tell you the 21 ways FRIENDS will solve global warming, the 14 coldest hearts that even puppies can melt, the 12 benefits of socks and the 25 cookies you must, must bake.

That last one is of course authentic, but I’m sure someone will create a list for the others too. BuzzFeed is awesome. And so are these cookies.

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That wonderfully sinful list of cookies led me to this beautiful blog. I had butterscotch chips in the fridge, I had peanut butter chips in the fridge and I hadn’t done any weeknight baking or cookie making in a while. It was time.

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Banana Blueberry Barley Bread

Say that real fast. Bananablueberrybarleybread. Bananablueberrybarleybread. Bananablueberrybarleybread.

Alliteration. Almost as beautiful as this banana blueberry barley bread.

And, it’s EGGLESS. I just didn’t want to break that rhythm by throwing a word in there that didn’t begin with ‘b’.

I have problems, I know. Does this make up for it?

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Moist, super flavourful, made with wholegrain barley flour. Bananas make up for anything apparently. Lack of sugar, lack of eggs, lack of potassium. This bread does have some sugar unlike this one, but no harm done. Blueberries have antioxidants. That balances it all out.

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If like me, you look suspiciously at anything that says ‘eggless’, I like you already. If like me, you assume flaxseeds, condensed milk, milk powder and/or other sundry ingredients went into this cake, I continue to like you.

This my friends, is the eggless cake that egg-full cakes should be scared of. It tastes that good. And could fool the biggest banana bread lover out there. Me.

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Raisin Bread Pudding

So a while ago I made these, which led to this, which culminated in a bread-filled Saturday with the Baker’s Dozen!

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What started off as a fun experiment with the brioche quickly turned into a visit to their store in Prabhadevi and a lot of planning from then on. The aim was to create a YouTube channel that would take their breads to the next level with a whole bunch of easy, fun ways to use them. Thank you guys so much for making me a part of it :)

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