Lately I bought a big bag of grounded poppy seeds. It was a special offer and I couldn’t resist! I love poppy seeds in all variations however grounded poppy seeds can’t be stored too long because the fat they contain can turn rancid very quickly. I recommend buying whole poppy seeds and grinding them yourself if you have an appropriate mill at home. As I don’t have a mill which can handle fatty ingredients and I have to buy the seeds already ground. The poppy seed marzipan muffins recipe includes a big amount of poppy seeds but no need to worry about the addiction potential which you hear so often in association with the poppy seed. The addicting opium is mainly in the milk like sap of the poppy.
Poppy seeds are really good for your heart, muscles and brain. Poppy seeds are rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and protein. The poppy in Greece is a symbol of fertility because the ingredient papaverine in the poppy seeds benefits the blood congestion in the male’s penis and their virility.
Now the sugar-free marzipan can be a challenge to buy in a store. I recommend to buy it either online or try to make it on your own. There are multiple recipes in the internet for self-made marzipan but I have to admit that I never tried to make marzipan and just bought it. I was lucky to find sugar-free marzipan in an Irish and German shop. One was made with honey the other one with isomalt sweetener. The honey marzipan was definitely the better one and the one I would recommend.
I made this recipe and brought them to work. My colleagues loved them and couldn’t believe the health benefits. They even asked for the recipe which is always the biggest compliment. So even if your friends are not so much interested in a healthy lifestyle you just need to find the right recipes and they won’t even notice that you brought them a healthy dessert.
Here you can see the two different marzipans types I was using.
Just form little pancakes, place the chocolate in the middle and form a little ball.
Mix all the ingredients for the dough.
Fill half of the dough in your forms, place the marzipan balls in the middle and cover with the remaining other half of the dough.
When you eat them straight from the oven the chocolate is still liquid which is really tasty. You can store them in the fridge up to 2-3 days. Just take them out half an hour before you eat them otherwise the chocolate core is really solid.
Recently I made these cookies and asked my boyfriend: “Do you like the cookies? This is one of the new recipes I developed for the Natural-Moogs Hompage.” .
You need to know, we made an agreement that he should be always honest with me at least in regards to my new recipes. I said to him that I prefer an honest opinion even if it might be disappointing for me at the first moment but I never want to post a recipe which doesn’t taste good. This was a hard school for him, because my boyfriend is Irish. There is one thing you need to know about Irish people: They are the politest people in this world!!! They would never intentionally hurt your feelings or speak badly about something. Even if they have to say that something went wrong or in my case that it doesn’t taste good or smells disgusting, the Irish would find the nicest words to say it in a really kind way.
Me, being a German, say always straight out what I think. You would always know if I like something or not. We are both born in Europe but already here we have cultural diversities. Interesting or?
However I made this cookies and asked my boyfriend:
– Do you like the cookies?
– They are rich!
– Yes okay, this is due to the cacao powder, but do you like them?
– Hmm yeahhh, they are okay.
– No honestly, do you like them or not?
– Maybe they are a little bit dry.
Okay, I think I got my answer, he doesn’t like them too much :-).
After his comment I didn’t want to post this recipe and decided that I just eat the whole batch myself and I did… I ate all 50 cookies and additional 50 cookies because I made 2 different batches to adjust the recipe. So in total I ate about 100 of these cookies.
I freezed them all and every morning I took out 5 pieces and ate them as snacks during the day. I have to say that my boyfriend is right, they are rich and a little bit dry but I loved them! I always had them along with some coffee or tea. I liked especially that they are a little bit dry. Together with the hot drink the cookie softens in your mouth and gives you a long lasting chocolaty flavor. So yummy!
I was struggeling with myself for some weeks now but finally I decided to post this recipe and let you know that the cookies are rich and a little bit dry but if you love the healthy and long lasting chocolaty flavor in your mouth these cookies are a must!
Very often I find a box of blueberries in my fridge. I simply cannot resist buying them at the market. Whenever I see them for sale I have to buy a box, I simply love them! They are so healthy and diverse, you can use them for sweet or savoury recipes to be eaten as breakfast, lunch or dinner. Blueberries are so healthy and full of nutritional value, the only disadvantage I can associate with them is that they are not growing locally here in Switzerland. They have to be imported from other countries and while I prefer to buy local grown fruits and vegetables for this amazing fruit I have to make an exception.
Another food stuff I could easily make an exception for are free-range eggs. A friend of mine recently invited us to their place for breakfast. They had so many tasty things on their table, but what I fell in love with were their free-range organic eggs. You wouldn’t believe how much better they tasted in comparison to eggs I normally buy in the supermarket. I was surprised how good a pure egg can taste. Naturally I could not leave without taking some eggs home to try out on some new recipes.
Coming back to the topic, I found yesterday I had prepared a smaller lunch than planned for my work colleagues. With the Blueberries and eggs in the fridge I decided to treat them with a little light dessert recipe I have had in my head for some time.
The dish combines stewed summer fruits, apricots and blueberries, with a light fluffy topping topped with almond flakes for that little crunch I love. The desert is so light it tastes like a clould which simply melts in your month.
You can serve this dessert warm or cold. Why not combine this dish with some sugarfree banana ice cream from this recipe?
I almost couldn’t stop my boyfriend eating the second half before I even had a chance to take this picture. Believe me, I have made him many desserts but this is his favourite so far.
Even if it looks like we won’t have a real spring this year, I want to bring the spring to your table. This morning at the market I found some rhubarb. The best way to keep rhubarb after buying is to wrap it in a moist towel and place it in the vegetable draw in your fridge.
Did you know that rhubarb is actually a vegetable? So this is essentially a vegetable cake. Rhubarb belongs to the knotweed family and is related to sorrel. You need to cut of the leaves and the end off the stemp. Inside the leaves of the rhubarb is oxalic acid. Oxalic acid, is toxic and in large doses it can cause a feeling of sickness and circulation problems. Note that in the stems are smaller volumes of the oxalic acid.
Thicker stems should be peeled before slicing as the peel contains most of the acid. The riper the rhubarb when picking the higher the amount of the oxalic acid. That’s why you shouldn’t rhubarb after June. In your body the acid combines with calcium and can cause kidney stones or damages at your teeths or bones. However you don’t need to worry if you have a balanced diet. Your body will exude the acid with all the liquids you are drinking. So please eat it anyway! Rhubarb has many more advantages than disadvantages. It contains numerous vitamins, especially vitamin C and potassium, which are good for your immune system and digestion. In the chinese medicine rhubarb was used for detoxification.
Now that it is clear why this cake is just amazing (in regards to taste and health), we come to the part of the preparation. The cake is really easy to make and it takes about 1,5 hours. My cake form is by the way 24 cm. If your form is bigger, just buy a little bit more rhubarb and prepare more of the cake base. The vanilla filling is also sufficient for a bigger form, it will be a little bit flatter.
I ate my cake in 2 meals (1x breakfast and 1x lunch). Luckily the rhubarb season is not yet over and I can make it again within the next days. Hope you will eenjoy it as much as I do.