White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies

By Jasmijn de Gijt

Wanna make a move on that girl/boy you like? Are you desperate to raise your mark for an exam? Or are you just looking for a bad-baker-friendly recipe? These cookies are the perfect man for the job (and they made me forever famous because of my 2nd place at the Beast Bake-off 2018)!

 

Ingredients (for 12 pcs):

  • 225g of flour
  • 125g of soft butter
  • 120g of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • 60g of white chocolate
  • 40g of dried cranberries
  • Pinch of salt

 

The baking process:

  • Heat the oven at 170 degrees (hot air).
  • Mix the butter, brown sugar and vanilla sugar into a light batter with help of the food processor (or by hand). Do not over whisk it!
  • Add the egg and mix it shortly together.
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt, and make it into a coherent mass.
  • Chop the white chocolate and the cranberries into small pieces.
  • Knead the white chocolate and the cranberries into the dough.
  • Put baking paper on a baking tray.
  • Form 12 balls (size of a golf ball) of the dough and put them on the baking tray. Flatten them a bit.
  • Bake the cookies in circa 15 minutes until they are nice golden and delicious!
  Whole recipe Per cookie
Kcal 2757 230
Protein (g) 39.1 3.3
Carbs (g) 349.4 29.1
Fat (g) 132.5 11.0
Advertisements

Risotto with mushrooms

This is a very nice (vegetarian) recipe, especially if you are bulking.

 

Ingredients (for 4 people):

1 litre (vegetable) broth

2 onions

75-100g Parmesan cheese (grated/flakes)

Olive oil

(Unsalted) Butter

400 gr risotto rice

250 ml white wine

2 spring onions

600 gr chestnut mushrooms (kastanjechampignons)

 

How to make the risotto

  1. Put the broth on a small flame so it stays warm
  2. Cut the mushrooms in slices and finely chop the onion
  3. Put a little bit of olive oil in one pan and add the mushrooms, fry them until they are done and slightly brown
  4. Put a little bit of olive oil in another pan and fry the onions until they’re soft and look “glassy”
  5. Add the risotto rice to the onions and fry for about 1 minute until they turn slightly
    translucent, then put the stove on a low heat.
  6. Add the white wine to the rice and onions and let it evaporate
  7. Add the broth 2 ladles at time to the rice and onions and let evaporate/be absorbed until adding the next ladles of broth.
  8. When the rice is almost cooked (after about 30-40 minutes) add (Italian) herbs and spices to taste.
  9. Turn the stove off and stir the Parmesan cheese through the rice.
  10. Add the mushrooms and a small clump of butter to the rice. Stir it through and put the lid on the pan to let it rest for about 2-5 minutes.
  11. In the meantime, cut the spring onions in small slices.
  12. Sprinkle the spring onion over the risotto before or after serving.

Eat with some salad if you want some extra vegetables.

  Whole dish Per serving
Kcal 3042 761
Protein (g) 112 28
Carbs (g) 340 85
Fat (g) 108 27

 

Enjoy!

Foodcie

Restaurant Review: H41

Restaurant Review: H41 in the city center of Wageningen
by Danique Haas

Last Tuesday we went out for dinner with the beasts. This year we went to H41 for a
three course meal. H41 is a very cozy restaurant located in an old wood-sawmaker
in the city center and is one of Wageningen’s most visited restaurants.

You have different three course menu’s you can choose from but we choose menu
3, which costs € 24.95. For the menu you could choose what kind of appetizer, main
course and dessert.

foodcie1

MENU
Soup of the day
Fried shrimps with oriental sauce
Salad with smoked chicken & almonds
*****
Combination with steak of venison & fillet of kangaroo with H41 sauce
Steak with a mushroom cream sauce
Salmon prepared in the oven with white wine
Giant mushrooms, stuffed with nuts and Roquefort

*****
Dame blanche
Plate H41 (vanilla ice cream with banana, egg nogg, chocolate sauce & whipped
cream
Chocolate trio with homemade brownie, ice cream and mousse

I chose the salad with smoked chicken & almonds as the appetizer while almost
everybody else chose for the fried shrimps with oriental sauce. The portions were
relatively big for an appetizer I must say so we were all very pleased. I also really
liked the ratio chicken vs salad which was about 50/50 since I am not much of a
salad person.

foodcei2

For the main course we all had something different. Again the portions did not
disappoint us. I had the salmon and it was cooked really nicely. We also got salads
and French fries with mayonnaise with it. Where you would normally get a small
basket of French fries in a restaurant we now got a big bowl of fries.

foodcie3

For the dessert we were all same minded, almost everybody chose the chocolate
trio. If you are a chocolate addict like me it is the perfect dessert. I also really liked
the different textures in the dessert.

foodcie4

We really enjoyed the food and I would definitely go back another time. I thought the
prize was really good for the quality and amount of food that we got. I would rate the
food with a 8,5, service gets a 8 and the total ambiance gets a 9.

foodcie5

Love,
The FoodCie

Recipe: Healthy banana pancakes

This is a nice and easy recipe to make for breakfast or lunch.

Ingredients (for 3 small pancakes):

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 table spoon of flour
  • Oil

 

How to make the pancakes

  1. Mash the banana with a fork and put it in a bowl
  2. Add the egg to the banana and mix it, then also add the flour and mix it so you have no lumps in the mixture
  3. You can also add more flour if you like your pancakes to be more firm
  4. Heat up a pan with some oil and pour the mixture in the pan, divide the mixture into three small pancakes
  5. Bake the pancakes first om one side till they are golden brown on the bottom and the batter is solid on top (so you can turn them).
  6. Bake the pancakes on the other side thill they have a nice golden brown color

 

Serve the pancakes with some syrup or with some fresh fruit, or both.

Per portion Per pancake
Kcal 312 104
Proteins 10.4 g 3.5 g
Carbs 30 g 10 g
Fat 16.4 g 5.5 g

 

 

Restaurant review: ‘De Kater’

Last Saturday, our FoodCie member Koen had the spontaneous idea to go out for dinner with the FoodCie. So we did! The choice of restaurant was determined very quickly. The burgers from ‘De Kater’ were calling for us!

We arrived without a reservation on a busy Saturday night, so we obviously had to wait a little bit at the bar. Our fellow beast and bartender at de Kater, Sven, made us some nice drinks and cocktails and soon a table became available!

 

Koen and Ricky ordered the chicken burger, me (Eva) and Nacari ordered the bacon and cheese burger, Jasmijn had a beef skewer and Kevin was just there for the fun (and alcohol)!

 

It all tasted very nice, and the amount that was supplied was sufficient.

Our meat was cooked medium (the way we wanted it) and seasoned nicely. Koen got a cute salad on the side instead of fries. The chicken burger had a different seasoning than last time, and Koen thought that the previous seasoning was a bit better!

 

Unfortunately we had to go to a festival after this dinner, so we did not get a dessert.

 

The final score for this restaurant:

Service: 8+

The service was great, everything was arranged quickly and efficiently.

Atmosphere: 7

We are giving the general atmosphere of the restaurant a 7, this is because of the old fashioned style that they went for. Some of us liked it very much, some of us did not.

Food: 9

The burgers are wonderful, just like the other dishes. The price-quality ratio is great, good food for a small price.

 

We would definitely recommend to everybody to eat at ‘De Kater’!  

 

 

Breakfast smoothies

In case you don’t want to eat some breakfast during the summer but want something refreshing and filling, smoothies are delicious in the morning and if done properly healthy AF. Here are some combinations of some breakfast smoothies.

Serve them cold!

Amount per shake are to your tasting. All combinations are possible, just experiment.

1# Bounty
– Oatmeal
– Mango
– Whey (chocolate and coconut flavour)
– (Coconut) water
– Apple or Peer.
– (Coconut flakes)

2# Green
– Spinach
– Mango
– Watermelon
– Oatmeal
– Whey (neutral or vanilla)
– Strong (fresh) mint tea

3# Berry
– (Frozen) Berries
– Oatmeal
– Cinnamon
– Banana
– Whey (neutral flavour)
– Water

4# Strawberry
– (Frozen) Strawberry
– Basil
– Oatmeal- Whey (neutral or vanilla)
– Water
– Banana or honey

5# Orange chocolate
– Oranges
– Whey (chocolate)
– Oatmeal
– Mint thee
– Milk

6# Peanut butter time
– Water
– Whey (chocolate)
– Peanut butter
– Oatmeal
– Banana

Apple pie (American style)

Summer is basically here (and God knows for how long) and if there’s one thing I love baking in this season it’s delicious pies. It’s a perfect finish to a nice barbecue, especially with a side of ice cream.

This my personal favorite apple pie recipe. Although I like the Dutch version of the apple pie very much (which is excellent in its own right) I have a slight preference towards the American way of doing things when it comes to this pomaceous desert. The main difference in this case is that the pie crust in the American way is flakier and less sweet. Just for clarification, I’m not completely sure this recipe is up to par with the traditional standards they us back in Murica, but this is simply a pie based on the same concepts they use on the other side of the pond. It’s easy, has few ingredients and you can play with it as you like. The only downside is that it usually takes about a whole day to make, so be sure to make it in advance!

Ingredients: 

Basically you make two dough balls. One for the base and the other one to cover up with.

(per dough ball, meaning you have to make this twice):

1.5 cups of flour (not self-raising)
0.5 cup of butter (cold)
Ice water
Pinch of salt

Filling:

4-6 Granny Smith apples (peeled and diced)
Cinnamon (optional)
Sugar (optional)

Instructions:

Add the flour and salt together and mix. Then add the butter by cutting off small cubes and dumping it into the dough. Mix this with a fork. Not with an electric mixer! You don’t want the butter to spread evenly – the little clumps will make for pockets of air in the dough when it’s baking, making your dough flakey (luchtig) instead of hard and dense. Now you add the cold water. Make sure it’s cold as you don’t want the butter to melt. With each spoonful stir the mixture until your dough starts to stick together a little. It’s okay if it’s still in clumps! What’s important is that it can be formed into a ball when you knead the though – and adding too much water makes it sticky.  When finished wrap plastic foil around your dough and refrigerate for about 5 hours-overnight.

 

Afterwards take the first dough out and roll it out into a nice thin bottom. Place this over pan, make sure you push it into the edges and refrigerate this for about half an hour. Then put apples (and cinnamon and sugar and raisins, if necessary) into the bottom. Roll out the second dough ball and put over the filling, making sure to pinch the sides of your two doughs (top and bottom) together. Now slice a couple of holes on the top of your pie and it’s ready for the oven! Put it into a 1800c preheated oven and it should be ready in about 45 minutes.
Wait an hour to cool and enjoy!

 

Raspberry and white chocolate fudge cake

This recipe is perfect for a birthday, valentine’s day or for any other day that you just want to treat yourself with some deliciousness!

Ingrediënts

  • 150 grams of Spritz cookies (or any other butter cookie)Foodpost_raspberry
  • 50 grams of butter
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 100 grams of frozen raspberries
  • 100 grams of fresh raspberries
  • 500 grams of white chocolate
  • baking tin (for example 20x20cm)
  • baking paper
  • little sauce pan
  • bowl

Instructions

  1. Crush all the cookies. Melt the butter in a little sauce pan. When the butter is completely melted, add the cookie crumble and mix it together.
  2. Put baking paper in your baking tin and put the cookie mixture in the tin. Spread the cookie mixture evenly with a spoon and put it in the fridge.
  3. Melt the chocolate au bain marie. When it is melted, add the condensed milk and wait for it to be slightly thickened.
  4. Add the frozen raspberries to the chocolate mixture and stir.
  5. Get the baking tin with your cookie mixture out of the fridge. Put the chocolate mixture in to the tin and spread evenly with a spoon.
  6. Top the cake of with some fresh raspberries. Put the cake in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours, but overnight is better.

Enjoy!!

Whole cake (12 pieces) Per piece
Kcal 5377 448
Protein 85g 7g
Carbs 621g 52g
Fat 288g 24g

 

Recipe: Pilaf (+/- 4 persons)

This is a very tasty dish. This pilaf recipe is from my grandmother, we usually eat it at our family gatherings. It’s a very easy recipe but it will get you a very divine meal!

Ingredients:

2 Chicken breasts

1 green bell pepper

1 red bell pepper

2 big onions

a box of champignons

1 can of peaches (1 L)

clove of garlic

Bell pepper powder

Curry powder

½ of a bottle of ketchup

ketjap

 

Recipe:

Cut the chicken breasts into cubes and chop the onion and the other vegetables.

Fry the chicken breasts and the onion together in a little olive oil. Add all the other ingredients except for the peaches. When everything is cooked and glazed with a nice saucy texture, add all of the canned peaches and a part of the juice. And you are all done! Ready to eat, serve it with a bit of delicious rice!

 

Whole dish (without rice) Per person
Kcal 1176 294
Protein 115g 29g
Carbs 167g 42g
Fat 6g 2g

 

Recipe: Red Curry with gambas

Red Curry with Gambas (+/- 2 persons)

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato

100 g gambas (peeled!, raw or cooked)

250 g spinach

125 g cherry tomatoes

Red curry package

300 ml Coconut milk

1 clove of garlic

pepper and salt

 

This one is for the people that love spicy food.

This curry is so delicious!

 

Recipe:

Cut the sweet potato in 4 pieces and boil until soft. Cut the clove of garlic into small pieces and fry the gambas in the garlic with pepper. Add the spinach and the sweet potato into the pan with the gambas. Make sure the spinach shrinks and than add the curry paste with the coconut milk. Let this simmer for a bit and add the cherry tomatoes at the end!

This curry is very tasty, easy and keeps you wanting more!

 

Serve this curry with rice!

 

Whole dish (without rice) Per person
Kcal 845 422
Protein 43g 21g
Carbs 69g 35g
Fat 51g 25g