You, my dear readers, have by now probably picked up on the fact that I’ve got quite the passion for both books and baking (no way, really?!), which is why I was immediately fascinated when Shari’s Berries approached me about a cool graphic they’d made.
It’s a book and dessert pairing guide, including some of my favourite novels and some very delicious desserts! I definitely wanted to share this with you because it’s obviously straight up my alley. Instead of just posting this cool visualisation, however, I thought it’d be fun to look for some great recipes to go along with the graphic, so that you can use this as a sort of reference post for some lovely literary desserts.
If you want to see the graphic on the original site, here’s the link!
Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.
But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other – and the power of their friendship – can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.
First published: 2012
A few weeks ago I made a post about five of my favourite bookish social media accounts, and today I figured I’d do the same thing for some of my favourite social media accounts related to baking and gorgeous baked goodies. I love gawking at these Instagram accounts or YouTube videos, and they often provide me with some great inspiration for my own recipes as well!
First up is CupcakeJemma, which is a YouTube channel run by Jemma (it’s kind of obvious, really). Jemma is the owner of Crumbs & Doilies, a shop based in London which sells all kinds of cakes and cupcakes. Every week, she posts a video in which she shows us a new recipe and how to make it. She explains every step of the recipe in a very straightforward manner and I also love the fact that you can clearly see how much she adores her job. Plus, everything she bakes looks absolutely amazing. If you like baking videos, I definitely recommend checking out Jemma!
Forty-one-year-old geneticist Don Tillman had never had a second date before he met Rosie.
Now, living in New York City, they have survived ten months and ten days of marriage, even if Don has had to sacrifice standardized meals and embrace unscheduled sex.
But then Rosie drops the mother of all bombshells. And Don must prepare for the biggest challenge of his previously ordered life – at the same time as dodging deportation, prosecution and professional disgrace.
Is Don Tillman ready to become the man he always dreamed of being? Or will he revert to his old ways and risk losing Rosie for ever?
First published: 2014
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After I went to London and came back with eleven books, I kind of put myself on a book buying ban for the time being. And let me tell you, it’s been hard. If it wasn’t for my bank account protesting vehemently, I would’ve gone on a huge book buying binge last week. I NEED Cress and Crown of Midnight and I also want to read more Rainbow Rowell books and and and…
Yeah. It’s been tough.
So, apart from two ARCs and a gift from a friend, this list of last books that came into my possession still dates back to my trip to London. I don’t know how much longer I will be able to contain myself, but I’m pretty sure I can guarantee a book haul some time this summer…
After experimenting with M&M cookies last week, I wanted to make something delicious with Oreos this week. To make it a little bit more decadent, I decided to add mini-marshmallows to the mix as well, and top it off with a couple of chocolate chips. The result: Oreo marshmallow chocolate chip blondies. Quite the mouthful, I know.
I’d never really tried baking with marshmallows before, so I had no idea how they were going to react to 35 minutes of extreme heat. Turns out: they disappear! They complete melted into the mixture, so you’ve got the taste, but you don’t have the texture apart from a bit of stickiness here and there (mostly at the top). If you decide to make these and you do want the texture of the marshmallows to be incorporated, take a look at the suggestion I put in a quote in the recipe. I haven’t tried this out myself, but I think it would work out quite well.
Although they turned out different then I’d expected beforehand, these blondies are pretty delicious! They’re a little bit more compact than my previous blondies, which was a deliberate choice because the compactness is part of what I like about brownies so much, so I wanted to get the same effect with my blondies. That’s why I didn’t use any baking powder in this recipe. It certainly did the trick!
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high-school stage.
First published: 2010
About a week ago, I suddenly found myself feeling this inexplicable urge to bake some M&M cookies. M&M cookies always make me think of the time when I was about 8 or 9 and my Mum and I tried to make some, but it all went quite horribly wrong. My Mum had accidentally put the oven on grill and when she got back to it after the required time had gone by, the entire utility room (which is where our oven was back then) was blue with smoke and the cookies were burnt to a crisp. I don’t think I ever made M&M cookies after that…
So, in order to avoid a disastrous outcome this time, I did some cookie science research. It’s so interesting and fun! The smallest change in recipe can make such a big difference for the outcome of the cookie, and that’s just incredible to me. This is the first time I ever used baking soda (turns out you can just buy that in my regular supermarket – did not know that). I always just replaced baking soda with baking powder, but figured I should try the real deal now since baking soda and baking powder are definitely not the same thing. I also added a little bit of cornstarch to the mixture, because I found out that it helps to keep the cookie soft in the middle.
I used to not be a huge fan of making cookies (I’d much rather bake muffins or cakes) but I had tons of fun with this recipe. That’s probably got a lot to do with the fact that I now know what I’m doing (or at least, more so than I used to). It’s fun to try and put together the perfect recipe and mess around with all the ingredients. These cookies are by no means perfect, and I will by experimenting with this recipe a lot more, I expect, but they certainly taste delicious! They are chewy in the middle and crispy on the outside, and the M&M’s add both a lot of taste and a lot of colour to these adorable cookies.
It’s July! We’re officially over halfway through the year, which is a pretty crazy thought. At the moment, we’re having a heatwave here in the Netherlands, so I’ve fled to my parents’ house where it’s nice and cool, as opposed to my own place, which is like a bloody sauna right now. Oh, and my holidays have officially started about two weeks ago! I’ve handed in the final draft of my bachelor’s thesis (the grades are due today, so that’s exciting) and now I’m just hanging out, enjoying the weather and doing lots of reading. I’m enjoying every minute of it, not having to worry about any deadlines or things like that.
I’ve also had some pretty fun things going on in June. I saw Mark Knopfler live at the start of June and last week I went to see Jackson Browne live. Having parents with more or less the same taste in music as me is pretty awesome! Speaking of parents, this month, mine were married for 25 years, so they threw a party for the friends and family. It was so nice to see all those people again, some of whom I hadn’t seen in years. Good times, good times!
So, now that I’ve caught you up on what’s going on with me, let’s move on to the rest of the recap! I tried to get back to my usual posting schedule, and mostly managed to do that – I missed one week due to my thesis deadline and being exhausted. Quite a good score, though, I’d say!
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It’s been ages since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday! I simply haven’t had the time because of all the university shenanigans (otherwise known as a bachelor’s thesis). But now my holidays have started, so I have all the time in the world again! This week’s topic is my top ten books I’ve read so far in 2015. As of yesterday, I have read 22 books so far this year, so I had to choose just under half of them, which wasn’t that hard since I’ve read some pretty good books! In Goodreads terms, there are four 5-star books on this list and six 4-star books. However, I gave Fangirl 4 stars and can’t remember for the life of me why. In my head it’s definitely a 5-star read!
As always, these are in no particular order (although… the 5-star reads are the first four). The links lead to my reviews of the books.