Our 5 Favorite Ice Cream Concoctions from A BROWN TABLE

 

When it comes to ice cream cravings, sometimes the taste of plain ol’ vanilla or chocolate doesn’t cut it. At the same time, you don’t want to consume a lot of sugars and artificial flavors when having a pint of your favorite guilty pleasure. Luckily, we came across A Brown Table, a food blog that leaves you feeling much less guilty after eating dessert and doesn’t skip out on the flavors.

Nik Sharma, the brains (and the hands) behind A Brown Table, started his blog back in 2011 as an exploration of his first passion, cooking. Taking the flavors from his Indian heritage and merging it with his experience in the United States created a tasty cross cultural experience in every bite. “I feel like I’m on the fence, halfway between both [cultures]. I want to tell people that there’s a lot more than curries and naan to Indian food.” Sharma explained in his interview with Yahoo Food.

Not only does Sharma fuse these two world of flavors, he assures us that his desserts are healthier than most. “When it comes to desserts, I try to cut back on the amount of carbohydrates and fats without compromising on taste,” Sharma states on his blog. “I’m not a big fan of artificial sweeteners or additives in the food that I eat and I like to know where my food and ingredients come from.”

Check out our favorite flavor-packed ice creams from A Brown Table that are all perfect for the summer time (or any time, really):


Cherry Darjeeling Tea Lemon Sorbet
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Okay, so this one is technically sorbet… but it’s still delicious!

“Cherries make a happy sticky red mess whether you’re eating or working with them in the kitchen. The juicier they are, the bigger the mess they make… But don’t let the mess scare you off, this sorbet will make you very happy this summer. I added a good dose of dark Indian tea leaves, the Darjeeling kind and infused the woody tea flavors into the sugar syrup before mixing it in with the fresh lemon juice and cherries.”

Find recipe here.

 


Black Peppercorn, Cardamom and Raspberry Sauce Ice Cream
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“Cardamom is probably one of the most prominent spices you will find Indian desserts. Indians love infusing it in almost everything from masalas (spice mixes) to warm and cold desserts. In this particular ice cream, it lends a cool fragrant flavor. I also infused a few black peppercorns into the milk and added a little extra ground black pepper (the extra amount is completely optional) to balance the coolness without making the ice cream spicy hot.”

Find recipe here.

 


Salted Roasted Figs and Cardamom Ice Cream
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“I love fresh figs, they are fat and juicy and sweet like nectar when ripe. Every fig season, I make it a point to eat some on a weekly basis whenever possible. We had a couple of hot days this past week and I found another excuse to make some ice cream. I decided to use cardamom for the base because the spice has a wonderful cooling fragrant taste. Also, cardamom is to Indian cooking what vanilla is to Western cuisine when it comes to desserts, though I should add that Indian cuisine also uses this great spice to season meats and vegetables in dishes.”

Find recipe here.

 


Red Beet, Rose Water, Honey, Goat Cheese and Goat Milk Ice Cream
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“I started off by oven roasting my red beets before I puréed and stirred them into goat milk. The roasting helps to enhance the natural sweetness of the beets by cooking the sugars inside and give them a light caramel flavor. The ice cream base is sweetened with a little honey and brown sugar and then flavored with a light dash of rose water. The natural tanginess of the goat cheese helps to balance the flavors.”

Find recipe here.

 


Orange Blossom, Clove Ice Cream with Candied Blood Orange Freckles
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“Orange blossom water is one of the lightest and freshest floral scents to work with. It’s very popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking and it contributes a delicate sweet flavor to this ice cream. The candied orange chips provide the tangy citrus flavor to the ice cream in concentrated little bursts with every spoon you eat. I’ve also infused the ice cream base with a faint hint of cloves, orange blossom honey and a bit of honeycomb to heighten the flavors.”

Find recipe here.

 


 

Be sure to check out A Brown Table for even more delicious recipes.

 

 

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Fitness Friday: How To Beat The Bloat

Whether you are a beginner in diet and exercise or have been a long-time fitness fiend, we all know how difficult it is to get (and keep) that flat stomach or those abs that we work extra hard for. Getting bloated and feeling like a puffer fish doesn’t help at all either. The most frustrating part for me is waking up in the morning feeling great, but from the time I finish lunch until I go to bed, a food baby belly tends to stay.

So why do we puff up? Bloating is caused by the following:

Gas: Do you, like me, have a bit of lactose intolerance and forgot to tell your coffee barista to use soy milk?

Irregularity: Are you eating enough fiber and going to the bathroom several times daily?

Water Retention: Did you “accidentally” eat that whole bag of chips? Excessive salt intake causes water retention.

 

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According to Women’s Health, the solution to beat the bloat may be much simpler than you think!

 

1. Bathe in salt. Epsom salt, to be exact. Soaking for 20 to 30 minutes will help pull the excess water and toxins from your body. However, don’t do this more than once a week! You don’t want to end up being cured bacon.

2. Exercise. Push and challenge yourself. When you sweat, water and toxins leave your body. Because of this, don’t forget to drink water! It’s still important to keep your body hydrated.

3. Intake more fiber. Stock up on fiber and magnesium-rich foods, such as whole grains, and try to decrease (or avoid) dairy and gluten. Sorry guys, but even though warmer weather is around the corner, you may have to avoid ice cream.

4. Drink tea. Water isn’t the only thing that will help flush your body of toxins. I’m sure you already know about the antioxidants and other health benefits of green tea.

With a few simple changes, we can all beat the bloat!

 

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Fitness Friday: How To Crush Those Pesky Cravings

Ladies, we all have our excuses for reaching for that bag of chips, a box of pocky, or that second Korean barbecue outing of the week. Sometimes we blame our periods. Sometimes we blame our relationships. Sometimes we even say we deserve it for a hard day of work.

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Whatever the reason is, why do we have sweet or salty cravings (or in my case, both) and how can we get rid of it?  Having cravings usually means your body is having too much or too little of something. According to Active.com, here are some common cravings and tips on how to get rid of them:

 

Are you known to have a sweet tooth?
If you’re craving a sugary treat, your body may have fluctuating sugar levels which may lead to diabetes. Instead of that treat, try eating some fruit that doesn’t contain a lot of natural sugar. For instance, a banana may not be the best choice because it is a fruit known to have high sugar content. Also, try incorporating foods high in fiber, such as beans, and whole grains into your diet.

Are you a chocolate lover?
Dark chocolate is known to have some health benefits, but we all know that milk chocolate is usually the choice snack. If you crave chocolate, your body may be low in magnesium. To give your body a magnesium boost, eat nuts, fish and leafy green vegetables.

Tempted to reach into a salty bag of chips?
Craving salty snacks could mean you’re too stressed. Yes, too much stress may cause your adrenal glands not to function properly and the adrenal glands are what gives us energy to cope with stress. Confused? Simply relax, take a deep breath, or try meditating.

Looking for an all around cravings cure? Drink water! Cravings may also signal dehydration. Sip on a glass, wait about half an hour, and see if those cravings still linger. Most likely, it won’t be!

 

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Asian Remedies That Will Cure Your Hangover

Sure, Asian glow is one thing to worry about, but what about those nights when things go a bit too far and you end up taking one (or five) more shots than intended? Hopefully you got home safe and sound (that’s what’s most important, after all).

But when you wake up the next day, you have to face an immediate problem. When the world is still spinning and you feel too nauseous to move, you know you’ve been hit with the dreaded hangover. For my friends and I, a comforting bowl of pho usually does the trick. But what helps everyone else?

Buzzfeed shared their list of interesting traditional hangover remedies from around the world. Below, we bring you the hangover cures, Asian style! We have to warn you though, you may have to be a brave one to try a few of these…

 


 

Philippines: Balut and Rice

Ah, yes. The signature “weird” delicacy of the Philippines is also a well-known hangover cure. According to the Travel Channel, balut, which is a developing duck embryo, contains cysteine– a substance that breaks down alcoholic toxins in the liver.

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China: Congee 

This rice porridge contains ginger, garlic and scallions. All three ingredients combined should help ease those headaches.

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Japan: Umeboshi

Umeboshi is a pickled sour plum that is well-known for its health benefits. It contains natural bacteria, enzymes, organic acids and alkaline. These help eliminate excessive acidity in the body.

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Mongolia: Picked Sheep Eye in Tomato Juice

Commonly known as the “Mongolian Mary,” this beverage is not for the faint of heart. Tomato juice contains simple sugars to boost your glucose levels back up as well as re-hydrate you after a night of drinking. The significance of the sheep eye? Well, that’s still a mystery.

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South Korea: Haejangguk

South Korea definitely came prepared because Haejangguk literally translates into “soup to cure a hangover.” Although the recipe differs in every region, this spicy beef broth usually contains pork, spinach, cabbage, onions and congealed ox blood.

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Indonesia: Kaya Toast

This traditional Indonesian breakfast will satisfy all of your sweet and salty hangover cravings (ladies, this would probably be just as helpful for that time of month). Warm toasted bread slices are served with salted butter and Kaya Jam, a sweet mixture of coconut milk, sugar, eggs, and pandan.

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Bangladesh: Coconut Water

We can’t argue with this one. Coconut water is known to have a significant amount of potassium and will keep you hydrated.

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Thailand: Pad Kee Mao

Nicknamed “drunken noodles,” this spicy dish is said to be a favorite among Thai men after a night of drinking. It usually consists of wide rice noodles, ground beef (or other meat), basil and other spices, onions and bell peppers.

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Let us know your go-to hangover cure!

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Learn How to Make Traditional Korean Dishes From A Korean Rapper

Instagram videos seem to be getting more and more creative. You can find everything from quick comedic clips to a short vacation documentary. But what about a video series?

Oogeewoogee recently featured Korean American rapper, Lyricks, who began a mini cooking series which showcase step-by-step instructions on recreating traditional Korean dishes on his Instagram. During the snowy season at his home in Northern Virginia, he shows followers how to make kimchi, a spicy fermented cabbage that is a staple side dish with meals. He also shows his process of cooking braised mackerel for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. As a cute and hilarious bonus, Lyricks also includes a few tips he learned from his “halmeoni” (grandma).

Step 1. SALT SOAK #kimchi #koreanfood

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Step 2. PREP THE MIX #kimchi #koreanfood A video posted by LYRICKS | THE BEAUTIFUL CYCLE (@lyricksva) on Jan 3, 2015 at 5:05pm PST

Step 3. ANCHOVY SHRIMP COLLABO

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Step 4. TALK SHIT (ADD PEPPER, ONIONS, SCALLIONS, GARLIC) A video posted by LYRICKS | THE BEAUTIFUL CYCLE (@lyricksva) on Jan 3, 2015 at 5:15pm PST

Step 5. SUGAR X RICE FLOUR

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Step 6. ADD THE REST A video posted by LYRICKS | THE BEAUTIFUL CYCLE (@lyricksva) on Jan 3, 2015 at 5:36pm PST

Step 7. MIX (NICELY)

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As Lyricks would say… Boom Bap!

I found his commentary quite entertaining and I look forward to seeing what else he whipped up for his followers, but was left curious at what some of the Korean words meant. Anyone want to help out and translate?

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Five KFC Items You Can Only Get In Asia

We’re not in Kentucky anymore.

Like many major fast food chains, KFC has expanded its reach across the globe. When I visited Beijing in 2009, it felt as if there was a KFC and McDonald’s on every block (why they were always paired together, I will never know). I soon discovered it was a mistake to assume that the KFCs in Beijing served the same items as the ones in America. How else could you explain these scrumptious KFC blueberry egg tarts?

Of course, blueberry tarts aren’t the only unique item you can find in KFCs across Asia.  Below we’ve listed five items you can only find in KFC menus in Asia. Enjoy!

 


 

1. Pumpkin Biscuits (Japan)

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Image courtesy of Food Beast

Forget pumpkin spice lattes. To celebrate Halloween, KFC Japan decided to take the pumpkin flavor and create pumpkin biscuits. Sure, adding pumpkin to the biscuits doesn’t sound like much of a stretch at all, but it’s the thought that counts. Unfortunately, it seems to have been a limited time deal in 2014. Sorry.

 


 

2. KFC Double Down Dog (Philippines)

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Image courtesy of Rocket News

Have you ever eaten a hot dog and wished that the bread roll was made out of fried chicken instead? I can’t say that I have, but someone else clearly since certain KFCs in the Phillipines offerhot dogs wrapped in fried chicken. Is this the greatest or the worst thing ever? The jury’s still out.

 


 

3. Blueberry Pancakes (Singapore)

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Image courtesy of etrangle

Here in America, we don’t exactly think of KFC as breakfast food, but it’s a different story in some Asian countries. In Singapore for instance, the KFC AM set includes blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs and a freshly brewed coffee/tea. That’s one way to start out the day.

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4. KFC Rice Bowlz Veg  (India)

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Image courtesy of YouTube

“Chicken” may be the C in KFC, but we salute KFC for having vegetarian options. According to the website, the rice bowl if filled with rice, gravy and vegetarian strips. It sounds like a good guilty pleasure for vegetarians, indeed.

 


 

5. Chicken Porridge (Indonesia)

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Image courtesy of KFC KU

Congee, or rice porridge, is a traditional breakfast meal in many Asian countries such as China. In Indonesia, KFC has put their twist on congee by topping it with fried chicken strips. Time for breakfast, kiddos!

 

Fitness Friday: Why Skipping Meals Won’t Help You Lose Weight

We’ve all heard the extremely dangerous (and incorrect) myth that in order to lose weight, you need to eat less or, to put it bluntly, starve yourself. Sure, it might be a temporary fix for the weekend and you’ll squeeze into that little black dress or teeny bikini with confidence, but honestly, is it worth it? I am all too familiar with that quick week-long “diet” before a weekend in Vegas or a vacation and I know many young women that have the same mentality. You “eat healthy” but barely exercise and once the weekend hits, it’s all about binge-drinking and late night fast food runs. Been there, done that. But boy has my body suffered the consequences of that lifestyle over the years. It wasn’t until I started feeling uncomfortable in my clothes that I decided to change my lifestyle and make healthier decisions.

Starving yourself may give you temporary satisfaction, but in the long run, it doesn’t work. Other than torturing yourself by avoiding delicious food, do you know what else is happening to your body? I can tell you right now that eating less will not help you lose weight and your body’s reaction won’t be pleasant.

 


 

1. Blood-sugar levels plunge.
Not in a good way. According to Maggie Moon, a nutritionist from Los Angeles, “sugar is the fuel your body runs on and if it’s not circulating in the right amounts, every organ in your body is affected.” What does that mean for you? You’ll feel tired and won’t function normally.

 


 

2. Slower metabolism.
A faster metabolism helps digest food quicker. Yes, some people are naturally blessed with this. But if you skip meals and don’t intake enough calories, you’re tricking your body into thinking it’s starving and it will try to preserve as much energy as possible. By putting your body into starvation mode, your metabolism will slow and it won’t burn off the food as efficiently. You will probably end up storing unwanted calories that you wanted gone in the first place.

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3. Mushy brain.
Okay, not literally, but if you don’t eat, your body has zero nutrients to absorb and without proper nutrients, Moon says “your intellectual and emotional functioning changes.” Imagine PMSing when you’re not on your period. You’ll have mood swings and become irritable. I’m sure no one would want to experience that more than once a month.

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Moral of the story? Starving your body is not the answer! If you want to lose weight and keep that weight off, it’s about changing your lifestyle and making healthier choices. Never exercised? Start taking walks or hikes with some friends, or sign up for a fun Zumba class. Still craving a pizza? Choose a thin crust and pick lots of vegetables for your toppings. It’s a process and a journey, but your body will thank you later. If you need help getting started or getting motivated, we got you covered on that, too!

 

[Video] SPAM Taste Test: Adults vs. Children

I don’t know about you, but coming from a Filipino household, I grew up with cans of Spam lining the food cupboard. It’s certainly not the healthiest of dishes, but you can bet that it got me out of bed excited for breakfast.

So what is Spam? Introduced in 1937, Spam is canned precooked meat. Although the origin of the name is still a mystery, many assume Spam means “spiced ham.” During WWII, Spam became a big part of the U.S. soldier’s diet because it was far too difficult to bring fresh meat to the soldiers. As a result, during the WWII occupation, Spam was introduced into Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines and other islands in the Pacific. Since Spam was affordable, accessible and had a long shelf life, it quickly became part of the native diets.

To this day, Spam is a popular food item in many parts of Asia. Even Hawaii incorporates Spam in a number of dishes such as the popular Spam musubi. But aside from Hawaii, the majority of the U.S. seems to have a negative impression of Spam. People seem to either think it’s “cheap” meat or they simply don’t know what Spam is altogether. That may explain all the confused looks in the following videos.

Recently Buzzfeed and REACT both decided to release Spam taste test videos. The difference between the two? Buzzfeed had adults try out Spam while REACT had kids try it out. Who likes it more? Who gets grossed out? Find out below:

I know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t they cook the meat first? Sure, Spam is precooked meat, but it’s safe to say most of us throw it on a pan before eating it. In fact, many angry comments claim that the results of the videos would be drastically different had they cooked the meat first.

We’ll never know if that’s the case, but we do know that the reactions were generally the same in both videos. It seems you will either love Spam or hate it. If you’re one of the people who gets grossed out by the canned meat, maybe these Asian dishes will change your mind:

 

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5 Delicious Dishes to Introduce You to Indonesian Food

“So what is Indonesian food?”

This is the most frequent question I hear from friends whenever I bring up Indonesian food. And while it irks me, it’s a reasonably fair question to ask. Most people in America, even Asian Americans living in Southern California where Asian food is abundant, know nothing about Indonesian food. It’s not anyone’s fault, the truth of the matter is that Indonesian food is incredibly rare and hard to find, except for certain cities in the San Gabriel Valley (West Covina, I’m looking at you).

Therefore, I decided to write a list of the five Indonesian dishes I usually suggest when introducing anyone to Indonesian food. This may not contain the same dishes another Indonesian person may choose, and I don’t claim to be an expert on Indonesian food or culture by any means, but these dishes are definitely some of my personal favorites and are great “starter foods” to Indonesian cuisine.

 


 

1. Nasi bungkus

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A fast food of sorts, nasi bungkus is, in it’s simplest form, rice and meat wrapped in a banana leaf. While the contents inside can vary, nasi bungkus usually consists of coconut-flavored chicken, rice, a stewy beef rendang, a variety of incredibly spicy vegetables and fruits such as jackfruit, and a boiled egg topped with sambal (spicy sauce). It’s all very messy and often blends together, which only makes it more delicious.

 


 

2. Gado gado

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Image courtesy of Indoturis

Gado gado is technically Indonesian salad but it is probably not very healthy. In essence, gado gado is a mix of steamed vegetables such as string beans, cabbage and bean sprouts with tofu, tempeh, a sliced boiled egg and Indonesian chips called krepek that are all doused heavily with fatty and sweet peanut butter sauce. It’s also a very filling dish and not for the faint of stomach or possibly heart. But for those who can make it to the end, it will be worth every bite.

 


 

3. Lemper

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Image courtesy of lovefodtoday

As a child, I wasn’t very fond of non-American food, but lemper was one of two Indonesian dishes I enjoyed. Lemper is usually served as a snack or appetizer. Simply put, it’s sticky rice with a meat filling wrapped in a banana leaf. However, its deliciousness is in its simplicity and I often find myself craving a lemper when stressed out or writing (like right now, for instance).

 


 

4. Bakmi Ayam

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Bakmi ayam is a hearty, simple noodle soup with bok choy, chicken, and mushrooms that is somehow equal parts addictive and comforting. It can be eaten with or without the broth, so the soup is good all year long!

 


 

5. Pastel

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Image courtesy of nombelina

So here’s the second Indonesian dish I could eat as a kid, most likely because it’s fried. Pastels, which have nothing to do with colors, are fried meat pastries filled with glass noodles, peas, carrots, meat filling and eggs. Just like lempers, they are usually served as appetizers and/or snacks. And just like lempers, they bring the comfort that even the pickiest of children can enjoy.

 

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Make the Cutest Valentine’s Day Treats With These Video Tutorials

Smell that? Can it be the smell of love in the air? Nope, it’s something even better: freshly baked cookies.

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re still looking for some last minute gift ideas for your friends or that special someone, we have just the thing. Even if you’re not enthusiastic about Valentine’s Day itself, we’re going to go ahead and bet that you’re enthusiastic about adorable food. We certainly are.

This is where Eugenie comes in. Eugenie, the creator of the popular blog Eugenie Kitchen, is a talented food blogger and vlogger who is known for her creative dishes. With over 2,000 followers on Twitter, nearly 25k followers on Instagram, over 100k likes on Facebook and nearly 300k subscribers on YouTube, you can bet we came to the right person for Valentine’s Day food ideas.

Sure enough, Eugenie has a number of easy-to-follow tutorials for Valentine’s Day treats that are so adorable, how can we not make them?

Check out our favorites below:

 


 

Heart Pancakes
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We can’t get over how cute this pancake is! It certainly looks complicated, but the step-by-step tutorial makes it easy enough for anyone to follow along. For these heart pancakes, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
1 tablespoon baking powder (7g)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (100g)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (10ml)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (55g)
1 cup whole milk (240ml)
Food color – red

Note: Eugenie also uses squeeze bottles to perfect her pancake’s design. Here’s the video tutorial below.

 


 

Valentine’s Day Brunch
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Next, Eugenie shows us how to turn simple breakfast food, like toast and eggs, into cute Valentine’s Day treats. In this case, toast gets turned into a love letter and eggs are shaped into fried egg hearts. For this, you will simply need:

1 egg
Cooking oil
Sandwich bread
Strawberries

Note: These dishes also require a metal, heart-shaped cookie cutter. Check out it out below.

 


 

Rainbow Heart Cake
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If you’re looking to try something a little more intricate, how about this 22-layer rainbow heart cake? You’ll be sure to impress the ones you love with this sweet dessert! It may look a little complicated, but this crepe cakes gets easier once you get the hang of it. The ingredients are:

3 eggs
3 tablespoons sugar (45g)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (15ml)
1/2 stick unsalted butter melted (55g)
1 1/2 cups milk (380ml)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (185g)
Whipped Cream Filling: (or use your favorite crepe cake filling.)
2 cups whipping cream (480ml)
3 tablespoons sugar (45g)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (5ml)
Food colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet

Note: This cake requires the use of templates. Luckily, Eugenie has provided them here on her blog. Check out the video tutorial below.

 


 

Rainbow Heart Cookies
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Not in the mood for cake? Well you can’t go wrong with cookies. These rainbow cookies are sure to impress any Valentine. The best part? They’re not hard to make! The ingredients needed are:

¾ cup unsalted butter (170g) at room temperature
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar (155g)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
2 ½ cups cake flour (310g)
Food colors (Wilton or AmeriColor)
Sprinkles
Egg wash: 1 egg white & 1 teaspoon water

Note: Just like the Valentine’s Day brunch, these cookies will require a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Check it out below.

 

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