HAZELNUT & CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

 

Who’s hungry for homemade muffins ?

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Recipe : for 12-14 muffins

Ingredients :

125g of chocolate
150gof butter
2 eggs
200g of flour
1 pack backing powder (12g)
10cl of milk
50g white sugar, 50g brown sugar et 1 vanilla sugar pack
30g of hazelnut powder & 15g of nutella
1 pinch of salt

Directions :

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C

1) Whisk eggs and sugar in a bowl
2) Add butter and milk, and mix
3) Melt 50g of  chocolate and add it to the previous mixture
4) Add flour, baking powder and salt, mix
5) Add hazelnut powder, nutella.
6) Cut the rest of chocolate to make your own chips and add half in the mixture.
7) Fill prepared muffins cups 3/4 full and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.

Bake in preheaten oven about 15 minutes and let it cool 10 minutes.

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2016 ALBUMS I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO

FAUVE – live album “150.900”

Finally. Interviews, Testimonies, New songs, Originality.

ROBYN SHERWELL – debut album “Robyn Sherwell”

I discovered her by her Landslide cover and after listening to this new EP, it promises to be one to keep an ear out for!

 

LÅPSLEY – album “Long Way Home”

I don’t like all the songs of this album but her voice and electronic beats are good enough to make her earned her place here. Listening on repeat Hurt Me.

 

JACK GARRATT – debut album “Phase”

I discovered this London-based singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist just a few weeks ago and he successfully combines electro, R&B and beats with drums, keys and a laptop. Talent

 

Bonus : OH WONDER

Even if their album was released on september 2015 I couldn’t write this article without talking about this lovely duo i’m obsessed with. Oh Wonder is composed of Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht and is currently my favorite alt-pop duo. Cheesy and redundant at times ? Maybe. Still, i’m in love with their lyrics, vocals and melodies and can easily connect emotionally with each of their songs. Just pure gold to me.

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XIAO LIU QIU and MAOLIN PARK

I should have write this article long time ago, but didn’t really find the motivation at this time. But if you go to Taiwan, you should really go to these two places!

XIAO LIU QIU : Swim and snorkel with turtles in Taiwan in Xiao Liu Qiu (small island next to Kaoshiung) was a short but great experience. Short because we arrived a little bit late, try to catch a ferry in the morning to make sure to have time to explore this cute small island.

 

MAOLIN PARK : Next day we went to see the Duona High Suspension Bridge, which is located about 2 hours and a half from Kaoshiung (by scooter) and waterfalls. Maolin is a park that offers different scenic spots as hand-built suspension bridges and waterfalls but also rituals and ceremonies. This district is one of the homelands of the Rukai aboriginal people.

To have more information about the location I invite you to read my friend’s post which is more complete, just HERE.

 

To have more information about the location I invite you to read my friend’s post which is more complete, just HERE.

Watch the video made by my friend about our 3 day trip there :

 

Pour la version française je vous conseille d’aller lire les deux articles écris par mon amie où elle explique très bien nos deux journées : ici pour les tortues et ici pour Maolin

 

Liebster Award

J’ai été nominée par Poppy Seed Channel (oui cette demoiselle aime bien me nominer on dirait 😉 ) pour le Liebster Award et comme je n’avais pas vraiment tenu celui de la nature sur Instagram, impossible de me défiler pour celui-ci ! Je vous conseille d’aller faire un tour sur son blog, vous y trouverez tout un tas de recettes, ses critiques de films, des conseils beautés etc.

Alors, 11 choses à savoir sur moi ?

  1. J’ai passé une année avec ma famille à voyager en Australie lorsque j’avais 8 ans.
  2. Depuis toute petite je rêve d’aller à New York.
  3. J’écoute de la musique H24, toujours à la recherche d’une nouvelle perle.
  4. J’adore passer les dimanches pluvieux dans mon lit à enchaîner des épisodes de séries.
  5. Je tente tant bien que mal d’apprendre le mandarin.
  6. Je râle…et oui malheureusement on ne peut pas tous être parfaits!
  7. Je me suis fais un tatouage il y a un mois. Une montagne dans un triangle.
  8. J’adore danser, une musique entrainante et mon corps bouge tout seul.
  9. J’adore piquer dans les assiettes des autres lorsqu’ils commandent un plat différent du mien, juste pour goûter (mes copines n’en peuvent plus).
  10. Je n’aime pas les chiens, ne m’en voulez pas.
  11. Ma chambre est toujours en bazar, j’ai beau la ranger elle fini tous les soirs en vrac, toujours avec une pile de vêtement sur mon bureau.

Mes réponses aux questions de Poppy :

1. Quel est le moment que tu préfères dans ton quotidien ?

Le petit-dejeuner, après 8 heures sans manger c’est toujours un bonheur d’enfouir une bonne tartine dans ma bouche. Non sérieux je ne sais pas, ca dépend des jours mais oui j’aime bien prendre mon petit déjeuner tranquillement, surtout l’été quand je le prends dans le jardin.

2. Comment t’est venu l’idée de créer un blog ?

Mmmh j’ai eu l’idée il y a des années et j’avais créé le blog mais j’avais laissé tombé et j’ai décidé de le reprendre en janvier dernier. Je me suis dis que cette fois-ci je le ferai sérieusement. Je suis toujours la première à aller chercher des conseils sur des blogs donc je me suis dis qu’il serait intéressant de partager mes voyages, expériences, etc et d’en garder une trace.

3. Ville préférée et pourquoi ?

Aïe, cette question est vraiment dure pour moi. J’adore ma ville, Biarritz mais je crois que mon coup de coeur va à Edimbourg en Ecosse. Je suis tombée amoureuse de cette ville avec son chateau en hauteur, ses jardins tout autour et leurs allées fleuries.

4. Sucré ou salé ?

Sucré, of course.

5. Ton métier ou tes études ?

Actuellement en échange universitaire à Taipei, Taiwan pour mon master en International Business. (Ecole de commerce en France)

6. Si je te dis « bleu » tu penses à quoi ?

La mer, l’océan.

7. Si tu étais une époque dans l’histoire ?

Moi et l’histoire ca fait 10 000…  mais je dirais l’époque de l’Antiquité avec l’empire Romain.

8. As-tu une idole ?

Hermione Granger ? haha non je dirais Bethany Hamilton, surfeuse qui a perdu un bras lors d’une attaque de requin mais qui continue de surfer à un niveau professionnel. J’admire son courage et sa détermination.

9. Comment occupes-tu tes samedis ?

En France je dirais par voir mes amis, aller courir, et sortir le soir.

A Taiwan, à voyager avec des copains ou alors à me reposer tranquille.

10. As-tu une habitude étrange ?

Oui dès que je m’ennuie ou ne sais pas quoi faire de mes mains je fais glisser mon  ongle du pouce sur mes lèvres, allez savoir pourquoi…j’ai l’air stupide mais impossible d’arrêter.

11. Ta plus grande réussite/exploit personnel/professionnel ?

Mmmmh.. avoir “réussi” mon année d’expatriation à l’autre bout du monde ? Elle n’est toujours pas fini mais je suis contente de ma capacité à m’adapter à cette culture si différente.

Les 11 nominés :

Mes 11 questions aux nominés :

  1. Pourquoi avoir créé ton blog ? (ouais la question relou)
  2. Ton plat préféré ?
  3. La chose qui te fait sourire automatiquement ?
  4. Ton indispensable beauté ?
  5. La chanson que tu connais par coeur ?
  6. Ta citation/mantra du moment ?
  7. Le fim qui te fait pleurer ?
  8. Ce qui t’énerve le plus chez les autres?
  9. Le talent que tu aimerais avoir ?
  10. Le voyage de tes rêves ?
  11. Ton remède en cas de coup de blues ?

 

SIARGAO ISLAND – PHILIPPINES

I spent my last christmas with my family in Siargao, one the 7 107 islands forming the Philippine archipelago.

It’s quite a travel to reach Siargao: First, you need to pass by Manila. Second, by Cebu. Third, by Surigao and then take a ferry to Siargao. We choose this way but you can also take a domestic flight directly from Cebu to Siargao but be careful because if the weather is bad they often cancel the flights.

We – or rather my dad and brothers – choose Siargao for its famous “9 Cloud Break“. Siargao is the surfing spot in Philippines but not only. We first stayed in Jafe Surf and Sail Resort (in the north-east of the island), a very quiet and peaceful place, with nice owners. But not much to do around, especially when it’s raining. So after few days, we leaved the north for General Luna (south of the island). I’ve got 2 recommendations for where to stay and eat in GL : Ocean 101 Cloud 9 Beach Resort and Emerald House Resort. Both have a nice atmosphere and delicious food is served there (Emerald’s chef is french and very good). Ocean 101 has a nice view on the ocean and a super friendly staff.

General Luna is the place to stay for surfers, there you can booked small boats for taking you to the surfing spots (Rock Island, Stimpy’s, etc).

But Siargao isn’t only about surfing, it has beautiful white-sand beaches, natural pool (Magpupungko Pool located in Pilar), and also small island to visit around (Naked Island, Daku Island, Guam…). Daku or Dako Island was probably the most beautiful island i’ve ever seen : its crystal clear turquoise water is amazing. We booked a small nipa hut and had lunch over there. In General Luna you can also book snorkeling trips.

Travel Tips for Siargao :

  • Rent scooters or bikes and drive all around the island
  • Book small boat to go surf or visit other islands
  • Go to Aventino’s Pizza for their tasty chocolate cake
  • Try Emerald’s red tuna filet breaded in sesame seeds
  • If you’re in the north you can stop at the Bollox Bar to have a burger (not the best i’ve tried but still good)

 

 

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VEGGIE BURGER IN TAIPEI

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As a meat lover and burger expert, I was a little bit skeptical about getting a veggie burger. My curiosity took over my reticence and i’m so happy that I tried. While eating this veggie burger I didn’t even noticed that it was without meat inside. Well, I did notice it but didn’t miss it as much I thought I will. This Eggplant Bacon Cheese burger, from Ooh Cha Cha next to Guting MRT in Taipei, was so surprisingly good and tasty ! My friend had the Mushroom and Pesto burger. In both of this burger, the steak has been replaced by a red beetroot steak, and in mine the bacon by eggplant slices.

For our drinks, we had the Fruity Punch made of strawberry, organic apple, mango, organic seasonal greens and freshly squeezed orange juice and the Berry FulFilling made of apple juice, strawberry, blueberry, homemade almond butter and romaine.

I highly recommend this place to all the veggies/vegans but also to anyone who likes to eat healthy food. Next time, I’ll have to try their Organic Kind Bowls and Raw Desserts!

Their Website : http://www.oohchacha.com/#welcome-section

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JAPAN

I’ve been to japan last february for 8 days. I spent this days with my brother who was already there. I was afraid that 8 days will not be enough but finally we managed to visit Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto !

We first spent our 4 first days in Tokyo, visiting as much I we could (Odaiba, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akasuka, Harajuku, Ueno Park, Yoyogi Park and Meiji-Jingu, Ginza, Kabukichô). We’ve been really lucky with the weather and also had the opportunity to ear a free philharmonic orchestra while we were only searching to visit Tokyo University.

 

To reach Osaka we decided to take a night bus (half price  of a shinkansen ticket). The bus departed at 11:15pm and we arrived early in the morning around 6:30am. The bus was really conformable, probably the first time I succeed to really sleep in a bus. Bus company was Willer Express, you can book your seat on their website. We stayed in Osaka only one night and visited Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi, Dotombori (by night) and Shinsekai.

 

We left Osaka the next morning and after 30 minutes in a train we arrived to the impressive Kyoto Station. We’ve been quite lucky with the weather for the first day but then it rained all day and it was difficult to stay motivated to visit temples. We visited Ginkakuji (you will see lot of tourist girls dressed as Geishas), walk along Tetsugaku no Michi (the Philosopher’s Path), Pontocho (during night), Shinbashi Dori, Teramachi, Shijo-Dori. Still miss a lot of temples and places but didn’t have time in 2 days.

I took again a night bus to go back to Tokyo but this time the bus wasn’t comfortable at all and I couldn’t sleep. My brother stayed in Kyoto and my flight was at 8pm. What could do a girl alone in Tokyo for her last day ? SHOPPING of course! But wasn’t as good as I expected.

Good addresses/tips :

  • ABC Ramen, in Ginza, Tokyo –>  their sesame ramen was crazy good!
  • Siddique Shinjuku Nishiguchi Ekimae, in Shinjuku, Tokyo –> a good indian, their naan are huge and I advise you to try their spinach curry.
  • 156 Ichikiro, Tokyo –> good noodles & ramen
  • Tokyo metropolitan building –> best Tokyo view with free entry
  • Kyoto Hana Hostel or Khaosan Kyoto Teach –> 2 good hostels for Kyoto

 

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CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

 

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I love this cupcakes so much and I miss cooking them ! That’s one of the disadvantage of living in Taiwan. No real kitchen with oven, so no baking for me. Instead, I’m going to share with you my recipe for this delicious cupcakes.

Recipe for 12 delicious cupcakes

Preheat oven to 180°C

For the Base :
1) Mix together 100g of sugar with 85g of melt butter.
2) Add 2 eggs and beat them.
3) Add 150g of flavor, 1 package of vanilla sugar (7,5g) et ½ of a package of baking powder (6g) + 1 cup of cocoa powder and beat.

Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 20-25min.

Let cool the cupcakes before topping.

Topping:
1) Mix 200g of chocolate with 7,5cl of milk
2) Add 175g of Icing sugar/confectioners sugar
3) Let cool the taupins mix in fridge for 10min to obtain a thick frosting. Fill the piping bag with the topping and put it on the cupcakes!

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