Gourmet Dark Chocolate Spiced Brownie Recipe

Gourmet Dark Chocolate Spiced Brownie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon very fresh ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring
  • 1 cup of semi sweet morsels

Preparation:

  1. In a large glass bowl melt butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add in the sugar, flour, cocoa, spices, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. Stir with spoon until well combined.
  4. Fold in the morsels and stir to combine.
  5. Line a 9 inch pan with parchment paper.
  6. Pour the batter into a dish, and spread evenly.
  7. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees (180 Celsius).
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.
  9. Cool completely and top with powdered sugar or you can sprinkle fresh chopped almonds over the top.

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~Meet Tsvetta~ : Bulgarian Social Media Guru & Star

While travelling to Maui for my sister’s wedding, I met some really cool people on the island. Among these cool people was a lady named Tsvetta. My mom and I were waiting in line to use the restroom at a luau and we so happened to run into Tzvetta who is a very interesting entrepreneur. I thought she was Greek at first, and somehow we started talking about Greece and then she told me she was from Bulgaria, which is really close to Greece. She was visiting Maui, with a friend who was from New York. ( Both girls are residing in New York now.)

About Tsvetta

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Tsvetta is a consulting Social Media Strategist at  Dogs Bollocks 5, DB5 Inc.in New York. Born and raised in Bulgaria, she moved to the US to pursue her higher education. In 2012 Tsvetta graduated from St. Francis College with degrees in Marketing Management, International Business and Economics. In 2010 she was crowned Miss Bulgaria Diaspora USA and started her modeling career despite her height of 5’5. In front of the camera or behind the scenes conducting major social media marketing campaigns, Tsvetta has proven to be a sensation. This Bulgarian social media guru has experience working with major companies, including Paramount Studios, Toyota, NASCAR , SONY, Bloomberg and Citizen Watch. Tsvetta is a philanthropist in Bulgaria, concentrating on the development and empowerment of female leaders. She is fluent in five languages.
I had the chance to get Tsvetta to post two of her favorite recipes on my blog. I thought it would be great to share some Bulgarian recipes on here, since Bulgaria and Greece are pretty similar in cuisine. I hope you enjoy and please check out Tsvetta on her official website as well as the links below.

www.tsvetta.com

https://twitter.com/tsvetta

http://instagram.com/tsvetta

What’s Cooking With Tsvetta

Mish-Mash Recipe:

 
Ingredients:
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 small tomato peeled and diced
  • 100 gr feta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Parsley
Directions:
1.      Mince the cheese and scramble it with the egg.
2.      Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.
3.      Add the diced pepper and the tomato.
4.      Cook for about 5 minutes.
5.      Add the cheese mixture.
6.      Cook for 2-3 more minutes (or until the egg are ready).
7.      Serve sprinkled with parsley.
**Before serving you can add green onion for a fresher taste.
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Chocolate Soufflé Recipe:

 
Ingredients:
  • 50 gr. butter
  • 5 tbs. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 300 ml milk
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbs unsweetened cacao powder
 
Directions:

1.                  Separate the whites and the yolks. For best results make sure the eggs are at room temperature.

2.                  With a mixer beat the butter with the sugar until the mixture raises.

3.                  Add the yolks and beat well.

4.                  Add the flour, the milk, the raising powder and the cacao powder.

5.                  In a different large bowl beat the whites until they form moist peaks that hold their shape when the beaters are lifted.The whites will increase their volume six to nine times in size.

6.                  Carefully add the whites to the yolks mixture with a spoon.

7.                  Spoon the mixture into ceramic molds.

8.                  Bake the souffle for 10-15 minutes in a preheated oven.

9.                  Serve them cold. If you would like you can add some vanilla ice-cream on top of the souffle just before serving. 

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Photo By: Tsvetta

Hope you enjoyed this post as well as Tsvetta’s recipes. Please check out her official website at: www.tsvetta.com.

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~Pumpkin Apple Cheesecake Recipe~

Hello Sunday evening. My boyfriend and I have been searching for some good ideas for our pumpkin decorating this year. Mummies, zombies, witches, and much more. I came across two that I really like and I will be carving tomorrow. I will take lots of photos of my pumpkin carving session. :) My boyfriend is going to enter his pumpkin into a online contest, that he won last year. ( First place wins 500!!) Hey I am going to enter as well and test my luck. I am also trying to out do myself this year with some zombie cupcakes. Anyone have any advice on zombie cupcakes?!

Okay let’s get to the fun recipe. I posted this lovely pumpkin apple cheesecake photo on social media a few days ago, and 5 people asked me for the recipe. I would love to share with you all! :)

Pumpkin Apple Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup organic sugar (divided)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (chopped)
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 24 oz cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 2 tsp nutmeg and cloves mixed together
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored (diced)
  • Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons quick cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter

Method:

  1. In a small bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, almonds, and butter. Mix to combine and place in a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Blend in eggs, Greek yogurt, pumpkin, and spices.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared crust.
  5. In a small bowl, add all the ingredients together for the topping. (All purpose flour, cooking oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cold butter.) Make sure the mixture is crumbly.
  6. Add the diced apples over the cheesecake mixture.
  7. Place the topping over the apples making sure to spread the crumble over the entire surface.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees or 180 Celsius in middle rack of oven. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. (Make sure center is set.)
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack or cooking surface. Cover with plastic wrap when cooled, and chill overnight.
  10. When ready to serve, run a warm butter knife around the edges and remove spring form pan.
  11. Serve with caramel sauce or whipped cream.

Perfect for the holidays!!
Kali Orexi!

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Featured Recipe Thursday: Global Food Book Recipe

Happy WORLD FOOD DAY!! What are you making to celebrate this fun day?!

Thank you to Blessing at Global Food Book for letting us share her great recipe. Please check out her wonderful blog over at:

Global Food Book. 

Featured Recipe Thursday: Beef Barbecue By Global Food Book

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I was very ecstatic when a good friend of mine invited me over to her house to cook for her son’s 1st year birthday. I jumped at  the offer and decided to prepare a unique dish that will suit the loving summer weather.

Beef Berbeaceau…….. 

When I remember the sights and smells of mouthwatering beefy-sticky dish, this is what I suppose – tantalising homemade  BBQ,  with smoking coals, flammable and hot grill whereby an individual or many people stand round a flammable haze happily  fanning the grill with a hand fan or thick paper. Basically, the grill consists of wire grates placed over the coals which hold the skewers of properly seasoned barbecue.

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bbq skewer....

In the time past, I thought that BBQ’s meat were special type of meat but I was wrong…… The truth is that beef barbecue is nothing more than grilled pieces of boneless beef or skinless chicken knitted through a wooden skewer.

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However, before knitting the meats through the skewer, the meat ought to be seasoned and marinated for few hours so as to give it that tasty and juicy aroma. Moreover, thickly cut onions and bell pepper are knitted together with the meats.

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I prefer to coat the meat with peanut butter as this helps the meat to remain fresh and juicy internally, even though the outside is crisply charred. Kudos to my mummy, who thought me this little trick.

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 Ingredients:

Kali Orexi!

~Fall Menu Is Coming Together~

Happy Fall, and what better way to celebrate Fall by baking pumpkin cake, pumpkin scones, apple pie, and many more. Introducing a new cake to our menu!!

~Pumpkin Chocolate Spiced Bundt Cake. ~

Accepting orders now!!!  Added to the Fall Menu.

Available from October 20th to December 25.  Free delivery within 20 miles of Kouzounas Kitchen catering.  (40.00 including gift wrap.) Inquire by emailing us at kouzounaslive@gmail.com or shoot us a msg at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/KouzounasKitchen

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 Pumpkin Ginger Hummus Recipe

  • 1 -15oz can of chickpeas, drained and washed
  • 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • cracked pepper
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  1. In a blender combine all ingredients. Pulse until blended. Chill for three hours and serve.
  2. To serve: Garnish with fresh parsley and toasted chopped pecans.

***Great with vegetables, apples, pita bread, and chips.

Kali Orexi & Happy Fall!

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My Easy Gourmet: Mastic Panna Cotta With Pistachio Honey Syrup Recipe

Check out this fabulous recipe by my friend Eleni over at My Easy Gourmet.

Mastic Panna Cotta With Pistachio- Honey Syrup Recipe:

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Photo By: My Easy Gourmet

http://myeasygourmet.net/mastic-panna-cotta-with-pistachio-honey-syrup/

Perfect recipe for any occasion and a tasty one!!! Check out My Easy Gourmet’s food blog and Eleni’s wonderful recipes.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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Saturday’s Food For Thought : Chia Seeds

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Happy Weekend to you!!

Saturday’s Food For Thought: Chia Seed Facts

  • High In Fiber: Chia is high in fiber helping you stay full longer.
  • High In Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Chia has more omega 3 fatty acids than any other plant food!!
  • High In Protein: Great source of protein and antioxidants to help keep your body healthy.

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