Chocolate Dreams…

Since we haven’t cooked in a while, yesterday we decided to make something very heathy and low-calorie that is still sweet enough to call dessert. I have to mention that we haven’t attempted to bake a healthy dessert ever, so the result was a surprise for us as well. I’ve always loved a sweet treat but I hate the idea of stuffing my body with sugar, when I clearly know it does not need it, or at least not in the industrial amounts found in normal desserts.

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For these chocolate cupcakes we haven’t used any sugar, nor did we use and white flour, choosing to use wholemeal flour instead. We also chose the darkest chocolate we could find (85%), and if you want to go overboard with the healthiness, you can easily use only a quarter of the butter we used (since this was our first attempt, we didn’t really know what we were doing) and discard the egg yolks (D really likes them, so I thought I’d just use them).

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These cupcakes were really easy to make and it took us a total of 40 mins to make them, considering that they spent 20 mins in the oven. Here’s what you’ll need I order to duplicate the 12 cupcakes we made yesterday:

  • 175 wholemeal flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 50 gr of butter (choose the one with the most fat in it, as it’s the best for cooking)
  • 125 gr dark chocolate (at least 75% dark – we used 85%)
  • vanilla essence
  • mascarpone (this is optional and it will only be used as a topping)

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Making these cupcakes is really easy and you only need to be following a few simple steps.

  1. As usual, arrange all the ingredients in order to make this perfect photo.
  2. Cut the oranges and the lemons in perfect halves, carefully squeeze all the juice and clean all the remaining contents until you are left with clean cupcake citrus-peel holders.
  3. Put all the chocolate and the butter into a bowl and microwave it for 2 mins, then stir well until all of the content is creamy.
  4. Put the eggs over the flower (you see 6 eggs in the photo because we had to make 24 cupcakes) and stir well until you get a batter -like composition.
  5. Add the melted chocolate and carefully stir until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour a glass of orange juice over the batter and stir well with and electrical mixer.
  7. Fill the orange and lemon peels with the batter and put them in the oven for 20 minutes at 175 degrees.
  1. For the topping, which is optional, you’ll need the mascarpone cream cheese, half of glass of lemon juice and a vial of vanilla essence. Mix everything together and that is it!
  2. Once you get the cupcakes out of the oven, let them chill for 10 mins and decorate them with the mascarpone topping.

That’s it! It’s that simple to get a healthy, low-calorie dessert ready in just 40 minutes. Using the current recipe, each cupcake carries around 120 kcal, which is very good considering the fact that by using the wholemeal flour, they ended up being very satisfying and you are really full after only one eaten.

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I have a hunch that if you only use a quarter of the butter and only the egg whites, the fat as well as the cholesterol will go down a lot, making these very very healthy. We probably will try to adjust the recipe a bit next time.

I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe and find it as delicious as we did!

L. 

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London diet

So…let’s recap…we wrote about our London experience overall and the new places we discovered, showed you what I wore and I think now the time has come to talk about food.

Day one was all about street food at Borough Market. D had an amazing burger from Whiskey Ginger and he urges you to give that place a try if you ever find yourself in that area, I had a cheddar (everything seems yo have cheddar in Britain – yayyyy) toast from one of the food joints over there- no idea what it’s called, but it was the only one selling only cheese sandwiches. Of course we had a few glasses of white wine with our food (which reminds me, we should do another post on wines asap).

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On day two, our friend took us to a thai restaurant on Panton Street 35 called Busaba. Now let’s be clear, I’ve eaten thai before (in Europe), but this was by far the best place we’ve tried. As a price range, just to give you and idea, there were four of us and we each ate a main course plus sides and a bottle of wine, and the check came around 100£, so i’d say it’s ranged medium-low so you won’t feel like your paying a fortune to eat great food in central London.

Day three was ‘ladies lunch’ because my friend and I had lunch at Sager+Wilde, which is located in the Bethlan Green area. This restaurant/bar is is decorated in a typical hipster British style, so the ambiance is really nice for lunch. The food is great and their wine list is quite long, but we had Cava Brut mainly because we’re girls. It’s not an expensive place, also on the medium-cheap side and the staff is very friendly, so the overall experience is a nice one.

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In the meantime, D had a long walk on the streets of the Bethlan Green area (simply put, he didn’t want to listen to all our womanly talk) and found this amazing little shop filled with chocolate goodies called Dark Sugars. Of course we couldn’t leave the area without tasting the most amazing chilly hot chocolate ever and a bag filled with chocolate truffles and other specialities. If you’re ever in London, do not miss this place.

As if we didn’t have enough sweets, when we got to our tube station (Canary Wharf), we found there the most amazing cupcake counter called Lola’s Cupcakes. I honestly think the photos talk for themselves. In retrospect, I am very happy that during my postgrad I had tons to study and no time to explore as otherwise I would’ve been overweight after an entire year in London.

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On our last day we stumbled upon Scott’s on Mount Street. This is a high-end restaurant located in a beautiful area right in the centre of London. It mostly serves fish dishes, but you can also find in their menu the usual appetizers and steaks plus they also have a complete wine list. It’s more on the expensive side, as D‘s steak and my burrata plus half of litre of white wine took us at about 100£ in total. From what I could see, if you want to eat dinner you’ll probably need a reservation as we got there at an odd hour (about 1 o’clock in the afternoon) and they could barely find us a table for only an hour and a half, obviously by the time we left the place was full. But if you’re looking for a classy place with great staff and amazing food, Scott’s the place to go to.

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Lastly, since our flight was delayed, we thought we’d have a nice airport dinner at Terminal 5, Heathrow. The most appealing eatery there seemed Pilots Bar. The food was very good, D had chicken tikka masala and I had the mushroom soup, both paired with a glass of white wine. I know we don’t seem like we’re complex when it comes to wine, but we actually do drink red and rose, it’s just that this weekend we felt like drinking white. And no, we are by no means the type of wine drinkers that carefully match their choice of wine with the food, we simply drink what we feel like drinking in the moment.

This was the last post on our London weekend. I hope you didn’t think this was evolving into a London blog, but in all honesty, this city is so amazing that it does deserve more than one post.

L.

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