Sweets

Matcha Pancakes

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Shirt- &Other Stories|Perfume- Ellis Brooklyn

Photography & Styling by. Bernadette Mira

I’m always extremely picky about my perfumes. I tend to gravitate towards sensual smells that are along the line of musky, cedar like smells. Yet, every now and then a perfume comes along and surprises me. You know when you’re shopping around and checking out different perfumes and one just hits you right in the face? (HOPEFULLY not literally.) Ellis Brooklyn’s Fable Eau De Parfum did that to me. Not only is the packaging stunning and to die for, but the smell is unique. It was immediately sense memory for me. It took me back to when I was a kid and would endlessly suck on the honeysuckle flowers. The scent is light yet has this undertone of sensuality. Please, do yourself a favor and check out their perfumes.

So, on to the recipe! I’m not going to bore you with the details of the benefits of matcha powder, but it IS SUPER good for you! Just know that detail while you’re making yourself four pancakes and end up devouring them all. (This is what I’m telling myself.) These pancakes are delicious! I was kind of skeptical about the idea of adding matcha powder to a pancake recipe, but you only live once am I right?

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Matcha Pancakes

Makes 5-7

Ingredients 

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (sifted)

1 tsp. of matcha powder

1/2 tsp. of baking powder

1/2 tsp. of baking soda

1/4 tsp. of sea salt

1 tbsp. of unsalted butter

1 tbsp. of granulated sugar

1 egg

2 cups of green tea soy milk 

1 tsp. of vanilla extract 

Coconut whip cream

1 can of coconut cream (omit juice-save for smoothie or juices)

1 tsp. of vanilla extract

1 tbsp. of granulated sugar 

Toppings

confectioners sugar

matcha powder 

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Directions:

  1. Make pancake batter: Sift dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Flour, matcha powder, baking soda/powder and sea salt. Then set aside.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, mix 1 tbsp. of room temperature unsalted butter, sugar, egg, soy milk and vanilla extract until well incorporated.
  3. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until smooth.
  4. Tightly wrap and leave over night in the fridge until the next morning.
  5. Next day: Prepare a cold mixing bowl, by adding it into the freezer and leave for at least 20 minutes. Once 20 minutes are up bring out and mix the coconut cream on high-speed, either with a standing or hand-held mixer. After it has been mixed for two minutes add the vanilla extract and sugar slowly. Mix again for 5 minutes. Then once it becomes fluffy, leave it in the fridge until ready to use.
  6. By this time, you should start making the pancakes. Making pancakes are pretty simple. The way I do them is by adding about 1-2 tbsp. of butter to a large skillet on medium heat. Once the butter has melted I then gently add pancake mix by using a 1/2 measuring cup. Once the pancake batter has started to bubble on top its time to flip. Do this method how you please and what works best for you. You may, to keep the pancakes warm heat up the oven to 175. When you have finished your first pancake and progress to make more, add them to a baking sheet and put them in the oven so they stay nice and warm.
  7. To assemble the pancakes: I did this by largest to smallest.  Pancake, coconut whip cream, pancake, and so on and so forth. To top it off add sifted confectioner sugar  and sifted matcha powder.

Enjoy!  Partake in devouring some delicious yet some what healthy pancakes!

Much love,

                                Bernadette 

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Sunset Pink- Blood Orange Cocktail

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Asymmetrical Trench Dress- Chriselle x J.O.A. Collection| Trousers- Uniqlo| Tank- &Other Stories| Earrings- &Other Stories 

Photography and Styling by. Bernadette Mira

So far this year has been an interesting one. I’ve realized that I have spent more time stressing about things that are out of my control, rather than taking care of myself and focusing on the positive things in my life. As humans, I find we tend to focus on the things that we don’t have. Constantly craving for more and never being satisfied with what we have. Obviously, I shouldn’t/can’t speak for everyone out there, but it is something I have noticed in myself and it something that I want to change.

I am always trying to strive for success and this year, I have been turning my wheels by always applying/searching for jobs. Even applying for jobs that I don’t even REALLY want to do. What sense does that even make? I’m currently shaking my head at myself and letting myself know, it’s okay to take a breath once and a while.

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One of the most important things that I feel that I have put on the wayside when it comes to constantly applying for jobs and searching for ways to make money, is putting time into my blog and into my cooking. I seriously miss it! I miss taking the time going out to markets, especially the fresh market at Union Square NY. It’s always buzzing with people and the atmosphere is always sweet with the smells of fresh produce and goods. I finally took a day and just sat myself down and said, “Bernadette, grab that blood orange over there and make something!” So, I made something.

 

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Blood Orange Cocktail

Serves 1-2 

Ingredients 

1-2 oz of blood orange simple syrup

3/4 oz of orange juice

1/2 oz of sparkling seltzer water

1/2-3/4 oz of good gin

Served with a big ice cube 

Blood orange simple syrup

juice from 1-2 small blood oranges

1/2 cup of water

2-3 tbsp. of granulated sugar 

 

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Directions:

  1. To make blood orange simple syrup (can make the day before) add the juice from two blood oranges, water and sugar into a medium sauce pan on low to medium heat.
  2.  Then, stir in the sugar until it dissolves and let it set on low to medium heat for five minutes.
  3.  After creating the simple syrup, pour it into a small container and store in the fridge until you’re ready to use.
  4.  To create the cocktail add the ice cube first, simple syrup, orange juice, gin and then seltzer water last. After seeing the sunset effect the cocktail makes, gently stir together. Then simply enjoy and take time to take care of yourself.

 

Much love,

                                Bernadette 

 

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Overnight Oats and learning French…slowly

 

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Blouse- &Other Stories (similar)| Shorts- Thrifted (similar)

The Penguin French Phrase Book

Photography by. Bernadette Mira

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I have been trying to learn French about a year and half now…on and off. I know, that isn’t the way to actually progress, but I get bored easily. All jokes aside, I do, sincerely want to learn how to speak French fluently. My question is though, how does anyone successfully learn a new language?

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I want to convince my husband by saying, “Hey honey, I think we need to take a lonnnng trip to Paris so I can finally learn French.” We all know that isn’t going to go over well. WHO even has the funds to do something like that? Maybe, some rich white, eat pray love, woman who during her down time, just lays in the pile of money that she has. I digress, I guess I just have to whip myself back into gear. I need to be putting 100% effort in everyday…when I can, whether that be slapping sticky notes on food or appliances to remember the word pomme for apple.

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Speaking of food, this is making me hungry and I need to start preparing breakfast for tomorrow. I try to make meal prep as easy, and painless as possible. So, today I am sharing my recipe for overnight oats. It makes getting up in the morning a breeze and actually enjoyable. You can sit back and eat your oats while you try to learn some french…which hopefully, I’ll be doing.

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Pear Overnight Oats

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup of Irish style oats

1 cup of almond milk

1/2 tsp. of honey

1/8 tsp. of turmeric

1/4 tsp. of cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

half of a pear finely diced 

 

Directions:

  1. Add 1 cup of oats and seasonings to a medium size bowl or cup.
  2. Then add the honey, almond milk and diced pear.
  3. With a spoon stir up the oat mixture until fully incorporated.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge overnight and enjoy the next morning!

 

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To my husband…

Today is my husband’s birthday. The most used sentence or thought that runs along the lines of, “I don’t know what I would do without you…” couldn’t be truer in our relationship. I honestly don’t know what I would do without him. He has gotten me through some tough moments in my life.

There are times when I think that he saved me from a bad situation when I was coping with a toxic family. He was the only one that took the time to understand me and genuinely cared about what I was going through. I have never met anyone else like that. Someone that is so kind and patient. He gave himself completely to me on the nights where I was curled up in ball on the bathroom floor contemplating suicide. He helped me out of that dark hole with his love and kindness. I will always be thankful for that.

So today is for him. Life can get in the way sometimes and it’s hard to stop and remember that we have loving people in our lives. It’s important to take the time to remember that. I have a loving husband and friend by my side for the rest of my life which is pretty amazing.

So, Happy Birthday my love. May this coming year bring you joy, growth and success, for you deserve it. Love always, your kitten.

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By. Lady and Pups

Photography by. Bernadette Mira

Christmas Time is Here (Julia Child’s croissants with cranberry jam filling)

I will always remember that Christmas.

That time of year is back again and I can already feel the anxiety setting in. There are times when I can’t help but think about the past. Especially about the time I opened up to my adoptive father about being sexually abused as a child.

Christmas time when I was a younger was all that I waited for with every passing year. I remember decorating the house till every room was filled with some sort of tinsel or sparkling lights. I cherished every second of it. You couldn’t stop me from dancing to the Grinch soundtrack with The Who’s singing “Trim up the tree with Christmas fluff…” That time of year was magical for me. Over the years it unfortunately lost its sense of innocence. That Christmas when I told my father about being abused left me raw and alone. I will always remember that Christmas.

The week before Christmas I had to say goodbye to my husband. We were both celebrating the holiday with our families, me in Virginia and him in Florida. He was my boyfriend at the time, but I still found it difficult to leave him. Maybe it was because I knew that I could confined in him about being abused. As soon as I made it back to VA with my adoptive parents I felt this sense of gloom over the house. Before entering the house that I grew up in, I looked up at it and all the memories of being abused flooded in. How I stayed in that house for years, I still don’t know how.

When Christmas Day came along I kept on contemplating if I was going to tell my father or not. My mother who already knew and saw me get abused said, “It’s up to you Bernadette.” I had to build up my courage throughout the day until by 8 pm or so I sat my father down and told him.

The moment went by so quickly. All I remember is him saying a joke afterwards about me being abused and him getting me a wet wash cloth to wash away my tears. That’s how it was with them. They think by washing away the problems that they will magically disappear. That method never works.

Now, that I am estranged from them, I can’t help but feel that Christmas has to be perfect. It’s not healthy to think that way and I’m slowly working on it. Even though this year has been tough in so many ways politically, socially and personally,  I have a loving husband. I have a silly dog and a new family in my husband’s family. I have met new people who I can consider real friends. I know that 2018 will be better. I know this because I will keep on trying to live for me and not for the family I grew up with.

Julia Child’s Croissants

Volume Two of Mastering the Art of French Cooking 

By Julia Child and Simone Beck 

Makes 12

Ingredients

1 1/4 tsp. of yeast

3 tbsp. of warm water (100 degrees)

1 tsp. of sugar

Second half of recipe

1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour

2 tsp. of sugar

1 1/2 tsp. of salt

2/3 cup of warm milk

2 tbsp. of canola oil

1 3/4 sticks of chilled unsalted butter 

Cranberry Jam

Makes 3/4 cup

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of fresh cranberries

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1/4 tsp. of nutmeg

Pinch of pepper and salt

1/2 tsp. of cinnamon

1/3 cup of fresh orange juice

1/2 cup of water

 

Croissant Recipe: Equivalent version of croissant recipe. Here is a video of the master herself making some croissants on the show the French Chef.

Directions for Cranberry Jam:

  1. Throughly wash the cranberries, then pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a medium size sauce pan, add all the ingredients and stir on medium to high heat until it starts to simmer.
  3. Once it comes to a simmer, turn down the heat between low and medium. Stirring frequently for 15 minutes or until the jam comes to the wrinkle stage.
  4. Once the jam has come to the wrinkle stage, take off the heat and cool for five minutes.
  5. Pour the jam mixture through a fine mesh sieve with a glass bowl underneath to catch the jam. Do this with a spoon and patience. This should take about 10 minutes to get all the mixture through.
  6. Cool the jam in a glass jar and leave in fridge until ready to use. Keeps up to 2 weeks.

Enjoy!

Photography by. Bernadette Mira

Rich Hot Chocolate

I have never been one to be deeply in love with Chocolate or find it sensual. Yet, I try to work with it in recipes every now and then in hopes that it might change my way of thinking.

I’m currently sitting on my couch listening to Christmas music. The Sleigh ride song to be exact and I am craving to get my holiday fever on. So, to start the season off right, I wanted to share my hot chocolate recipe. It’s quick and not to toot my own horn, but it’s by far the best hot chocolate I have ever had.

Rich Hot Chocolate

Makes 2 small glasses (or 1 huge one)

Ingredients1/2 tsp. of cinnamon

2 tsp. of vanilla extract

1 cup of almond milk

2 tbsp. of condensed milk

1-2 tsp. of cocoa powder

1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream

3.5 oz of 70% smooth dark chocolate (Lindt Chocolate )

Directions:

1. In a small sauce pan add water to fill halfway and set on medium to high heat.

2. In a heat proof bowl melt the chocolate over the sauce pan. Add the chocolate gradually by medium size pieces until it fully melts.

3. Set aside and dump the water from the sauce pan and add the follow ingredients on medium heat. Almond milk, condensed milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon and 1 tsp. of vanilla.

4. Once the mixture has heated up a bit and starts to simmer add the melted chocolate and mix until fully incorporated. Set on low heat while making the whip cream.

5. In a standing mixer or hand held mixer mix 1/2 cup of the heavy whipping cream with a tsp. of vanilla. Mix until fluffy.

6. Serve the hot chocolate in small mugs or one huge mug for yourself with a ton of whip cream on top.

Enjoy!

Photography by. Bernadette Mira

Mascot Grape Sorbet with Toasted Graham topping 

  Photography by. Bernadette Mira

The past couple of weeks have kind of been a blur. With the ups and downs, I try to remember the ups rather than the downs. It’s easier to get through the day trying to remember the positive things in life. Well, that’s what I tell myself anyway.

So for today’s recipe, I unfortunately don’t have much to say or  have an insightful anecdote. I guess, remember that even through this tough time, in this difficult and painful world that love still exists. If we all remember that and strive for a better world, perhaps maybe it will happen. I’m truly cynical as person, but deep down I still believe the world can be better someday.

 

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Mascot Grape Sorbet

Ingredients 

1 pound of Mascot Grapes

2 tsp. of Pinot Grigio wine

pinch of nutmeg

1/2  14 oz can of condensed milk

Graham Cracker Topping

Ingredients

Two original graham crackers 

2 tbsp. of good butter

sprinkle of cinnamon 

pinch of sugar

pinch of sea salt

 

Directions:

  1. In a food processor add 1/2 of the grapes and mix until combined.
  2. Then with a cheese cloth or fine strainer, strain the grape juice into a separate bowl while leaving the seeds and pulp behind.
  3. Once all the juice has been strained add it into the food processor again while incorporating the 1/2 can of condensed milk, nutmeg and pinot grigio. Mix until well combined. Then set aside.
  4. Heat up a medium size sauce pan on low to medium heat and add the other half of the grapes to the pan.
  5. Once it starts to simmer, start squashing the grapes with a wooden spoon to get out the juice. When all the grapes have been squashed, cover the pan for five minutes on low heat to simmer.
  6. After five minutes, strain the juice into a separate bowl.
  7. Once all the juice has been strained add it to the food processor with the first mixture. (Should get about 1/2 -3/4 cup of juice from this)
  8. Pulse the mixture together until fully combined.
  9. Then pour the mixture in a tightly sealed container and freeze over night.
  10. Extra step:(Not necessary) The next day add the sorbet to the food processor and blend again and freeze again for another day.
  11. To prepare the graham cracker topping, heat up a non stick pan to medium to high heat and add 2 tbsp. of butter.
  12. While the pan is heating up finely crumble up two graham crackers then add them to the pan.
  13. With a wooden spoon stir the graham crackers into the butter while adding the cinnamon, sugar and sea salt.
  14. Once the graham crackers have turned slightly browner for about 2-5 minutes, take the pan off the heat and pour the graham cracker mixture into a separate bowl. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Then serve on top of the sorbet. Enjoy!

 

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