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Caramel Leche Kumquat Cake (Dairy Free)

March 24, 2015

Caramel Leche Kumquat Cake via Artful Desperado

Caramel Leche Kumquat Cake

Caramel Leche Kumquat Cake

Here’s a little ode to spring; a cake that’s fragrant, moist, and tasty. Sounds sexy, yes? Part mexican tres leches cake, part bread pudding, this cake is one comforting treat that’s perfect for this in-between weather. You know that cozy feeling of dipping a cookie in milk? Same thing is happening here, except this is (dairy free) caramel milk!

Oh and kumquats are almost gone for the season (I think) so you better use them while they’re here. These little pockets of sunshine are so damn tasty, you literally just prop them on top of anything and BAM! It’s a citrus party. They also get extra points for being cute and small. Kinda like me, except I’m taller (teeheee).

Ok ladies and gents, get your sexy aprons on and come over to the kitchen ’cause we’re about to bake some goodies.

PS. You can spot my phone in the last photo (#fail). Totally got caught grammin’ yo! Luckily I closed grindr ’cause cake and peen don’t mix…ahem..anyways, get the full recipe after the jump!

Caramel Leche Kumquat Cake

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The Best New Brew: Cold Brew Cacao Latte (Dairy & Caffeine Free)

March 18, 2015

The Best New Brew: Cold Brew Cacao Latte (Dairy & Caffeine Free)

The Best New Brew: Cold Brew Cacao Latte (Dairy & Caffeine Free)

The Best New Brew: Cold Brew Cacao Latte (Dairy & Caffeine Free)

The Best New Brew: Cold Brew Cacao Latte (Dairy & Caffeine Free)

You guys, I’m hooked on this brew! You see, I love coffee and I love a cold caffeinated milky sipper, especially while working at my desk – but unfortunately I can only handle tiny little amounts of caffeine as it makes me shake with the jitters like a chihuahua naked and wet in antarctica, and milk? Oi. Nope.

This brew has everything you (and I) need: a nice rich cacao flavour (slightly bitter and earthy), a bit of sweetness from creamy macadamias, and a touch of spice with some added cinnamon (which is optional). Mind you, I say there’s no caffeine in this drink cuz it ain’t coffee, but cacao has it’s own “caffeine” compound called Theobromine which has different properties (that’s a whole other topic).

Cold Brew Cacao happens to be the next big thing – even Mast Brothers opened up a bar serving this bad boy. Ready for it? You’ll love it!

Hop over to the artful kitchen to get the full scoop.

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Creamy Basil Coconut Orange Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl (Dairy Free)

March 10, 2015

Basil Coconut Orange Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl

Basil Coconut Orange Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl

Here’s a quick and easy breakfast that tastes like taking a vacation in Thailand. Basil and coconut are a winning combo on almost any dish, so why not bringing it to the breaky table? Ima rite?

To be honest I really don’t like “porridge” anything as most often than not it’s a bit of a tasteless slop. But when you spruce it up with spices, fruit, and super food like acai berries, then I’m game. This bowl has a touch of agave syrup which keeps it neutral and not crazy sweet. OH also this tasty dish will keep you full for a while which some us of in the hungry hippo club totally appreciate :D

Grab some fresh basil and come over to make some

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Orange Macadamia Challah Bread Pudding with Coconut Créme (Dairy Free)

February 26, 2015

Orange Macadamia Challah Bread Pudding with Coconut Créme (Dairy Free)

Orange Macadamia Challah Bread Pudding with Coconut Créme (Dairy Free)

This is as rich as it sounds. Better yet, it combines a little bit of a hawaiian touch with macadamia nuts, orange, and coconut. This recipe is a merge between bread pudding and bostock. AWESOME. You can get the full recipe over at Baked The Blog

Dairy Free Rum Buckwheat Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

February 24, 2015

Dairy Free Rum Buckwheat Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

Dairy Free Rum Buckwheat Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

Breaky for the masses! Seriously I love searching and testing new breakfast recipes like it’s my job (it kinda is). So now that I have decided to chill on the dairy, I’ve found a plethora of recipes with substitutions that are so good you don’t even miss the cow juice.

One of my latest faves is this buckwheat pancake recipe which I jazzed up with some rum, because, if you’re going to hit the sauce you better make it early in the day (great work ethic!). A touch of vanilla infused maple syrup makes this a cozy little winter treat.

Get the full recipe after the jump

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Healing

February 16, 2015

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So, if you follow the artful adventures on instagram you may know that I’ve decided to cut back – a lot – on dairy and other things. My heart sinks as I make this dietary switch since – as you have noticed from almost all my posts – I am a fervent lover of cream, butter, and cheese. But I have reached a point where the pain that follows is not worth it. AT ALL.

I won’t become a judgmental jerk that will only eat raw hand-gathered mushrooms from the forests in Finland so you don’t have to roll your eyes at me..well maybe a little haha but I swear the recipes here will continue to have the same chutzpah the usually have, only with less dairy and other not-cool stuff that might drive me straight into dark days of pain and staying in bed while thinkin “fucking pizza…so good, but so..aayyy my stomachhh”. Yah no.

Anyways, just wanted to drop this little note so you wouldn’t be all like “where’s the butter, yo!?”. I take this as a creative challenge of sorts, a new window of possibilities and kitchen creativity. Are you with me!?

PS. Don’t worry, we’ll have cheat days here and there!

Anyone else feels the pain of having to drop your favourite foods from your diet?

Every Great Love Starts with a Good Steak

February 11, 2015

Perfectly seared porterhouse steak

Perfectly seared porterhouse steak

Perfectly seared porterhouse steak

I went back to my culinary school roots and pulled this perfectly seared porterhouse steak. It’s part of a Valentine’s Day special for Murphy-Goode Wine. I haven’t cooked a hunk of meat this big in a while – but I sure know how to handle it, if you know what I mean..HA!

Porterhouse steak is basically the butter of steaks; super soft and tasty and – although I tried a small bite – my friend definitely enjoyed it, in fact she enjoyed it so much she almost eat the whole thing! On the other hand, I drank all the wine. Win win, right? Not gonna lie, making food for friends is super fun – the facial expressions of “YUMMM” are priceless.

So, if you want to tread your lady or your gent to a meaty date, then get the full recipe for this feast over at Murphy-Goode

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