All posts filed under: Food & Drinks

A Succulent Snickers Milkshake Showdown

You see what I did there? The perfect marriage of two of my biggest loves, food and word wizardry! I know we’re only just recovering from the annual food coma fortnight, but hear me out. One of my main goals for 2018 is a healthier lifestyle, body, mind and soul, but with an 80/20 perspective, with a sense of kindness for my body. That kindness goes both ways, with both a healthy nourishment and a little less severity and strictness. A little treat goes a long way, and what could be a better off-day treat than this Snickers Milkshake? Just look at that gorgeous creaminess, that delectable, smooth shake whispering “Come hither”! Sure, below version is quite a big cheat-treat, but give it your own twist! Make it as succulent and scrumptious as you want or need. Have fun with it! Whip it up in a minute (#easiestrecipeever) whenever you feel like spoiling yourself or your loved ones.  The one you see below is the full-on version adored by my kids, but keep on reading …

The Tasting Club Invites You To Push Your Boundaries

The Tasting Club will see you now…. Life is all about pushing yourself, about steering off the known route and onto ventures unknown. Sometimes life leads you down the path of a new passion, and before you know it, you reach that point where you either stop (and wonder ‘what if’ for the rest of your life) or jump, eyes closed, heart in your hands and mind wide open, eager to learn and push your boundaries beyond what you thought was possible. My crossroads presented itself when an invitation of The Tasting Club for a session on the Vins De Provence (Wines of the Provence) popped into my mailbox. It’s no secret that I love food and that I adore to cook, that has been seeping in here onto LeenLovesStyle this year, but to call myself a fully fledged food blogger would be a few steps to far (#2018goals). One invitation, 3 challenges! An unknown wine region begging to be discovered, an Iranian finger food and matching Vins de Provence wine exploration courtesy of Leading …

Wanted: Christmas Inspiration

Christmas is in the air, and I am just bursting with excitement! I am beyond ready to deck the halls, decorate the tree and jingle all the way till Boxing Day! Much to my husband’s despair, I love going with a theme each, and after going red and gold these last few years, I feel torn this time. Red and gold really exudes that ultimate Christmas feeling of warmth, festivity and togetherness, but somehow I am also drawn to that crisp, fresh white Scandi Christmas feel (maybe I’ll keep that hint of gold)… On top of that, I am hosting the Christmas dinner this year and I took almost a fortnight off from work to be at home with the kids, so my mind is just bubbling with ideas, inspiration and recipes. All that’s left now is to create some order in the chaos that is my brain, and see where my hours spent procrastinating on the ingenious trap that is Pinterest will lead me… Pics via Pinterest

Wishlist Wednesday – Sacred English Whisky Liqueur

Wishlist Wednesday is back! And with a vengeance (maybe not so much, but hey, everyone needs to release their inner Bruce Willis from time to time. Yippie ka yee…). After doing the rounds at the Press Days two weeks ago, not much made a lasting impression, but the taste of one new launch kept lingering on my lips, kept beckoning me to taste more, to discover more. Sacred is expanding their premium spirits collection with one launch at a time, taking their sweet time to craft and perfect every new member of the Sacred family. Their newest offering is the Sacred English Whisky Liqueur,  and it plans to give the current classic, Drambuie, a run for it’s money. An sweetened English whisky with a twist, thanks to it’s 3 year-long ageing on boubon casks. The first drops revealed an intriguing complexity, and I was hooked! Two sips, and I was sold, hook, line and sinker! The orange peels gave it that hint of freshness that kept it from becoming too much, and the cubeb and …

Coffee Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Heaven in a single bite, isn’t that what we all want? Cookies have a reputation for being just that, and these Coffee Chocolate Brownie Cookies are nothing short of divine! Crispy on the outside, chewy moelleux-esque on the inside, this cookie unites the best of both worlds. Ingredients: 35 gr self-raising flour (yes, you read this right. 35 gr) or 35 gr of flour and 1/4 tsp of baking soda 18 gr salt 2 large eggs 130 gr granulated sugar 1 tbsp coffee (the stronger the better, I usually go for the Nespresso Apeggio* ) 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp unsalted butter 200 gr dark chocolate (70% or more) Optional: 120 gr chocolate chips First of all, you really did read that right. Only 35 gr of flour go into this recipe, which makes for delicate cookie and a recipe that needs to be followed to a t. Shortcuts are a no no on the way to heaven in a bite! Preheat the oven to 190°C and line an oven tray with baking paper. …

Sunday Musings

“Sundays are for relaxing”, I must have said that a thousand times. As much as I adore blogging, Sunday mornings in the LLS household are never spent in fromt of a computer screen, tapping away on those keys. These hours are for relaxing, for reconnecting, for reviving and above all for recharging. After being woken by the kids jumping on our bed, Mr B and I totter downstairs and I make a beeline for our Nespresso* to get my first coffee of the day. The scent of coffee fills the air, the kids whip up their own fruit salad for brunch and that banana bread my two mini’s and I baked together yesterday is just enticing me to dive in (if you want the recipe, just let me know donw in the comments …). Latte Macchiato in hand, love all around me, pyjama-clad flashes whizzing all though the kitchen, my favourite flowers in the corner of my eye, what else does one need? Who cares about George Clooney when I have Mr B right here …

Sweet potato casserole

This dish is something of a true champion in Casa LeenLovesStyle. Tried and tested, it works winter and summer, as a simple meat & veg dinner or as side dish when you’re hosting a dinner party. The sweetness of the potatoes and dates is countered perfectly by the slight piney and earthy aroma of the rosemary and that gentle nudge of salt of the lardons (don’t you just love that word? Sounds so much fancier than plain bacon, doens’t it). Oh, and did I mention that the prep is super easy, and that everyone is guaranteed to love it? Without further ado, let’s dig in… Ingredients:  1 kg of sweet potatoes 5 large medjool dates 1 tbsp olive oil 1 heaped tbsp fresh rosemary (about three or four sprigs) 150 gr cured lardons Cooking time: 20 min prep time + +/- 40 min in the oven Let’s get cooking: Preheat the oven to 200 °C. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in cubes of about 2 x 2 cm.  Place them in an oven resistant …

5 Lush Recipes I’ll Be Trying This Summer

Every year around this time, when the first weeks of summer have passed, and we’ve had several days of excessive heat, I reach that very same crossroad of having no desire to cook anything warm or elaborate and having completely run out of inspiration of what to cook. Well, not this year! I am utterly bored of that umptieth Caesar salad or a bowl of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado and shrimps hustled together, so I went on a little inspiration hunt and found a few recipes that I’ll be trying these next few weeks. Here’s to upping my salad-game (in a none too labour intensive way)! Healthy, filling and totally Instagram worthy.. Soba noodle & vegetable salad – in pursuit of more For those days when I feel like a wannabe Gwyneth Palthrow 5 ingredient pasta salad – gimme some oven She had me at 5 ingredients…. Spring salmon salad with Dijon mustard – Nutritionist meets chef Salmon and Dijno mustard? Need I say more… Thai zucchini noodle and quinoa salad – foodiecrush I can …

Pickled Watermelon Salad

Aka going out on a limp and experiment in the kitchen (and on this blog!)! Yes, I am venturing into food! Remember this article? I am slowly but surely pushing myself to overcome that lack of self confidence and food photography skills, and put myself and my food out there! A fresh take on a summer side dish, my interest in this recipe was first tickled, or should I say pickled (#puninteded), when I saw it on a cooking show on tv. I adapted the recipe to my family’s taste, gave it a go, and there we had it: instant hit! If you’re having a family BBQ on a hot summer’s eve these next few months, add this to your table, next to the potato salad & corn on the cob and enjoy! Oh, and please do read to the end for delicious second spin on this recipe! (#2forthepriceofone) Ingredients:  1 watermelon (preferably 1 – 1.5 kg) 275ml apple cider vinegar 500ml water 1 cup white sugar 2 tbsp salt zest and juice of 1 …

Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry…

But not for what I’ll say when I am not! It’s Friday afternoon, my eyes keep drifting outside instead of being glued to my computer screen, my limbs are aching to walk my body outside into the sun, and my mind is racing with recipes and foods I want to savour! The weekend is here, so finally time to go all out again, not think about cooking time restrictions, and just go where my taste buds take me. I attended an amazing food event yesterday, and now my head and hands are brimming with inspiration and the gusto to get cooking! Maybe go low and slow tomorrow for some pulled pork, and then a delectable club toast with the leftovers? Or maybe a red cabbage salad with shreds of Danish Blue and some slices of smoked duck breast? Keep the kids entertained by whisking up a batch of lemon madeleines? Or maybe a pickled watermelon salad with Asian style ribs to round out the weekend…. Am I the only one who’s salivating? Time to get cooking!