Author: Angie

Easy Banana Smoothie

Easy Banana Smoothie

Do you a few ripe bananas that you need to consume ASAP? Love Smoothies? Looking for an easy way to merge a cooling dessert with your powder proteins, vitamins, and health supplements? Get your blender out, it’s healthy banana smoothie time! Oh and the best […]

“Healthy” Banana Bread… oh, and vegan too!

“Healthy” Banana Bread… oh, and vegan too!

Trying to go the “healthy” route with your desserts? Looking for a vegan option? This Banana Bread Recipe takes the classic banana bread recipe to a healthier route by removing the need for any butter, eggs and milk! To continue on this healthy route, we […]

Guacamole

Guacamole

One of the easiest recipes to make is guacamole and it’s so delicious! Do you have people coming over and you’re looking for the perfect dip that won’t take much of your time? Guacamole is the way to go. Remember, you don’t need to have a bunch of guests to enjoy guacamole, I tend to make this over the weekend and it lasts three days if covered well and kept in the fridge. One of my go to sides for guacamole is organic Matzo, why? Matzo is much cleaner than any chips I’ve found, with only two ingredients (organic wheat flour and water), I haven’t found one chip brand that beats the cleaness of this matzo. I tend to stick to the organic matzo from Manischewitz. We also pair the guacamole wit tacos, burritos, salads, sandwiches, rice dishes, and pitas. Honestly, guacamole goes well with mostly everything.

The following guacamole recipe does not have any spices, if you like spice, add in some chopped jalapeno, with the seeds, a dash or two of your favorite hot sauce, or some cayenne powder.

Guacamole Ingredients:

5 diced ripe avocados (peel and pit)
1 lime
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 diced red onion
2 romato (plum) tomatoes, seeds and pulp removed, diced

Guacamole Directions:

In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados (leave a bit of texture), lime juice, and sea salt. Once you’ve mixed together your avocados, fold in your diced onion and tomatoes. That’s it! You can now refrigerate your avocado for about 1 hour for the best flavor, or serve immediately.

I mentioned this earlier, but if you desire heat, add in a chopped jalapeno pepper, a few pinches of cayenne pepper, or a dash or two (or more) of your favorite hot sauce; you can add this in when you fold in your onion and tomatoes.

Best Hikes in Los Angeles

Best Hikes in Los Angeles

Thinking of LA? What do you see? Movie stars, taco shops, Hollywood sign? How about the endless hiking trails with views that can’t be beat?  LA is full of surprises and if you’re paying a visit or live in this beautiful city, it’s time to […]

Best Brownies

Best Brownies

Growing up, brownies came straight from a box and having anything other than Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies was a luxury and quite unexpected. As I grew older and was able to afford the luxury of crafting my own home goods from scratch, I knew it […]

Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Mousse

Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Mousse

I love using Mascarpone in a variety of my dessert recipes, the Mascarpone has a tangy and sweet taste that’s hard to replicate or find in other ingredients. This Mascarpone Mousse recipe is so clean and easy to make that I have used it in our White Russian Cake and perfectly enjoy it on it’s own or topped with some freshly cut fruit. I decided to add Vanilla Bean to the Mascarpone Mousse, although you can use Vanilla extract, or leave the Vanilla out completely, it’s your call. The mousse texture in the Vanilla Bean Mascarporne Mousse is light and airy, the perfect recipe for anyone looking to please a family, crowd, or themselves. You can top your Mascarpone Mousse with chocolate shavings, chocolate covered nuts, fresh cut fruit or a delicious fruit reduction.

Mascarpone Mousse Ingredients, you can use one teaspoon of good quality of Vanilla Extract as a substitute for one Vanilla Bean
Mascarpone Mousse Ingredients, you can use one teaspoon of good quality of Vanilla Extract as a substitute for one Vanilla Bean
Mascarpone Mousse ready to be served
Mascarpone Mousse ready to be served – Here I used Vanilla Extract instead of a Vanilla Bean
Vanilla Mascarpone Mousse
Mascarpone Mousse – Here I used a Vanilla Bean instead of Vanilla Extract
Mascarpone Mousse layered with pieces of Chocolate Cake
Mascarpone Mousse layered with pieces of Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • Half a cup of Mascarpone Cheese
  • One Vanilla Bean (seeds scraped from the pod)
  • Three tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Two egg whites

Instructions

  1. Whip the heavy cream, mascarpone cheese and vanilla bean seeds until soft peaks are formed
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whip the egg whites into soft peaks. Once soft peaks are formed, gradually add the sugar and continue whipping until firm.
  3. Fold the egg mixture into the whipped cream mixture.
  4. Gently pour your mixed mixture into individual serving dishes and refrigerate for six hours or overnight.
Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse, simply delicious! This chocolate mousse is sinful, with a light and airy texture. We love to top ours with chocolate savings or a fruit reduction (raspberry, strawberry, or blueberry). *We found this recipe online from Bobby Flay, we loved it so much that […]

Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

Delicious chocolate ganache can be used in many different ways. If we want to spice ours up, we use one teaspoon of cayenne pepper or if we want to mix it up, we add the seeds from one vanilla bean. You can use the ganache […]

White Russian Cake, with a Twist

White Russian Cake, with a Twist

We weren’t sure what to call this cake, but after some thinking, we decided to call it a White Russian Cake, with a Twist. Our recipe inspiration came from the White Russian cake that we purchase at our nearby whole foods that consists of  white and dark chocolate mousse between layers of espresso soaked sponge cake topped with chocolate ganache and a tablespoon of white chocolate butter cream. This quickly became our favorite cake to purchase at our nearby whole foods, but let me tell you, purchasing any cake slices at whole foods adds up. After purchasing this cake at the store way too many times, I decided that it was time to save some money and to make our own version at home. The beauty of making anything at home, is that you know exactly what is going into it and you end up saving money at the end.

I’m so happy that we decided to make our  own White Russian Cake at home, it’s 100 hundred times better than the one we get at our local Whole Foods and MUCH cheaper to prepare.

Our White Russian cake consists of one layer of Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Mousse, one layer of chocolate mousse, two layers of organic vanilla bean infused coffee soaked lady fingers, topped with chocolate ganache. Believe me, this cake will please any crowd and it is easy to prepare. If you have one to two hours to prepare an amazing dessert, prepare this one!

Below is an overview of the steps that go into preparing our White Russian Cake. We used a cheesecake pan in order to keep the cake intact and to make it easier on us when we were laying down the different layers that go into a White Russian Cake.

  • Step 1: Lady Fingers layer
  • Step 2 and 3: White Mousse topped with another layer of lady fingers
  • Step 4: Chocolate Mousse
  • Step 5: Chocolate Ganache
  • Step 6: Refrigerate overnight
  • Step 7: Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Mousse:
  • 3/4 cup of semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups of heavy cream
  • 3 egg whites
  • Half a tablespoon of sugar
  • Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Mousse:
  • Half a cup of Mascarpone Cheese
  • One Vanilla Bean (seeds scraped from the pod) – Don’t throw out the stem, it will be used later
  • Three tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Two egg whites
  • Lady Fingers:
  • Two boxes of lady fingers
  • Organic coffee
  • Water
  • Vanilla bean stem
  • Chocolate Ganache:
  • 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Chocolate Mousse:
  2. Place chocolate in a large bow and set it over a pot of water set at a low simmer. Stir your chocolate until it is melted. Once melted, turn off the heat, remove the bowl from the top of the simmering water, and let it stand/cool at room temperature.
  3. Beat your cream until it forms soft peaks.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whip the egg whites into soft peaks. Once soft peaks are formed, gradually add the sugar and continue whipping until firm.
  5. Fold in the egg whites, all at once. When the whites are almost completely incorporated, fold in your whipped cream.
  6. Gently pour your mixed mixture into individual serving dishes and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  7. Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Mousse:
  8. Whip the heavy cream, mascarpone cheese, vanilla bean seeds, and three tablespoons of sugar until soft peaks are formed
  9. In a large mixing bowl, whip the egg whites into soft peaks. Once soft peaks are formed, gradually add the sugar and continue whipping until firm.
  10. Fold the egg mixture into the whipped cream mixture.
  11. Gently pour your mixed mixture into individual serving dishes and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  12. Lady Fingers:
  13. Make one cup of coffee and place the vanilla bean stem that you used for the Vanilla Bean Mascarpone into the coffee
  14. Dip each of your lady fingers into the coffee until the sides are soft, but the lady finger is not breaking apart
  15. Set your lady fingers aside until assembly
  16. Chocolate Ganache:
  17. 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
  18. 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  19. Assembly:
  20. Start with a layer of lady fingers, try to fill your pan, you will need to break some of those lady fingers up
  21. Add your second layer, the vanilla bean mascarpone mousse. Use a spatula to smoothen out the layer
  22. Add your third layer, your last batch of lady fingers. Try to fill your pan, you will need to break some of those lady fingers up
  23. Add your fourth layer, the chocolate mousse. Use a spatula to smoothen out the layer
  24. Add your fifth and last layer, your chocolate ganache. Smooth it out with a spatula.
Brisket

Brisket

This is one of our favorite recipes, it is super easy to make and everyone loves it. We make our Brisket with an organic chili sauce that gives it a sweet and sour  flavor. This is a traditional dish served during Jewish Holidays. Once you […]