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October 20, 2012 is Sweetest Day!

The “Sweetest Day“, accordingly, is said to be every third Saturday of October. Hence, today is the “Sweetest Day“.

October 20, 2012 is Sweetest Day!October 20, 2012 is Sweetest Day! (image from wordpress.com)

This is not just merely baking, cooking or preparing any sweet foods at home but it all started as giving foods and sweet presents to people who you cared much of and those kids in the orphan and more.

So today, let us make this October 20, 2012 as the “Sweetest Day“.

Chocolates Help Nobel Prize Winning

Accordingly, eating or consuming bunches of chocolates would increase the probability of winning a Nobel Prize.

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This information is based on a research study wherein researchers found out a significant linear correlation etween the number of Nobel Prizes won and the amount of chocolate consumed by the recipient’s country.

Hmf! This sounds pretty interesting! Maybe, we should start eating chocolates now!

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Churros con Tsokolate at Tablea Chocolate Cafe

As what I’ve always been telling, one of the things I am always missing from Cebu City is their varied food stalls and foods itself. Yeah! If you wish to try different foods, one should better check Cebu City.

Anyway, the Tablea Chocolate Cafe which serves Churros con Tsokolate is the very first chocolate shop where I tasted original really tasty original cacao beans.

PhotobucketChurros con Tsokolate at Tablea Chocolate Cafe

One of a serving of a Churros con Tsokolate at Tablea Chocolate Cafe consist of a cup-full of very delicious tablea chocolate drink and a 3-piece churros sticks.

Many said it is not good to drink more than a cup of the tablea chocolate drink since it can abruptly elevate blood pressure. But for me, a cup of it is not enough. I usually consume 2 servings of Churros con Tsokolate. Well, no one can blame me, the chocolate is really yummy and worthy! Smiley

PhotobucketTablea Chocolate Cafe

Vegetarian/Vegan Chocolate Recipes for Valentines Day

I have shared two (2) chocolate recipes for Valentines Day in my previous post. Today, I will share again another sets of Chocolate Recipes but this time, these will be special, Vegetarian/Vegan Chocolate Recipes for Valentines Day.

Check these Vegetarian/Vegan Chocolate Recipes for Valentines Day below (recipes excerpted from Vegan Family):

1. Fantastic (very rich) Chocolate Cake

1 and a half cups unbleached white flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
half a cup of mixed, chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
half a cup cold water or soy milk
half a cup of orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons vinegar

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift dry ingredients into 8″ square or 9″ round baking pan. Mix liquids (except vinegar) and whisk into dry. When batter is smooth, add vinegar and stir quickly, until it is evenly distributed. Put it in the oven, don’t let it stand around (that has something to do with the vinegar) Bake for 25-30 minutes…or longer until done. This cake is great served with Provamel’s soya dream (cream like). Pictured on right with a chocolate “butter” icing (blob of marg, bit of icing sugar, spoon of cocoa, all creamed together) and sprinkled with flaky vegan hot chocolate or whizzers chocolate beans.

A steamed pud with sauce variation sent to us by Bracken: put broken up chocolate bar pieces in the bottom of a microwavable basin and put the chocolate cake mixture on top. Microwave for 2-4 minutes depending on oven.

2. Choc, Fruit and Nut Cookies

This recipe makes about 40 small (2 inch/6cm) cookies

150g/5oz/three quarter cup caster sugar
150g/5 oz/three quarter cup vegan margarine
5 tablespoons of soya milk
300g/10 oz/1and a half cups of plain flour
teaspoon vanilla extract (or according to pack instructions)
a handful each of: chocolate chips, chopped nuts and raisins.

Preheat oven to 200C/400F and grease cookie sheets. Cream together the sugar and marg. Mix in the soya milk and vanilla and then the flour. The mixing of the flour is best done with your hands (messy but fun!). Add the choc, nuts and raisins and mix well. You should have a workable dough (add more flour if it’s too wet or more soya milk if too dry and doesn’t hold together well). Roll out on a floured board (to just under 1 cm thick) and cut into cookies. Lay on cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes for soft bake cookies or a little longer for dryer, crunchy ones.

Variations: Leave out the choc, nuts and fruit and half dip the cooled cookies in chocolate – choccy biscuits! Crushed Whizzers chocolate beans are a colourful replacement for chocolate chips. They can also be pressed all over the top prior to baking. Plain cookies with a handful of sesame seeds or desiccated coconut added into the dough are delicious. Plain cookies with a square of chocolate pressed onto them before baking work well too.