Cinnamon & vanilla cooked quince compote (GF, vegan)

Have you ever had quince? It’s such an interesting fruit and I love how perfectly imperfect it is and how it transforms from hard and bitter to sweet and juicy when it’s cooked. After cooking it has beautiful sweet flavour that goes so perfectly with spices like cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, anise star… In Croatia there is kind of nostalgia around this sweet yellow fruit because many of our grandmothers used to put it on top of the cabinets and wardrobes as it has the most magical smell and aroma. Also many songs mention quince and always in some kind of heartfelt, Autumn/Winter melancholy and when translated to Croatian (quince = dunja) it’s also very popular female name. I am often inspired by nature and fresh seasonal produce that I connect with certain emotions and to me quince says: nostalgia, beauty, tradition, home, comfort, warmth.
So you see, for all those reasons I wanted to use it for my last Autumn inspired blog post before I get into festive mood (hopefully!) and start sharing those Christmas inspired, festive recipes and photos. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Raw coconut chocolate ‘bounty’ bars

Happy Monday and new week dear people! To make the Monday morning a bit sweeter I’m sharing this simple but delicious recipe for coconut chocolate ‘bounty’ bars! I’ve always loved combination of coconut and chocolate and Bounty bars were always one of my favourite but since I changed my diet and stopped (or you could say drastically reduced) consuming refined sugar, I don’t eat those kind of sweets anymore. Internet is full of recipes for healthier version of this popular candy bar and this is my version, hope you like it as much as I do! It’s such a great little treat to keep in the fridge and it’s made with only few basic ingredients so couldn’t be easier really and we love those kind of recipes, don’t we?!. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Cherry chestnut chocolate chip cookies (GF)

Finally a new blog post! I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting more often lately but life kind of got in a way, you know, that other part of life that doesn’t involve beautiful food and photos. Sometimes when we follow someone online, whether is through blog or social media, we forget that even if that person is daily posting beautifully styled cakes, pretty flowers, lovely moments and scenes from travels or their home town, that doesn’t mean that in his/her life it’s all rainbows and unicorns, you know what I mean…
That is specially important to keep in mind when scrolling through our instagram feeds because often it feels like everybody’s life is better and prettier and more exciting than ours and in most of the cases that is just not true. We all do this work because we love it and because we have a need to share something beautiful and inspirational with our followers but it’s also important to keep real and to show our personalities and yes, occasionally even our struggles. I admit that I also sometimes need to be reminded of that so here it is, our reminder for a day!

And now we can talk cookies!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


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Coconut oil cinnamon sugar blondies

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Happy Friday everybody! Any exciting plans for the weekend? I’ve been really busy this week and quite stressed too so it will be nice to just have a relaxing weekend with my family and lots of play time with my little niece and nephew. Hopefully Autumn will treat us with a couple of sunny and not too cold days so we can spend some time outside in the nature. ย Some of my friends who liveย in Sweden have been posting magical photos of snow for the last few days and it made me miss “my” little town in the Swiss Alps where the snow blanket would cover the whole world and made itย so peaceful and beautiful… I don’t think I will ever again live in a place so beautiful as those mountains! Of course there were other problems and limitations living there but that’s a whole other story, as far as the peace & beauty goes nothing can compare… But let me get back to here and now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Creamy & healthy chocolate smoothie

This chocolate smoothie is perfect for a morning like today, dark and gloomy and rainy! We all know that chocolate makes everything better and on a day like today we need all the chocolate we can get! The best part is when our little treat is healthy (I mean in my book dark chocolate is always healthy, remember cacao = antioxidants and all that!) and this smoothie looks and tastes decadent but it’s actually pretty healthy as it’s full of good healthy ingredients like banana, oats, raw cacao, almond milk, cinnamon…. You see, all good and healthy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Potato dumplings with plums (‘knedle’)

Hello November! Can you believe that it’s already that time of the year and that soon we will be in preparations for Christmas!? How did that happen? I mean, I have a feeling we say that every year but honestly this year has been so weird for me and it went by so quickly that I was really shocked when I saw that they started to put up holidays decorations in shops. Life can change a lot in a year, well I guess it can change in a moment actually, for better or for worst… You know how I always try to be open and honest here on the blog and really this year hasn’t been the easiest for me, it brought me many changes and challenges but what I feel is the most important is to keep that joy inside of yourself no matter what, you know that place inside that is happy for little things. Like having a cup of coffee and a slice of cake with somebody you care about, eating roasted chestnuts on the street, walking on the Autumn leaves carpet, laughing with a friend because of a silly joke, lighting candles and reading a book curled up on the sofa or having your photos and a recipe for Plum galette published by one of the most popular Croatian lifestyle magazines yaaay (see here!)! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Coconut oil chocolate cookies

Do you find yourself craving chocolate (I mean more than usual haha!) when the days become cooler, dark and gloomy? Well, I definitely do! But at least I eat dark chocolate and when I make chocolate cookies they are usually made with 65% or 70% cacao and cacao is considered to be a rich source of antioxidants so in my opinion it’s almost like a medicine that makes you feel good! Since I also don’t use refined sugar but coconut sugar and instead of butter I use coconut oil, we can almost say that these cookies are good for you! In moderation of course! ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, joking aside, I believe balance is so important and if we eat healthy most of the time and consume plenty vegetables, fruit, legumes, seeds, healthy fats, fish, some high quality meat (in my case only occasionally), than of course we should never feel bad for having that cookie or two from time to time with our coffee or tea. Specially if we try to make them with a bit healthier ingredients…

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Pear & cinnamon baked oatmeal

Do you like pears? I do but they always get sort of overshadowed by apples and to be honest very often I kind of forget about them. Even for this recipe I initially wanted to make an apple baked oatmeal but than I saw these beautiful pears on farmers market and I said to myself, ‘you’ll leave those apples for the moment and this time focus on pears!’ I do that sometimes, have these little arguments with myself, please say you do the same and I’m not this crazy person talking to myself haha! ๐Ÿ˜€


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Zucchini, carrot & cheese fritters

After all the chocolate in my last post (in case you missed that Carob & apple bundt cake with dark chocolate drizzle, you can see it here) it’s time for a savoury recipe and these Zucchini, carrot & cheese fritters are a great little recipe for any time of the year. They are delicious and fritters are those kind of food you can have for lunch, snack or dinner, specially when they have some vegetables in there too! I already have Zucchini & corn fritters on the blog (for recipe see here) so why not add another one!? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Carob & apple bundt cake

This cake is a perfect treat on a dark rainy day like today, the combination of sweet apples, carob with its chocolaty flavor and coconut sugar just feels like Autumn. Rich, warm, decadent, sweet. With the weather turning cold, leaves turning red and rain drizzling most of the days I am craving all the apples, pumpkins, dark chocolate, chestnuts… I can get! Every season has so much beauty to offer and it’s important to remember that on those cold mornings when it’s so dark and gloomy that all we want to do is go back to our warm bed. Nothing inspires me more than nature, seasons changing, our daily routines adjusting to those changes so when I saw these gorgeous organic apples and carobs at the farmers market, I knew I want to bake something that will speak of Autumn and create photos that will portray that mood. So here it is, Carob & apple bundt cake that I love so much and hope you will too!



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