Chai poached pears

Chai poached pears are a delicious variety to the regular poached pears. They are comforting, sweet, and simply delicious!

Chai poached pears are a delicious variety to the regular poached pears. They are comforting, sweet, and simply delicious!

I don’t know about you guys , but when it’s winter or fall the first thing I start craving are my moms poached pears. The perfect uplifting, sweet and tasty side dish! I decided to try and make some myself, but with my own twist: Chai spices.

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Chai sugar syrup

A super simple Chai sugar syrup made with spices, water and sugar. Can be used to flavour cake, pie, oatmeal, pancakes, ice cream, drinks and so much more!

Chai sugar syrup to flavour cake, oatmeal, pancakes, ice cream, drinks and so much more! @VivianSAAC

If there’s anything Chai spices remind me of, it’s the weather getting colder. When I drink a cup of Chai tea (Chai latte!) I find myself dreaming of leaves turning bright yellow, orange, brown or red. My mind wanders off to the last time we had snow here in the Netherlands, and I get the sudden urge to light some candles and snuggle up with a blanket 😉 Because I don’t always have time to brew some Chai tea from scratch, I’ve decided to make a batch of Chai sugar syrup.

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Salted caramel popcorn

Salted caramel popcorn: the all-time favourite movie snack made even better! All you have to do is make a super simple caramel sauce and pop your popcorn.

Salted caramel popcorn: the all-time favourite movie snack made even better! All you have to do is make a super simple caramel sauce and pop your popcorn.

I love movie snacks. One of my favourites is definitely salty popcorn, which requires you to drink loooaaads of soda to compensate for all the salt. However, I decided to play around a little with one of my all time favourite flavours: salted caramel!

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Matcha-vanilla swirl cookies

Matcha powder and vanilla extract give the perfect flavour to these bite sized swirl cookies. And they’re so much fun! | Stay Alive and Cooking

Matcha powder and vanilla extract give the perfect flavour to these bite sized swirl cookies. And they're so much fun! | Stay Alive and Cooking

I received a package from Mr & Mrs Tea, which contained one of the best tea products there is: matcha powder. This bright green powder can be used to make tea and matcha latte, but can also be used in various baked goods and desserts. I wanted to bring out that beautiful green, which is how I came up with the idea for these swirl cookies!

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Peanut butter quinoa granola

Granola is one of my favourite ways to start the day, and this version with peanut butter and quinoa makes breakfast even better! | Stay Alive and Cooking

Granola is one of my favourite ways to start the day, and this version with peanut butter and quinoa makes breakfast even better! | Stay Alive and Cooking

Yes yes yes, I’ve said this a million times: I love breakfast. I bake some fresh granola almost every week, as it’s my boyfriends favourite breakfast with some yoghurt! His second favourite breakfast is bread with peanut butter, which inspired me to play around with the flavours and create this yummy granola variety.

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Kiwi and strawberry popsicles

Make your leftover fruit into these delicious popsicles: simple, fresh, healthy and done in no time! | Stay Alive and Cooking

Wooohoo! When you read this, I’ll be enjoying the sun in Lisbon. That’s why there will be a little less activity on Stay Alive and Cooking… But I’ll share pictures on my instagram page! For now I’d like to share with you a great way to use up leftover fruits. When you eat those you’ll be hydrated, cooled off, and you’ll get some extra vitamins while you’re at it!

Make your leftover fruit into these delicious popsicles: simple, fresh, healthy and done in no time! | Stay Alive and Cooking

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