Four Ingredient Nutella Mug Cake

Yummy, gooey, fluffy Nutella cake (after I consumed about half the mug already)

Yummy, gooey, fluffy Nutella cake (after I consumed about half the mug already)

After making ratatouille and chicken noodle soup today, I was craving something sweet and decided to make another microwave mug cake.  After all, the last one was a cinch and quite yummy, so I decided to search for a Nutella version this time.  I found a recipe on Kirbie’s Cravings that only uses four ingredients, which looked simple enough.  She had a good point in saying that Nutella already has sugar and oil, so why add any additional amounts to the cake?

Well, I tried following the recipe to a T…  and it exploded in the microwave!  :O   Continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake--so light and fluffy!  :)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake–so light and fluffy! 🙂

I’m on a roll today…  after making both Vegetarian pork sung sushi (素肉鬆壽司) and Paleo Slow Cooker Pot Roast, I was still craving a little sumthin’ sumthin’…  so I started browsing mug cakes online.  😉

I’ve looked at mug cake recipes before and have read some horror stories about how they come out soggy and undercooked–not like REAL cakes at all.  However, then I stumbled upon this little number from The Novice Chef:  Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake!  In her blog post, she describes how delicious this cake was–and the secret was NO EGG.  Interesting…   Continue reading

Lemon Cloud Tea Cookies

Lemon Cloud Tea Cookies

Lemon Cloud Tea Cookies

As I mentioned when I started blogging again, I just started jogging a week and a half ago to train for the Swiss City Marathon 5 Mile Run.  I think I’ve been overly enthusiastic about my ability to run 5 miles and have run 9 times out of the past 12 days.

On Saturday, I felt a twinge in my left thigh, which was probably a sign that I was overdoing it in my attempt to go from ground zero to Speedy Gonzalez.  I was quite disappointed when my friend A- told me I really need to take a break before I seriously injure myself, but it’s probably for the best.  😦   Continue reading

Chocolate Walnut Brownies

I turned 36 last Tuesday.  As the years go by, my birthday ceases to be a special occasion and I don’t feel much like celebrating it.  This year would have been no different, except for the fact that it happens to be the Year of the Snake in the Chinese zodiac, and my brother and sister-in-law came to visit me for the first time since I moved to Switzerland in 2009.

It was just a coincidence–my birthday wasn’t their original intention for visiting–but I was very happy that they could come visit both Switzerland and Europe for the first time and also be with me on this special day. Continue reading

Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing

???????????????????????????????I used to volunteer quite a bit in the United States.  I think it was ingrained in us as Americans to help others out when possible.  As a Girl Scout, I remember visiting the local retirement home and celebrating the 102nd birthday of one of the residents and singing Xmas carols at the mall during the holidays.

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Death By Chocolate

Vapiano cake--the inspiration for it all

Vapiano cake–the inspiration for it all

I’m not really a chocolate person.  Of course I’ve always gobbled up all the chocolate candy bars from my trick-or-treating loot every Halloween, but when faced with a choice for anything else–ice cream, cake, pudding, milkshakes, cookies–you name it–I would rather have vanilla or strawberry or caramel.  Give me a flan or panna cotta or crème brûlée or New York-style cheesecake over chocolate cake any day.  I do like chocolate in candy bars, but I prefer white chocolate over milk or dark, and white stuff isn’t even really chocolate anyway.  I always found chocolate cake a bit too dry for my liking. Continue reading