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Double Chocolate Cake

Someone just arose from the dead of shame (of not blogging for who knows how long)! The reason for that dreadful act is unmentionable since who wants to hear excuses. Right? But the most important thing is that I brought a delightfully sinful double chocolate cake that can be made without any fancy kitchen tools. I'd know that because I have no proper kitchen tools anymore.  And guess what! This Hungarian girl is living in Indonesia for quite a while. Now you can guess one of the excuses I'd be listing up for my disappearance act. What I have here is a miniature kitchen with basic kitchen utensils and an adorably petit oven that doesn't heat up more than 190C. But hey, use what you have and that's what I'm doing! Nothing is impossible, I proudly declare!
Why is this chocolate cake different than your go-to choc cake? Well, because it has a flavorful, far from dry, gooey-ish cake base with a wonderful super chocolatey frosting that even I couldn't mess up! And I am a…
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Look!

I also made them insanely sinful! Stuffed most of them with the smooth, wonderful Nutella. Oh my, they were just downright the closest thing to get to heaven while sinning. 
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Kiev Cake with a Nutella twist

I'm back. Really, really back. Not gonna disappear like that again. I mean, I'm not promising anything but I have recipes to share now! Up until this point I had a blog writer's block, if there's such a phenomenon. I certainly had it.
But look at this beauty! My mom made the cake and I made the cream. Okay, the cream had to be remade because I royally messed up for the 1st time. It landed in the trash.  I so hate it when perfectly good ingredients are wasted. It's a waste of money and well, obviously a waste of food. Especially when you use good quality. So, learning from my mistakes I will share how not to repeat my clumsiness.
This cake tastes phenomenal. Seriously. The base is a meringue and there are hazelnuts thrown in. Crispy and crunchy on the outside and fluffy and oh so soft on the inside. 

And about the cream. It's a bit more work than your average butter cream but oh em gee, it's so delicous! I put nutella inside just to bring a bit more hazelnutty fla…

Indonesian Fried Rice - Nasi Goreng

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Pad Thai once again

Remember the last time I made pad thai? No? Then, check it out! I used almost the same recipe now, the only difference I made is that I substituted the carrot to a red bell pepper and I added a whole bunch of cilantro on top! Because cilantro is actually one of the best things that could happen to your food! :) It doesn't only have a wonderful taste, it also gives a lot of health benefits to those who consume the herb. It is said that it may reduce blood sugar, it is antioxidant and very rich in magnesium and iron.  Lately, I eat a lot of nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) and I add pretty much a more than normal amount of chopped cilantro on top and it gives the best taste to it. I just can't get over how amazing a kick it gives to any food... So go ahead and buy some and transform an ordinary dish to extraordinary ;)
And I'll give you the recipe now :)
Pad Thai serves 4
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Cheesy Spaghetti Extraordinaire

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