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Brunch favorite: Soep&Zoet (Sint-Niklaas)

Brunch favorite: Soep&Zoet (Sint-Niklaas)



Last week I added a new brunch spot to my list of favorites. Soep&Zoet (translates to Soup&Sweets) started serving up their dreamy-looking plates of goodness in 2014 in a cozy two-story building on the main shopping street of Sint-Niklaas. I discovered it thanks to my aunt, who lives there and highly recommended the place. If you're interested in exploring Belgium's lesser-known cities, Sint-Niklaas is just a 30 minute train ride away from Antwerp which, if you're a brunch lover like me, is totally worth it!


The all-day brunch menu at Soep&Zoet varies from oatmeal and yogurt bowls to pancakes, banana bread with coconut cream or - my mom's favorite - a bacon, egg and avocado waffle. Having a hard time picking just one of these delicacies? Thanks to the sharing is caring-formula, two people can taste three dishes for €25. The big winner for me was the French toast with poached pears and lime mascarpone. If I could have that on my plate every day, I'd be one hella happy girl.
Soep&Zoet
STATIONSSTRAAT 126, SINT-NIKLAAS | WWW.SOEPENZOET.BE



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Winter blues

Winter blues



I’m posting this outfit a little belated and by now the time of going out in just a sweater has unfortunately passed. Snow has fallen and autumn has officially made way for winter’s arrival. Although I enjoy December’s festivities as much as the next person, it breaks my heart a little to see the last leaves falling each year. 


I know it sounds super cheesy and I have no way of explaining it but somehow fall, its colors, the chilly weather- it all inspires me so much. I could spend the entire day just walking through the park, camera in hand, looking for the most beautiful spots or settings. And then winter comes and sucks me into this big black hole of hibernation where all I want to do is sleep and stay in with hot cocoa and do absolutely nothing. I’m sure I’m not the only one experiencing this?

In any case, this year I’m making it my mission to fight the winter blues. Last week I started a new job at Madam Bakster, a bakery and coffee shop specializing in vegan treats free of refined sugars and artificial flavors. It’s a huge but welcome change to my former job at H&M and I feel like a whole new world has opened up for me. I’m really excited and thankful for all the new experiences that are awaiting me and you know what? Not even the season can spoil my mindset!



OUTFIT DETAILS | Sweater, T-shirt & Skirt: Forever 21 - Shoes & Bag: Mint&Berry - Beret: H&M - Watch: Even&Odd (via Zalando)
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Maxime Loncke
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Apple chai spiced scones

Apple chai spiced scones


Don't you just love a classic tea party with scones & jam? Well this month's gloomy weather inspired me to make a more autumnal version of the British delicacy. A chai latte is one of my favorite drinks on cold days and these scones really capture that warm feeling. I like to add some apple chunks for extra freshness, though they are optional. The chai glaze, however, isn't. (Believe me!)


Now I wouldn't say scones are the easiest bake so I'd save making them for the weekend when you've got time to give them your full attention. The hardest part to this specific recipe is getting the amount of cinnamon just right because if you add too much it will overpower all of the other spices, so it's important to stick to the mentioned ratio. But the most important tip, probably for all scones recipes, is to make sure your butter is cold enough. Some people prefer freezing it but since that's a bit harder to work with I just go with my good old fridge. 

Ingredients

           FOR THE SCONES:
    • 250g flour
    • 50g sugar
    • 1tsp cinnamon  
    • ½ tsp ground cardamom
    • ½ tsp ground cloves
    • ½ tsp ground ginger
    • 60g cold butter
    • 60ml milk
    • 2 eggs
    • 2tsp baking powder
    • 1tsp vanilla powder
    • 1 apple
           FOR THE CHAI GLAZE:
    • 125g powdered sugar
    • 2tsp chai spice blend
    • 3tbsp heavy cream
    • 1tbsp maple syrup
    • 1tsp vanilla extract 

Step by step

FOR THE SCONES:
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  • In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla powder, cinnamon, cardamom cloves and ginger.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together.
  • Cut the butter into small cubes and add them to the flour mixture. Rub the butter into the flour using your hands until it becomes grainy.
  • Cut the apple into small chunks and add them to the mixture. 
  • Add the eggs to the flour mixture and stir through until you get a lump of dough.
  • Put the dough on a floured surface and shape it into a flat disc.
  • Cut the disc into 8 or 10 triangular pieces, depending on how large you want your scones to be. 
  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the scones on it.
  • Bake the scones for about 20 minutes until lightly golden brown.

FOR THE CHAI GLAZE:
  • In a bowl, mix the powdered sugar, chai spices, heavy cream, maple syrup and vanilla extract and stir until well combined.
  • With a spoon, drizzle the glaze over the freshly bake scones.

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