Happy Halloween + een stapel pompoenen

Happy Halloween + een stapel pompoenen

Happy Halloween iedereen! Hopelijk genieten jullie ervan en hebben jullie kinderen véél snoep opgehaald tijdens hun tochtje Trick or Treat. Ik ben een beetje laat, want Halloween is bijna voorbij, maar ik wilde jullie toch nog even tonen hoe ik onze voordeur heb versierd met simpele decoratie voor deze herfstige Halloween-dagen.

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DIY | WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE WITH RASPBERRIES

A delicious but very heavy yummy white chocolate cheesecake.
Jules and Louis Blog - DIY White Chocolate Cheesecake

I have to admit that this cheesecake will blow you off your socks! It is delicious! Usually I don't eat any dairy, especially if it's made with cow's milk because I'm intolerant. But with this cheesecake I made I had to try one little slice of my selfmade product, haha! And the good thing was my bowels didn't protest... This recipe is kinda heavy (read: it will add a few kilos when eating the whole thing), so this cheesecake may not be for the girls who are on a strict diet. But if you're willing to try a slice of cheesecake, you won't regret it - it is definitely to die for if you're into white chocolate!

The first cheesecake I ever ate was one my mum made. I wasn't lactose-intolerant back then (I miss that time...). And my mum usually made my favourite: pineapple cheesecake with little bits of pineapple in the cheese: it was soooo DELICIOUS! I loved the cookie bottom of the cake and the freshness of the pineapple. When mum made this cheesecake, it really felt like summer.

Jules and Louis Blog - DIY White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberries

It definitely felt like summer when making and eating this cheesecake! And I also wanted to make this cake because of not wanting to waste more food like I used to do a few years ago. I had still so many easter chocolate eggs left and I wanted to get rid of them. What better use than making a cake, right? 

So there you have it... My heavenly white chocolate cheesecake with fresh raspberries! You can definitely change things and go for lactose-free or soya-based ingredients.

Here's the recipe (adapted from Libelle):

180 gr speculaas (ginger cookies/spiced biscuits)

75 gr butter

300 gr white chocolate

200 ml cream (to whip it up)

300 gr cream cheese

100 gr mascarpone

75 gr sugar

150 gr raspberries

Jules and Louis Blog - White Chocolate Cheesecake - recipe

How to make the cake:

Smash the cookies in a plastic ziplock bag with your rolling pin (great for getting frustration out, haha!). Make sure the cookies are definitely very well smashed with no big pieces in them! Melt the butter and mix the smashed cookies. Place this mixture of cookies and butter on the bottom of your tin and press well (I used a spring cake tin where you can take off the side/edge without having it to flip over). Leave to harden in the fridge.

Melt the white chocolate au bain marie. Whisk the cream until you have a sort of crème fraîche substance.

Stir the mascarpone and the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth. Then stir the melted chocolate and stir thoroughly until smooth.

Pour the mixture in the spring cake tin and smooth the mixture over. Put in the refrigerator for minimum 4 hours or more.

Right before you serve the cheesecake, top it off with fresh raspberries.

Et voila... you have a festive cake in no time! If you try the recipe, will you let me know what you think of it?

DIY | INDIAN SUMMER MOJITO

Jules and Louis Blog - DIY Indian Summer Mojito cocktail.jpg

I love a good cocktail from time to time. Usually I will order the classic cocktails like a cosmopolitan, gin & tonic or caipirinha. And for the longest time I figured only bartenders could come up with a boozy recipe. I was wrong, because anyone can create a great cocktail!

You can create a cocktail with pretty much anything and you really can't go wrong with a little sweet, a little sour, some fresh fruit, and your favourite type of alcohol or drink. This recipe I'm sharing today is great with or without the alcohol!

Jules and Louis Blog - DIY Indian Summer Mojito cocktails

What you'll need for 1 glass? Here's the recipe!

Jules and Louis Blog - Recipe Indian Summer Mojito

The best thing is: in about 5 minutes you have this summery drink ready! How do you make it?

  1. Cut the pomegranate in two, break the halves and get the seeds out (only 2 tablespoons). Or do it the easy way like me: get a little box of fresh pomegranate seeds in your supermarket and scoop the seeds with your spoon. ;-)
  2. Rip the mint leaves and put them with the sugar in a big cocktail glass or a jar.
  3. Pestle or muddle around so the aromas break loose.
  4. Dilute with lime juice, rum and the cold cranberry juice and the soda water.
  5. Top off with ice and pomegranate seeds and some mint leaves.
  6. Serve with a long spoon.

This cocktail is definitely refreshing! Unfortunately I had no lime juice around, but I added a little extra cranberry juice. You really have to make sure you really pestle around with the mint leaves, so you get that minty flavour out! 

And if you're not into alcohol, you can serve this cocktail without the rum. Just make sure you use extra cranberry juice instead. 

What are your top favourite drinks when you're out with friends? Do you have a favourite cocktail you always order? Oh, and let me know what you think of this cocktail!

All pictures taken by me.

DIY | ROSEMARY SALT & SUGAR SCRUB

A simple but so easy recipe to make your own rosemary salt & sugar scrub and gift it to your Valentine or best friend...
Jules and Louis Blog - Rosemary Salt and Sugar Scrub - jar and essential oil
Jules and Louis Blog - DIY Rosemary Salt and Sugar Scrub - gift

For a long time I wanted to switch to more natural products in my daily beauty routine. And the reason why was probably because of the great documentary I watched last year in October, made by Leonardo DiCaprio: After The Flood. After I watched the documentary (which you can still see in its entirety here) it got me thinking long and hard about the choices I make and have made in the past. I mean, I'm not always exactly the greenest person on earth here. I happen to love meat and I live with three men in my home who also love meat (Yes, well hello...Welcome back to the Stone Age!). And we as a family don't always think long and hard about where our clothes were made or certain food products we buy and what consequences it has for our climate, animals and our planet... I decided it was time for some small changes.

Thanks to one of my favourite beauty blogs, Naoki, I also learned more about what kind of bad ingredients there are in certain beauty products. The blogger behind Naoki, Sophie, is spreading the word about cruelty free and natural beauty products. She devoted a lot of her energy in creating an extensive list with all the companies who sell cruelty free, vegan and or natural products and which companies sell in China and did therefore not make it on her list. As I used to donate money for Greenpeace for years, I know I can make better and healthier choices in my own life. 

Jules and Louis Blog - Rosemary salt and sugar scrub - weck jar
Jules and Louis Blog - Rosemary Salt and Sugar Scrub - close up glass jar
Jules and Louis Blog - DIY Rosemary Salt and Sugar Scrub - jars

And what better than making your own products, right? After some research online I found a great recipe for a heavenly scented rosemary salt and sugar scrub. Ahhh, that smell! I got my ingredients at Dille & Kamille, Holland & Barrett and our local supermarket (these are non-affiliate marketing links, I just like to buy my products here as I know they are all about natural and good quality).

Ready to try to make some of your own scrub to gift to your Valentine, friend or yourself? Here is my recipe!

Ingredients:

1 cup raw cane sugar 

1 cup dead sea salt 

1 cup of oil (organic olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba, almond or grape seed oil will all do great)

25 drops of essential oil (of your choice)

sanitised glass jars with lid

How you make it:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients with the coconut or organic olive oil.
  2. Add 15 to 25 drops of essential oil (I used rosemary). Less than 15 doesn't really add scent to your mixture, just add several drops and smell until you're satisfied with the scent.
  3. Place into the glass jars, add a little ribbon and give as a gift!
  4. When not touched with water or dirty hands, the scrub will last indefinitely.

And have you ever tried to make some of your own beauty products? Would you try out this recipe?