Les Boites de Surprises de Nico

Summer is not yet here but BBQ is certainly on my mind and I will just take advantage of the sunny weather and storm up some BBQ…

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I love both extravagant packaging and surprises!  Babou’s husband, Nico, “peeped my hole card” and provided me with both.  That’s why I gave him half of my ribs.  But we’ll discuss that later.  At first, he sent me his thanks for the Easter lunch in the form of, I thought, a really small hat.  Unfortunately, unlike Jade, I don’t have the face nor head for hats and certainly not a little hat 🙂  I prepared to fake intense pleasure.  :-O  After all, it’s the thought that counts.


Surprise!  French macarons from one of my favorite towns, Fontainebleau.  The reason why these are a little crumbly is because Le Parret had been pawing at them 😀


During Easter lunch we discussed mustards, comparing the German sweet mustard with the types of mustards found in France.  Nico told us about a “white” mustard that I’d never seen nor heard of.  It was only…

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Refrigerator Oatmeal Cupcaketini

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Ever heard of “Refrigerator Oatmeal Cupcaketini”? Well, if you haven’t, it is time to catch up!!! I love oatmeal and eat it all year round. Now that 2013 summer is here (for some parts of Europe anyway), the refrigerator oatmeal cupcaketini is definitely something you have to try, especially when it’s warming up outside. This is a very healthy recipe for overnight, no-cook refrigerator oatmeal in glass mason jars.

How to make these? In pint-size mason jars, mix old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant, quick oats) with milk, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds. BTW, Chia seeds has great nutritional value:

  • Rich source of essential Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fiber
  • Chia seeds absorb 9-12 times their weight in water
  • Versatile, use in recipes both savory and sweet
  • Include Chia seeds in yogurt and oatmeal or in smoothies
  • Add Chia seeds to sauces as a thickener and to muffins and cakes as an egg replacement

You can check out more details here.

Then, add fruit or other flavorings, shake, and you’re done. The pint-size mason jars are perfect for this recipe. In fact, for many of my cupcaketinis I use pint-size mason jars. They can simply transform a dessert into delicious heaven. You can check out the details for the mason jars here.

I love everything about this recipe…Besides, it is so versatile, you can try so many things with the oatmeal, add dried fruits, chia seeds, top it up with your favourite fruit to name just a few.

If you don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning, this recipe will be a perfect summer breakfast for you. No cooking or heating up, and it is super easy to make a couple of batches on the weekend for several days’ worth of breakfast. How good is that? It’s my kind of cupcaketini for sure.

Keep overnight in the fridge, the chia seeds and oats soften and absorb the liquids. Grab one in the morning and enjoy it cold.

Refrigerator Oatmeal Cupcaketini
1/4 cup uncooked rolled oats (not quick oats)
1/3 cup milk (use organic whole milk to make it healthier)
1/4 cup greek yogurt (or other yogurt you prefer)
1 1/2 tsp chia seeds (details here)

Mix well in the mason jar. Then have some fun to add your favourite toppings. Make sure you only pick 2-3 toppings at a time. Don’t be greedy and pick too many. Or your flavour will be all mixed up and that’s not nice. You can after all create different flavours by adding different toppings in different glass jars to create all kinds of cupcaketinis you like:


Diced mango

Chocolate chips

Peaches, strawberries, diced


Honey and cinnamon


The list goes on and you can really add anything you like as toppings to make it a great cupcaketini. Enjoy and have fun.

To see more cupcaketinis (fun cupcake, desserts in a jar), click here.


Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo Cups

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Have you ever wondered what a squash would look like if baked? Well, here I present you with the Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo Cups!

When baked, a squash has a beautiful spaghetti-like texture. Not only beautiful, spaghetti squash tastes equally as nice with a soft sweetness that is a perfect match for any savory flavors.

Here, the squash is filled with delicious cheeses which are melted in a bubbling hot, creamy mixture of milk, butter and garlic . Without further ado, I give you the Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo Cup recipe!

Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo Cup recipe

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Awesome Smores on a Stick

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I love desserts that are simple and with only a few ingredients. Simple, but classy. That’s my kind of dessert. Here we go, we need only three ingredients for this one: graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. All are my favourite things. Put them on a stick and let the summer begin. It’s like a s’mores lollipop, delish! I love simple dessert like this to have on a beach day.

Believe me, these are perfect treats for little kiddies or adults alike. Bring them to a barbecue on a hot summer’s day and they will be gone before the meat is off the grill. So much for dessert, I am drooling already.

Awesome Smores on a Stick Recipe

10 graham crackers (finely crushed)
10 lollipop sticks
10 large marshmallows
1 package semi-sweet chocolate (melted)

Stick the marshmallows onto the lollipop sticks.

Dip a marshmallow in the chocolate mixture to cover them half way. (You can also dip them all in the chocolate if that’s what you like. But I like the half way look, with the white marshmallows exposed)

Roll the sides and top of the marshmallow in the graham cracker crumbs.

Place on a plate to let dry.

There you go, enjoy this great Smores on a Stick and have a great beach day. Summer 2013 is set to be a fun time if we have more desserts like this.

Slow cooking salmon with cherry tomatoes

Diving Emma jellyfish, summer holiday 2013, diving trip, cupcakepedia summer 2013, photographySummer is almost here and I can’t wait for the summer holidays. What’s on your mind? Where are you going this summer 2013? How about diving? My bestie Emma (a talented photographer as you know by now) went on a diving trip last summer. Look at this fantastic underwater photo she took. Gosh, I am totally going diving this summer. Can’t wait.

You can check out a few more photoes Emma took here while diving. There are corals and tropical fish waiting for you. You will be delighted and they might even help you to make up your mind to go diving this summer as well. I’m so glad that Emma agrees to share her photos on my blog. Thanks, Em.

Since we are talking about summer and diving, today’s recipe will be ocean related. Summer means lots of Prawns, and seafood. So here is another great salmon recipe. Hope you like it.

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Slow cooking salmon with cherry tomatoes recipe


  • 6 tbsps olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch dill (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 bunch thyme (finely chopped)
  • 1 salmon fillet (about 2.5 pound)
  • Kosher salt (check here for details)
  • 1 pack cherry tomatoes on the vine (optional)


  • Preheat oven 325°F.
  • Mix herb with 4 Tbsp. oil and pour into a roasting pan.
  • Lay salmon on the herb, skin side down.
  • Drizzle salmon with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil on top and season with salt.
  • Top with cherry tomatoes.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until salmon is just cooked through in the center.

What wine do you want to pair up with this dish? I am thinking of a Grgich Hills Chardonnay. A sparkling white is always the way to go with salmon for me. Check out the wine chart here to see what wine you like.

Charted cheese wheel

Charted cheese wheel recipe by cupcakepedia

A cheese slave like me would venture to try all the cheese under the sun. That’s why I‘m so excited to see this cheese wheel chart: a charting of 65 delightful cheeses from around the world all combined into this one wondrous wheel chart.

No more guessing work. The cheeses are carefully categorized and broken down by the animal that produced the luscious milk. Love your cheese? Well now you can check out your all-time favourite cheese like Cheddar, Brie, and Mozzarella. Or how about some special foodie faves like Stinking Bishop and Humboldt Fog? This chart has it all. Simply click on the chart to enlarge it to see all the glorious cheese in details. You will love them.

Interested? You can hop over to  popchartlab and get a real poster for it. Hang it up in your kitchen and marvel over all these glorious cheese and enjoy life. Actually, I would pair this up with my wine chart. Have you seen my wine chart yet? Check out here if you have not already done so. These two charts are a match made in heaven really. My life will be complete once I have my cheese, wine, and Oh of course, that slice of heaven: my sweetest and prettiest cupcakes.

Stars and Stripes Cheesecake Shots Cupcaketini July 4th 2013

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These Star and Stripes Cheesecake Shots Cupcaketinis are just in time for… you guessed it, the 4th of July 2013! Love cheese? Then you would definitely love these no bake, no fry easily made goodies. A sprinkle of crumbled cookies here and a star shaped pastry there makes this stunning dessert a piece of art!

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Stars and Stripes Cheesecake Shots Cupcaketini Recipe

Servings: 8 mini cupcaketinis

– 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese (softened)
– 1/6 cup sugar
– 1/4 tsp. vanilla
– 4 oz. Cool Whip (melted)
– 5 graham crackers (finely crushed)
– Berries

— Star pastry (for decoration, optional)

Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in cool whip gradually.

Fill glasses half way with cream cheese mixture.

Top with 1 tsp graham cracker crumbs.

Level crumbs by shaking the glass gently.

Add more cream cheese mixture to fill up the glass.

Decorate with additional graham cracker crumbs and berries and a star pastry for good measure.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.  Serve chilled.

If you plan to have your July 4th party outdoors, you might be interested in a Patriotic Inflatable July 4Th Backyard Party Buffet Cooler. It looks beautiful with the red and blue colour theme. Check it out here and see how cute it is now.


Fruit Food Flag Jello 4th July 2013

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July 4th is just around the corner, and you guessed it, it is time for blue and red on Cupcakepedia land. Hey, not any blue and red, but blue and red Jello! Topped with Cool Whip and strawberries and blueberries! To make a cool July 4th American food flag!

Now that’s something you don’t see everyday. Why not make one of these for July 4th? Get any flavors of red and blue jello and for the white layer in the middle, use lemon jello mixed with cool whip, and layer them on top of one another as shown in the diagram. On top add stripes of cool whip and use blueberries for the stars. Surround the completed flag with any red and blue fruits of your choice! There you go! A brilliant (and tasty) July 4th American food flag! Interested? Why not hop over to Glorious Treats here and check out.

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Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes Made With Beets

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Hey! Have a look these cutie cakes! Aren’t they so gorgeous in their little cupcake liners? With a dollop of cream cheese frosting on top, these natural red velvet cupcakes made with beets are dee-lish! And best of all, these are mini cupcakes, meaning that you can have more than one! Watch them disappear as soon as you place them on your table!

Natural Red Velvet Cupcakes Made With Beets Recipe

Red Velvet Cupcake Ingredients:

– 3/4 cup beets (boiled until tender, then puréed)
– 1/3 cup oil
– 1 1/2 cup sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 1/3 cup flour
– A pinch of salt (to taste)
– 1 1/2 tbsp natural cocoa powder
– 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1 cup milk
– 1/4 cup Earth Balance
– 250g cream cheese

-1 1/2 cups icing sugar
– 1 tspn vanilla extract


Mix the beet purée and oil.
Add sugar, vanilla extract.
Sift flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
Gradually add the flour mixture and milk until smooth.
Fill cupcake liners till 3/4 full.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Cream cheese icing:

Whip together all ingredients and pipe onto cupcakes as desired.
Keep the cupcakes in the fridge and get them out at least 30 minutes before serving.

There you go! Another great cupcake recipe by cupcakepedia! By the way, these are mini cupcakes, extra cute and extra good for parties! Enjoy, and have a great day.


Three Ingredient Lemon Posset Cupcaketini with Blackberries

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Do you have any cream, honey or lemons in your house? Well, if you do, you’re in for a treat! Let me introduce to you the Three Ingredient Lemon Posset with Blackberries. Want to know the trick in making these absolutely scrumptious treats? With these three simple ingredients, cream, honey and lemons, start off with boiling them. Let them cool off and refrigerate them over night. That’s just the posset part.

Now comes the fun part! What about a blackberry topping for your lemon posset? Heat some blackberries and honey in a pot until you get a runny syrup. The combination of syrup and lemon posset is insane! Had fun? Why don’t you check out the full recipe down at jellypin here.

Awesome cheesy meatball pizza cupcakes summer 2013

Awesome cheesy meatball pizza cupcakes recipe by cupcakepedia, cupcakes, food, man food 2013, cupcakes 2013, summer recipes 2013, summer 2013, cup cakes, cupcakepediaMy hubby loves meatballs, and steaks, and many other kinds of man food. (Check out some of the man food here on Cupcakepedia for the past 2013 Father’s Day). So this awesome cheesy meatball pizza cupcake recipe is a keeper. Whenever I make meatballs, I’ll make lots of them so that I can freeze for a quick meal later.

The summer of 2013 is almost here, in Italy for sure. The temperature there can be as high as late 30 degree c in some major cities already. So are you looking for some easy man food this summer 2013? If you are, and your man happens to like meatballs, then you should really try this meatball pizza cupcakes. They will sure make every man (big or small) happy in the house.

The ingredients are all listed above for your easy reference. I love the pizza crust, they are such a versatile item to use for baking. If you love to make cupcakes, desserts, you should keep some of the pizza crust handy in your kitchen.Check out some of my favorite pizza crust here so that you can keep them for later use. Good luck.

As you know, I love cheese, a cheese slave really, so mozzarella is always in my fridge. Simple ingredients and can make my kitchen smell like heaven. Want to give this recipe a try? Why not hop over to quick-dish here and check out the recipes and instructions now. I can’t wait to make my next batch of meatballs already.

Raw zucchini cherry tomatoe salad summer 2013

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This is one of my favourite raw vegetable salad recipes. No cooking, no frying, no baking. Totally natural. Want a healthy, easy and yummy salad for the summer 2013? Why not give this all raw veggie salad a go. Don’t you love to know that everything you put into your body is natural? Well, I do. I love this salad because all the ingredients are raw and thus the nutrients in the food are maintained at optimal level.

The recipe is very simple and will make your hot summer day of 2013 just that much easier and cooler. Make sure you get the freshest ingredient so that the salad tastes the best. This is a great salad for the summer days. Check out the recipes and instructions below:

Raw zucchini cherry tomatoe salad recipe


Glass salad bowl (I love glass salad bowls, check out here some of my favorite ones)


  • 1 pack cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, (minced, check out my garlic paste recipe here)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil (chopped), plus leaves for garnish
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 zucchini (sliced to 1/4 inch long strips)

Toss all ingredients together.

Drop the lemon juice in the salad. Mix well.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Let stand for 20 minutes before serving.

Garnish with basil leaves and enjoy.

I totally love this recipe which was adapted from Whole Living.  If you think your friends will like it too, please spread the love on FB, Pinterest and Twitter. Your friends will thank you for that and have a great summer in 2013.


Food Flags: Indonesia, Australia, Japan, America, China, Thailand, France, Spain

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Ever thought of making a country’s food into a country’s flag? Well these delectable flags are made of food associated to their country! You might think these flags are hard to make but in fact they are really quite simple. For example, the stars on the flag could be made of starfruit! For America’s flag, hotdogs were used and for China’s flag, starfruit and dragon fruit were used! Such creative ideas, who could have thought of these?

Indonesia, Australia, Japan, America, China, Thailand, France, Spain, all these countries national flags are presented right here. How many do you know? Which country do they belong? Why not have a guess with your little ones. Food can be fun, and educational at the same time.


Avocado bacon and tomato on wheat toast

bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato on wheat toaste, breakfast, food, cupcakepediaI love to eat a great wheat toast for breakfast. Add bacon, avocado and tomato on top sounds really exciting. Want a healthy, kick start in the morning? Then do not use white bread, use wheat toast is a great choice. It gives more texture and taste.

The creamy avocado interjects a buttery richness flavour to the toast. I sometimes slice my avocados and add them on top of the toast. Other times, I would mesh the avocados to have a spread and use it as a base for the tomatoes and bacon. Simply use a hardy multi-grain bread to get the perfect results. The sweet and smoky bacon will add all the flavours to this already great recipe. If you are a vegan, then do not add the bacon and you can turn this into a great vegetarian recipe.

Avocado bacon and tomato on wheat toast recipe

  • 4 pieces whole wheat toast
  • 1 avocado (sliced or smashed)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 slices of tomatoes
  • 8 slices smoked bacon (cut in half)
  • 2 teaspoon Brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Toast the wheat toast to you like.
  2. Sprinkle brown sugar on the smoked bacon and pan fry for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with black pepper if you like it a bit spicy.
  3. Layer the avocado slices, one slice of tomato, 2 pieces of bacon on top of each toast.
  4. Sprinkle with a squeeze of the fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

There you go, a great energy boosting breakfast in less than 15 minutes. Enjoy and have a nice day.

Caprese Stuffed Chicken Roll-Up Cups

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Cheese, ham, chicken, rolled up in a nice cup, and taste yummy. I love cheese, sometimes, Emma jokes that I’m a cheese slave. So whenever I have the chance to have cheese with my favorite recipes, I will go for it and the result: I become a happy girl. Life is simple, have some cheese. I would often say.

These chicken roll up cups are easy to make and are really healthy. You know, plain chicken breasts can be boring so why not make it more interesting by making this Caprese stuffed chicken. It looks real good while still being healthy for you!

If you love cheese like I do, why not check out more cheesy recipes here on Cupcakepedia while you are here. I love a few of them:

Caprese Meatballs Low Carb Gluten Free

Cherry tomato caprese salad cups

Scrumptious Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips


Interested to make these chicken roll up cups? Why not get over to Karen in the Kitchen and try this amazingly simple and delicious recipe. You will love it.


Raspberry Cool Whip Cheese Pretzel Jello

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What could be better than a prezel-raspberry-and-jello goodie? This amazing jello will make your taste buds dance with scrumptious ingredients like Cool Whip (which can also be replaced with whipped cream), buttery pretzels, raspberries and jello! This treat hits perfection (I think the raspberries did the trick). And they will be all gone in your tummy before you even know it! Just jump over here at Natasha’s Kitchen for the recipe and you’ll be drooling for these Raspberry Cool Whip Cheese Pretzel Jellos!

Rainbow Layer Cake Recipe

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This cake is such a perfect way to make my day. These kinds of things only happen on special occasions… like a birthday! A divine cake so colorful yet devilishly scrumptious. Made of rainbow colored food play dough, and topped with a kid’s favorite confectionery: rainbow skittles! To make the cake even better, look at the top of the cake! So funny! There is certainly some cake-tivity going there… get it? Like creativity but with cake! I absolutely love rainbow cakes!


6 Awesome Cupcaketinis – cakes in a jar

6 Awesome Cupcakeini- strawberry-shortcake-in-a-jar recipe by cupcakepedia

Cupcakes in a jar is what I call Cupcaketinis. They look really beautiful thanks to the transparency of the glass. When think about it, cupcakes are beautiful, but you can really see under that coat of wrappers, can you? So there comes Cupcaketinis, where cupcakes or cakes are presented in a martini glass, or a glass jar, or any other glass wares that you can not only enjoy the yummy cakes and toppings, but also see how gorgeous these cupcakes really are.

And really these cupcaketinis are so tasty and easy to make, your friends will ask for seconds. I would.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcaketini

Promise, you can have your cheesecake and eat it, too — even when you’re on the go! Try this strawberry cheesecake and you will thank me for it.
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Cupcake Crumble Cupcaketini

Have some leftover cupcakes and don’t know what to do? Well, why not try this cupcake crumble cupcaketini? You will sure use up those leftover cupcakes before they go completely stale. Simply crumble up the leftover cupcakes or any cakes, mix them with layers of pudding or whip cream in a jar, and watch them disappear. Continue reading »

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Incredible Nutella Fudge

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Love nutella? Love fudge? Well for all the nutella fudge lovers out there, this is the perfect treat for you! Can you even imagine what it is like to have a sweet unresistingly delicious nutella fudge melting in your mouth? The combination of vanilla and nutella is heavenly!

I really love nutella and I have already so many great nutella cupcakes here on Cupcakepedia. Check them out while you are here:

Nutella and Pecan Cupcakes

Nutella Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

Or why not go directly to this sweet must-have for those who love fudge. Check out the recipe and ingredients below!

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