Topfen-Porridge (curd cheese-porridge)

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Finding an apt translation for Topfen (or Quark) is harder than one might think.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about this, just to clear things up.

Moving on. It had never occured to me to add curd cheese to my porridge, until my Instagram feed was suddenly swamped with it.
So I thought “Heck, why not give it a try?”
And I did.
And it was glorious.

Curd Cheese Porridge (of your choice)
Ingredients
1 portion of the porridge of your choice
Milk
Curd Cheese (I added about 1 table spoon per portion)
Fruit (I used one half of a Granny Smith apple)

What to do

Make the porridge as instructed. If you don’t have a ready made one you can always make it yourself by cooking up oatmeal and adding whatever fruit or dried berries you have. Nuts or coconut are also a nice addition.
Personally, I love the combination of coconut flakes, some ground nuts (almonds or hazelnuts), and dried cranberries.
You can cook it either with water or with milk. Personally I prefer milk, but that’s completely up to you (some recipes also say you can mix and add in water and milk. I haven’t tried that yet.)

Let the porridge cook until it reaches the desired texture. I made mine a bit thicker than usual because the curd cheese I add softens it up again.
Then add the curd cheese, stir until well combined and top of with the fruits of your choice.

Tip:
I like to add a little bit of sugar.

It’s as easy as that and gives your regular porridge a totally new kick of flavour. I’m in love. Very much so.Processed with VSCOcam with 5 preset

Peanut butter-Banana-Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies

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I feel like it might take you longer to say that recipe name than it does to bake these cookies.

In an attempt to get rid of the excess amount of peanut butter that was residing in my kitchen, I looked up a couple of recipes. Originally my plan was to make peanut butter granola, but then I found a recipe for peanut butter-oatmeal cookies and just couldn’t resist. I haven’t made cookies in so long!

This is the recipe source I used, but I adapted it (I only had one banana, and no coconut oil or agave sirup, so I split the amount in half and worked with what I had at home).

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Ingredients

1 large, ripe banana
1/2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup of peanut butter (the original source said creamy, I used chunky and I like that it has the extra crunch to it!)
1 1/4 cup of rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1/2 cup of dark chocolate (I chopped it myself, but chocolate chips work just as well) I used more because… chocolate!

What to do

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
Mash the banana in a large bowl. Add the peanut butter, honey and oil, mix until it is smooth. In a medium bowl mix together the oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add it to the banana-peanut butter mix and stir it together. Add the chocolate chunks and stir until it is well blended.
Use 2 spoons and drop the mix on the baking sheet. Bake for around 10 minutes or until the cookies set.

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