Nutella Blueberry

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Always take take the time to smell the roses, your mind and body will thank you for it.


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Photography and Styling by myself
Recipe from Clean Eating Goddess

 

It’s been over two months since I last posted anything food-related, and I do miss it. Of late I’ve been swamped with my side job, other collaborative shoots as well as catching up on older posts, some of which I shot way back in March! I had also gotten into a bit of a slump when it came to the kitchen; cooking, styling and managing food photography just became quite overwhelming for me all at once. After a long hiatus where it seemed like I just couldn’t bring myself to style another plate of food anymore without disastrous results, I realized I was lacking motivation due to overwork. I was constantly pushing myself to churn out shoot after shoot, post after post, but without any rest and relaxation. The result was that I started to dread my shoots and looking at my blog, finding everything way too difficult to manage. It was through online research on how to overcome laziness – I had actually sunken into a lazy slump of self defeat for awhile – that I realized it was due to my lack of pacing which was causing my goals to become difficult to maintain. Apparently scheduling down time is just as important as scheduling work.

 

These days, I listen to my body; when it tires, I let myself rest. I spend an hour or two watching Game of Thrones or heck, just dropping everything and going to bed even if it means losing out on finishing work I had already put on my to-do list. The outcome of my work after sufficient rest is a vast improvement and I find myself  now way more motivated than before. I’m slowly adjusting my schedule into manageable portions, and trying not to expect too lofty (ie. impossible) a standard of myself, and to always remember that practice makes perfect. Through constant practice, I can be assured of my improvement over time, so that even if I am not where I want to be right now, I can foresee where I will be in the future.

 

So here we are, and I finally present a long-overdue food and photography post on nutella and blueberry sandwich cookies, which are a terrific tea-time treat and a splendid way to unwind in the middle of a fanatical work day. Always take take the time to smell the roses, your mind and body will thank you for it.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups almond flour
2 heap tbsp ground flaxseeds
pinch of himalayan salt
1 cup + 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 egg

homemade nutella

Yields 15 large cookies

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Line one or two baking trays with parchment paper, and grease with coconut oil.

2. Combine almond flour, salt and ground flaxseeds in a large mixing bowl.

3. Heat maple syrup in a saucepan on low heat, and add 1 cup of blueberries. Cook for 5-7minutes until blueberries have exploded and have reduced slightly.

4. Once the blueberries have turned the syrup purple and reduced slightly, add coconut oil. Take the saucepan off the flame and add to another mixing bowl to cool.

5. When the mixture has cooled sufficiently, whisk in the egg, vanilla essence and lemon juice.

6. Add the wet ingredients to the try ingredients and combine until a dough is formed. Add in the remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries. If the dough is too wet, cover with saran wrap and freeze for about 30-45 minutes.

7. When dough is hardened, scoop and roll into equal-sized balls, pressing them down into the shape of a cookie on the baking tray. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden.

8. Allow to cool and spread a generous portion of Homemade Nutella on a cookie and press another cookie on top of it so that it forms a cookie sandwich. Enjoy!

 

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      Thank you Christine! Haha I’ve heard that one before, here is the reply I gave in an interview way back: “I wanted something glamorous at the time, a name with a rich and silky texture like velveteen. Obviously it brought to mind the velveteen rabbit, but that was so common. One of my favorite japanese rock bands had a song by the name of cockroach 666 and they were the boldest, most flamboyant band I knew. Cockroach was edgy, crazy, wild whereas something like the “velveteen bunny” just didn’t have the spark I was looking for… and so velveteencockroach was born. It’s funny because this New Yorker once told me over IG that my name was just so “new york”! I don’t really know what that means, but my name was definitely inspired by a japanese rock band.”

      <3

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    Oh man. It’s probably a good thing that I’ve run out of Nutella… or I would be racing to make this recipe asap 😉 These cookies look absolutely divine. And your food styling is gorgeous! I would honestly get too hungry before I could make my food look that photogenic hehe.

    I definitely know what you’ve been through! Overworking is so something that is so easy to do, but difficult to stop. Once you start one project, you just get this adrenaline rush and want to constantly be working on something right after. While I love being productive, I’ve realized that I do need some relaxation time as well (and that’s where Netflix comes in handy) I have also found that meeting up with friends is such a great way to relieve stress and when I come home, I don’t feel the immediate need to be working on something work or blog related.

    Anyway, I’m so glad to have discovered your lovely blog today Audrey! I’m now following you on Bloglovin. I hope we can keep in touch! 🙂

    ✖✖✖ Kelsey | RUNAWAY IN LA

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      Haha you could make the Nutella yourself… (I have a link on how to make it, and it tastes way better than store-bought Nutella ;)) and then you’d have to make this! Indeed making time for friends and family is a great way to relieve stress instead of cooping yourself up at home in work mode all day!

      Thank you for your lovely words Kelsey! Appreciate them! <3

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    You have just made my day with this recipe! I love blueberries and this looks amazing and pretty easy to make! Yes, I totally agree with you that pacing yourself is the best thing to do…otherwise you will get run down and be susceptible to becoming sick! Take care of yourself, as you are the most important person in the world and all else will be there when you come back from giving yourself the TLC you need! xo

    Kisses,

    (=’.’=)
    -Lauren
    adorn la femme

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      I wouldn’t say to Nutella and blueberries or berries in general either, Audrey! I totally understand what you’ve written here! Oh my, you won’t believe me HOW well I understand you… but I’m happy to read you overcome your laziness and have new energy for new things! That’s great, keep moving forward, girl! ‘Cause we all really enjoy your talented photographic work! I hope my sandwich cookies will look like yours, since it’s been a while since I’ve baked something… LOL
      Have a relaxing weekend, Audrey!! <3

      xoxo Ira
      JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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        Haha do post a photo and let me know how they turn out if you do make them! I’d love to see your attempt! <3 It makes me really happy to know you enjoy my work, thank you so much!

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      Totally! I see how it helps now. I used to always feel guilty after taking a break, but it is completely necessary!

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    These photographs are stunning. I’m glad you came out of your reverie. I totally understand. Sometimes you just need a break and no amount of forcing it will help. The work suffers. I’ve never thought to put blueberry and nutella together. What an interesting and exciting combination!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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      Haha I guess we’ve all been there huh. Too much work and no play isn’t actually meant to produce results! (Although everyone is different, so I won’t generalize)! Thank you very much!

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    I have to try this recipe out. These cookies look so yummy. And these pictures look beauitful too. 🙂

    yellowpumpkiin.blogspot.de/2015/07/the-black-maxidress.html

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    This looks absolutely delicious! I love how you styled this! I recently finished a photography class, this past semester, and can appreciate all the thought and detail it went into every decision and placement.

    I’m glad you shared your struggle because that’s something I struggle with myself. I’m glad you over came it and posted such an awesome treat! Continue with your balancing act 😉 in life and in food lol.

    Love,
    Kikue
    LOVEKIKUE

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      Haha this comments makes me so happy Kikue! I’m sure many of us all go through the same struggle, everyone’s got to learn time management someday LOL. Haha indeed, it can take hours to style a simple shoot (especially for someone slow and perfectionist like myself) and not many people realize that! I do hope to improve over time and get quicker and better at it though! Thanks for the lovely encouragement! <3

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      Hahaha isn’t this recipe tempting! Sure thing Caroline, I always check out all the blogs of my wonderful commenters! <3

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    Your photos are so beautiful!! They way you set everything is just amazing! and the cookies looks so delicious! I should definitely try it them this weekend 🙂 Thanks for sharing xx

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