German Spiced Hazelnut Cookies

  German Spiced Hazelnut Cookies / hungryandconfused.com

It’s cold and rainy outside and I’m already thinking about Christmassy cookies and warm wine. Too soon? Never.

I also tried my first ever Pumpkin Spice Latte this week. We’ve never had them here in Europe before, but I guess with the advent of social media, the craze has finally worked its way over. My verdict? Pretty good, although a little too sweet. But I’m sure I’ll be trying them again soon, because I’m a glutton for punishment like that.

Because I’m loving all-things spice at the minute, I wanted to make these cute little German spiced hazelnut cookies, which basically taste like Christmas in biscuit form. I’d liken them a lot to a German version of snickerdoodles, but with a little extra “warmth”. And they also smell and taste like chai lattes. So, basically, if you want a big, spiced, warming hug in a cookie, then this recipe is for you.

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Battle for the Best Frites in Amsterdam

Battle for the Best Frites in Amsterdam / hungryandconfused.com

After Brussels, Amsterdam has the second best fries in Europe, IMO. This is likely because of the Belgian influence and the sale of Vlaamse Frites (Flemish fries) in several spots across the city. As with anything, there are some hits, some misses and some downright tourist traps so, much like my research in the Belgian capital, I took it upon myself to taste test some of the most popular and well-known friteries in the city to discover which ones are the best frites in Amsterdam.

You can thank me later, when you’re chowing down on crispy frites.

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20 Warming Chicken Soup Recipes

20 Warming Chicken Soup Recipes

It’s not hard to tell I’ve been on a bit of a soup kick recently. Now that the cold weather is starting to kick in, there’s nothing better than a big bowl of warm, comforting soup for either lunch or dinner.

And there’s definitely nothing like chicken soup, especially if you’re feeling a little under the weather. Here’s 20 of the most droolworthy chicken soup recipes from around the web.

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Bakers and Roasters Amsterdam

Bakers and Roasters Amsterdam

It’s not often that I get excited about going out to eat before 12pm. Mainly because, now that we’re mostly vegetarian, English fry-ups are off the cards and mostly because (as I’ve mentioned before) Dutch people don’t really “do” breakfast/brunch.

Which is why they usually leave it to foreign expats to come in and set up awesome brunch spots around the city. One such place is Bakers and Roasters, in the De Pijp neighbourhood of Amsterdam, started and run by a New Zealand / Brazilian couple.

Scott scouted it out online a couple of months ago and once I heard that it had a New Zealand influence, I was sold. I only too eagerly salivate whenever I remember the amazing brunches we ate all over New Zealand. Those Kiwis have gotten early day meals down to a fine art.

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