My love affair with Biscoff spread continues with these almost flourless biscoff cookies. There’s no flour added to the batter, though there is some flour product from the cookie spread itself.

Have you tried Biscoff spread yet? If not, I definitely recommend it. It’s made with the European Biscoff spice cookies, and the spread tastes just like the cookies. It can be found at Cost Plus World Market, Walmart and Vons. You can also buy it on Amazonor on the Biscoff website.

What I love about these cookies is that you can really taste the Biscoff. They have a chewy, caramelized texture because there is no flour. The biscoff spread worked a lot better in these cookies than when I tried it with Nutella, which spread too much.


Our San Diego restaurant week participation is never complete without a visit to Oceanaire. We love dining here for restaurant week because their famous crab cakes are always offered as an appetizer choice, and they offer quite a selection of entrees and desserts for RW.

It’s been nearly a year since we last dined here and we noticed some visible changes. One of the biggest changes was the menu section. The fish entrees are now divided into Oceanaire classics and fresh fish specialties. My recommendation is to always stick to the fresh specialties as that is where Oceanaire’s fresh fish  really shines. The classics consist more of fish that is stuffed, fried, etc. Surprisingly, Oceanaire was offering all of its fresh speciality entrees as part of RW.

In addition to the food, Oceanaire also offered a wine pairing, $12 for two wines, a chardonnay and a reisling.

Sour dough bread

Vegetable medley

These are always complimentary starters at Oceanaire. We munched our our crisp vegetables while waiting for our crab cakes.

Appetizers

We love the crab cakes here so much, we haven’t been able to stray away to ever try the other appetizers.

At $17.95 apiece, this is one pricey appetizer, which is why it’s such a great deal during RW. What makes Oceanaire’s crab cakes stand out is that they use large chunks of crab meat, loosely held together with some mustard mayonnaise. You won’t find large fillers of bread crumbs mixed in. Each bite is filled with juicy, sweet crab meat. The creamy dipping sauce is the perfect compliment to the cakes.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks at work, with no end in sight. As a result, not much baking has been happening.

Deadlines and a ton of work, while unpleasant, I can still handle. What I can’t stand is the yelling. Lots of yelling and unfair blame for anything and everything that goes wrong during the stressful period. The Boss yells. Because he can I guess. He yells for things out of our control, for things we should have anticipated even though he didn’t, for mistakes made on things we were never taught, etc. All the yelling has led to a really really tense environment.

When I’m in these stressful moments, I crave sweets like crazy. Chocolate, brownies, cookies, cake, anything. So even though I’ve been too exhausted for baking, I’ve been able to make these simple mug cakes to de-stress when I come home. A few minutes of mixing, and 2 minutes of microwave cooking and these are ready to be eaten.

After successfully making biscoff mug cake, I realized that I could apply the same recipe to a peanut butter mug cake. I have to say, even though peanut butter may not be my favorite flavor, the texture of this case came out so perfect, one of the best ones in my mug cake series.  Moist, fluffy, I couldn’t stop eating this.