The GlobeIn Artisan Box

Decadent fudgy brownies with the taste of coconut in every single bite. Simple to make, these brownies are delicious and help support artisans from around the globe, especially those from the developing world.
The GlobeIn Artisan Box | Cooking with a Wallflower

A couple weeks ago, a representative from GlobeIn contacted me to ask if I would be interested in doing a review of one of their monthly artisan boxes. I was curious. There are so many monthly subscription boxes that you can sign up for now. But this one seemed different.

This San Francisco Bay Area based company is dedicated to supporting artisans from all over the world, especially those in the developing country. By buying these products, we’re providing employment for these artisans and help reduce poverty.

These Artisan boxes are filled with unique handmade and Fair Trade products and accompanied with stories from the artisans. Each month the Artisan boxes have a theme. For the month of May, the theme is Bake.

The GlobeIn Artisan Box | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Blood Orange Mimosa

Sweet and slightly tart, this bubbly drink requires only two ingredients: blood orange juice and champagne. This seasonal blood orange mimosa tastes amazing and refreshing, perfect for spring.

Blood Orange Mimosa | Cooking with a Wallflower

I don’t drink alcohol often, but when I do, I like my drinks as fruity and vibrant as this. =)

Blood Orange Mimosa | Cooking with a Wallflower

Look at this mimosa!  The bright vibrant color, the fruitiness. It’s perfect with brunch.

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Strawberry Cookies

Fresh strawberries baked into brown sugar vanilla cookies. These strawberry cookies are crispy on the edges and chewy in the center with a seasonal twist.

Strawberry Cookies | Cooking with a Wallflower

Oh, hi, you, beautiful strawberries.

It’s strawberry season (!) and I’m in love. I mean, how can you resist sweet juicy berries? Unless you’re allergic, of course.

When it hits spring and summer, strawberries tend to make their way into all my dishes. From salads to dessert to beverages, they’ve made, and will make, an appearance and oftentimes take center stage.

Strawberry Cookies | Cooking with a Wallflower

I went to the Farmer’s Market yesterday after a half work day, and there’s soo many berries. But what I really want to do is go strawberry picking, actually, berry picking in general. How much fresher can berries get, right? Now, I’m researching places to do it in the Bay Area in either June or July. Any suggestions?

Now, these cookies, OMG, these cookies! I’ve been making a few batches in recent weeks to “test” them out. But the truth is, I really wanted another taste. Can you blame me? They’re filled with fresh strawberries!

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This week, Tessa from Handle the Heat released her brand new book: The Ultimate Cookie Handbook, and it’s such a great resource! Have you ever had trouble baking cookies? Sometimes they’re too flat, sometimes too hard, sometimes too crumbly? And you have no idea why? I know I always have issues. And I swear, it’s not me. It’s the oven. But, this handbook has so many tips to create the perfect cookie each and every time you bake. And until May 17, it’s only $12. =)

Have you seen this gorgeous work of art? The artists cut 98 different raw foods into 2.5 x2.5 x 2.5 cm cubes. I’m in love with it. And is it just me, or are you trying to identify each food item too?

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Honey BBQ Vegetable Skewers

Honey barbeque glazed roasted vegetables on skewers. These Honey BBQ Vegetable Skewers are so simple to make, meatless, and require no grill.

Honey BBQ Vegetable Skewers | Cooking with a Wallflower

Memorial Day weekend is coming up, and I feel like that is the official start of summer. When grills are fired up, school is wrapping up, and s’mores become the must have food.

Unfortunately, not all of us have grills. I certainly don’t. I live in a three floor flat with two other families on the other floors. There’s no room for a grill, especially an outdoor one. I could always use the grills in the park, but I have no idea how clean those are. So for those of you who don’t have grills, this is the recipe for you.

Honey BBQ Vegetable Skewers | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love skewers. There’s something about them that’s so fun to eat. I like pulling each vegetable or meat from the skewers and eating them one by one.

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Triple Berry Elderflower Spritzer

A delicious combination of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries infused in elderflower soda. This triple berry elderflower spritzer is a refreshing drink for the spring.

Triple Berry Elderflower Spritzer | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s spring, almost summer, which means berries galore. And I love every moment of it.

The gorgeous vibrant colors, the sweetness of the berries. How can I resist them? I’ve been waiting all year for them to be back in season.

Triple Berry Elderflower Spritzer | Cooking with a Wallflower

A few months ago, my friend and I had lunch at the Slanted Door in the San Francisco Ferry Building. On their menu is an elderflower spritzer, which sounded soo amazing. I was disappointed when I discovered they were out of the elderflower syrup to make the drink. But somehow, that elderflower spritzer, which I never had the chance to try, stayed in my mind. I finally decided to order a bottle of elderflower syrup through Amazon to create my own drink.

And this is the result.

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Shakshuka with Fresh Herbs

Eggs poached in a tomato based sauce with fresh rosemary and basil. This shakshuka with fresh herbs is delicious when served with warm toasted bread.

Shakshuka with Fresh Herbs | Cooking with a Wallflower

Have you ever had shakshuka before? Or have you heard of it?

No? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. I didn’t know what it was until a few weeks ago when I randomly came across a picture of it, and I knew I had to try it. Shakshuka is an Israeli-Tunisian dish where eggs are poached in a tomato based sauce. Oftentimes they’re cooked with red bell peppers, garlic, and onions and seasoned with cumin and paprika. Once they come out of the oven, nice and hot, dip bread into the sauce.

There are so many variations out there. You might know a variation of this dish called Eggs in Hell, which doesn’t have as pretty of a name, right?

Shakshuka with Fresh Herbs | Cooking with a Wallflower

This dish is super easy to make. I loved the tomato based sauce with runny eggs. Dip your slice of toasted bread into the sauce, and you’ll have a delicious combination of herb filled tomato sauce with the richness of the poached eggs. It’s soo tasty and addictive. My sisters and I ended up eating this by the spoonful once we ran out of bread.

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Wallflower Weekly Faves, 13

Have I mentioned that I love food truck gatherings? It’s so much fun being able to buy one item to try from different “restaurants.” So when I saw Johnny Doughnuts food truck with all their varieties of donuts, I knew I had to try them. Strawberry Old Fashion, Blueberry Old Fashion, Classic Glazed Raised, and Crodough (finally! I get to try a cronut). And guess what? Turns out they are on this list of “Best donut shops in America.”

Johnny's Doughnuts

I really really don’t like to show my bare feet, but for a good cause, I’ll throw my inhibitions to the wind. From now till May 21, if you post a photo of your bare feet on Instagram with the hashtag #withoutshoes, Toms will give a new pair to a child in need. So what are you waiting for? Let’s do this!

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Baked Nutella French Toast

Baked custard like French toast with Nutella in every bite. This Baked Nutella French Toast is delicious and easy to make, a perfect choice for weekend brunch.

Baked Nutella French Toast | Cooking with a Wallflower

It’s almost Mother’s Day. Have you already made plans?

Our family hasn’t quite decided what we want to do yet. We’re a little last minute. Sometimes we do brunch and other times we do dinner. I think it just really depends on everyone’s availability.

But, just in case you need a last minute idea, this Baked Nutella French Toast is perfect for brunch and super easy to put together too. It takes very little time to make, and who can resist Nutella, right?

Baked Nutella French Toast | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love the chocolaty hazelnut taste in every single bite of this custardy French toast.

And if you have no Nutella in your pantry, that’s okay too. You can try my Baked Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast instead. That tastes just as amazing.

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