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BBQ Chicken Skewers ‘Greek Style’

Greek Chicken Skewers

BBQ-time!

It’s summer and that means BBQ-time! Well, at least if the weather is playing along. Our summers around here are often wet and temperatures are not always what they are supposed to be during summer time. Which means that we have to seize every opportunity we can to enjoy warm and sunny days and eat outside.

I can enjoy any meal outside, if the temps are right. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. The best meals outside of course are barbecued ones. I love the smell and the food tastes so much better when grilled on the barbie. During our last heat wave, we enjoyed many moments outside. And we fired up the BBQ. read more

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Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed Portobello

Today, I’m sharing this fantastic recipe: spinach and cheese stuffed portobello mushrooms. But before I go into that, let me share something else first. Last week, I had the honor of being a guest blogger on LaFamiliaB. On LaFamiliaB, Rachel blogs and vlogs about everything that is going in her and her family’s life. Fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle… basically anything that happens in their daily lives. Rachel’s beautiful teenage daughters are also starting to show interest in blogging and vlogging and you may occasionally find them taking over. read more

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White Asparagus ‘Oriental Style’

White Asparagus Oriental Style

White Asparagus, a.k.a. the White Gold, is only available for a short period of time. The official season usually starts at the beginning of April and ends traditionally on the 24th of June (Saint John). Depending on the weather conditions, the first white asparagus might already be available in March. So most of the times, this vegetable is only (freshly) available for about 6 – 8 weeks.

Each year, our boys look forward to asparagus season. Once they see the first stalls being put up next to the asparagus fields, they will bugger me until I finally buy some. When we pass a stall, they will yell in unison ‘LOOK, THEY ARE SELLING ASPARAGUS!!’. read more

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Nasi Goreng with Chicken, Broccoli & Tofu

Nasi Goreng with Chicken, Broccoli & Tofu

Nasi Goreng, Indonesian fried rice… a versatile dish that can be adapted to your own liking.

‘Nasi Goreng’ is a famous Indonesian dish and is very much loved by many Dutch people. ‘Nasi’ means ‘cooked’ and ‘Goreng’ means fried, so literally it means ‘fried rice’. Fried rice is of course known in many cuisines, but ‘Nasi Goreng’ mainly refers to the Indonesian variety. What sets it off from other types of fried rice, are the spices and the combination typically used in Indonesian cooking, like Djahé (ground ginger root), Ketumbar (koriander), Sereh (lemon rass), Laos (Galangal root) and Terasi (or Trassi, fermented shrimp paste). read more

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All Recipes, Breakfast, Desserts, Mains

Chocolate Pancakes

Chocolate Pancakes

I love pancakes. Especially pancakes American style, i.e. small, pillowy pancakes. The pancakes we are normally used to around here, are rather flat pancakes and as large as a regular dinner plate. Nothing wrong with that, but I often can’t even finish one. And I love to use different toppings. So the smaller pancakes come in very handy. I can eat a few and top one with syrup (especially if there is bacon involved), another one with strawberry preserves and maybe a third with Nutella. Whenever the kids request pancakes, I mostly make my buttermilk spelt pancakes. Always a winner. But I had recently seen these lovely choc and cherry pancakes over at Food, Family and Fun with Alexis Knibbs and I could not think of anything else than chocolate pancakes. read more

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Tortilla Pie

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There is so much you can do with soft tortilla’s. They are so extremely versatile. One of the easiest and quickest ways to use tortilla’s is making wraps. You can fill them with basically anything! Just put all the fillings you like on them, roll ‘m up and serve. Also very portable, which makes them ideal to take to school, work, on a trip etc.

Now that’s cold wraps. How about warm wraps? Fill them with minced beef, pork, chicken or turkey, pulled pork or chicken, sliced steak. Add fillings and toppings and you have a mighty dinner ready in no time. Then there’s fajita’s, enchilada’s, taquito’s, top and grill them like a pizza… read more

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Korean Beef & Curried Cauli-Rice

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I absolutely love Asian cuisine. Chinese, Thai, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean… I love them all. All have their own typical tastes, a great variety but also similarities. I love the simplicity of stir-fry’s, but also the complexity of stews.

In a busy household, with school, work, sports, hobbies and social activities, having dinner ready in a minimum of time is often crucial. And home-cooked meals can be a challenge. We do eat take-out once in a while or go to a fast food-restaurant, but we try to keep that to an absolute minimum. read more

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Poached Salmon & Pesto Zoodles

Poached Salmon

Four days into the new year. Have you made new year’s resolutions? I haven’t. I don’t really believe in New Year’s Resolutions. Don’t get me wrong. I do believe in reflecting on your life and deciding to change things, in setting goals, making plans. But I don’t think this should only be done once a year and particularly on the first of January. Why wait for New Year’s Day to start to change your life?

Unfortunately, many New Year’s Resolutions already falter within a few days. Sometimes even hours. Often, these resolutions are made in the spur of the moment. Or because one feels ‘it’s what you are supposed to do’. Don’t make resolutions because of what society thinks. Don’t make resolutions because ‘everybody does it’. Think it through. What is it that you want to change? Stop smoking? Loose weight? Exercise more? Be a nicer person? If you have figured out what you want to change in your life, start setting goals. What do you want to achieve? Then think about how you want to achieve those goals. But be realistic. You can’t loose 20 kg in three weeks. read more

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Buttermilk Spelt Pancakes with sugar-free Berry Syrup

Buttermilk Spelt Pancakes

I don’t know about you, but after all that baking, cooking and eating, I crave the more simple things in life. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to bake and cook (and eat) a lot, I can spend hours, even days, in the kitchen preparing the yummiest and most scrumptious foods. But it doesn’t always have to be that fancy and my stomach currently screams ‘NO MORE MULTIPLE COURSES’ at me.

And it’s not only me, the rest of the family has also gotten a bit ‘tired’ of it all. So today has been a truly lazy day, with a bit of gaming, Lego building and vegging out in front of the TV. Well, unfortunately not for all of us. My husband is helping at the school installing a dropped ceiling in some of the class rooms. They started this morning at 7, while we were all still sleeping. read more

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Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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It’s the festive season, Christmas is less than three weeks away. Which means getting started on all that Christmas cooking and baking. And eating…

Not really the most healthy time of the year. But instead of denying yourselves all that deliciousness, enjoy it! No, I don’t mean to go binge on it all. But don’t feel guilty for it either. Just enjoy a nice buttery, sugary cookie here, a luscious dessert there and counterbalance those with some healthy meals.

I’m so thrilled that we can finally get spaghetti squash over here! My first try was simply using the flesh as spaghetti (as the name so obviously suggests) and serving it with a beefy sauce. Didn’t post a recipe, just a picture on Instagram. People in this area didn’t know what they should think about it. To them, the dish looked kind of weird and they had never heard of spaghetti squash before. Reactions were, well, sort of reserved. Anyway, how foreign and weird it might have been, it was an instant hit with the boys. Enough encouragement for me to buy another spaghetti squash and experiment a bit further. read more

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