Good Food

My laptop’s adapter died yesterday, so I am forced to use Christiaan’s laptop which is over 5 years old (how can a laptop be that old? my laptops survive only about 3 years :P) and is sloooow. I don’t like typing on someone else’s keyboard, but it looks like I’ll have a new adapter tomorrow, yay!

I’ve had a couple of super yummy things lately! First of all – my breakfast today!

Overnight oats with coconut milk, raisins and cinnamon+ an apple+coffee+good magazine to read= a great morning!

After my very tiring Dutch lesson of almost 2 hours, all I was thinking about on the way back was lunch! I had a huge craving for some veggies and crackers, so:

Herb crackers, orange bell pepper (new favorite!), cucumber, lots of rucola (looove it!), goat cheese, pine nuts and my new obsession , HUMMUS! Can you believe I have JUST discovered it?

You know this feeling when you eat just a little piece of something greasy and you’re full and icky? Well, go for a huge plate of veggies and you will know what “nicely satisfied” means! I had that ginormous plate of food for dinner yesterday:

Rucola, carrot, cucumber, orange bell pepper, radish, vegetable balls and brown rice. It was filling in this nice and healthy way!

And the last one: tagliatelle with red pesto, chicken, courgette, nuts and tomatoes. SO GOOD!

Oh, and I made another batch of these muesli bars indeed. And you know what? They’re gone, too! Oops 😉

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My weekend

The weekend was so nice that I didn’t even spend a lot of time online (which is rare for me!).  Especially yesterday there was a lot of good food and wandering on the beach!

We stopped for lunch at one of the cafes on the beach and I had my favorite food:

Whole wheat roll with goat cheese, honey and pine nuts. I swear I order it every time we go out for lunch if it’s available!

And I seriously cannot get enough of this:

Overnight oats for the 100th time! I love making it every evening before I go to sleep! Actually, two nights ago I was making it while brushing my teeth and I forgot to put the yoghurt and milk away to the fridge for the night. Oops :p

There is definitely some good food coming this week, I can feel it. I spent half a day today looking for some good recipes and now I think I’ll go make another batch of the crunchy muesli bars from this post! Last time they didn’t last too long 😉

Have a great day!

 

Crunchy muesli bars and spinach pasta

I made my own muesli bars today and I swear, I will never ever buy a muesli bar from a shop again. These are so much better, chewier, prettier and probably healthier! And I know exactly what’s in them! I adapted a few different recipes and I couldn’t have done it better 😉

MUESLI BARS

150 g rolled oats

70 g sesame seeds

70 g sunflower seeds

100 g coconut shreds

100 g raisins

 

125 g unsalted butter

70 g brown sugar

100 g honey

2 teaspoons water

 

Roast all the dry ingredients (except for raisins) in a large pan until they turn golden, around 10 minutes, stirring all the time.

In a little pan mix the butter, honey and sugar until they form a smooth mixture. When it boils, turn the gas low and cook for about 8 more minutes stirring continuously.

When it’s done, take it off the gas and add 2 teaspoons of water. Mix both the dry and the liquid ingredients, add raisins and pour into a square cake form (in my case it was actually only enough for half a form). Let it cool down and harden (at least 1 hour), then cut into bars.

It’s so yummy that we already ate most of it! Hmm… second batch tomorrow? 😉

 

Dinner was also great, but this dish ALWAYS turns out great and that’s why we make it frequently. It’s very fast and easy!

Here’s how you make it:

SPINACH PASTA

300 g fusilli pasta

250 g bacon (or something that fakes bacon)

400 g fresh spinach leaves (the recipe says 600, but it’s way too much I think)

150 ml creme fraiche

2 tomatoes

cheese

pepper

 

Cook the pasta. In a big pan fry the bacon until it turns golden. Add creme fraiche and add pepper. Put in the cooked pasta and stir everything well. Start throwing in the spinach handful by handful, waiting each time for the previous batch to shrink. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 more minutes. Serve with cheese on top.

 

Enjoy!

Best salad ever, lentil soup and cookies!

Another warm and sunny day today! I’m slowly getting used to the thought that winter is gone, but with Dutch weather you never know, especially when you leave 5km from the beach like I do. But sun definitely makes me feel so much better!

I have to say, I made the best salad ever for lunch today. It’s one of these ‘whatever-you-have-in-your-fridge’ salads and does not have any dressing because, well, I like my veggies raw and tasting 100% like they should 😀

What’s in there: goat cheese, cucumber, lettuce, these soy sausages (loooooove them), yellow bell pepper, garden cress, almonds and walnuts.

Dinner was also SO GOOD! A while ago when we were visiting Christiaan’s sister, she made a lentil soup (which she called curry soup). I like it so much that I had to have the recipe! I couldn’t wait to make it!

RED LENTIL SOUP

Here’s all you need for it: oil, 250g red lentils, 3 potatoes, 2 tomatoes, 2 onions (or 1 big), 2 cloves of garlic (the recipe called for 1, but I’m a garlic fan), a leek, 1 laurel leaf, mild curry pasta/sauce, 1 liter of vegetable bouillon and Naan bread.

How you make it: Fry onions and garlic on oil, add one tablespoon of Indian Curry Pasta (I bought a curry sauce, the kind you’re supposed to add to chicken or veggies. I emptied the whole pot and crossed my fingers for a good result, haha. Worked!), fry a bit longer. Then add the potatoes, veggie bouillon, lentils and laurel leaf, stir and let it all cook covered for 15-20 minutes, or until the lentils become mushy. Then add leek cut in rings and tomatoes cut in blocks. Cook a little bit longer, add pepper. Serve warm with Naan bread.

So good and filling!

In the evening I suddenly felt like baking cookies. I found this recipe through Working Out, Eating In and I thought I would give it a try. I don’t know if I did something wrong or maybe it’s supposed to be like that, but the cookies are kind of soft (I was expecting crunchy!). I wouldn’t be surprised if I miscalculated some proportions, because I was using substitutes for almost every ingredient (corn starch instead of tapioca flour, regular milk instead of almond milk, brown sugar instead of white/brown, sunflower oil instead of canola oil). I also didn’t have enough chocolate chips, so there are only a few 😛

All in all, they’re a bit too sweet, but edible – we’ve already taken care of half of the batch 😛

Do you know any other cookies recipe I could try out?

My Food Obsessions

Whoa, I am so tired! I spent the whole day walking around Amsterdam with my sister and kids she babysits and at the end of the day I got a bad headache. I guess Amsterdam doesn’t have the best influence on me (or maybe it’s just me reacting like that to a city I don’t really like)… But it was fun!

Somewhere on the way we stumbled upon this shop ALDI and I had been wanting to go there and stock up on some nuts, because I heard they have them pretty cheap there. I was so excited when I saw that they have nuts from Trader Joe’s! I remember seeing the name of this shop in a couple of posts of American bloggers and thinking that I wish I had a shop like this 🙂 Apparently, the guy who co-owned Trader Joe’s was also the owner of ALDI, so they sell a few products in Europe now – mainly nuts, peanut butter and maple syrup. I got so excited about the nuts that I didn’t even look around for more products, but definitely will in the future!

What I got:

Best part: they’re all unsalted and there are absolutely no peanuts, which I don’t like. There are cashews, almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts (also not my favorite),  cranberries and raisins. They all landed in a biiiig tin box and will be taken care of by yours truly 😉

You know what else makes me happy? This:

A bowl full of fruit! I seriously could not live without fruit!

Other things I will never pass up:

Garden cress! So so so good that I put it on basically everything. I love how peppery, mustardy it is, it adds a nice flavor to my salads and sandwiches!

Couscous! Okay, I mostly love it because it’s so fast to make 😛 But I also like how well it goes with vegetables and just about anything else.

Last but not least: goat cheese! I’ll eat any kind of goat cheese really, but this is my favorite: soft one with added honey. My favorite mix is goat cheese, rucola, honey and walnuts (or pine nuts)!

What is your favorite food right now?

Excited!

What a day!

I’ve been waiting for today for a long time because I knew tickets for my favorite band’s series of concerts would go on sale. I wasn’t expecting to get even one, but I got lucky and got tickets for 4 nights! So June will be full of music, friends and wandering around London, yay!

But before the big excitement there was my breakfast. I love overnight oats right now and I love how I can put all these things in them and they’re different every morning. Last night I made mine with coconut milk and a little bit of regular milk, and in the morning I added pear and kiwi and had a piece of banana bread on the side.

Lunch was fast and easy: whole what bread with lean ham and cress. Cress is one of my favorite things right now and I can eat it everyday, all day!

I almost forgot to go shopping because of all this craziness today! And when I did go, I brought two bags I could barely carry.

I bought: milk, leek, spinach, potatoes, Naan bread, Indian Curry sauce, tangerines, orange bell pepper, tomatoes, lean ham pieces, coconut milk, whole wheat bread, red lentils.

I was planning on making lentil soup today, but Chris came back home earlier and was so hungry that I decided to make a quick quiche.

It has loads of spinach, some ham, orange bell pepper, onion, courgette and low fat cheese. SO GOOD! Chris had two servings, so that means no food for him tomorrow! 😛

Tomorrow I’m visiting my sister for her birthday, so maybe some pictures of Amsterdam (and its food) will follow!

Thanks and bye!

Bananas over banana bread!

I have no idea how it happened, but we went to sleep at 4am last night. There are weekend nights like that sometimes, when we just hang out in front of our laptops, listen or play music until we drop. I like them!

My breakfast was so yummy today! Thanks to Anastasia I discovered overnight oats – so good and filling! I make mine with normal milk and 0% fat vanilla yoghurt, but I’m going to try coconut milk next time. I’m dreaming of almond milk, but I can’t find any here for the life of me :/ Today’s oats were spiced up with cinnamon – now, I am not a big fan of cinnamon and when I put it in my bowl yesterday night I started regretting it right away, but in the morning it was really good somehow 😛 I topped the oats with frozen fruit and fresh banana, mmm…

Then we met up with Christiaan’s mom and went to a fabric market. Too bad I didn’t take my camera, there were so many cute colorful fabrics for only €3 per meter! Hard to believe (especially to someone who knows how obsessed I am with scrapbooking/sewing), but I didn’t buy anything! But the market travels from city to city and I will definitely catch it sometime later.

After a day well spent outside I had so much energy, that I started cleaning the kitchen.  And hoovered the whole house. And then baked banana bread.

(gah, I truly suck at taking pictures at night)

Banana bread

3 ripe bananas (I used two and it was fine)

2 eggs

2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar (I used cane sugar)

1 teaspoon baking soda

a little bit of salt

nuts ( I used almonds)

Mash bananas and eggs together. Add the rest of ingredients and mix them together. Bake at 175 C (347 F) for about an hour (mine was done after 35 minutes, but my over is crazy fast).

Chris loves banana bread and he got so excited about it, that this is what’s left of it after 5 hours:

I only had a couple of pieces – so good! But I still prefer muffins 😉

When it came to making dinner, I was still pretty inspired and energetic, so I decided to make  something with the  risotto/paella rice that’s been sitting in my cupboard forever. I remember how my ex boyfriend fried this rice and then cooked it until it would get all mushy, but I couldn’t remember or find the proportions. Well, I just did whatever I thought was right and it took me about an hour to get this freaking rice to be relatively soft. Still not perfect.

Pwetty! So we have the non-perfect rice with oregano and basil, a vegetable burger (I love meat substitutes!) and a colorful load of raw veggies.

Actually, I just figured out today that my view on vegetables has changed dramatically in the past months. I was never really a veggie person, but now I CRAVE them! Good for me I guess?

Time to go to sleep! Goodnight!

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