My own little herb garden

The last days have been really busy for me and I had no time (nor strenght!) to post here. This time of the year always brings a lot of changes, plus it makes me kind of slow and sleepy. Do you also have it?

Some time ago I found a cool thing – ‘herb crate’. I’ve always wanted to have fresh herbs at home but I thought it was a difficult task to grow them and take care of them everyday. But turns out it’s nothing complicated!

I got a crate with chives, oregano, basil and parsley.

First they weren’t growing at all and I wasn’t sure how much and how often I should water them. You can imagine how happy I was when I saw this little green baby one morning!

Now I have a lot of babies!

I can’t wait for them to be big enough so that I can eat them, mwahahaha!

In other news, I made this salad the other day and it was so good!

It’s corn salad (apparently also called Lewiston cornsalad, lamb’s lettuce, fetticus, field salad, mรขche, feldsalat, nut lettuce and rapunzel… TMI, Wiki!) with mozzarella, strawberries and sesame seeds, plus balsamic vinegar.

How have you been doing lately?

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

My weekend

The weekend was so nice that I didn’t even spend a lot of time online (which is rare for me!). ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a great day!

 

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜›

All in all, they’re a bit too sweet, but edible – we’ve already taken care of half of the batch ๐Ÿ˜›

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