You know I am a breakfast person. Without a decent breakfast I cannot function. During the week we usually have muesli, granola or porridge for breakfast with fresh fruit, a cup of tea and a fresh juice or smoothie.
A decent granola with lots of nuts is a good thing to get you started in the morning. Why not make granola yourself for a change? It’s not that difficult at all and you can put in all the stuff you like. This is a recipe for a classic granola mixture with almonds, walnuts, coconut and cranberries. It tastes super good with greek yoghurt and fresh figs.
Homemade granola can also be a nice gift (Christmas!). Personalize the granola mixture according to what friends and family like and put it in a pretty glass jar with a ribbon. They will love it.
Here are some ideas for variations:
– cocoa nibs
– brazil nuts
– pumpkin or sunflower seeds
– dried apricots
– dried mango
– sweetened with maple syrup or honey
– spiced up with cinnamon or cardamom
Always toss in the dried fruit after the granola has been baked in the oven.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup buckwheat flakes
1/2 cup rice flakes
1 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup dried, shredded coconut
1/2 – 1 cup agave syrup
1/2 cup dried cranberries
What you need for one batch:
Preheat oven to 180°C. Place the rolled oats, buckwheat and rice flakes, nuts and dried coconut in a large bowl. If you can’t find buckwheat or rice flakes, use a larger amount of classic rolled oats. Add the agave syrup until evenly incorporated. Place everything on a baking tray and bake for about twenty minutes. About every five minutes toss and turn everything around. Then allow the mixture to cool down and add the cranberries. Mix well.
I have seen pictures of this breakfast dish so many times on blogs or in food magazines and it always made my mouth water. This breakfast combines two of my favorite things: eggs and avocados! Today I finally made it for the first time and it was super yummy. It is perfect for a late weekend breakfast of brunch. I used 2 large chili peppers for it, which made it quite spicy and actually made us sweat. I love to eat spicy. Leave out the chili peppers or remove the seeds if you don’t.
Huevos Rancheros is a traditional Mexican breakfast dish which exists in different variations with black beans, rice, guacamole and sour cream. This is my version of it with a spicy tomato sauce, avocado and feta cheese. I hope you like it – let me know!
2 corn or wheat tortillas
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1-2 chili peppers, finely chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 – 1 cup feta cheese
A handful of chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper
In a small pan, sweat onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add the chili peppers. If you don’t like it too spicy, then remove the seeds from the chili peppers first. Stir-fry for about five minutes, then add the tomatoes. Let everything simmer over medium heat for about ten minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile cut the avocado lengthwise, remove the pit and the skin and the cut the avocado into strips and set aside. Roast the tortillas one by one with a little bit of olive oil in a pan over high heat on both sides until they become a little brown. Place the tortillas on a plate. Arrange avocado and the tomato sauce on top. Crumble some feta cheese over it and then place a fried egg on top. Garnish with fresh cilantro.
I was so in the mood for seafood when I drove home from work Friday night. So I stopped at my favorite fish dealer in town not knowing what to buy. I let the guy in shop explain every single fish to me (I might not be the easiest customer) and then left with a bag of crayfish.
So we had spaghetti with crayfish for lunch yesterday. A very quick and simple pasta dish. It’s ready in no time. With a good amount of crème fraîche it is not the lightest meal ever but so creamy and delicious. With a good glass of white wine, it is a perfect weekend lunch. The rich and creamy sauce also goes well with shrimps. You should try it.
Spaghetti for two
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Approx. 200g crayfish meat
150 g crème fraîche
Small handful of fresh marjoram
1 tablespoon tomato paste
A pinch of chili flakes
1-2 generous tablespoons of white whine
A dash of fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Cook spaghetti in slightly salted water until al dente. In a small pan, sweat onion and garlic over medium heat in olive oil until translucent. Add the rest of the ingredients apart from the crayfish and stir well. Bring to a short boil and then turn of the heat. Add crayfish and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Strain pasta and top with crayfish sauce. Serve with fresh marjoram.
When I read on Facebook that Sarah Britton will compose a dinner together with Restaurant De Kas in Amsterdam, I was instantly hooked! I always wanted to have dinner at De Kas plus one of my favorite food bloggers! How fantastic is that?!
The restaurant is an old greenhouse and probably one of the best locations for a restaurant I have ever been to. At De Kas they believe that food tastes best when it is prepared with the freshest, local ingredients. They grow their own vegetables, herbs and edible flowers in the greenhouse and surrounding gardens and on a farm outside Amsterdam. Everything else is supplied from other farms in the vicinity of the city. The menu changes daily according to the daily harvest and additional ingredients from the local suppliers.
For this special dinner, Sarah Britton, a Copenhagen based Canadian Holistic Nutritionist whose blog I have been following for quite a few years now, composed a dinner together with the restaurant.
The menu was fantastic! A true celebration of plant-based food. Creative, inspiring and absolutely delicious. There were two starters to share, one soup, a stunning main course and a dessert:
Salad of red beetroot and choggia beet, natural soda of beetroot, rocket lettuce, sea buckthorn berry
Lacto fermentated purple carrot and roasted carrot with a salsa of nasturium leaves and young spinach
Soup of roasted pumpkin and pimento with pumpkin seeds, Chinese chives and young mizuna
Socca with eggplant caviar, dried kale, roasted Jerusalem artichoke, young leek, green beans, marinated wild mushrooms, lentils and a herb salad
Poached pear, crumble of fennel, caramelized pear, honey comb, wild fennel leaves and pear sorbet
My favorite was the socca, a chickpea crepe, topped with an abundance of different veggies and mushrooms. The flavors were absolutely amazing. I also loved the beetroot Kombucha, which was served with the starter.
We had a wonderful evening and I was very happy to meet Sarah, who is a true inspiration, making healthy eating even more attractive.
Make sure to check out Sarah’s blog My New Roots and Restaurant De Kas.
My latest addiction: raw buckwheat porridge! THE cold summer porridge. Porridge? Cold? Believe me – it is absolutely delicious. On cold days I love a hot oat porridge for breakfast but in the summer this one is just perfect. Get yourself a big pack of buckwheat groats! Raw buckwheat porridge its healthy, filling and easy to make.
It has been very quiet here lately as the weather has been so good and also because I started to become crazy about triathlon. I finished my first triathlon beginning of July and it was so much fun. I was so proud passing that finish line. I already signed up for the next one in Cologne in September. Training all three disciplines is never boring, it keeps me fit and strong and one of the most important things: I can eat a lot!
2 cups buckwheat groats, soaked in water overnight
1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 cup (5 tablespoons) maple syrup
In a bowl, pour two cups of buckwheat groats with about double the amount of water. Soak for at least there hours – better: overnight. After soaking, rinse well in a strainer. Place buckwheat groats in a blender. Add milk and maple syrup and blend for a couple of minutes until smooth. I love to refine my raw buckwheat porridge with a tablespoon of nut butter (almond butter or peanut butter) and a little bit of vanilla extract. Ideas for toppings: Fresh or dried fruit, nuts, shredded coconut, chia seeds, hemp seeds…
It has been ages since our last home-baked sunday cake. So today I made a strawberry cake. Strawberry season is on and so I bought 1 kg of strawberries at the farmers’ market yesterday. We made a strawberry banana smoothie and this cake.The cake is made with buckwheat flour.
Buckwheat is often referred to as a pseudo grain as it is technically not a grain. Buckwheat is derived from the seeds of a flowering plant which is related to rhubarb and sorrel. The seeds have a triangular shape and are known as buckwheat groats. The groats are frequently made into flour to make pancakes or crêpes, noodles (in the Japanese cuisine buckwheat is used to make soba noodles) or other gluten-free products. The whole groats can be used as an alternative to rice or are used to make porridge (very delicious!). Buckwheat is more frequently used in Eastern Europa but especially in Russia. I use buckwheat quite a lot in the kitchen as I like its nutty, earthy taste.
We were so hungry when we came back from a run that we just ate half of the cake. Only one week to go until my first triathlon. The past weeks have been quite intense with swimming, biking and running. It is so much fun and I am very much looking forward to next week!
About 500g (1 pound) of fresh strawberries, ready prepared – cut into halves
2,5 cups of buckwheat flour
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 cup rice milk (or milk of choice)
1 cup raw cane sugar
A pinch of vanilla extract
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 180°C. Grease a springform pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients apart from the strawberries until you have a smooth batter. Pour half of the batter into the springform pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Arrange half of the strawberries on top and then pour over the rest of the batter and spread evenly. Decorate the top of the cake with the rest of the strawberries and then put it into the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes.
This is so easy to prepare and you will love it: a simple hummus jazzed up with one roasted red pepper. You just have to roast a red pepper in the oven and then all the ingredients can simply be thrown in a food processor. Easy thing. A great dip for a barbecue or to be served before dinner with flatbread and some olives – that’s what we did as you can see in the picture!
1,5 cups cooked chickpeas (you can use tinned chickpeas)
1 red bell pepper
1 heaped teaspoon tahini
Juice from 1 lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper
Preheat oven to 200°C (grill-mode). Divide the pepper in half and remove the core. Place both halves on the top rack of your oven (if your broiler is located at the top of your oven). Grill the pepper about ten minutes on both sides, until the skin is a little charred. Place the roasted pepper halves and the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and process for 1 -2 minutes until smooth. Sprinkle with olive oil and paprika powder before serving.
Deviled eggs are an all time party hit! If you having a little party buffet, deviled eggs are a must and will probably be the first dish to be finished. They are also a perfect for any brunch. I love them.
I made a new version of deviled eggs swapping the mayonnaise with yogurt and goat cheese. It makes the filling much lighter. Topped with thinly sliced radishes and radish sprouts, this is the ultimate spring version of deviled eggs.
I was having a cooking spree today as I bought a new food processor yesterday. It was definitely a good investment as it can also be used as a centrifugal juicer and or old juicer is broken. And you know, I love to juice!
Makes 12 deviled egg halves:
6 hard-boiled eggs
1/4 cup plain full fat yogurt
1 tablespoon olive oil
50 g crumbled goat cheese
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon of salt
A pinch of Cayenne pepper
Thinly sliced radishes
Peel the eggs, cut them lengthwise into halves. Remove the egg yolk and transfer it into a mixing bowl. Place the egg halves on a serving plate. Smash the egg yolks with a fork. Add yogurt, olive oil, goat cheese, lemon juice and mustard and mix well until you have a smooth mixture. Season with salt and Cayenne pepper. Fill the mixture into the egg halves. Garnish with sliced radish and radish sprouts. Sprinkle with sea salt.
I have been gazing at spring food pictures in quite a few food magazines over the past weeks, longing for the fresh produce to finally be available. Every year I eagerly await the asparagus season. Now it’s finally here! And fresh ramps! Time to make a refreshing spring salad!
This salad is inspired by a classic Lebanese Tabbouleh (or Taboulé) salad. But here it’s Bulgur and spring veggies: perfect match. The almonds give the salad a crunchy twist. The salad is great on its own or served as a side dish. Traditionally Tabbouleh is part of a Mezze.
Look at the beautiful ramps!
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1 cup bulgur
1 cup ramps leaves, chopped
10-12 green asparagus stalks, ends removed
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 chopped spring onion
Juice from 1 lemon
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
For the dressing:
Bring bulgur with double the amount of slightly salted water to a boil and then let it simmer for about ten minutes over medium heat until the water is absorbed. Set bulgur aside to cool down. Simmer green asparagus in slightly salted water over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Drain asparagus and allow to cool down. After that chop the asparagus into small pieces. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl, pour the dressing on top and mix everything well.
Today I have a good idea for you to use Quinoa. Why not make some delicious and crunchy Quinoa patties with spinach? It’s quick, easy and the variations are endless. A good alternative to the classic hamburger patty. However, having Quinoa patties in-between two slices of bread or a bun is not what I recommend. I suggest serving the patties with a big green salad.
Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days. The patties are also good as a snack on the go or as part of a lunchbox. I make myself a lunchbox everyday and I have been looking for new ideas lately. I also bought a good book called The Just Bento Cookbook which has some great ideas for Japanese style lunch boxes. This whole Japanese bento box thing – the art of composing a well-balanced and visually appealing meal in a box – is so interesting! What do you think?
1,5 cups Quinoa
2 cups frsh spinach, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup whole grain rye flour
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
Makes about 8 patties:
Cook Quinoa with about double the amount of water and a pinch of salt. When ready, allow to cool down and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Form little, flat patties and fry them with rapeseed oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat for about five to eight minutes on both sides until golden brown. The patties taste good with pesto.