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Mostly healthy & tasty colourful cooking with Sophie's twist!

Refreshing vanilla strawberry buttermilk smoothies!

Do you want one?

Do you want one?

This afternoon, I made these refreshing delicious vanilla strawberry buttermilk smoothies because I had buttermilk & strawberries to use up in my fridge!

I made them for my cleaning lady & myself. They were just right! Easy to make, so refreshing & ooh so delicious too!  We both agreed on that! :)

Yum Yum Yum!

Yum Yum Yum!

Recipe: For 2 larger smoothies = 1000 ml = 4 cups

Ingredients:

500 ml unsweetened cold buttermilk, straight from the fridge

12 fat large juicy strawberries, cold, straight from the fridge, cleaned, hulled & each cut up into 2

2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract/ I use home-made

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

Method:

1. Take your Vitamix & add all ingredients in this order in it. Place fitted lid with tamper in it. Blend on full power & on high-speed until fully joined. Use the tamper, to push ingredients into the running blades. It took me 15 seconds. You must taste the buttermilk, the strawberries & a hint of vanilla. I only used 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar because you need that tang of the buttermilk in here! ;) Pour into 2 larger smoothy glasses & enjoy with a thick straw! Yum yum, I say! :) xxx

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The ingredients before blending!

The ingredients before blending!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A warm Puy lentil, parsnip & watercress salad!

MMM! :)

MMM! :)

This evening, I made this tasty warm Puy lentil, roasted parsnip & watercress salad. A seasonal warm salad! I topped it with shaved sheep’s Pecorino. I drizzled this tasty salad with a fitted garlic-lavender honey-mustard dressing! All of the flavours went magically together,..;You taste the sweet of the parsnip, the salty of the cheese on top, the peppery side of the fresh watercress & the dressing topped it with tasty deliciousness,…:) Oooh yeah! I know that you will love this warm tasty salad too! ;)

Digg in, I say!

Digg in, I say!

Recipe: For 2 persons

Ingredients:

1/2 bunch of fresh watercress, big stalks removed

Pecorino sheep’s cheese, a smaller piece, grated not so fine

* For the cooked Puy lentils:

75 gr dried Puy lentils

1/2 white onion

1 dried bay leaf

4 parsley stalks

black pepper

Maldon sea salt

* For the oven-roasted parsnips:

3 big parsnips, peeled & cut up into bite-sized chunks

black pepper

sea salt

a fruity extra virgin olive oil

* For the mustard-lavender honey dressing:

2 teaspoons mustard

2 teaspoons lavender honey or another good honey

1 tablespoon lemon juice

4 tablespoons of a fruity extra virgin olive oil

1 fat clove of garlic, cut up finely

black pepper

Maldon sea salt

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (400 F ) for 10 minutes. Place your parsnip chunks in 1 layer in a fitted non-stick oven dish & add some black pepper & sea salt. Drizzle with a fruity evoo. With clean hands, mingle everything together. Roast until tender. It took me 25 minutes. Turn your parsnips over, after half of the cooking time.

2. First, place your dried lentils in a cooking pot. Just cover them with water, bring to the boil & boil for 1 minute. Drain well & fill again with water until it just covers the lentils. Add your aromatics to the lentils. This is the 1/2 onion, 4 parsley stalks & 1 dried bay leaf. Bring to the boil & simmer the lentils until just cooked through. I had to add a bit of hot water to my lentils. My lentils were cooked through after 20 minutes. Keep warm. Take your aromatics out of your lentils.

3. In the meantime, make your dressing. I placed my garlic in my pestle & mortar & added a bit of sea salt & pasted it into a kind of paste. I put this into a clean jam pot & added the other ingredients too. I closed my jam pot with a fitted lid & shaked my dressing up & down & up & down until all was well emulsified. Taste! It has to taste fabulous!

4. When you are ready to plate up, divide your watercress on the 2 plates. Arrange your parsnip chunks all over the 2 plates & divide your cooked aromatic Puy lentils in the middle & around the sides of your plates. Drizzle your dressing all over each plate, into a circle. Scatter some grated sheep’s Pecorino cheese all over the top of each salad & enjoy instantly with a loved one, of course! ;) MMM,…I assure you! ;)

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Spiced rhubarb compote! Vegan + Gluten-Free!

Spiced rhuabrb compote!

Spiced rhubarb compote!

Today, I made this lovely & very yummy spiced rhubarb compote. I had a lot of fresh rhubarb stalks from my parents’ garden & had to use it up! So, I made this tasty spiced rhubarb compote & used home-made vanilla extract, fresh orange juice, some coconut sugar to sweeten & speculaas spices for an added kick!

Recipe 1: For a whole lot of spiced rhubarb compote!

Ingredients:

920 gr fresh rhubarb stalks, cleaned & cut into 1 to 2 cm pieces

2 tablespoons Gf vanilla extract/ I used home-made

3 to 5 tablespoons powdered coconut sugar

juice of 2 oranges

1 +1/2 teaspoon speculaas spices/ Here is how to make them yourself: 

4 tablespoons of ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon of ground cloves

1 tablespoon of ground ginger

1 tablespoon of ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon of ground green cardamom

Mix all spices together in a fitting bowl. Whisk everything well together & use 1 + 1/2 teaspoon in this rhubarb compote. Store the rest in a jam pot with fitting lid & label it. Store in a dry cupboard. Use the rest in Speculaas cookies, in pancake batter, in cookies, in waffles, on top of your muesli, on granola, etc!
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Method:
1. Take a large cook pot & put all the rhubarb pieces in it. Ad vanilla, juice of 2 oranges, 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar to begin with & your speculaas spices.  Mix everything well with a large spoon & bring to the boil. When boiling, let it simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes until the rhubarb has been reduced, cooked through & you will end up with a compote. Reduce it more if you want to. Take off the heat & taste. If it is still to sour, add some more coconut sugar. I added 4 tablespoons in total! So, your compote is ready, let it cool down or use instantly.

* How to use?

It is great on its own, still warm, eaten like that with a big spoon! ;)

It is great warmly served: on top of home-made waffles, on top of pancakes, with yoghurt & muesli for a great breakfast
Use it for making desserts, like in crisps, crumbles or cobblers,…

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A famous belgian beer called Duvel & a recipe using it! Witloof & Duvel soup!

Duvel is a great & famous Belgian beer! And it is vegan too!

Duvel is from the Belgian brewery Moortgat. Moortgat brewery was founded in 1871 by Jan-Leonard Moortgat. He was already descended from a family of brewers. In the 1950’s The 3rd generation of Moortgat’s took over the control of the brewery.

Ever since 1871, the 1st generation of the brewery Moortgat, brewed their first beers. They did this with a whole lot of exquisite craftsmanship and technique, a lot of patience & a whole lot of love. Duvel is a 100% pure and natural beer without additives & preservatives. And you taste that difference. This Duvel beer has a higher alcohol percentage then other beers, 8.5 %, gives this beer a huge dense head, has delicate pearls & gives a silky mouthfeeling. That is why Duvel is something special. Duvel is brewed with Pilsner malt and white sugar, and hopped with Saaz Hops and Styrian Goldings, the yeast still stems from the original culture of Scottish yeast bought by Albert Moortgat during a business tour of the U.K. just after World War 1!!!!                                                                  
Duvel Beer!

Duvel Beer! It is my husband’s favourite beer! :)

Duvel is a strong golden pale ale. Duvel means Devil because this is the dialect for the dutch word: Duivel, meaning devil. Duvel, is the company’s best known product which is exported to more than 40 countries!!! Ooh yes! Their headquarters are in  Breendonk, Flanders, Belgium.

Duvel Moortgat was an original investor in the Brewery Ommegang craft brewery founded in Cooperstown, NY, in the late 1990s. More recently, the Belgian company took over complete control of the brewery and founded a stateside sales organization Duvel USA to handle both Ommegang and Duvel Moortgat brands and others.

                                                                     
                                                                  Duvel factory
Duvel
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1871
Headquarters BreendonkBelgium
Products Beer
Production output 270,000 hl (2001)
Witlof & Duvel soup
I made this divine silky smooth witlof & Duvel soup, that is vegan & ooh so tasty too. This soup is a Belgian speciality. In soup, we usually use Blonde aka white beer, what beer you choose is up to you! I chose Duvel because it has that typical citrus & orange flavour in it. I served this with my twist: Sophie’s twist! Because you can taste a hint of citrus & orange in your beer, I added finely grated orange zest on top of my soup & also added raw freshly shredded witlof leaves! Enjoy!
TIP: Just before serving your soup, you need to shred finely your raw witlof leaves, otherwise they will lose their white & yellow colour!!!! ;)
A tasty & silky smooth witlof & Duvel beer soup, topped with fresh raw witlof shreds & grated orange zest!

A tasty & silky smooth witlof & Duvel beer soup, topped with fresh raw witlof shreds & grated orange zest!

Belgian endives aka witlof

Belgian endives aka witlof

Recipe: For 3 persons, each 1 big bowl
Ingredients:
5 witlof, washed, pad dry on kitchen paper, cleaned, the rough end brown round cut off, cut into rougher rounds & then into 2 ( mine weighted 630 gr before cleaning
200 gr floury potatoes, peeled & cut into bite sized chunks
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
800 ml of a good hot vegan stock
100 ml Duvel beer
black pepper, finely milled
Maldon sea salt
vegan butter
2 shalots, peeled & finely diced
To serve:
1 organic orange, skin grated, but not too fine, like: see picture soup!
1 witlof, washed, pad dry on kitchen paper, cut into thinner round shreds, like this:
Raw finbely shreeed wirlof leaves!

Raw finely shredded witlof leaves!

Method:

1. Take a large cooking pot & add a few knobs of vegan butter. Turn heat onto high. When hot, add shalot & potato pieces. Add 1 teaspoon of dried thyme & stir often. Reduce the heat if you need to. After 3 to 5 minutes, add the witlof pieces & stir everything well round in the pot. Add about 300 ml of that hot vegan stock & add the Duvel beer too. Stir well round. Bring to the boil. When boiling, add the other leftover stock & cook until potato pieces are cooked through. It took me 14 minutes. Turn the heat off. Taste your soup. I added 7 grins of finely milled black pepper & scattered some sea salt in the soup. I stirred it into my soup.

2. I took my Vitamix & mixed my soup completely fine & silky smooth. I used my tamper too. Taste again. It was just divine. Firstly, you must taste the bitter flavour of the witlof & then you can taste the citrus & orange connection of the Duvel beer.

3. When you are going to serve your soup, take 1 clean witlof & shred it finely with a sharp knife, see picture above. Laddle your soup into lovely soup bowls & top the middle of each bowl with a few shredded raw witlof leaves & scatter some grated orange zest around it, into each bowl of soup! Just like this:

MMMM8 The orange zest goes so well with the citrus flavours in the beer & the raw shredded witlof leaves go so well with the witlof flavour in the soup! Double yummm! :)

MMM! The orange zest goes so well with the citrus flavours in the beer & the raw shredded witlof leaves go so well with the witlof flavour in the soup!
Double yum! :)

Enjoy instantly with a loved one! This is a great soup for dinner parties too! :)

You also can find this tasty recipe here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Belgian-Duvel-witloof-soup/

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Organic pork chops in a grain mustard & orange sauce, with green beans & maple syrup coated sweet potato rounds

A tasty & sublime dinner! That grain mustard &orange sauce goes so well on top of the cooked green beans!

A tasty & sublime dinner! That grain mustard & orange sauce goes so well on top of the cooked green beans & with the round sweet potato maple syrup coated circles!

This dinner, I made yesterday evening. I had some new organic coarse whole grain mustard in the house. I had to use it, didn’t I? It looks so special too, don’t you think?

Coarse whole grain mustard, organic too!

Coarse whole grain mustard, organic too!

I also bought organic boneless pork chops & wanted to make a sauce with it. So, I made this!

Recipe: for 2 persons

Ingredients:

** For the pork chops & sauce:

2 organic boneless pork chops, each 220 gr, so 440 gr in total

Maldon sea salt

black pepper, finely milled

coarse whole grain mustard : 2 tablespoons

freshly squeezed orange juice : 150 ml

dry white wine : 50 ml

baking margarine

sunflower oil

** For the green beans:

350 gr green beans, weighted when uncleaned, tops & tails removed, cut into 2 ( I had very large beans so I cut them into 2 or  3 )

Maldon sea salt

** For the maple syrup coated baked sweet potato rounds:

3 tablespoons maple syrup, I used organic & grade C

baking margarine

3 big sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 3 thicker chunks, ( when cooked , drained, we cut them into 2 or 3, into 1 cm rounds )

Method:

1. Cook your sweet potato chunks in some sea salted boiling water until tender & cooked through. Drain well & cut each thicker round into 2 or 3 smaller rounds, each 1 cm thick. Keep warm. Cook your beans in some salted water & boil until just cooked through. Drain & keep warm.

2. When your beans are cooked, take a large non-stick pan & add some baking margarine. Now, season your 2 pork chops, on each side with Maldon sea salt & finely milled black pepper. In a hot Creuset pot, pour a few drizzles of sunflower oil & add few knobs of baking margarine & let it melt. When hot, add your pork chops & fry on both sides for 3 to 5 minutes until all sides are fully browned & you don’t see any raw meat. So until they are seared! Then, add 2 tablespoons of that whole grain mustard, add white wine & orange juice too. Stir everything round in your hot pot & place the fitting lid on. Leave your pork chops in here, but turn them over after 5 minutes & pour the sauce to be over the pork chops, now & then. Leave the pork chops in here for at least 10 minutes or until your sauce has been reduced & your pork chops are just cooked through. You still want the pork chops to be juicy & a bit pink inside but not raw! When you think your pork chops are ready & tender, take 1 out & place onto a chopping board & cut into the flesh. If ready, place back into the hot pot & place the lid on. Turn the fire off & let the meat rest for 5 minutes. Because you want them to be juicy & tender on the inside! ;)

3. In the meantime, fry your sweet potato rounds in some baking margarine, in a large pan until browned on all sides for about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Then, pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of the maple syrup all over it. Let it caramelize a bit & turn the potato rounds also over on the other side. Carefully watch it all so the rounds don’t burn!!! Lower your heat if you need to. When ready, turn heat off & keep warm.

4. Now, plate up & pour your sauce over your juicy pork chop. Place green beans & potato rounds on the other side. Enjoy instantly with a loved one! We had a bit of the sauce left, to pour over the green beans because they go so well with that lovely sauce! Enjoy! :) xxx

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Beans bar in Mechelen: One of my 2 favourite special coffee bars!!!

Today, I visited one of my 2 favourite Coffee bars in Mechelen. This is one of them. It’s name is Beans bar: coffee, bagels & more,…!!!

Beans coffee bar!Cosy, yummy & friendly staff!

Beans coffee bar!
Cosy interior & yummy foods & drinks!

This lovely, cosy & not too large coffee bar is located in the historic center of our town, Mechelen. It has 2 floors where you can relax, sit in chairs, in high stools at a bar, in lovely fauteuils & indulge in tasty & deliciously foods & drinks, hot or cold! You can eat these tasty pastries, bagels & wraps all day long, from when they open until they close at 6 PM. Everything that you can drink or savour here, you can take-away too!  This comes in handy, for when you are in a rush!

yummy foods to buy & savour at reasonable prices too!

Tasty cookies, marshmallows, pralines & chocolate drops to buy & savour at reasonable prices too!

Location? Ijzerenleen, 37, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium. 015/63.91.57.

Open?

In wintertime, the coffee bar is closed on Mondays. Open From Tuesday till Saturday from 8 AM til 6 PM.

Closed on Sundays & Festive days.

Lovely coffee related gifts: all beautifully wrapped up!

Lovely coffee related gifts: all beautifully wrapped up!

This coffee bar is from the owner, Sarah. She is a true female barista. 

Over onsPicture from their own website.

What do they have on their menu???

So many tasty foods to choose!

So many tasty foods to choose!

** For starters, they are also famous for their tasty breakfasts. You can choose between 5 different breakfast options, example, like a small breakfast consists of choice between 3 types of coffee or tea, with fresh orange juice & a croissant. This will cost you: 5,90€. Or a larger breakfast like Beans Deluxe Breakfast, consists of a choice between 3 types of coffee or tea, a glass of fresh orange juice, a normal bagel, a croissant, ham & cheese slices, jam, chocolate spread & to top that of, a glass of a fine Italian prosecco! This will cost you: 12,90€. What a big breakfast, hey? You could also choose a lighter brekky like yoghurt with honey & muesli. This will cost you: 4,50€. There are also other Greek yoghurt with fruit options.

Beside these stunning breakfasts, you could also choose between vegan juices & healthy vegetarian smoothies like Bean’s up: A smoothy that has orange, strawberry, yoghurt & banana in it. This will cost you: 4,50€. You can also take them away, when you are in a hurry but need a healthy smoothy to start you day with!! 

You also can choose a lovely bagel sandwich. You can choose between 5 different types of bagels, like white, multi-cereal, with sesame seeds, with maw seeds or a sweeter bagel with raisins & cinnamon. The basic spread is a dairy-full cream cheese. You can choose between 3 types of cream cheese, like the normal plain one, one with fine herbs & one with dill & cucumber in it. On top of that, you also can choose between 8 sorts of bagel fillings. Not one of them is vegan but there are 2 vegetarian ones.  I tested one.

One is called: Giant Giro. It has the type of cream cheese on it that you chose, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, home-made green pesto, pine nuts & rocket leaves. This one will cost you: 5,80€. I savoured this one with a normal white bagel & normal plain cream cheese. It tasted divine! The other vegetarian one is called: Cheesy French. It has the type of cream cheese you chose on it, brie cheese, honey, walnut pieces & rocket leaves ( arugula ). This one will also cost you the same amount of 5,80€.

** They also sell: All sorts of coffees, latte based coffees, coffee specialties, Iced coffees, home-made hot chocolates & some fine teas too!

You even can get decaf & soy milk based café lattes too! Everything made with milk, you can substitute with soy milk, with NO added cost!! Just like a hot chocolate , you can choose soy milk instead of the normal cow’s milk, with a choice between : white milk chocolate drops, sweet chocolate ones & dark chocolate ones. This will cost you for a small one: 2,60€ & for a large one: 3,20€.

I normally choose a coffee speciality like Crazy Caramel with soymilk  ( = a soy based café latte with caramel in it. ) It costed me : 3,30 €.

Soy based café latte with caramel called Crazy Caramel! MMM!

Soy based café latte with caramel called Crazy Caramel! MMM!

The same soy based Crazy Caramel! View from the top: you see that lovely swirled caramel??? Yum!

The same hot drink! View from the top: you see that lovely swirled caramel??? Yum!

Every month, they sell a bagel of the month & a coffee of the month. Everyone loves these variations. They are always very yummy indeed & have a lot of success too! :) Good for them & for us too!

This month, that is the BLT Bagel  (= A bagel filled with Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato with a yoghurt dressing & pine nuts. ) Costs? 5,80€.

The coffee of the month is Tiramisu Temptation  (= A latte with Tiramisu syrup with crème fraîche, cacao & boudoir cookies. ) These cookies are normally known as the tiramisu cookies that you use to make this dessert in Belgium. Costs? 3,80€.

Everything that you can drink or savour here, you can take-away too!  This comes in handy!

** You can also savour some tasty filled wraps. None are vegan but there is only one vegetarian option. Prices range from 5,80€ till 6,20€.

** They have tasty dessert too. Ranging from 5 types of special tarts each day, like a tiramisu cheesecake, white chocolate cake with speculaas, cookies, cakes, muffins, etc. You even can buy tart pieces for 1 person to savour or to take away to the home front! None of these are vegan!!! They aren’t made in this lovely house of temptation but at Julie’s House in Gent!

** Home-made soup with bread: Every day there is a fresh home-made vegan soup, served with bread. Costs? 5,50€.

So, when you are going to Mechelen, stop by this tasty address. It is a keeper!!! Then, we should meet there & catch up!

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Vegan rosemary roasted Jerusalem artichokes with red onion wedges & garlic!

MMM! Vegan rosemary, red onion & garlic oven roasted Jerusalem artichokes!

MMM! Vegan rosemary, red onion & garlic oven roasted Jerusalem artichokes!

This evening, I made this tasty oven roasted side dish: all vegan! I roasted well-scrubbed & thinly sliced Jerusalem artichokes, aka sunchokes & added red onion wedges & 5 unpeeled garlic cloves. I seasoned with black pepper, Maldon sea salt & dried rosemary salt. I poured a fruity evoo over it all & mingled it well with my hands! I served this with a potato mash with the same rosemary salt in it & fried herby vegan sausages! Yummy yummy! ;)

MMM! I served this tasty vegan side dish with vegan herb sausages & a lovely mash with the same rosemary salt as on the roasted veggies!

MMM! I served this tasty vegan side dish with vegan herb sausages & a lovely mash with the same rosemary salt as on the roasted veggies!

I adore cooking with forgotten vegetables. In Dutch we call them : aardperen, in French: topinambours. You can buy them in Brussels at the market or in food health shops. At the market, they are less expensive. You can store them quite well in a bag in the fridge. I do everything with them. I bake them, I roast them, I mash them & I make soup.

It is a very underestimated vegetable. I like the sweetness of them. It is also good for you. There is inulin in it . It is the oposit of insulin. This means it has the good sugars. It is a good vegetable for diabetics! When you prepare the artichokes, when you peel them with a vegetable peeler, you have to put them in acid water otherwise they will brown very quickly. You don’t need that!

Recipe: For 2 persons, with a bit of seconds

Ingredients:

** For the oven roasted veggies:

830 gr uncleaned whole Jerusalem artichokes, ( sunchokes ), well-washed, well-scrubbed, nasty & dirty rough bites removed, thinly sliced, not paper-thin otherwise those pieces will become crisps & you don’t want that! :) When you peel them, they brown quickly, so put them in cold water where you add something sour to it. I added lemon juice to prevent browning! Just before roasting, pad them dry on kitchen paper.

5 fat cloves of garlic, UNPeeled!

a fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( EVOO ): 4 tablespoons

Maldon sea salt: 1/2 teaspoon + 2 pinches extra

freshly finely grinned black pepper: 15 grins

1 fat red onion, peeled & cut into finer wedges

dried rosemary sea salt: 1/2 teaspoon & a bit extra pinches

** For the potato mash:

floury potatoes, enough for 2 persons, peeled & cut into smaller pieces

a vegan plant-based milk : I used unsweetened soy milk

black pepper

Maldon sea salt

dried rosemary sea salt

a knob of vegan butter

** For the herbed vegan sausages:

some vegan baking margarine

2 Wheaty herbed vegan sausages

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 220° C ( 425 F ) for 10 minutes. I always use a fan oven. Adjust your oven to the right temperature.

2. Boil your potatoes until tender. Drain & mash. Season with black pepper & sea salt, but not too much. You also want to season this mash with the same rosemary sea salt as on your oven roasted veggies, for added flavour! Add a knob of vegan butter & beat smooth. Add a splash or 3 of your favourite plant-based milk, I used unsweetened soy milk. Taste! It has to taste fab! Keep warm.

3. In the meantime, lay your sliced, dept dry artichokes slices, in 1 layer in a large non-stick roasting tin. Arrange the red onion wedges all over the tin & tuck your 5 cloves of unpeeled garlic between the rest.  Add 15 grins of black pepper, scatter 1/2 teaspoon of Maldon sea salt & also 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary salt all over the tin. Pour 4 tablespoons of a fruity EVOO all over the veggies. With clean hands, mingle everything together. Just before going into the hot oven, add a few pinches of the rosemary salt extra over the top of the veggies & also 2 pinches of Maldon sea salt! Roast for 15 minutes & then turn the veggies round in the tin to prevent burning & to brown & roast evenly on all sides. Roast for an extra 15 minutes or until the veggies are tender. Prevent burning!

4. Just before serving, fry your vegan sausages in some vegan butter until browned & warmed up. Plate up & enjoy with a loved one! Happy eating! :)

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A Happy & Fun Christmas from Sophie’s Foodie Files!

I wish all of my readers a Happy & fun Christmas filled with joy, fun & really good food! My husband & I love celebrating Christmas together. We also do that with our families!

My lovely decorated Christmas Tree!

My lovely decorated Christmas Tree!

My new ecological wooden carved out Christmas Stall!

My new ecological wooden carved out Christmas Stall!

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Sophie’s festive speculaas, reposted!

Sophie's festive speculaas cookies!

Sophie’s festive speculaas cookies!

Speculaas (Dutch pronunciation: [spekyˈlaːs], Flemish speculoos, French spéculoos) is a type of short crust biscuit (cookie), traditionally baked for consumption on St Nicholas’ Eve in the Netherlands (December 5) and Belgium (December 6).
In recent years it has become available all year round. Speculaas are thin, very crunchy, slightly browned and, most definitely, have some image or figure (often from the traditional stories about St. Nicholas) stamped on the front side before baking, the back is flat.
Speculaas dough does not rise much.
Canadian moose & Canadian maple leaf speculaas cookies

Canadian moose & Canadian maple leaf speculaas cookies

Normally, Sinterklaas comes in Belgium, in the night of 5th december to 6th december. On the evening of the 5th of December, the children put their shoes next to the chimney. They lay sugar beets or carrots for the Saints horse. They also present food or drinks for Sinterklaas himself, near the chimney because he works a lot that night. He must be very hungry too. Also, he rides his white horse & works alongside his dark men, dark helpers, all night long. He does this when the children are asleep, on the roofs of each house. He gives mandarins, sweets & speculaas. Normally, he also gives presents to the children. We all love this lovely white bearded man. If you were a naughty child, the black men would spank you with the mitre from Sinterklaas.
Sinterklaas on its white horse

Sinterklaas on its white horse

Sinterklaas & his black helpers

Sinterklaas & his black helpers

Dutch and Belgian versions are baked with light brown (beet) sugar ( cassonade sugar ) and baking powder. You can also use dark cannonade sugar so that the speculaas is darker in colour. Normally, we use speculaas spices, a blend of spices because it is more easier to use. We can buy that in 20 gr sachet in Dille & Kamille. That is a cook shop , their shops are located in many cities in The Netherlands & in Belgium. Their website is www.dille – kamille.be

Speculaas spices

Speculaas spices

You can read it in French & in Dutch. Most Speculaas versions are made from white flour, brown sugar, butter and spices. Some varieties use some almond flour and have slivered almonds embedded in the bottom.

I have 1 recipe with not every spice in it, but you can make your own speculaas mix with, easy like this:
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons ground cinnamon,
1 tablespoon ground cloves,
1 tablespoon ground ginger,
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg &
1 tablespoon ground cardamom.
Method:
Mix all the spices well together & place in a fitting bowl & screw the lid well on. Shake well until all joined. Use 2 teaspoons.
Enjoy!! It works really well!!!
A famous Belgian & Brussels statue: Manneken Pis!

A famous Belgian & Brussels statue: Manneken Pis!

Yes, It’s Manneken Pis! Click on the link to find out who he is!!

My Recipe: for about 65 speculaas, small to medium-sized inclusive 2 larger Moose
Ingredients:
500 gr organic white flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
250 gr lighter brown cannonade sugar ( kinnekes suiker )
200 gr light salted butter, softened
2 organic eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons of speculaas spices / bought or home-made ( see note: above )
Method:
1. Take your Kenwood or Kitchen aide & put the K-paddle in.
2. In a large bowl, sieve the flour & sieve the baking powder. Set aside.
3. Put the softened butter in the fitting bowl together with the sugar. Mix it until it all is well combined.
4. Add the beaten eggs & mix well.
5. Add the speculaas spices & the sifted flour and baking powder. Mix until it all is well combined.
It is now brown in colour. Place the mix onto a floured silpat with floured hands & mix well until you have a thick dough, for about 1 to 2 minutes. The dough will be very sticky. Place cling film all over & place into the fridge, on a plate, for at least 1 to 2 hours to stiffen up. You can also leave it overnight in the fridge. I never do. I can’t wait that long!
6. Preheat your oven to 175°C, ( 347 F ) if you are using a normal oven. 150°C ( 302 F ) fan oven, for 15 minutes. Take 2 oven racks out of the oven & lay silpats on them. I use a fan oven.
7. Take your dough out of the fridge, open the cling film & slice 1 big piece, 1/3 th of the dough. Place the other dough back into the cling film & place into the fridge until you want another piece to work with. So, that the dough will stay firm. Now, lay your silpat in front of you on the table. Flour well. Flour the rolling-pin & roll the dough out to 0,5 cm thick. With your favourite cookie cutters, cut out cookies & reuse the dough again & again until it is all used up. Do flour your Silpat from time to time, because you don’t want the dough to stick. Place onto a silpat on an oven rack, well spaced apart, about 1 inch ( 2,5 cm ) apart & bake for about 13 to 15 minutes until browned & cooked through. In my case, it took every time 15 minutes. Take out of the oven & place onto wiring racks to cool down completely. Do the same to the rest of the dough.
8. When the cookies are completely cold, place into cookie boxes to store or give them as presents.
These are crunchy cookies & a bit soft in the middle.
Enjoy with a good cup of coffee or an excellent cup of tea!
These treats make excellent food gifts!
A knight on his horse!

A knight on his horse!

An excellent food gift, seasonal too!

An excellent food gift, seasonal too!

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You might like:

1. Gluten-Free & Egg-Free speculaas spiced apple muffins

2. Vegan spelt speculaas spiced rhubarb cake with chocolate chips 

3. Vegan rhubarb spelt speculaas crumble served in hot Devon custard ( the custrad is not dairy-free!!! )

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A Spicy Chai Latte with honey & cinnamon & a review!

We have 3 lovely coffee bars here in Mechelen. Recently, I drank a lovely soy milk based chai latte with honey & cinnamon in one of my favourite special coffee bars , here in Mechelen. I had to recreate it at home, of course!

MMM! My new Christams mug from Villeroy & Boch!

The lovely topping of hot foamed soy milk, drizzled honey & dashes of cinnamon!

Because I am lactose-intolerant, I drink soy milk based drinks or soy lattes, etc. I discovered a lovely spicy chai latte brand, called Barú. It is a Belgian company, located in Diepenbeek.  Dark and pure, rich and honest,… as long as it says BARÚ on the outside, you know you’re in for a delicious treat!

They are a small company with a sense of fun and magic. Made by hand in small batches, their dedication to use premium ingredients and their traditional Belgian expertise ensures that everything they make is both full of flavour and creativity.

At BARÚ, innovation and indulgence are rolled into one. They make lovely stuff to eat or drink that makes a smile on your face. Their ultimate goal is to give feel good indulgence, a moment of swirly inspiration!

Spicy chai latte powder

The award-winning Masala Chai Latte will certainly tickle your senses. No added flavours, only real spices and Madagascar bourbon vanilla. For a hearty moment just for you & or shared with friends. It is said, that it is lactose-free on their website but on the back, I can read that it has lactose in it! ????

Lactose Free | Makes 12 cups  | Reddot Design Award
This product has milk protein in it and may contain traces of soya. 
I think, it is a lovely product. It does contain lactose & milk protein. I haven’t got a problem with the lactose in it. It is in small quantities. They that you have to heat 200 milk & then, add 4 teaspoons of the powder to it & whisk well. Enjoy! I found that it was too much chai latte power, too overpowering. So, in my recipe below, I used less! :)
How to use?
* in hot or cold chai lattes
* In desserts
* Use it in pancake batters
* Use it in coffee
* Use it in cookie batters, muffin batters, etc.
My favourite warm drink of the moment: Spicy chai latte with soy milk, topped with honey & cinnamon!

Yummy all the way!

Recipe: For 1 large mug

Ingredients:

400 ml of soy milk/ I use Alpro soy milk, natuur

4 teaspoons Barú spicy chai latte, dried powder

liquid honey, to drizzle on top / I used forest honey

dashes of ground cinnamon

Method:

1. Heat up your soy milk, with the method, you prefer. I heated my milk in a small sauce pan & whisked, whisked, whisked my milk. I needed a lot of milk foam too, to top my mug with. When hot & foamy, remove from the heat & add the teaspoons of the chai latte powder & whisk well. Taste. Is it to your liking, then okay. If not, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of the spicy chai latte mix. I only added 4 teaspoons in total. I found that is was okay for me. I don’t want the flavour to be over powering. Whisk well again. Pour into your lovely mug.

2. Top with your soy milk foam on top. Drizzle a bit of your liquid honey over the top. I drizzled across from one part to the other part & back again & then, drizzled all over the round side of the mug. Sprinkle with dashes of cinnamon.

3. Serve instantly & enjoy your home-made lovely hot Spicy Chai Latte! Mmmmm!

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My husband’s succulent drunken chicken dish & a reason to celebrate!

Yesterday, I had yoga class & afterwards, my husband made for me & for us this wonderful, festive & succulent drunken chicken dish! It is great for entertaining too. Very easy to make, all in one Creuset pot with fitting lid. I hope you enjoy it  as much as we did! Check out the flavours & tasty ingredients too!

MMM! A delightful drunken organic chicken dish with apples, fennel, onion & garlic cloves drunken in apple cider & dry white wine!

Recipe: For 3 persons, with a lot of hunger

Ingredients:

a fruity Evoo

some baking margarine

sea salt

black pepper

2 organic chicken fillets, no skin, each cut into 2 smaller pieces

3 organic bone-in chicken thighs, skin on, cleaned & pad dry on kitchen paper

4 fat cloves of garlic, peeled & finely cut

1 big fennel, cleaned, hard bottom cut out, tubes cut out, sliced into thinner longer slices

1 cup dry white wine

2 cups apple cider

3 sweeter apples, peeled, cored & cut into smaller wedges

1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme

4 dried bay leaves

a generous pinch of saffron

To serve with: fried potato croquettes!

A lovely organic succulent drunken chicken stew!

Method:

1. Heat a Creuset pot on medium high heat. Pour 2 tablespoons of that fruity Evoo & swirl it all around the bottom of the pot. Heat up. When hot, add a knob of baking margarine. Let it melt. Season your chicken pieces with sea salt & black pepper & fry the chicken pieces, skin side down & fry until the skin has turned brown & golden. Repeat with the other side. I has to do this in batches. With the chicken pieces without the skin, fry on both sides until golden brown. Adjust your temperature, if you need to. Place the fried chicken pieces, in a big bowl with fitting lid. Add more olive oil & baking margarine, if you need to.

2. Now, add chopped onion, chopped garlic & chopped fennel & stir often. Fry until brown & golden. Lower the heat if you need to.

3. Add the wine & bring to the boil. Add the cider & bring to the boil again. Nestle the chicken pieces with its juices, all into the hot stew, gently pushing down the meat into the hot liquid. Scatter dried thyme all over the stew & nestle the dried bay leaves into the hot stew. Scatter the pinches of saffron over the stew. Arrange the apple pieces all over & into the hot stew. Bring to the boil & let the stew simmer , with the fitting lid on, until the chicken is just cooked through. This will take about 20 to 30 minutes. After 20 minutes of cooking, remove the lid & let the stew thicken & reduce the stew by simmering vigorously. You want to have a thickened sauce, but not too thick! Taste! the sauce has thickened also with the apple pieces, that have cooked down into a mush. Season with black pepper & sea salt to bring out the flavours in this lovely stew. This chicken stew is so tasty, fabulous & amazing! :) Really! :) Remove the 4 bay leaves before eating this lovely chicken stew!

Serve at once with fried potato croquettes & you have a great & fantastic well-flavoured dinner! ;) Enjoy, my lovely ones! Drink the same dry white wine with your stew that you put into the stew! ;)

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Cooking with gas!

Now, I also have a reason to celebrate! My blog, Sophie’s Foodie Files is 4 year’s old! Yeah!! It’s a party & I cry if I want to, Cry if I want to, Cry if I want to, You would do that too if it happened to you! :)

Yeah! My blog is 4 year’s old since the middle of November!  What a journey it has been! I am so proud & happy to my lovely subscriber’s!! Yes! It is so good & I have changed so much over these past 4 years! I had to search & find my own style. In the beginning, I adapted recipes from my favourite chefs & later on , I only make my own recipes! I love eating, cooking & baking vegan too & I love healthy but sometimes un healthy recipes too! I am so inspired to find & to create special recipes too! I learn so much in the progress too!

So, I will drink some Vranken Champagne &  lovely appetizers. I will give you these links below!!! I will toast to all of you, who stood by me from the beginning or all of you, who found me on their blogging’s experience! Cheers to you all! I couldn’t have done it without you all! :) Aaaaaah,…Oooooooh! ;) xxx

Vranken Champagne!
My favourite brand of Champagne!

I will enjoy these appetizers with it: Click onto the pictures or links to go to the recipes!

1/ Scottish oak smoked salmon with wasabi & fresh dill appetizers ( Fish ), filed under Christmas menu!

Yummy festive fish appetizers!

2/Wild boar paté with home – made fig chutney ( Meat + Vegan & Vegetarian chutney ), filed under Christmas menu + Link to home-made figs chutney

Wild boar paté with home-made dried & fresh figs chutney!

 3/ Beetroot appetizers served in a witlof leaf ( Belgian endive ) ( Vegan, vegetarian )

Tasty vegan & vegetarian beetroot appetizers!

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Vegan Rhubarb spelt speculaas crumble served in hot Devon custard! Yeah!

A divine & tasty rich vegan crumble but served in hot Devon custard!!! But you can make your own vegan custard here, if you want to!

A tasty spelt & speculaas crumble topping, nutty & crunchy!
I used rhubarb from my father’s garden!

MMMMMM,…!

Recipe: For 4 persons

Ingredients: The crumble is vegan but the custard is NOT!! Make your own vegan custard or enjoy with a vegan nut milk ice-cream!

** For the crumble topping:

100 gr cold vegan baking margarine, I use Planta

100 gr light spelt flour / I used Sharpham Park Organic British light spelt flour

75 gr unrefined coconut sugar

75 gr speculaas cookies ( They are vegan), crumbled 75% into thicker pieces & 25 % into a fine powder/ I use Lotus speculaas/ In America, you call it: Biscoff cookies! It is a Belgian product!!!

** For the fruit filling:

600 gr fresh cleaned rhubarb, cut into pieces, each 2 to 3 cm long

1 teaspoon of ginger powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

85 gr coconut sugar

3 tablespoons water

** To serve: Hot Devon custard ( Devon custard heated up )

Method:

1. Take a larger cooking pot & place all of your rhubarb pieces, coconut sugar, ginger powder, cinnamon powder & 3 tablespoons of water in it. Heat up on medium high. Stir often. Let the rhubarb cook for about 8 to 10 minutes until nearly soft. You want to have rhubarb pieces that just aren’t cooked yet. They will be nearly ready. You can prick a fork in them, nearly all the way through. The rhubarb will cook further into the hot oven for 20 minutes. Place a fitting lid on & set aside.

2. Preheat your oven to 200° C ( 400 F ) for 10 minutes. I always use a fan oven. Adjust your oven to the right temperature.

3. Make your crumble topping. Take a large bowl & place all of the ingredients for the crumble  topping in it. With clean hands, mix everything together until it is crumbled. DO NOT OVERMIX!  See this picture:

A tasty spelt & speculaas vegan crumble topping!

4. Assemble the crumble. Take a deeper & fitting oven dish & place the hot rhubarb mix in it! Scent the aroma’s!! Crumble your crumble topping all over the surface of your rhubarb, like this:

The tasty rhubarb crumble before going into the hot oven!

& place into the oven & bake for about 20 minutes or until the topping is golden brown & the rhubarb mix has been cooked through & bubbling! I baked my crumble for 13 minutes on 200 ° C ( 400 F ) & then turned it down at 175° C ( 166  F ) for another 7 minutes. When nearly ready, heat up your Devon custard until to your liking! We like to eat it hot! Let you crumble stand for about 5 minutes otherwise you will burn yourself! We don’t want that!!

Now, plate up. Take a large piece & place it into a dessert bowl & pour the hot custard over  or besides it! Enjoy instantly with a loved one! Success guaranteed! :) Happy eating! :)  If you liked this post, SUBSCRIBE to Sophie’s Foodie Files: It is free!  RSS Feed RSS – Posts

You might like other rhubarb recipes:

1. Vegan spelt rhubarb cake with dark chocolate chips

2. Spiced pear & rhubarb coconut crumble

3. Rhubarb & strawberry crumble, is gluten-free & dairy-free!

4. Rhubarb & ginger orange crumble, served with hot custard

5. Rhubarb & almond muffins with cinnamon & nutmeg

6. Roasted almond panna cotta with stewed rhubarb & vanilla seeds syrup

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Oven baked salmon with asparagus & oven baked potato wedges

A divine & tasty dinner

Lovely cooked & buttered white asparagus! Yummy!

This is one of the main asparagus dinners I make when white asparagus are in season. White peeled asparagus are cooked, drained, browned & heated through in vegan butter. Then, scattered chives are thrown all over the dish. This is a delectable & festive meal, mostly made in the oven. I buy my potato wedges, precooked, in my supermarket. Easy does it here! Enjoy this tasty dinner with a lovely white Sauvignon wine.

Recipe: For 2 persons, with a bit of seconds

Ingredients:

** For the white asparagus:

2 bunches of 500 gr white Belgian asparagus, not too thick, the outside tougher peel removed, the toughest & wooden thick end part, cut off, cut into 2/ You can’t eat the white outer peel of the white asparagus!

Maldon sea salt

black pepper

a gluten-free  vegan butter ( I use Planta )

** For the oven baked salmon:

2 x pieces of each 220 gr salmon fillets, no skin

Maldon sea salt flakes

Black pepper, finely grinned

** For the oven baked potato wedges:

400 gr of cooked & cooled off, peeled potato wedges

a fruity extra virgin olive oil

black pepper

an organic dried Mediterranean herb mix sea salt, I used the brand Lebensbaum/ Bought it in the Bio-planet!

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C ( 350 F ) for 10 minutes. Prepare your salmon. Take a fitting oven dish & smear it in with planta. This is a vegan baking butter. Prepare your salmon fillets. Clean them, pad dry on kitchen paper & season with finely grinned black pepper  & some sea salt flakes. Season well. Place the 2 fish fillets besides each other in the dish. Then, prepare your oven baked potato wedges. Place them in 1 layer in a non-stick oven dish & pour 2 to 4 tablespoons of a fruity evoo all over them. Add some grins of finely black pepper  & some fine grins of the mixed dried herbs sea salt. With clean hands, mingle everything together. Place the 2 oven dishes in the oven & bake until the fish is cooked through & the potato wedges are golden brown & cooked through. I bake my fish about 20 to 35 minutes. You don’t want to overcook the fish!!! Check with a thin pin to see if the fish is ready. The potatoes take about 25 to 35 minutes to cook too. I turn my wedges around, after half of the cooking time is gone, to brown evenly.

2. In the meantime, when the oven dishes are nearly ready & only take about 15 minutes to cook, cook your asparagus. Cook your peeled & cut asparagus in salted boiling water until al dente. This will take a few to 6 minutes depending on the size of your asparagus. Drain well but avoid breaking the cooked asparagus! When ready, take the same hot pot but empty all the water. Heat up on medium high. When hot, add some planta & heat up. When hot & sizzling, add the cooked asparagus & fry until golden & surrounded by the vegan butter. Add some seasoning. I used black pepper but if you prefer you can use white pepper. It is your choice but I don’t like the taste of white pepper. When heated through & hot, scatter some chive pieces all over the asparagus. Place a fitting lid on & serve instantly with the salmon & the baked potato wedges.  Happy eating & don’t forget the lovely wine! :)

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You might like:

1. Grilled green asparagus with oven baked potatoes & oven baked salmon

2. Orechiette with asparagus ( green & white ), peas, prosciutto & cream

Herbalife verandert uw leven!
Afvallen of bijkomen: U kan het ook!

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Mom’s brown baked rice & vegetables dish

This dish is a dish , I learned from my mom. It is a quick & easy to make dish. You can use whatever vegetable you have in your fridge or pantry.

This is also tasty & healthy. I served it with baked chicken pieces. It is also great with a good veggie or bean burger, Home-made , of course! Try my spiced bean burger with this tasty meal! Yummy too! ;)

This is a vegetarian meal if you leave out the meat, vegan too! ;)

A tasty dinner: Healthy too!

A tasty mix of great veggies

 

Brown baked rice with red onions

Recipe: For 2 persons, with seconds

Ingredients:

** For the fried brown rice & red onions:

2 sachets of each 125 gr brown rice, that need 11 minutes of cooking / I used whole-grain brown rice from Lima.

2 fat red onions, peeled & cut into smaller wedges

black pepper

Maldon sea salt

a fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( EVOO )

a good vegetable stock to cook the rice in

** For the vegetables mix:

250 gr of soy bean sprouts

250 gr of leeks, well washed, cleaned & cut into smaller rings ( white & green parts )

1 red bell pepper ( paprika ), washed, cleaned, seeds & white parts removed, cut into thinner strips

1 yellow bell pepper ( paprika ), washed, cleaned, seeds & white parts removed, cut into thinner strips

6 tablespoons of Heinz tomato ketchup

a good chicken stock or vegetable stock to cook the vegetables in / I used chicken stock because I ate this with baked chicken pieces

black pepper

Maldon sea salt

coconut oil/ baking margarine/ fruity EVOO

** To serve: baked organic chicken pieces, seasoned with chicken spices

Method:

1. First, cook your rice according to your packet instructions. I cooked my rice in a good vegetable stock for more flavour. After cooking, when the rice has been cooked through & swollen, drain well. Cut the sachets open & keep warm.

2. In the meantime, take a large cooking pot with fitting lid. I use my Creuset pot. Heat up on medium high. Add the fat that you are using, I used coconut oil & let it melt. When hot & sizzling, add chopped leeks & fry  for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add strips of yellow & red bell pepper. Stir often. Add some black pepper & some flakes of Maldon sea salt. Put the lid on & fry for about 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Now, add the bean sprouts & stir often. Add the hot chicken or vegetable stock, just enough that the vegetables are submerged into the stock. I poured about 350 ml into the pot. Stir everything around & place the fitting lid on. Turn the heat up! Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the vegetables are just cooked through. When they are nearly cooked, check the seasoning. The sauce will be reduced a bit & that is what you want. Now, add 6 tablespoons of Heinz tomato ketchup to the pot & stir well. Taste! It has to taste fab! Add some seasoning, if you need to. Turn the heat off & set aside to keep warm.

3. Take a large non-stick pan & heat up on high. Pour 2 tablespoons of fruity EVOO in it. When heated, add the red onion wedges. Fry until softened & nearly ready. Season with black pepper & sea salt.

Now, add the cooked & well-drained rice & place it into the hot pan. Add a bit extra oil to the pan. Fry the rice a bit until it is all very hot & all the rice has been fried a bit, for about 3 to 5 minutes.

Plate up & serve instantly! Enjoy, my friends! ;)

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Sophie’s Christmas menu!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

On Christmas day, I had my family & in – laws round for dinner, to celebrate Christmas.We were with 8 people. I went for a typical Sophie’s festive menu : alternative & mostly healthy but apart too. I hope you like my menu.

The meat is best stuffed the day before to give more flavour to the meat. The beet appetizers & the smoked salmon appetizers are also best made the day before for more flavour! The cranberry sauce  & the deserts are best made the day before too! So, you don’t have to do a lot on the festive day itself so you can spend quality time with your guests!!!! That’s important too! :)

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This was the menu:

Our house Champagne:  Vranken Brut

**3 sort of appetizers:

1/ * Scottish Oak Smoked  salmon, wasabi & fresh dill appetizers ( Fish )  ( 3 x served )

2/* Wild boar paté with home  – made fig chutney ( Meat + Vegan & Vegetarian chutney ) ( 2 x served )

3/ * Beetroot appetizers on a bed of witlof ( Vegetarian, Vegan & Dairy – free! ) ( 2 x served )

Soup:

Apple, apple cider & onion soup served with grated fresh Gruyère cheese ( Vegetarian, Gluten – Free )

Main course:

Cranberry, apple, walnuts, shallots & rosemary stuffed organic pork loin served with croquettes, home-made cranberry, cinnamon & port sauce,

served with roasted carrots & onions ( Pork ) ( Cranberry sauce = Vegan & Vegetarian ) ( Roasted carrots & onions = Vegan & Vegetarian )

Dessert:

A vegan coconut Panna cotta with vanilla soy milk served with a raspberry coulis ( Vegan, Dairy – Free, Gluten – Free & Vegetarian )

Coffee/ Teas with biscuits & chocolates

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It was a superb dinner & I will now share the recipes with you all.

Our favourite Champagne is Vranken Champagne Brut, Grande reserve, Reims, France!

This Champagne is named after the Belgian Paul Francois Vranken  who went to France to create his own Champagne brand. He established this in 1976.

This company is situated in Reims, France.

His company is the 2nd largest Champagne & wine company in whole France.

1/ Scottish oak smoked salmon with wasabi & fresh dill appetizers ( Fish )

Recipe: For about 35 appetizers

Ingredients:

38 fish-shaped sea cups aka toasts, Haust

200 gr organic Scottish Shetland’s oak smoked salmon, in fine slices, cut into fine pieces

200 gr fresh cheese spread with sour cream

1 tablespoon horseradish cream, wasabi style ( green )

fresh dill, about 2 tablespoons

juice of 1/2 lemon

a tiny bit of Maldon sea salt

To serve: extra fresh dill tops to top each appetizer

Method:

1. Take a food processor, place all the ingredients in it, all evenly divided.

2. Mix or pulse until you end up with a smother paste aka spread. Taste! It has to taste fabulous!

You must taste the salmon, the dill & the sour creamed cheese. The added wasabi gives it all a punch! Serve at once with this tasty Champagne Brut!

2/ Wild boar paté with my home – made fresh & dried figs chutney ( Meat ) + ( Chutney is vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free & gluten-free )

Recipe: For about 15 appetizers

Ingredients:

200 gr wild boar paté

my home-made fresh & dried figs chutney 

Method:

1. 30 minutes before serving, take the paté out of the fridge & out of its package. Place it on a chopping board to come to room temperature.

2. Now, cut it into smaller rectangle or square pieces.

3. Place it into lovely smaller sized appetizer plates & open your chutney.

4. Place a full coffee spoon of the chutney alongside the paté. Serve at once with the Champagne. Enjoy!

3/ Beetroot appetizers served in a witlof leaf ( Belgian endive ) ( Vegan, vegetarian )

Recipe: For about 20 appetizers

Ingredients:

1 medium-sized beetroot with skin on ( mine weighted 250 gr )

4 tablespoons of walnuts, chopped into little pieces

30 gr of white breadcrumbs/ I used sourdough bread, no crusts!, shredded into little pieces

1 fat clove of garlic, peeled & finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon of Maldon sea salt

4 teaspoons of a good red wine vinegar ( This enhances the flavour of the beetroot )

6 tablespoons of a good fruity EVOO ( Extra Virgin Olive Oil )

2 bigger witlofs ( Belgian endives ), the end cut off & leaves pulled apart/ cleaned

Method:

1. Cook your beet in boiling water until you can insert a knife all the way through. When you cook the beet, the beetroot must be covered completely by water before cooking it.

In my case, it took about 20 minutes.Drain well & let it cool off. When cooled, put plastic gloves on & peel the beetroot. Cut into smaller pieces & place in a food processor.

2. Add the other ingredients except the witloof. ( Belgian endive ). Mix everything until it al comes together. It will be this colour ( see picture above ). Taste! It has to taste fab!

3. Just before serving: Take a nice clean plate & place a lovely napkin on it. Fill each beginning of the witlof with this tasty mix. Serve & enjoy!

Note: I made this mix the day before serving so that all the different flavours could develop even more into each other !! This is worth it!

Soup:

Apple, apple cider & onion soup served with grated fresh Gruyère cheese ( Vegetarian, Gluten – Free ) But you must make the recipe twice! I also made this the day before.

I already posted this recipe on my blog. You can find it: here! 

Main course: 

Cranberry, walnut, shallots, rosemary & apple filled organic pork loins! Yummie!

I didn't had a picture with the roasted carrots in them!

Slicing the meat: Look at that yummie interior!

Roasted rosemary scented orgabic carrots & onions! yum!

the roasted carrots & onions after roasting in the oven!

Yummie cranberries for the cranberry, port, orange & cinnamon sauce!

Yummie cranberries!

Recipe: For 2 kg of pork loin/ These are 4 pieces of 500 gr organic pork loins

Ingredients:

1. For the stuffed pork loins:

4 x 500 gr organic pieces of pork loin

extra: kitchen string & scissors

For the stuffing, for these pieces, you will need:

150 gr of seasoned croutons ( no herbs ) = 1 cup

240 ml of hot chicken stock = 1 cup ( home – made is the best )

2 cups peeled & cored golden delicious apples, cut into little chunks

2/3 cup dried apple sweetened cranberries

2/3 cup chopped walnuts, dry roasted in a pan for a few minutes, to add more aroma

2/4 cup finely minced shallots

4 tablespoons organic maple syrup

2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary, cleaned & cut into little pieces

black pepper

Maldon sea salt

2. For the rosemary scented roasted carrots & onions:

2 kg of organic carrots, with grid on them, peeled & cut into smaller strips, each about 0.5 cm thick & about 6 cm long

white medium onions, peeled & cut into 4 wedges

2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, cut into little pieces

a fruity EVOO

black pepper

Maldon sea salt

Extra needed: a large oven dish or 2

3. For the cranberry, port, orange & cinnamon sauce:

2 packets of Ocean Spray cranberries, well rinsed, cleaned & stalks removed

2 oranges, skin non treated, the juice & the zest finely grated

2 large cinnamon sticks

10 tablespoons of a good red lovely port/ I used Offley Tawny Port

150 gr of coconut blossom sugar or otherwise dark brown sugar

4. For the croquettes:

deep freeze croquettes, enough for 8 people & extra, ready to fry in the fryer

Methods:

1. How to prepare the pork loins & how to cut them open to flatten them:

You take your pork loins, rinse them under cold water & pat them well dry on kitchen paper. Now, you trim off the excess white bits of fat. You must leave a bit of fat on for more taste.

On a large chopping board, place your pork loin vertically in front of you. Now, with a large & sharp meat knife, cut the meat vertically lengthwise almost all the way through.

Than, angle the knife & cut horizontally almost all the way through, on both sides. It will look like this:

Now, take 2 large pieces of clingfilm & place it all over the length of the meat. This how it looks before bashing the meat:

With the help of a rolling-pin, bash the meat several times until it all flattens, equally on all sides. Roll a few times with your rolling-pin all over the meat. Remove the cling film.

Add some sea salt & grinds of black pepper all over the surface of the meat. Set aside. It will look a lot like this:

2.Then, make the stuffing. Place the croutons in a bowl, into the hot chicken stock & let them absorb the liquid so they will get soft. This will take about 5 to 10 minutes.

Mash them with a fork. Take a large bowl & add the apples, cranberries, mashed croutons, cut up shallots, rosemary pieces, roasted walnut pieces & maple syrup. Mix well until it all is combined. Add some seasoning. It all has to taste fab! Add some extra seasoning if needed.

3. Fill your pork loins with the stuffing.

Place a few tablespoons of your filling onto the surface of your meat. See that you have a lot of stuffing left to fill the other 3 pork loins.

Flatten it all out with your clean hands. It will look a lot like this:

4. How to roll up the stuffed pork loins & tie them together:

Fold the both sides of the meat on the inside & carefully roll the meat up. Than, place kitchen strings around the rolled up meat & now & than tie a knot.

Finally, tie a knot all over the length of the meat. It will look like this:

Then, I do the same with the other 3 pork loins. Finally,wrap each of them tightly in clingfilm, place them on a large plate  & place them in the fridge to use the next day.

5. How to make the cranberry port sauce:

Take a large cooking pot & add the cranberries, orange zests, orange juice, 2 cinnamon stalks & the port. Mix well & bring to the boil on medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes until most of the cranberries have burst but not all of them! Stir from time to time. Let the sauce thicken. When the sauce is to your liking, take off from the heat. Now, add the sugar. Stir well & place it on a low heat. Let the sugar dissolve. Taste! It has to taste a bit sour & not too sweet. That’s the way I like it! Let the sauce cool down. Place a fitting lid on & keep cool in the fridge until the next day. Leave the cinnamon sticks into the sauce until the next day. Remove them just before serving the sauce.

The day after: Prepare the rosemary scented carrot & onions.

Take a large oven dish, non stick I prefer. Place the carrots & onion pieces all over the dish in 1 layer. Scatter the rosemary pieces over it. Drizzle the fruity EVOO all over the carrots & onions. Add seasoning. ( Maldon sea salt & grinds of black pepper ). With clean hands, mix everything together. Like this:

When you are going to prepare the meat, take it out of the fridge & remove the clingfilm. In a non – stick oven dish, place the 4 pieces of pork loin. Preheat the oven to 160°C ( 320 F ) for about 10 minutes. I use a fan oven. Adjust the temperature if needed. Place the stuffed pork loins in the center of the oven. Place the other 2 oven dishes with the carrots & onions mix above & under the meat. If you use an oven dish that isn’t non – stick, you must rub them in oil to prevent burning.

After 25 minutes, check your meat. Check the inner temperature of each pork loin with a meat thermometer. With this tool, insert the meter into the thickest part of your loin & look what the temperature will be. If it is 60 to 62 ° C it is okay & ready, if not, ( in my case ) return to the hot oven to cook a bit longer. Normally, after 30 to 35 minutes , your pork loins will be tender,cooked through & will be pink on the inside. Check again, after 30 to 35 minutes. If they are ready, wrap them each individually 2 in aluminium foil to keep warm & to rest for 10 minutes. Check your roasted carrots & onions. You mustn’t burn them. Turn the oven temperature up to 220°C for about 10 minutes if you need to speed up the process.

At the same time, heat up your cranberry sauce. Heat up slowly. At the end, remove the 2 cinnamon sticks & discard. Fry your croquettes according to your packet instructions in your fryer. Warm your plates. After the meat has rested, take a large chopping board & place 1 pork loin here. Remove aluminium foil. Remove the strings with scissors, carefully. Cut the meat into thicker slices with a sharp & long meat knife. Serve everything on a warm plate & serve at once!

This festive main dinner is best enjoyed with a wonderful red robust wine like this Austrian red wine, Stiegelmar, heideboden 2008, Burgenland.

This wine goes so well with the cranberry sauce & other flavours too! It is a deeper & robuster wine. It has an alcohol percentage of 13.5 %. It is worth it! My family loved the wine a lot! :)

This wine is from a befriended wine sommolier who also has a wine website where you can buy this stunning wine!

Dessert:

Recipe: For 12 desserts

ingredients:

840 ml of organic coconut milk

300 ml of vanilla soy milk / I used Alpro

2/4 cups of organic coconut sugar otherwise light brown sugar

2 teaspoons of a good vanilla extract / I used home-made

2 x 3/4 teaspoon of agar agar powder ( is vegan & vegetarian)

raspberry coulis for 8 persons, to serve

Method:

1. Take a large cooking pot & pour the vanilla soy milk & coconut milk in it. Add the sugar too. Mix well with a whisk. Whisk everything smooth. There mustn’t be any lumps left.

2. Add the 2 x 3/4 teaspoons of agar agar. Whisk well. Leave the agar agar in the mix for about 10 minutes, to dissolve.

3. On a medium heat, bring the sauce to a simmer. Simmer the mix for about 5 to 8 minutes or until the agar-agar is fully incorporated into the liquids.

4. Take your ramekins & oil them in. Remove excess oil with kitchen paper. Pour the mix into the ramekins not too full.Place them in the fridge for at least 4 hours to stiffen up & to cool down. I leave them overnight in the fridge for better flavour.

5. When you are going to serve them, take them out of the fridge. With the help of a sharp knife, go round all the ramekins & carefully flip them out with the help of the knife onto a nice dessert plate.

Serve a coffee spoon of the raspberry coulis alongside the Panna cotta in a swirl, just like this & serve instantly! Enjoy!

That was my menu! I hope you all loved it & enjoy the tasty recipes! I have had a lot of success with it!

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Sophie’s festive stuffed pumpkin!

Festive stuffed pumpkin ,yummy!

I made this festive stuffed pumpkin yesterday. My in – laws came to visit us. What should I make for dinner? I needed to improvise but I had enough things in my fridge, freezer & in my pantry. So, I came up with this:

Don't you want to take a large bite?

Recipe: For 4 persons

Ingredients:

1 medium pumpkin, cut horizontally into 2 halves ,seeds & stringy bits removed with a spoon

2 x 125 gr brown whole grain long rice, in sachets, that only need 12 minutes of cooking

1 handful of dark brown raisins

2 handfuls of frozen chopped up leeks

300 gr of organic pork mince

1 white onion, peeled & finely cut up

a fruity EVOO

unrefined coconut oil

black pepper, finely grinned

Maldon sea salt

Smoked paprika, the picanté version

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 175°C , ( 347 F ) ( I use a fan oven ) , for about 10 to 15 minutes. Adjust the temperature to your oven. If you  a normal oven, preheat to 200°C ( 400 F ).

2. Take your pumpkin halves & place them, cut side up, in a non stick oven dish & season with grinned black pepper & sea salt. Drizzle that fruity EVOO a bit over the pumpkin parts. Place in the center of the oven for about 20 to 30 minutes & bake until tender & cooked trough. Test with a knife. Leave it in the oven but turn the heat off.

3. In the meantime, cook the rice until tender. Drain well  & cut the sachets open with a knife. Leave in the cooking pot with fitting lid to keep warm. On an other heat, at the same time, take a large non stick pan, heat up on medium. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons  coconut oil & heat up. When sizzling & hot, add onion &  fry until browned. Stir often. Add the minced pork  & add some sea salt , black pepper &  a few dashes of smoked paprika. Add more if you need to. When nearly cooked, check the seasoning & add the raisins. The raisins will absorb the flavours in the pan & will be heated through too!

I needed to add a bit more smoked paprika & a bit more sea salt. It has to taste fab! You must taste the meat, the raisins & the smoked paprika at the back of your tongue.

4. In another cooking pot,pour a bit of that fruity EVOO. Now, add the frozen leeks. Add a bit of hot water, if necessary. Prevent burning. Add some sea salt & grinds of black pepper to make it taste lovely. It musn’t taste bad. When cooked  & hot, place a fitting lid & keep warm. Drain the excess liquid if you have to.

5. Take a large bowl & add the cooked rice, the cooked leeks, the meat & raisins & mix it all through. For the last time, check the seasoning. It must taste: Waw!

6. Take your oven pumpkin dish out of the oven & fill it with the rice meat mix. Push the mix with the back of a spoon into the pumpkin half. Just fill it up really well & replace in the oven for about 10 minutes to heat up & to let the outsider crisp up a bit too! It will become a bit crunchy that way!

7. When ready, take out of the oven & place on the table. Transfer each pumpkin half to a plate & cut each half into 2 equal pieces so that every person has 1 half. The pumpkin flesh is so tasty & yummie!!

Enjoy, my friends!

Note: You can substitute the raisins with dried cranberries if you want. Or just add them, 1 handful extra

You can add fresh herbs, like rosemary or thyme would work well this way.

You might like:

1. Sophie’s vegetarian butternut squash, quinoa & red beans chili

2. Fusili with butternut squash, bacon & a cheesy sauce

3. Aromatic sweet peppers filled with brown rice

4. Roasted pumpkin, thyme & chorizo soup served with a home – made pumpkin & feta bread

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Cheesy smoked kale stoemp with fried tofu veggie burgers

Cheezy smoked kale stoemp!

chopped kale

I love kale. It is a very underestimated veggie over here in Belgium. Kale or borecole is a form of cabbage , green or purple, where the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms. In Dutch we also call this: Boerekool or krul kool. Kale is very good for your health. I also love cheese so I had to combine a tasty cheese into this lovely dish.Normally, I serve this with smoked bacon, a pork chop or with chipolata sausages but today, I served it with organic bought tofu veggie burgers.

What is stoemp, I hear you say,… Stoemp is a typical Belgian & Dutch dish. This is a mix from boiled potatoes, then mashed & mixed with root vegetables or with braised leeks, or carrots, or with all sort of cabbages, or spinach, or with brussels sprouts,… Usually we mix it with slices of bacon or we serve it with sausages. We nearly always add a chopped up & sweated onion with it. You also can use cream, herbs or spices. Stoemp is a typical word of the patois of Brussels. You can eat stoemp in a lot of brassieres of Brussels.

Smoked Maldon Sea Salt!

Smoked Maldon Sea Salt!

Smoked Maldon sea salt flakes!

Smoked Maldon sea salt flakes!

 

For 2 persons, with seconds!

Ingredients:

2 bunches of fresh kale, dark green, about 300 gr in total, weighted after cleaning, hard stems removed & well washed under cold running water, leaves spun dry

2 fat white onions, peeled & cut into finer pieces

400 gr floury potatoes, peeled & cut into 4

smoked Maldon sea salt

black pepper, freshly grinned

a fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( EVOO )

grated cheese, 200 gr, I used an organic Swiss mix with mozzarella & Swiss mountain cheese

2 organic tofu veggie burgers

Method:

1. Boil your potatoes until tender & cooked through with some smoked sea salt  added to the cooking water, a bit, not too much. Drain & keep warm.

2. Cook your kale chunks in a large pot filled with boiling water with a bit of normal sea salt in it, until al dente. This will take about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain. Keep warm.

3. Using the same large cooking pot, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the fruity EVOO. Heat up. When hot, add the onion pieces & fry until brown. Add some smoked sea salt & some freshly grinned black pepper. It has to taste fabulous. Don’t add too much salt because you are still going to add the salty cheese!!!

4. Now, add the cooked & drained kale pieces. Then, add the grated cheese & lower your heat. You want the cheese to melt. Mix it well into the browned onions & kale. Taste! Add some grinds of black pepper, if needed. Remove from the heat & add the drained potatoes. Use a potato masher to mash it all up. Mix well with a large spoon & taste! It has to taste fab! You must taste the salty cheese, the darker more bitter peppered kale, the smoked sea salt & the potatoes too!!! ;)

5. Serve on a preheated plate with the baked veggie tofu burgers. I fried them in some EVOO until golden brown on both sides.

Enjoy, my friends! ;)

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You might like some other stoemp dishes of me:

1. Green cabbage stoemp with sausages

2. Purple carrot stoemp with onion & smoked bacon

3. Belgian Brussels sprouts stoemp with sausages

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Sophie’s gingered braised red cabbage with apples and cinnamon

Red onion, red cabbage, cinnamon & ginger! Yummy! :)

This is a twist on the normal braised red cabbage. This is a very flavourful & festive red cabbage dish. This isn’t too sweet but just sweet enough with the apple chunks and you taste a warm ginger flavour with a hint of cinnamon.

This is great served with boiled potatoes & some chicken sausages.

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Recipe: For 2 persons, with a bit of seconds

Ingredients:

2 to 3 tablespoons of a fruity Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( EVOO )
1 red onion, peeled & finely chopped
450 gr red cabbage, cleaned, washed, pad dry on kitchen paper & shredded
225 gr of fresh apples, peeled and finely chopped into little chunks, weighted when peeled
2.5 cm of fresh ginger, peeled & finely grated
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
150 ml gluten-free vegetable stock
3 or 4 grinds of fresh black pepper
a bit of Maldon sea salt flakes

Method:

1. I prepare my cabbage in a steam cooker with fitting lid. You can also make it in a large cook pot with fitting lid. Take your steam cooker and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the fruity EVOO. Heat up on medium heat. When hot, add the chopped onion and the apple pieces and fry for about 5 to 8 minutes until soften. Stir often.

2. Then, add the shredded cabbage and fry for about 5 minutes. Stir from time to time.

3. Now, add the grated ginger & the cinnamon. Stir well. Fry for about 5 minutes or so.

4. Add the vegetable stock & stir well with a wooden spoon. Turn the heat up on high. Bring to the boil. When boiling, place the fitting lid on the steam cooking pot. Let it sit on the high heat for about 10 to 15 minutes until the valve of the steam lid is sizzling a lot all the time. Carefully, remove the steam cooker from the heat and with help of a wooden spoon, set the air free from the valve. When completely sizzled out, remove the fitting lid.
If you are cooking the cabbage mix in a large cooking pot, cook until the cabbage & the apples are cooked through & then check the seasoning. Check the cabbage flavours. It has to taste fab! Add some Maldon sea salt flakes & 3 to 4 grinds of fresh black pepper. Mix with a spoon. Taste again!

MMM,..this is lovely enjoyed in good company with a good glass of red Cabernet Sauvignon wine like Australian’s Jacob’s Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, vintage 2006!!!!

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Sophie’s hand made Kefir white organic bread

A big, tasty kefir organic white bread!

A yummy interior!

Recently, I started to make my own bread. This is the first bread I made. It is a lovely white bread with a chewy crust. It smells of kefir. It has organic white flour, 450 ml of kefir, 1 heaped teaspoon of grinded sea salt & dried yeast.
You know that kefir is good for you. So why not use it in the bread?
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Recipe: For 1 large bread
Ingredients:
750 gr of organic white flour
450 ml of kefir with only 1,5 % fat
7 gr of dried yeast
1 heaped teaspoon of Maldon sea salt
grinned in your pestle & mortar
Method:
1. Take a large bowl & sieve the flour. Add the dried yeast & mix well into the flour.
2. Now, add the grinned salt & mix it well through the flour & yeast mix.
3. Make a well in the middle of the flour mix & pour the kefir, all of it into it.
4. With your hands, bring the kefir gradually into the flour mix. Mix well & knead until you have a softer dough. If the mix is too wet, add one tablespoon of flour at the time. If the mix is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water, at the time.
5. Form a long shape. Place it into the large bowl & hang a warmed wrenched kitchen towel over the top. Place in a warm place, away from draught, for about 1 + 1/2 hours until the dough is doubled in size. This will be your 1st rise.
6. After that, flour your hands with the flour & take the dough out of the bowl & place on a Silpat, that you have floured. Push the dough back with your hands & quickly knead it. Make a larger shape of it. Place it onto a silpat bread sheet & flour the top a bit. Place the warmed towel on it. Place it again in a warmed place for the second rise. Let it rise for about 45 minutes till 1 hour until doubled in size.
7. When the 2de rise is nearly over, preheat the oven to 220°C ( 428 F ) if you use a normal oven. I bake with a fan oven so I put the temperature on 195°C. ( 383 F ) for 10 minutes.
8. After the 2nd rise, with a large knife, make large incisions crosswise into your bread. Do not slice all the way through your bread!
9. Place the Silpat baking sheet on an oven rack into the bottom of your oven & bake for about 35 to 40 minutes until your bread has been cooked through & brown on the outside. If you don’t have that, place onto a baking sheet on the wire rack.
10. Take your bread out of the oven with oven gloves & place on a wire rack to cool down completely. The bottom of your bread must sound hollow when tapped with your fingers.
** After the 1st rise:
** After the 2nd rise:
** Just before the bread goes into the preheated oven:
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Purple carrot stoemp with onion & smoked bacon

Special purple carrots!

You know by now that I like stoemp.
Stoemp is a typical Belgian & Dutch dish.
This is a mix from boiled potatoes, then mashed & mixed with root vegetables like carrots or parsnips, braised leeks, all sort of cooked cabbages, with cooked Brussels sprouts, with spinach, endives, etc.
Usually, we mix it with pieces of bacon or with sausages. We nearly always add a fried onion with it. You can also add cream, butter, milk, herbs & spices.
Stoemp is a typical word of the patois of Brussels. You can eat stoemp is a lot of Brussels ‘ Brasseries.
Stoemp is a basic dish. It is comfort food. We eat it especially in wintertime.
I just found these lovely purple carrots in my food health shop. I thought that they looked funny & apart! When you peel them the purple colour goes off & you get messy hands! It is better that you use kitchen gloves!!
These purple carrots are a bit sweeter than the normal ones. They contain about 40% more beta carotene. You have to cook them 5 minutes less than the normal ones. They taste sweeter then the normal ones. You find an interesting link: here!
Printable recipe here!
Recipe: For 3 persons
Ingredients:
500 gr of peeled purple carrots, cut into rings, washed
750 gr of peeled normal potatoes, cut into 4, washed
1 large white onion, peeled & cut into long wedges
200 gr of smoked bacon, in pieces
Grinds of black pepper
Maldon sea salt
liquid baking margarine
Method:
1. Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain well. Keep warm.
2. In the meantime, boil the carrots & add 4 dried leaves of laurel to the cooking water. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes. Boil until al dente. Drain. take out the 4 laurel leaves. Keep warm.
3. When the potatoes are done, take a non stick pan, place it on the same heat & pour in some baking margarine. When hot, add the long strips of onion & fry until golden. add some grinds of black pepper. When done, add to the potatoes & stir well. Mash. Add a bit of Maldon sea salt, not too much because you are going to add the smoked bacon later. Add a bit of black pepper to your taste. Keep warm. I also added a bit of baking margarine to the mash.
4. Now, take a large non stick pan & pour baking margarine in it. Heat up on high. When the margarine is really hot, add the smoked bacon pieces. Fry until ready & golden. Turn the heat off. Now, take a large plate & place 2 kitchen papers on it. Take the pan & pour the bacon with the fat on it. Then, take 2 new kitchen papers & drain the fat on top of the bacon. Now, you will be left with dry bacon pieces. It is easy that way & simple to do! Add the bacon to the stoemp. Stir well.
5. Now, add the drained purple carrot pieces to the mash. Mash again. Stir untill well combined. Taste again! It has to taste fab!
6. Take your 3 plates & plate up! Enjoy!
You might like:
1. Green cabbage stoemp with sausages
2. Belgian Brussels sprouts stoemp with sausages
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