One evening, I was too tired to make dinner! My husband had the afternoon off & offered to make us dinner! It was this lovely combined dinner! So delicious too! A Speedy tasty quiche with a seasonal side salad! :) Yum!
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! :)
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! ;)
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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!
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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 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.
|Production output||270,000 hl (2001)|
Organic pork chops in a grain mustard & orange sauce, with green beans & maple syrup coated sweet potato rounds
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?
I also bought organic boneless pork chops & wanted to make a sauce with it. So, I made this! Read the rest of this entry »
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,…!!!
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!
Location? Ijzerenleen, 37, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium. 015/63.91.57.
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.
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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! ;) Read the rest of this entry »
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!
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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!
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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!
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.
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! ;)
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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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:
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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.
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.
Recipe: For 2 persons, with a bit of seconds
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
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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This is a typical Belgian dish! The endives are pre – cooked & enfolded in ham slices.Then they are placed into an oven dish & submerged in a lovely cheese sauce. Grated cheese is put on top. In the last stage, the dish will be put under the grill.
I had a packet of blueberries & wanted to have them as breakfast. So, I made this.
I love cooking with lamb. I also like mustard with mustard seeds in it & garlic of course!
Stoemp is a typical Belgian & Dutch dish.
Now & then, I eat baked apple slices on my slice of bread in the morning. I adore it.