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A photo trip through Bruges & Sanseveria Bagelsalon!

As you all know by now, Peter & I went on the 3 day tour in Bruges 2 weekends ago. I shall you give a lovely mini photo tour here & will review a lovely place called: Sanseveria Bagel Salon! As a lot of you now, it is not easy to find good cool fun places to hang out, drinking a latte or a nice cup of tea without it being a tourist trap. And you also need to book a table in advance. Normally, in Belgium, being a coffee bar or so, you don’t need to do that at all! That is the downside of being in Bruges. Helas!

Every day, we walked a lot & the last day, after visiting the Groeninge Museum, we booked a table 1 hour in advance at this lovely cosy Sanseveria Bagelsalon! Sanseveria is the type of plant, that you would see, many years ago & still now, at the front windows at houses of grand-parents. It is this plant: 
Nowadays, you see it more & more getting back into fashion. You also see it more in young people’s houses! 😉

We went there to grab a lovely filled bagel & some coffee too. It looked like this from the outside:

photo from their instagram!

Here are my photos:

My bagel was just so delicious & my vegan cafe latte with soy milk too. This is how the bagel menu looked like:

Only 1 vegan option!!!

There is only 1 vegan bagel option, not much, I say! They state there are 2 vegan options but goat’s cheese is not vegan at all! I took the Ron Bgel & my hubby Peter took the Edward Bagel. I chose a vegan cafe latte with soy milk & my Peter took a normal coffee. The quality of the coffee was superb. I never have eaten many bagels before in my life but this was the 1st bagel I really liked! It is very cosy there & prices are more cheap for eating in Bruges. 🙂 They also have another bagel salon in Ostend. Here is their adresse:

Sanseveria Bagelsalon

Predikherenstraat 11, 8000 Brugge

website!

You might like:

My review of Kok au vin, Bruges!

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Kok au vin, Bruges!

Last weekend, Peter & I took a 3 day trip to the lovely medieval town of Bruges. We were there for 3 whole days. And what a blast we had!! We had fun, fun, fun & visited a few attractions & museums too. One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to one of the 13 most fabulous restaurants in Bruges. Kok au vin is such a place. It has a 13/20 for 2017, in the guide Gault-Millau. This fine restaurants sits in the beginning of the less-known street: Ezelstraat. It started to rain & we arrived just in time, at this lovely restaurant. It has a lovely, cosy modern interior & feel. We had booked a table for 2 a few weeks in advance. We went there at lunchtime. This is how the restaurant looked at where we sat:

Cosy modern interior!

In Kok au Vin, you can choose different menus.

You can eat à la carte & make your own 3 course meal. Of course, this way is all becomes a whole lot more expensive. You see?

Make your menu à la carte!

We opted for this one: the 3 course lunch menu of the day at 28 Euros. You can also choose a 2 or 1 course meal. It is up to you.

Our 3 course lunch menu!

And we started with this lovely mushroom soup with croutons, blue cheese & raw sliced mushrooms: Creamy & so yummy with that melted blue cheese.

The next one, was the main course: Pork belly with a scallop, yellow carrots, normal carrots, beet crisps, pumpkin purée, yellow carrot sauce & grilled quinoa crumble. Super delicious & light!

Then, we finished with this lovely dessert. White chocolate panna cotta with mango, passionfruit sorbet, mandarin pieces & a mandarin sorbet. There was also a nice crunchy white chocolate bit. The green sauce was a verbena sauce. It was topped with a cookie & pistachio crumble. The white chocolate panna cotta wasn’t so sweet just perfect!!!

Fabulous dessert!

It was a lovely lunch with top products & the staff is also very friendly & youthful. We both gave this a 10/10! Here is their address & website.

Kok au vin, Ezelstraat 21, 8000 Brugge

http://www.kok-au-vin.be

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Boeddhamum Gluten-free: The cookbook!

My dear friend Linda Dubbeldam, from the cool blog Boeddhamumglutenfree who is celiac & is living gluten-free since 2007 has written her 1st real healthy gluten-free cookbook & what a beauty it is! She published it herself & also has a pdf-ebook in Dutch for sale. I review the pdf-book here.

The word boeddhamum comes from that she already practices 25 years of yoga & meditation. She is well-connected with the boeddishe lifestyle & she is also a mum so her blog was named Boeddha Mum & then connected together = boeddhamum! And because she is living gluten-free this blogname came to life: boeddhamum gluten-free! Now, you know! 🙂

My friend is a vegetarian & a lot of her fabulous tasty recipes are vegan. She wanted to create healthy, wholesome gluten-free recipes that are also good for you & your body. The recipes nourish you from the inside out! Normally, her lovely blog is into 2 languages but at the moment, she has written her 1st cookbook for the moment only in her language Dutch.

She has created 148 new gluten-free recipes that she ordered into the 12 months of the year. I think that is a brilliant idea! She cookes seasonal, healthy & wholesome! Not to mention, all of her tested recipes (by me & my husband Peter) & we taste tested plenty, were very delicious & apart too! She also cooks with real natural sugars & more healthy one’s. She doesn’t use ingredients that are too expensive, such as, she uses cane sugar but I replace that with coconut blossom sugar. So, you can change a few ingredients to your liking. But she also tells you which ingredients you can’t change because of the texture & structure of the recipe. She also teaches me to use new ingredients. I learned a lot about almond meal, coconut flour, organic physillium husks that bind other ingredients. And it is great & fun to learn new things & new recipes! I made about 45 recipes up till now & I learned a lot! Every recipe is/was a real success with myself, Peter, my parents & friends! She has a lovely photo for every recipe. And that is rewarding too. Her recipes are really versatile & every category is there, from breakfast, soups, lunches, salads, side dishes, filled hand pies, dinners, desserts, cookies, tarts, cakes, healthy energy bars & even more,…

In the beginning, she welcomes us all. She explains which ingredients she has in the house & which you need to have in your pantry. She also give many useful tips! Then we begin with the month January. There are 11 included recipes with names like carrot oatmeal, that is to die for & tastes like a healthy spiced carrot cake wrapped into a delicious warm oatmeal breakfast! We nearly make it every morning, in the last days! So good!

Another recipe name is this one: buckwheat knäckebrot served with a healthy carrot paté. So inviting looking yum!

The jam cookies were made into minutes & baked. Made with coconut flour, coconut oil & almond flour, filled with jam!  So tasty with a café latte! So beautiful too!

Another example is this glorious winning healthy gluten-free buckwheat bread! A real beauty & so delicious too. I never made & tasted a healthy delicious gluten-free bread like that! You even would not know that it is gluten-free!!! Here is the photo of her beautiful bread boule:

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Some of our favorite recipes in the next months are:

like in February: Spanish leek tart with home-made romanesco sauce, home-made samosas filled with masala potato stuffing, puffed amaranth nut bars! The names of these winning recipes call my name,….yum yum!

like in March: Tajine with home-made olive-almond balls ( a bit of work but so worth it! ), Almond Cinnamon Rolls, they look so goooodddd! 

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like in Aprilrecipe names like: Sesam-Nori Crackers, Spring soup with nettles & sweet potato, date banana bread, etc!

like in May: recipe names like: Rhubarb Raspberry Sirup, Yogurt Cake, Gluten-free Foccacia with Rosemary, Black Olives & Garlic: yum: 

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like in the other months to come: Green Bean, Potato & Cucumber Salad, Falafel with Orange-Tahini Sauce, Courgette Chickpea Burgers, Pita Breads, Buckwheat Pancakes, 3-Seed Wraps, Summer Fruit Tart,….

So, if you can speak aka read Dutch, buy this lovely gluten-free cookbook or pdf @Linda’s Blog Here! 

 

 

 

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These are a few of my favorite things!

These are a few of my favorite things at the moment!

My favorite tea at the moment!

Shotimaa: Green tea, orange & cinnamon: Loving

 

This is a lovely green tea with herbs, spices & with plant extracts. The ingredients are: green tea bancha (65%), anise (5%), barley malt, bergamot orange extract, elderflower, cardamom, linden flowers, ginger, cinnamon extract, black pepper, cloves. More than 3/4 of the ingredients are organic.

I love this tea because it resembles Fall in all the way. It has good green tea in it but the tea is not bitter when it is steeped for 4 minutes in my favorite mug! It is like a soothing comforting healthy tea. I love the flavors so much. I think that you will too. I buy mine in my organic food store: bio-planet. One package with 16 tea bags costed me: 2.99 Euro.

My favorite vegan filled chocolate at the moment!

Wiloco, special chocolate, made in Belgium! This is a Belgian sub brand of lactose-free chocolates. Now, they created also a Bio vegan gluten-free chocolate. The producers are: Montserrat. This one is a white one filled with a delicious hazelnut praliné. I love that hazelnut praliné & that white coating, darker chocolate because the chocolate itself is sweetened with mostly coconut sugar. So it is not that real white color! 😉 They call this color: tropical white! ha! They are right! I love to savour it just like that or I love to drink a lovely vegan café latte with it! It is tasty, tasty, tasty this way!

These are the ingredients: coconut sugar (36 + 1/2 %), cacao butter, unrefined dehydrated rice syrup, hazelnuts, cacao mass (at least 32%), natural aroma, vanilla, soy lecithin. 1 packet, this packet of 90 grams costed me: 3.60 Euro. That is a lot but normal vegan chocolate is still very expensive here in Belgium. You can really taste the lovely warm depth of the coconut sugar & the yummy hazelnut flavor! Yummm!

My favorite Champagne at the moment!

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This is my favorite Champagne at the moment. It is lovely enjoyed with many tasty appetizers from my blog, especially, these lovely one’s! Vegetarian red currant ricotta appetizers!

Since 1859, the Duval-Leroy family have perfected the quality of their non-vintage Brut, balancing their passion with an aesthetic sensibility.

It is in this product that one can feel the unique power and character which marks out a top-of-the-range champagne. Consistency, expertise and a creative spirit ensure a success which needs no further demonstration. The Maison Duval-Leroy revels in the art of blending Pinots and Chardonnays. Enriched with around fifteen crus and generous quantity of reserve wines, Duval-Leroy Brut confirms its complexity and is recognised for its consistency.

Providing a perfect balance  between finesse and power, it draws out flavours of dark chocolate, cinnamon and roasted yellow figs, expressing its subtle, melt-in-the-mouth vinosity. 

It was the only Champagne recognised by Wine Spectator magazine in its Top 100 classification for 2008. 

Grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Bottle sizes: 20 cl, 37.5 cl, 75 cl, 150 cl, 300 cl, 900 cl

Prize in Delhaize: 25.99 Euro

How to enjoy it: Serving temperature between 8° C and 10° C. Ideal as an apéritif wine, it also provides a subtle accompaniment to white meats & other tasty appetizers like Festive cheesy, ham & pesto appetizers,//  tasty ricotta appetizers, // 2 lovely festive appetizers!

My favorite vegan yoghurt of the moment!

This lovely vegan plant-based yoghurt is my favorite at the moment. I love it pure or eaten in a lovely bowl with a sliced banana, topped with just a sprinkle of coconut sugar. Yummmm! I can’t get enough of it. This is also great to use in a vegan cake for added coconut flavor or enjoyed with home-mad granola & fresh fruits. I also am experimenting to use it in smoothies!

Benefits are:

100% plant-based and rich in plant protein

Low in sugars

Naturally lactose free & gluten-free

Source of calcium, vitamins B 12 and D 2

These are the ingredients: Water, Hulled soya beans (7.8%), Coconut milk(4.3%) (Coconut cream, Water), Sugar, Calcium (Tri-calciumcitrate), Acidity regulators (Sodium citrate, Citric acid), Stabiliser (Pectin), Natural flavouring, Sea salt, Vitamins (B 12, D 2), Antioxidants (Tocopherol-rich extract, Ascorbyl palmitate), Yogurt cultures (S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus)

There is 2.1 gram sugar on 100 ml based coconut-soy yoghurt. That is not so sweet, just the way, I like it! It costed me, per pot = 5oo gr: 2.39 Euro.

My 2 favorite unsweetened plant-based milks of the moment!

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I drink this one, every morning, 1 full glass! I also enjoy it in my daily vegan café latte. It has a lovely flavor. There is only 0.1 gram sugar per 100 ml. Ooh yes! That is what I want. The ingredients are: Water, Hulled soya beans (6.5%), Acidity regulators (Monopotassium phosphate, Dipotassium phosphate), Calcium (Calcium carbonate), Maltodextrin, stabilizer (Gellan gum), Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2). Contains soya. Naturally lactose free & dairy free. Gluten free. It costed me: 1.85 Euro.

I also use it in many recipes on my blog like in many SMOOTHIES , such as this one: Fruity Flax smoothy, or this yummy one: Vegan Gluten-free Banana Peanut Butter Smoothy. I also use it in PANCAKES like these one’s: Vegan whole grain spelt oat pancakes with spiced plum compote!

I also like to use it in tasty MUFFINS, like this one: Vegan spelt chocolate chip pumpkin muffins! 

I even use it in DESSERTS like, this tasty one: RAW Chocolate pudding with a pink swirl on top!

I love this unsweetened almond milk a lot. If I don’t make my own almond milks in my Vitamix, then I choose & use this one. It is convenient & easy to buy in our local supermarket. I don’t like this one in my morning café latte because the flavor is too overpowering. This has a lovely almond flavor. The almonds in here were roasted. Then turned into almond butter & then water was added. Yum! I like it to use in SCONES like Vegan love scones, in PANCAKES like, Vegan 5 ingredient pancakes, in BREAKFASTS, like, Can I serve you this hot oatmeal?, in SMOOTHIES, like cha-cha-cha or chai latte smoothies? that means in everything but not in my coffee! 😉  It costed me: 2.39 Euro. Benefits are:

  • Enjoy the refreshing roasted taste of Almond Unsweetened
  • 100% plant-based
  • Naturally low in fat
  • 13 kcal per 100 ml
  • Source of vit. E which is an antioxidant. It contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress*
  • No added sugars

There is only 0.1 gram of sugar per 100 ml. Cool, right? The ingredients are: Water, Almond (2%), Calcium (tri-calcium phosphate), Sea salt, stabilizers (Locust bean gum, Gellan gum), Emulsifier (Sunflower lecithin), Vitamins (Riboflavin (B 2), B 12, E, D 2)

This has a lovely milder almond flavor. The almonds in here were roasted & turned into almond butter & then water was added & a few other ingredients, like you read above.

And to end this cool post, this is my favorite alcoholic drink of the moment!

Can I serve you a nice small glass?
Can I serve you a nice small glass?

This is my favourite Speculaas Liqueur of the moment! Every year, near Sinterklaas, we buy it in a lovely tea & coffee shop called Simone Léevelt, here in Mechelen. This is a really good one! It is from the Dutch brand: Zuidam. It costed me: 14.15 Euro. You can sip it in lovely small liqueur glasses, add it to your fresh cup of coffee, add it to cut up fruits, to let them marinade a few hours in it or to put it into these tasty PUDDINGS like this one: Vegan carob chia puddings with a special ingredient!

So, I hope you enjoyed this lovely post! 😉 See you all later! xxx Follow me on Facebook too! 🙂

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Sojami: Tartimi spread with garlic & 5 sort of peppercorns: review!

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It is a French product. The name Tartimi comes from the French word: tartine, meaning bread slice,…:)

This Vegan, Gluten-Free Tofu spread with garlic & 5 sort of crushed peppercorns is amazing & just fantastic in flavor too. A few days ago, I could taste it @ my local Bio-planet. I think this is like the vegan version of Boursin with garlic & peppercorns! It tastes the same but has no lactose & dairy in it! You can’t taste the soy at all! That is what I like!

I read on the package that you could use it as a spread on bread, crackers & baguette but you could also use it to cook with! I can imagine it stirred through a spelt pasta dish! Yummm! 🙂

The ingredients are all organic: Lacto-fermented tofu: 92%, extra virgin olive oil, not refined sea salt, oregano infusion, 5 sort of crushed peppercorns, infusion of garlic & garlic. That is it. You can read it in Dutch here, straight from the package:

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Keep it in the fridge!

What does it cost you? Well, for a package of 125 gr is was: 2.63€. This is my favorite tofu spread, like ever! x MMM

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A Happy New Year & Top 10 most viewed posts of 2014!!!!

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I wish all of my readers from all over the world: A Happy, fun & healthy 2015 filled with joy, great new discoveries, many culinary adventures, many friendships & fabulous recipes also here on my blog! 🙂 Yes!

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And now my top 10 most viewed posts in 2014!!! Ooh yes! 🙂 I will begin at number 10 to 1! Just click onto the pictures to go directly to the tasty recipes, reviews & traveling posts! 😉

10. Sophie’s Vegetarian Haloumi burger with all of its trimmings! (Vegetarian )

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9. Travelling Sophie: Leuven , part 3, all vegan!

Leuven!
The cool city Leuven!

8. Avocado pesto pasta with smoked salmon! ( Dairy-free, Egg-Free )

Yum yum!
Yum yum!

7. Vegan, Gluten-free Cranberry, port & silken tofu desserts! ( Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free! )

Very festive!
Very festive!

6. Orange marmalade marinated pork chops & a garden update! ( Dairy-Free, Gluten-free, Egg-Free )

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5. Vegan Christmas Stollen, my way! 🙂 ( Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-free )

An excellent food gift!
An excellent food gift!

4. Home-made Sunflower seed milk! ( Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-free )

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3. Gluten-free healthy Banana almond Butter cake with dark chocolate chips! ( Vegetarian, Gluten-free )

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A fantastic Food Gift! :)
A fantastic Food Gift! 🙂

2. Spiced & fragrant oven roasted beetroot wedges! A tasty side dish! ( Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free )

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1. What could it be??? It is a review!!! Raw Bite Bars Review!!! 

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So, this is nearly the end of 2014!! It was a fabulous year for my blog! So, a huge thank you to you, my beloved readers & supporters throughout the year & many years before that! My blog already exists since mid November 2008!!! I am very lucky to have such good readers that have become dearest friends too!

So, cheers to the New Year!!!! xxx I see you all back here a few days after 2015!!! Bye, bye for now,…:) xxx ♥ Stay Tuned & subscribe by email! Join 1,800 email subscribers now!!! It is free!!!! Click the link here below to subscribe!!!

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My favorite vegan chocolate!

Hey all, this is my favorite vegan ” milk chocolate” with whole nuts! I first met this tasty chocolate 2 years ago, when traveling in Berlin, the vegan city! 😉 I bought this lovely vegan chocolate aka ” milk” chocolate in the vegan supermarket called Veganz! I love all of their chocolate products! I know that you would like them too! But they are hard to find here in Belgium! I bought it @ Shavt! This is a tiny all vegan shop in the city center of Leuven. Shavt stands for Simply Healthy And Vegan Things! I was there yesterday. In a future post, I will review this tiny cool vegan shop.

On one side it will look like this:

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On the other side like this:

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It looks something like this in its package:

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It looks great & so appetizing, hey?

I tasted many vegan chocolates before & I always loved the normal milk chocolate in my life. But being lactose-intolerant, I can’t eat & digest many normal milk chocolates anymore & that is why, I turned to vegan ” milk” chocolates. I tried many varieties with rice milk but loved only a few of them & then, one day, I tasted the chocolates of Vantastic Foods. See here the range in Veganz supermarket in Berlin! Click on the picture below that goes directly to my post: all things vegan in Berlin! 

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This vegan chocolate has so much flavor, with whole skinned hazelnuts in it. The flavor of the chocolate is really lovely & not too sweet with a hint of salt at the end! Super duper! 🙂 Ooh yes!

Now, you like to know, what are the ingredients?

Well, here they are: Sugar, cacao butter, cacao mass, maltodextrin, hazelnuts ( 15% ), Soy protein, salt, vanilla aroma. Emulgator: soy lecithin.

Their chocolate is made without gen tecnetics. This chocolate bar is also vegan, lactose-free & gluten-free! 🙂 It costed me: 3.49€. That is still a lot of money , but the vegan aka “milk” chocolate is sooooo delicious! 🙂

What is your favorite vegan chocolate???

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