Friday, 29 March 2013

DWZI - Not Much other than my Bed

Yes, you guessed it.
I got ill again.
I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that it is spring but it still feels like winter since it is so cold and the sun is in hiding.
Bit of a wasted week since mostly I spent it in bed, with pain and fever.

This time I have a crazy throat infection and am now on a strong dose of antibiotics so I am positive that by tomorrow I will be feeling much better. Plus I am not a good patient and my husband is running out of patience.

I ordered a book which arrived this week:

Yes, clearly I have some issues with getting stuff done and making decisions so on the recommendation of a blogpost by  Kim Welling I ordered it.
Due to my blinding headaches I've not yet managed to read it but I'm quite intrigued... 

Here's wishing you a very healthy and happy Easter weekend!

You can find all the DWZI participants here.
Deze week zag ik is iedere vrijdag een blik op de afgelopen week.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Indian Wedding Invitation

I have been invited to go to a wedding in India.
A very dear ex colleague of mine is getting married.
The invitation arrived this week and it is beautiful.
Golden and intricate.

Unfortunately it is not going to be possible for me to go to her wedding but I will definitely be there in spirit. Thinking of her and the exciting future she will have with her husband to be.

I went to her bridal shower a couple of weeks ago and it was lovely to see all my ex colleagues and friends. Games were played and there was a big spread of delicious food.
One can only imagine what a feast the wedding in April will be.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Apple and Banana Muffins (again)

Isn't it nice when you just know a recipe that will always turn out well?
This apple and banana muffin recipe remains one of my favourites.
I tend to vary the apple and banana ratio, because that totally depends on what fruit I have in the house.  In my opinion grating the apple is best.
And this time round I used wholewheat flour.
Delicious indeed.

So delicious I had to hide them from Stella when she kept coming back for more.

Luckily I was able to send most of the muffins along with Heidi when she went on a playdate with two of her friends from school. Happy faces all round.

Click here for the recipe which I posted in June 2011.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Stella's Good Bye Treat

Stella is leaving her part time creche to go to a creche in our neighbourhood.
After years of being on a waiting list it is going to be great to have only one creche to go to and one that is close by.

I feel a little sad of course that she is leaving 'de kleine vlindertjes' because they are fabulous and have taken really good care of her. Not sure how Stella will feel about it.

It is tradition to give a treat to say goodbye so Heidi and I have been working hard on making something for Stella to take along tomorrow.

Basically she's going to hand out decorated little boxes of raisins.
I know it is not much, but hey, the kids are between 1,5 - 2 years old so their expectations are not that high.

The teachers will get a much nicer, non-edible treat :-)

Bye bye butterflies!

Friday, 22 March 2013

DWZI - Friday!

A sigh of relief.
It is Friday.

I'm kind of wishing it could be the weekend forever...

I love this child.
Here she is in the kitchen helping me bake muffins.

Have a great weekend!

You can find all the DWZI participants here.
Deze week zag ik is iedere vrijdag een blik op de afgelopen week.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette)

I've been meaning to try and make tortilla de patatas for a while now.
Ever since I went to spain in 2009.
Where does the time go?

It is actually pretty easy to make but definitely not a quick dish.
You need time to cook the onions and the potatoes... and then you have to wait for the omelette to slowly cook through in the pan.
My husband was happy with the results but I think there is room for improvement.
Perhaps a little more salt, half a potato extra or one more egg?

I used this recipe as well as this recipe as inspiration.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Purslane Anyone?

Purslane (postelein) is certainly not anything I cooked with before yet there it was.
In my sample crate from the Streekmolen.
A whole lot of it too.

Apparently it is very good for you.

Purslane is quite versatile and I ended up using it two nights in a row for dinner:

  • It was very happy to be part of a ''stamppot'' which in essence meant making mashed potatoes and mixing the purslane into the potatoes; and
  • It was the star ingredient in a vegetable soup.
Green goodness indeed!

Monday, 18 March 2013


Who would have thought that lego can be such fun... 
I bought 'the real thing' for Heidi. 
We still have lots of duplo which transferred ownership to Stella (by default).
But for now we are all (and I mean every one of us) enjoying the lego!

Friday, 15 March 2013

DWZI - Easter Decorations

It was cold this week, wasn't it?
I'm not sure how it happened that winter arrived in March...
Let me tell you, I am soooooo ready for spring!

My husband and Heidi went to buy groceries and showed up with cute Easter decorations from the jumbo. While I went ahead with cooking dinner, they started setting it all up.

It turned out very cute indeed and finally we have a bit of an Easter feeling in the house :-)

Wishing you all a warm weekend ahead!

Thursday, 14 March 2013


Is it lasagne or lasagna? 
Who cares, I love making it. 
Layers of pasta with delicious tomato and meat sauce and the cheese, oh the cheese.

Of course I don't make it every week but at least once a month!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Couscous with Chicken and Broccoli

Why is it that I can never follow a recipe to the letter?
I'll tell you.

1. I'm a fussy eater and inevitably the recipe will contain something I don't like so I 'substitute' ingredients. (you ever wondered why things like bell peppers never ever show up in anything I make? Well now you know!)
2. I like to use what I have in the kitchen but when I do go and buy ingredients specially for a recipe there is a big chance that I will forget one or two things...
3. Apparently I like to improvise.

Jamie's 15 minute meals is turning into a hit in my house. Clearly not because I am following the recipes the way they were written, but because it is a source of inspiration for my improvisation.

Take Jamie's recipe for a delicious chicken salad with bulgur wheat. I love the idea of it, but not all the ingredients so my recipe substituted bulgur wheat with couscous, radish with red onion, pumpkin seeds with pine nuts, pickled lemons for fresh lemons and finally red wine vinegar with white wine vinegar. Yes, you would be right if you are thinking it deviates significantly from his recipe... but it was delicious!! I'm making it again and it took less than 30 minutes :-)

Here is the improvised recipe which should happily feed 2 to 3 persons:

Make the couscous first by using a ratio of 1:2 couscous to liquid (e.g. 1 cup couscous plus 2 cups boiling water). Add some salt, lemon zest and juice of half a lemon. Cover it and let it rest.

Cut the broccoli into florets and add to boiling water. Cook for 5 minutes or until tender but not soft.

Now season two chicken fillets with salt, pepper and ground coriander seeds.
Place them in a baking sheet and pound them with the intention to flatten them to about 1,5 cm thick thereby reducing the cooking time.

Add a dash of olive oil to a pan and cook the chicken breasts until golden on both sides, turning regularly.

Drain the broccoli and let it rest while you work with the rest of the salad ingredients. Slice up some spring onions, finely chop fresh mint leaves (half a handful of leaves should do), and slice a nice red onion into rings. Place into a bowl and add a dash of extra virgin olive oil, a dash or two of white wine vinegar, salt and pepper and mix it all up. Slice the cooked chicken and toss with the salad ingredients.

Place the broccoli on the couscous, then add the chicken and salad mixture.
Sprinkle some some garden cress (tuinkers) and pine nuts on top of the salad. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the salad.  Lastly add a tablespoon or two of fat free yoghurt with a teaspoon of harissa.


Monday, 11 March 2013

Ceiling Problems

So something went wrong when we built the new roof.
There is a leak somewhere and it is clearly visible on the ceiling.

My husband's been on the roof a few times to try and fix it but so far no luck.

We're waiting for better weather to dig deeper into the problem.
But it really isn't pretty... no matter how decoratively I frame it.

By the way, happy birthday little brother :-)

Friday, 8 March 2013

DWZI - Sky

When you are stuck in traffic there is usually nothing much to do.
Listen to the radio.
Look at the sky.
And most of all you wait.
Tuesday was that day.

The rest of the week was mostly about Stella who has a terrible cold and after a big dose of antibiotics finally seems to be feeling much better. Let's hope it stays that way.

Unfortunately I have her cold now... but that's life.

Wishing you all a healthy weekend ahead!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Moestuin Time!

I enrolled again.
Moesie de Moestuincoach will be guiding me through the whole process of reviving my vegetable patch. The new seeds just arrived in the mail yesterday.

It was a lot of fun last year and I cannot wait to start growing my own vegetables again with the help of my trusty assistant Heidi. Of course we will let Stella join in the fun.

Please don't judge me... this is what it looks like after months of neglect:

The ladybug looks pretty happy though :-)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Pancakes at the Hema

The Hema in Utrecht was renovated a couple of months ago.
In my opinion the best part of the renovation is their restaurant.
It is now much nicer and child friendly :-)
Order a kids pancake and your children will be happy and so will your wallet.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Friday, 1 March 2013

DWZI - Rule number one

Rule number one is show up.

And breathe.

On a lighter side... I finally made something out of my new Jamie Oliver recipe book this week!
Of course it did not take me 15 minutes. 
In fact, it took all of 30 minutes!
Not bad for my first attempt at 'speed' cooking.
And you should know that I was pretty disorganised when I started with the recipe, running around looking for pots and pans, grabbing the ingredients randomly and making a bit of a mess.

I did not actually manage to take a photo of my finished results because it was dark and I was distracted and hungry. But I am happy to report that this is one tasty and easy weeknight dinner.

Here is the link to the recipe on Jamie's website.

Have a fabulous weekend!

You can find all the DWZI participants here.
Deze week zag ik is iedere vrijdag een blik op de afgelopen week.

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