Month: December 2016

reflections

Last night in a dream I was walking under the high ceilings of our Brussels apartment. My key still fit the door and the evening light was flooding in like it always did at dinner time. The house was empty, it was resting in the in-between, waiting for new life to put flesh on its bones. We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away, someone said. Do those rooms, those streets corners, those cafés and market places carry my reflections? Can something in me be found only by going back there? What would such a meeting be like?

christmas meal for 2

This year we decided to stay home for Christmas, just the two of us. 2016 has been a busy year full of challenges and changes and it felt good to take some time to relax, enjoy good food, read and discuss and play some board games. I made a vegetarian version of the traditional Karelian hot pot using pulled oats and gluten/free ginger bread adapting my grandmother’s recipe, a childhood favourite. We were lucky to have some snow for the weekend and we took our boots out for a walk in the forest.  Wishing everyone peaceful and heartwarming holidays ❤

apple & lingonberry crumble

An easy apple crumble used to be my mother’s go-to dessert when I was a child. It always tasted best on Friday nights with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. This warm dessert is perfect for this season as it has those flavours of the autumn harvest and christmassy cinnamon. Serves 4 the Base 3-4 sweet apples 0,5 dl frozen lingonberries 2 tbsp coconut sugar or organic raw cane sugar 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon 1 tbsp of organic butter the Crumble 2 dl of organic, gluten-free rolled oats 70 g of organic butter 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon 1 tbsp coconut sugar or organic raw cane sugar the Topping Whipped soy cream or oat vanilla sauce on top Other Non-stick frying pan & an oven dish 2 tbsp gluten-free breadcrumbs Heat the oven to 225°c. Using your fingers, butter the inside of the oven dish with butter and a thin layer of gluten-free bread crumbs. Wash and peel the apples. Remove the core & seeds and cut them in wedges. If you use organic apples, you …