I’ve never been a big bread-baker but I’ve always loved those artisan breads that rustle as I break their crust with my fingers and smell their soft, airy interior…mmmmm. Well, since I went gluten-free about 6 months ago, I’ve been happy that I don’t live in Brussels anymore. The smell of warm bread, croissants and pain au chocolate that lingers on the streets would’ve been too much to take during the withdrawal period. So, since I chucked gluten, I’ve been mostly relying on expensive store-bought bread that is usually on the dry side, and on home made seed crackers. But I decided that this year, 2017, would be a year of gluten-free baking, of mastering the bread and pastries without wheat. Let’s start with this nutty loaf bread. This is the first attempt, so perhaps we’ll get back to this one later in the year. But all in all, it’s pretty good 🙂 Give it a try and taste for yourself! Makes 1 loaf of bread 3,5 dl gluten-free rolled oats 2 dl sunflower seeds …
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 …
Ingredients: 2dl red quinoa (uncooked) 1dl chick peas rinsed 1/2 cucumber cut in cubes 2 big seeded tomatoes 2-3 scallions 150 g feta cheese 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1-2 tablespoons sun flower seeds ½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar juice of half a lemon ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper broccoli sprouts (optional) Boil the quinoa according to the instructions on the pack (average 15-20 min) and set it aside to cool. Seed & chop the tomatoes in small cubes, chop the cucumber and the scallions. Crumble the feta cheese. In a big bowl combine all the ingredients except from the broccoli sprouts and mix them well together. Add the broccoli sprouts on top of the dish when serving. If possible, leave the salad in the fridge for an hour or two before serving, this will make the flavors more intense. Serves 4.
How wonderful it is to wake up and see this: To enjoy the trees in the garden and the light flowing into the kitchen, preparing a tasty brunch together and taking the time to enjoy it is the best these early spring Sunday mornings have to offer.
Sometimes it’s nice to take some time during the week to cook together, set a beautiful table and put on some music; just because and not for any particular reason 🙂 Preparing a meal from scratch and sitting down to eat without any hurry can take all night, but it’s like therapy for the stressed mind. And a three course “restaurant at home” dinner might be a Christmas gift idea as well.
Thank you Marina from La Petite Nina for the beautiful feature on your website. I actually realised that I haven’t taken so many pictures of my home myself; so take a look HERE. At the same time I’m happy and terrified as Marina captured our house on a normal day with some stuff there and a mess there; So don’t expect composed home magazine material but real life. P.S. I don’t know why I always look so serious in pictures, we did have loads of fun! 😉
Last Sunday I spent a lovely girls’ afternoon with my friend Marina here at home. While she was taking pictures of the apartment, I prepared us a little lunch. I’m not big into junk food but when in Belgium… The frites are just too good to ignore! So, as I had some frozen bio frites in the freezer, I decided to serve them with a Greek style salad. As I prefer to cook the fries in the oven, they often lack that wonderful crispiness. But this time I got an idea and it worked perfectly: First cook the fries in the oven, then heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a wok pan, throw the fries in and let them fry for a few minutes, turning them regularly. This way you’ll get your crispy perfect Belgian frites without trans fat or cholesterol: Coconut oil is actually said to be good for you!
Happy weekend everyone! Finnish design house Marimekko has recently introduced a collection called Weather Diary, inspired by the Finnish seasons and weather patterns, these beautiful natural colours can make you fall in love with the rain. Video by marimekkovideo on Youtube.
On our way to a photo exhibition last Saturday we walked through Marais and just couldn’t resist the cupcakes at Berko on Rue Rambuteau. The choice was a difficult one as the rows of cupcakes in all colours of the rainbow seemed to continue as far as the eye could see, but I went for the Violette flavor, which was without exaggeration the best cupcake I ever tasted. Sitting down at the small terrace in front of the shop we even got some rays of early winter sun. Back home, when I was looking at Berko’s website, I was happy to notice that the company also has a shop in Brussels – I wouldn’t say no to another one of these! That was a seriously good cupcake. 10 minutes and 2,20€ well spent.