Zo’n heerlijke dag
Het was zo’n ochtend, afgelopen weekend, waarop de zon ons tegemoet scheen en ik zielsgelukkig naast mijn man in de auto zat. Kleintje en hond erin en het dak eraf.
Het is zo moeilijk niet
We zitten alweer halverwege januari, maar nog steeds zie ik zát goede voornemens voorbij komen op Facebook. En met goede voornemens, bedoel ik de échte goede!
Ik weet dat ik eigenlijk enorm hard aan kerst moet denken. Aan wat we gaan eten en waar ik het ga halen. Aan de voorgerechten, de hoofd- en bijgerechten en hoe ik alles op elkaar af ga stemmen.
Salade van burrata met tuinbonen en verse kuiden
Toen ik werd gevraagd om een kerst voorgerecht te uploaden naar voorgerecht.nl om daarmee eventueel kerst voorgerecht van het jaar te kunnen worden, dacht ik meteen aan deze hele frisse fijne salade met burrata, geblancheerde tuinboontjes en verse kruiden
Een-pans gerechten, mmm!
Toen ik vorige week een blog met een nieuw recept schreef voor de site van Mama & Family, (overigens echt enorm lekker, al zeg ik het zelf, check maar hier: geroosterde asperges met ei ) bedacht ik me dat ik nog veel meer lekkere een-pansgerechten kon maken waar eieren langzaam in garen.
In the little Dutch town where I grew up, there was, and still is, this one and only Indian restaurant, called Taj Mahal. We often went there for dinner on sundays, with friends of my mother, my brother and I. I can’t remember that is was ever not nice. I loved it!
Een Nederlandse versie van een Mexicaanse tortilla. In Ibiza
Eigenlijk maak ik ze veel te weinig. Deze makkelijke pannenkoekjes van boekweit- en kikkererwten meel. Mijn vriendin in Nederland kwam er opeens mee aan zetten en vanaf dat moment waren ze vaste prik bij een wijntje. En dan homemade tapenades erbij van zwarte olijven, pesto’s, of gewoon een kaasje. Echt heel lekker.
Everything tastes better homemade!
Living in Ibiza for just over a year now, we slowely but surely got to learn how nature (here) works. We were so lucky to find this amazing house in the calm and peaceful north of the island, where previous owners had put so much time and love into growing multiple fruit plants and trees on the porperty, over the years.
Enthousiastic burger eater as I am (not!), I found it a great challenge to make a typical veggie burger for this nice contest Heinz tomato ketchup came up with. It really might be worth considering sending your own special burger recipe to the link below. The well known Dutch chef ‘Ron Blaauw’ of the eponymous restaurant in Amsterdam, is, together with Heinz looking for the best homemade burger, to add it on the menu of his restaurant ‘Ron’s Gastrobar’ in Amsterdam. The announcement will be made at a major final event. Just think of it; your own incredibly tasty super duper (veggie!!) burger on the card! Wouldn’t that be something? Enter the contest and place your burger on the menu!
Quinoa and Kale, a love story
I read somewhere, I believe it was on Food52, that quinoa and kale were made for each other. I couldn’t agree more. Since Gwyneth Paltrow decided It was All Good, and created the loveable and super simple quinoa and kale recipe, topped with a fried egg, I have been eating this combo daily.
We’re back and beautiful!
Wow! I’m so happy with our beautiful brand new site! I totally have to thank my sweety Nicolaas for the great job he did, the amazing logo he designed (which I immediately fell in love with), and his very professional approach. (Read: he totally ignored me when I disagreed on things like fonts, picture sizes / places etc. Which is, as it turned out, absolutely a good thing.)
Dear veggie friends!
It’s a brand new year, and so a healthy and fresh start for all of us! With lots of great new recipes, but also with new ideas and projects to get busy with. In the past few weeks I have been thinking about the blog, and how to continue this upcoming year. Veggie Very Much has made it’s appearance in january 2013, so we’re alive and kicking for exactly a year now! It was a great foodie year, can’t say otherwise. I’ve read and learned (and talked!) so much about food, and how it can work for you, instead of against you. I had to find my way in the frequency of posting a new blog, when to photograph (daylight!), when to write (at night!), what to tell, and when to shut up!
All the way, with kale
So, there we are. I FINALLY did it: I. Made. A. Kale. Recipe. And not just the one and only I knew: mashed potatoes with kale and gravy, the way my mom used to make it, (and the one I made a dozen times since, too.) Nope. This is a recipe with the new kale.
My whole family knows by now that I am a sucker for good- and real food, as do my kids, my man, my friends, everyone. I can get utterly excited about food matters and everything that comes with it. Beautiful plates? I’m on it. A new revolutionary cookbook? Me, me, me! Special superfood recipes? Come to mama!
Yes, there was a time I ate meat. I did. Not much, and never eagerly, but now and than I did, when my kids seemed to crave for smoked sausage for example, to go with their stew, or just a firm piece of steak. Organically of course, and always overloaded with vegetables (which I mainly ate), but still.. it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Hot beans on bread; seriously??
October really is some month for us! We have three birthdays in a row; starting with the youngest who just became two years old last week, followed by my oldest who turned 13, and last but not least: me! (Ow God, tomorrow!!) I think I have never been cooking, baking, mixing, stirring and trying new tastes more often, than I have last week.
No Gado Gado, I’m sorry.
Last weekend I visited my mom where my brother was staying over for dinner. He’s a real foody, and always willing to try and share new recipes. He had sacrificed himself to be the kitchen prince for the night, and had already done shopping. The counter was covered with fresh vegetables, (which were sooo appealing!!) but unfortunately, I couldn’t stay.
Chili to love
I love my mom dearly. I really, really do. She is fun to be with, interesting and gorgeous, and always willing to support or help in any way. She just ain’t a great cook (I’m sorry mom). I grew up with mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy, which I loved by the way, but without a lot of variation. And when she was in a hurry, (again, sorry mom) she made me ‘Wonder mashed potatoes and vegetables’.
Fabulous Farotto (if you know how to make it!)
Every now and then I come across a recipe which is so good, with such a delicate or rich flavor, or just a texture which is completely new to me, I’ll make it over and over again. And every time I make it, I’ll personalize it just a bit more. This farotto is one of them.
Let’s enjoy fall with a great salad of grilled pear!
Autumn definitely has begun, with golden leaves falling from the trees and crisp air in the morning sun. God, that sounds like a poem, doesn;’t it? Though, I wasn’t enjoying it much the past week and a half, since I walked around like an old crippled woman. I’m just starting to recover a bit, I must say, since I bruised my ribs last week, kind of badly.
Day 2: Easy quinoa with mushrooms, arugula and thyme
Well, it’s official. After all the parties; the famous Dutch ‘Queens’- into ‘Kingsday’, the holiday of the kids with sleepovers and thus more get togethers with friends and drinks: it was time to just stop for a while. Get our bodies back in shape, get clean again and healthy. We decided to take a break on our grown habits: coffee in the morning, many products with gluten (bread, pasta’s, potatoes etc), dairy (cappuchino’s, cheeses..), our awesome glasses of Chardonnay (God, I miss you already), and all the other goods that go along.. (which might be vegetarian, but maybe not that healthy..)
Baked chicory with orange butter sauce and red cabbage puree
I think i had this piece of paper sticked to my fridge for about 6 or 7 months, before i actually descided to give it a try. I teared it out of my weekend edition newspaper, somewhere on a saturday or sunday afternoon, just because i loved the combination of colors, not realising it was actually a recipe, or no, better: a veggie recipe!
… alias hemp seeds (in an almost classic Ceasar Salad!)
An unforgettable pasta!
Making a pasta is one thing. But making a pasta for your friends and loved ones who will bag you for more please, is just a whole different story! For some reason, I thought this pasta was one of my first posts, but stupid me, that was a totally different one! (It was the penne with rosemary-tomato pesto, which is good too, by the way!) How could I withhold you of this awesome, most simple recipe with the great WOW effect, it always gives!
Avocados for a vital and young skin!
Last few weeks I have been ridiculously busy with the blog. Reason is, we are redesigning it. There weill be a new logo, new layout and some additional features. I’m very happy that my sweet ega is such a creative all-round skilled boy scout; he’ll be doing all the designing and building himself. Though, I had to make clear what I had in mind, and what I’d find most important. In my (re)search I have been reading (foodblogs), Twittering, Pinning, Instagramming (is that yet a verb?) and Facebooking so much, that I was even dreaming in hashtags. That’s really weird, I can tell you.
Penne met tomaat-rozemarijn pesto
Als fervent pasta-eter, blijft dit toch wel één van de favorieten. Makkelijk, snel, gezond en het kán bijna niet mislukken. Daarnaast is het allerminst alledaags door de rozemarijn die de boventoon voert en doet deze pasta het altijd goed als er mensen komen eten.
Paddenstoelen op Toast
Dat ‘paddenstoelen op toast’ niets nieuws is, weten we wel. Maar deze klassieker is zó lekker dat hij best telkens weer een beetje opnieuw mag worden uitgevonden. Je kunt er kleine hapjes van maken voor bij de borrel óf een geweldige lunch op zich. Dat laatste vind ik persoonlijk het lekkerst, want het delen van dit gerecht gaat mij niet heel goed af!
Super soep van Knolselderij en Canellini bonen met Chermoula
Wat is er beter dan een geweldige soep als het buiten koud is? Precies, niets. Daar kan geen Mac tegenop! Dit is echt een super soep die nog eens extra op smaak gebracht wordt door de Chermoula.
De échte Ratatouille
Ik had al de hele week in mijn hoofd dat ik vanavond ratatouille wilde maken. En niet zómaar een ratatouille, maar dé ratatouille! Die uit de film ja! Het vergt even wat tijd, door het ‘slicen’ van alle ingrediënten en het maken van de saus, maar dan heb je wel zo’n ongelooflijke smaakbom te pakken, echt geweldig!
Knisperverse salade van Quinoa, Avocado en Winterradijsjes
Dat vandaag de hele dag de zon scheen moest natuurlijk gevierd worden. Óók al vroren buiten mijn tenen eraf, dat mocht de pret niet drukken.
Natuurlijk is het leuk om tijd, effort en liefde te steken in het maken van gerechten. Maar niet alles hoeft lang te duren. Zeker als je niet al te veel tijd hebt, maar tóch even snel een glas gezondheid wil drinken, maak je deze supersnelle smoothie van rijstmelk, frambozen, kiwi en munt.
Rodekool met gorgonzola en Du Puy linzen
Met linzen kun je eindeloos variëren, iets wat ik dan ook met verve doe. Salades, curry’s of soepen zijn allemaal prima aan mij besteed. En daarnaast vind ik linzen die zo uit een blikje komen ook heerlijk, al verklaard mijn vriend me meestal voor gek.
Awesome veggie Thai soup with Somen noodles and fresh herbs
Beautiful green soup op garden peas and mint
So it hit me, and it hit me hard; this horrible flue i thought i’d never get. But i did, and it took me a good week to get back on track. And when i did, i just promised myself not to get this ill ever again!
Triple color bean salad, with crispy mustard seeds
It’s really funny how the idea of a new dish comes to live. It always begins with the thought of one particular ingredient, (kind of obsessively actually) and once the idea has settled itself somewhere in my head, it’s almost impossible to get rid of it.
Homemade ravioli filled with ricotta, arugula and lime
Amazing workshop at one of Holland’s best restaurants ‘De Librije’
Very (really very) tasty Spinach-cheese melt sandwich
Mm, i wasn’t sure what to make today, though i had in mind it had to be a sandwich, and so i looked up some old recipes i used to make way back with my brother.
Good neighbours, great chocolate.
My neighbour friend happens to be a PR lady in the foodsection, which i didn’t know, until we had a nice evening at her place, where she invited us for a great soup and some lovely wines. With the babyphone plugged in, we told each other what we do.
Let the sun shine in!
Let’s pretend it’s summer!
As happy as I was last week with the first sign of spring, as dreary it is again today. Just went outside for some skating in the park with my kids, but went straight home when my ears started to freeze off. There is this saying in Holland, which goes like this:
Lentil salad with roasted cauliflower and mushrooms
It was my ‘one-can-of-lentils-a-day-period’, which i somehow just get; those cravings for one particular ingrediënt.
Oh, so tasty & fine!
Not wanting to eat meat doesn’t necessarily makes me want to eat fake meat instead. However, I do not live alone, and I’m the only ‘real’ vegetarian in this household.
Day 4: some backup information about the 30-day-challenge!
Eat yourself healthy and beautiful
As mentioned before, beans and legumes are absolutely one of my favourite things to eat, and especially chickpeas are high on the list. Not only are they incredibly tasty in many different ways (think humous, salads, soups, dough etc.) they are also very, very healthy.
Finally, the official asparagus season has begun!
Finally! Yesterday the asparagus season has started officially, which means we can cook, grill, chop, steam or mix these green or white fellows, until the 24th of june. And despite the fact we’ll still be able to buy them off season, that just won’t be as much fun. The’ll be more expensive and not locally, which you for sure will be able to taste. So now is the time to get them and prepare them in tons of ways!
With a family of five, breakfast can be a real pain in the ass. Most days during the week we’re in a hurry, (i don’t know why, my alarm -and the little one- goes off at 7 o’clock, but we still don’t make it) which makes it a challenge over and over again, to get something healthy into every mouth, get them dressed properly and to get those backpacks filled in time. I guess we’re just an average family.
Let’s combine some great combinations!
Just like tomatoes, basil and mozzarella seem to be made for each other, the combination of zucchini and tomatoes is quite outstanding too!
I used to make the tagliatelle from zucchini dish often for my kids, when they where younger; it was a great way to have them eat veggies without the sour faces. And the nice thing is, it’s such a pure dish, it’s incredibly easy and absolutely rich in flavor.