December 17, 2014

Xmas Gift Time: An awesome HP Pavilion x360 + Xmas Cinnamon Granola!

Hey friends,

I am playing Santa and I have something red for you! If you are on my ‘Nice’ list this year and got my book FOURPLAY, you are making a chance to win an awesome, convertible laptop from HP! And a jar of my homemade cinnamon granola! In an awesome Christmas bag! I promise, you want it! It makes me freaking happy as it is a way for me to give back to one to you who have supported me in this super crazy year!

I have been using the HP Pavilion x360 since summer and it has become my ‘kitchen computer’. It has a cool food section where I get to easily save all my recipes while I’m cooking instead of putting it on a piece of paper that I later loose or cover in fat. And thanks to it I finally have a proper directory of all recipes in a digital form, seriously, I really needed it! It has an 11.6-inch touchscreen and what’s super duper about it is that by twisting the screen, you can convert it into a tablet! Did I mention you really want it?

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I can’t wait to see who will get it but if you won’t be the lucky one, I am still sharing my favorite Christmas granola recipe with you! Because just the smell of it will cheer you up! I promise, it will!

Xmas Cinnamon Granola

Needed for a big jar:
150 g oats
50 g goji berries
20 g sunflower seeds
20 g pumpkin seeds
50 g almonds, chopped
50 g hazelnuts, chopped
50 g walnuts, chopped
150 ml maple syrup
1 tbsp cinnamon

That’s how make it:
Preheat oven to 160°C. Put oats, maple syrup, nuts and cinnamon in a bowl and ingredients in a bowl mix well till all ingredients are covered in maple syrup. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the granola mixture on it. Bake for about 15-20 min or until golden and starting to harden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Break the granola with hands, add Goji berries and seeds and toss. Put in a nice glass jar and pack as a gift or if you’re keeping it for yourself, store it in any airtight jar or container.

So let’s get to business! How can you become an owner of the HP Pavilion x360 (and a jar of granola hehe)? It’s simple!

If you got my book FOURPLAY this year, take a fun picture with it or a picture of the recipe you made (yes you can reuse the ones you guys already sent me in the past few months!) and send it to fourplaybook@gmail.com! I will pick the coolest photo (OMG I already know I will have to get my girlfriends to help me judge coz I know I will like all of them!)! You have time till December 23 at midnight! I will let the winner know on the December 24 and if you’re the one with the coolest photo, you will get your package in January! Only Belgian addresses (so sowwy if you live abroad, I can only send it within the frietjes land!)

Up for it? I hope so!! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS Y’ALL!!!!!

November 20, 2014

FOURPLAY: Vegan Coconut Ice Cream with Butternut Squash & Macadamia Nuts

Hi friends, since some of you asked for this recipe in English I thought I’d share it on the blog! It’s one of my favorite fall recipes from my book and definitely my favorite dessert! If you think it’s strange to eat ice cream in fall, you will change your mind after you tried this vegan awesomeness.

For most of my recipes you don’t need any equipment except for a mixer but these ice cream are best made in an ice cream maker. I have the simplest kind, I got it for about 40 euro but it’s such a worthy investment. In the spring and summer, I literally never buy ice cream anymore – I just throw some fresh seasonal fruit and soy yoghurt or coconut milk in the ice cream maker and soon after I have the most delicious, refreshing and healthy treat to keep me cool on hot days. And then I find ways to use it throughout the entire year, like with the pumpkin ice cream, or chestnut ice cream. You just can’t go wrong with ice cream.

If you like the recipe and want more, you should totally get my book. That is if you speak Dutch. Then seriously. You should. ;)

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You will need:
300 g butternut squash
800 ml coconut milk
120 ml agave syrup
1 tablespoon cinnamon
100g macadamia nuts, dry roasted

That’s how you make them:
Heat the coconut milk over low heat. Add the agave syrup and cinnamon. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Let it cool completely and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. Peel and deseed the butternut squash and cut it into small cubes. Spread the pumpkin on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes until the squash is soft and lightly browned on the corners. Put the coconut mixture into the ice cream maker and wait till ice cream forms. Add the macadamia nuts and roasted squash, mix and serve immediately.

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This is the original page form my book. It’s fun, isn’t it?

November 17, 2014

Libelle Lekker Foodbloggers Contest: 2 x Breakfast from Christmas Leftovers

Final entry for the Libelle Lekker Foodbloggers Contest. It’s the big finale and it’s cooking with leftovers.

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NL (scroll down for the English version):

Ik ben een echt ochtendmens. Ik sta vroeg op en drink in alle rust en stilte mijn kopje groene thee. De ochtend na de kerstavond, als iedereen nog aan het slapen is, maak ik in mijn kerstpyjama ontbijt voor mijn familie. Ja, ik heb een kerstpyjama. En 26 kersttruien. Ik heb zelfs een kerstonderbroek. Dat ik van kerst hou is een understatement.

Mijn ontbijt is inderdaad gemaakt van restjes. Het begon als verassing voor mijn familie, maar ondertussen verwacht mijn familie niets anders meer. Ik vind het helemaal niet erg om ontbijt te maken voor de hele familie, want ik vind het altijd heel leuk om creatief aan de slag te gaan met de restjes. Een tweede leven aan iets geven, dat vind ik geweldig. Hier zijn twee lekkere ontbijtideetjes om je restjes puree of appeltjes met veenbessenssaus te verwerken in een smakelijk ontbijt.

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EN: 

I am an early bird. I like to get up in the morning and drink my cup of green tea in peace and quiet. The morning after the Christmas Eve, when everyone is still sleeping, I always make breakfast for my family. Wearing my Christmas pyjamas. Yep, I have a Christmas pyjamas. And 26 Christmas sweaters. I even have Christmas underpants. Saying that I love Christmas is an understatement.

My Christmas morning breakfast is always made from leftovers. What started as a nice surprise for my family,  is now pretty much an expectation ;) But I don’t mind. Cooking with leftovers is one of my biggest joys and one of the best way I can express myself creatively in the kitchen. Giving something its second life, what’s not to love about it! Here are two tasty ideas to transform your leftover puree and apples with cranberry sauce into a delicious breakfast.

SWEET: BREAKFAST MUFFINS FROM APPLES  WITH CRANBERRY SAUCE

Needed for 12 muffins:
1-3 apple halves with cranberries (if you only have cranberry sauce left, use 3 tablespoons of it)
200 g spelt flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
25 ml olive oil
100 ml honey
1 egg
150 ml almond milk
2 tablespoons oats or granola

That’s how you make them:
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut the cranberry apples into small pieces. Mix spelt flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. Mix the egg with the olive oil, honey and almond milk. Add both mixtures together and mix briefly (do not overmix). Add the apples with cranberries and stir gently. Take a muffin tin and fill it with the batter. Sprinkle with oats or granola. Bake the muffins 15-20 minutes or until golden.

SAVORY: WAFFLES FROM PUREE LEFTOVERS

Needed for 12-15 waffles:
400 g celeriac puree (also works with mashed potatoes or parsnip puree)
150 g spelt flour
2 eggs
1 tablespoon melted ghee (or butter)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
100 ml soy milk
1 tablespoon thyme
Pinch of sea salt

That’s how you make them:
In a bowl, mix butter, soy milk and puree. Beat eggs until light and foamy and add to the puree to it. Mix spelt flour, baking powder, baking soda, thyme and salt in another bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon. Heat the waffle iron. Bake the waffles golden for about 3 minutes each. Serve with a little bit of melted ghee (or butter) and thyme.

November 14, 2014

Libelle Lekker Foodbloggers Contest: Round 4

Hi friends,

I’m in the fourth round of a foodbloggers contest for a wonderful Belgian publication Libelle Lekker (woop woop!!!!) - if you visited my blog in the last few weeks and I hope you did ;) you have probably seen a stream of delicious treats I have prepared and submitted as a part of the competition. This entry is a little bit different than the rest – next to the recipe(s), we needed to submit a creative, entertaining & informative text. So I did (I hope). Text, about sweet potato, in Dutch. You my Belgian friends who have been asking me to do more in Dutch (like my book is not enough :p) will hopefully appreciate it (for the rest of you – the English recipes will be here this weekend!). Big hug and yaaay – it’s Friday!

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IK GEEF TOE: IK GA SOMS VREEMD.

‘Eet lokaal, vers en volgens het seizoen’ is mijn food levensmotto. Ik koop mijn eten bijna altijd bij de lokale boeren of op de markt. Al jarenlang moedig ik (met veel passie en liefde) mijn vrienden en familie aan om seizoensgebonden te eten. Ik heb al een hoop mensen rond mij hun voedingsgewoonten zien veranderen (I’m working on the rest). Op mijn blog verschijnen seizoensgebonden recepten. Twee jaar geleden richtte ik een seizoensgebonden online magazine op en recent verscheen mijn boek Fourplay – ja, je hebt het geraden – vol speelse receptjes voor vier seizoenen. Maar psssttt …. kom eens dichter … want ik heb een geheim. Een duister geheim. Ik ga af en toe vreemd. Meer dan af en toe. Ik ga bijna wekelijks vreemd. Met wie? Met zoete aardappel.

Ik kan er niets aan doen. Het was liefde bij de eerste hap. Ik herinner het mij alsof het gisteren was, hoewel het al bijna 8 jaar geleden is. Ik zat bij een Venezuelaanse vriendin aan tafel. Het was haar beurt om te koken. Ze maakte een stoofpotje van zoete aardappel, een recept van haar oma. Ik nam een hap. Een nieuwe wereld opende zich voor mij. Nog een hap. Een heerlijke zoete smaak vulde mijn mond. Nog een hap. Ik sloot mijn ogen en ik wist het, ik kon niet meer verder. Niet zonder hem. Ik was verliefd. Ik wou meer.

Maar hij is niet van hier. Mijn lief is exotisch. Afkomstig uit Zuid-Amerika, hij wordt vooral in Latijns America en de VS gekweekt. Hij groeit ook in Azië, Afrika en in warmere landen van Europa zoals Spanje. In België willen ze hem ook. Maar hij is een moeilijke. Hij heeft naast liefde ook veel warmte nodig. Niet meteen ideaal voor het Belgische klimaat dus.

Er zit bijgevolg maar een ding op: Importeren. Een vies woord in mijn food dictionary. Maar bij hem voel ik geen schuld. Bij hem voelt het goed. Hier is waarom:

Hij zorgt goed voor mij

Zoete aardappel is ZOOO gezond. Voor mij zeker een superfood. Wist je trouwens dat hij geen echte aardappel is? Hij behoort tot de windefamilie – dit zijn zetmeelhoudende knollen die ook wel bataat worden genoemd. Hij zit boordevol met antioxidanten, vitamines (A, B, C, D!) en gezonde vezels. Vitamine A bijvoorbeeld, dat mijn huid fris en zuiver houdt. Vezels zorgen snel voor een vol gevoel en stillen mijn honger als geen andere: ik ben sneller voldaan na 1 zoete aardappel dan na 3 boterhammen. Ook veel langer. Zoete aardappel bevat complexe koolhydraten ofwel ‘trage suikers’ die zorgen dat mijn energie trager verbrand wordt. Hij is dus perfect om tijdens de dag vermoeidheid tegen te gaan!

Hij wordt nooit saai

Zoete aardappel is ZOOO veelzijdig. Je kunt hem stomen, koken, bakken, frituren maar ook rauw eten. Ik beloof je, ooit schrijf ik een boek met zoete aardappel recepten. Doorheen de jaren heb ik er zeker meer dan 100 van ontwikkeld. Zoet en hartig. Chips, frietjes, soepen, salades, ovenschotels, pannenkoeken, cakes, muffins … noem maar op.

Hij is een lekker ding

Zoete aardappel is ZOOO lekker. Zo zacht. Zo zoet. Zo smeuïg…

Vergeef je het mij? Wil je ook vreemd gaan? Dankzij mijn drie lievelingsrecepten kan je stout doen op elk moment van de dag:

ZOETE AARDAPPEL HASH MET GEBAKKEN EI (lekker als ontbijt of lunch): 

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Nodig voor 2 personen:
3 zoete aardappelen
1 eetlepel olijfolie
2 eieren
zeezout

Zo gemaakt:
Schil en rasp de zoete aardappelen. Verhit olijfolie in een grote bakpan op een middelhoog vuur. Voeg de zoete aardappelen toe. Bak gedurende 7-9 minuten, roer regelmatig om en voeg een snuifje zeezout toe. Dek de pan af met een deksel en bak nog eens 3 minuten. Bak in een andere pan de eieren. Serveer de hash met een spiegelei erop. Breng op smaak met zeezout.

ZOETE AARDAPPEL SOEP MET KOKOSMELK (lekker als lunch of diner): 

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Nodig voor 4 personen: 
4 zoete aardappelen
1 l groentebouillon
100 ml kokosmelk
4 takjes tijm

Zo gemaakt: 
Schil de zoete aardappelen en snijd ze in stukjes. Breng de bouillon aan de kook. Voeg de aardappelen toe en kook ongeveer 15-20 minuten tot ze gaar zijn. Voeg 100 ml kokosmelk en mix de soep glad. Serveer de soep met een scheutje kokosmelk en garneer met een takje tijm.

ZOETE AARDAPPEL IN DE SCHIL MET KANEEL EN KOKOSSUIKER (lekker als vieruurtje): 

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Nodig voor 1 persoon: 
1 zoete aardappel
1 theelepel geklaarde boter (ghee)
2 theelepels kokossuiker
Snuifje kaneel

Zo gemaakt: 
Prik met een vork gaatjes in de zoete aardappel. Zet hem gedurende 6-8 minuten in de microgolfoven aan 1000 watt. Snij de aardappel doormidden en vul hem met ghee. Bestrooi met kaneel en kokossuiker.

 

November 8, 2014

Xmas Appetizer: Parsnip Fries with Lemon Yoghurt

Just a few weeks till my favorite holiday of the year so it’s time to start sharing food ideas for Christmas! I needed to make appetizers in small glasses for the Libelle Lekker Foodblogger Contest and I thought to share one of the items I will be serving this year: rosemary & garlic parsnip fries served with lemon yoghurt.

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Needed for 10-12 appetizers:
Fries:
4 parsnips
4 cloves of garlic
40 ml of olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary

Lemon Yogurt:
4 tablespoons Greek yogurt
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest

This is how you make them:
Preheat the oven to 220 ° C. Peel the parsnips and cut them into thin fries. Put the fries in cold salted water to make them crispier. Take the fries out of the water after 5 minutes and pat dry. Mince the garlic. Mix the fries in a bowl with the olive oil, garlic, rosemary and sea salt flakes. Spread the fries on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake the fries at 220°C for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 200 ° C and and bake for another 15-20 minutes or golden brown.

Mix yogurt, lemon juice, salt and lemon zest in a bowl.

Fill each small glass with a teaspoon of lemon yogurt and 4 fries.

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November 4, 2014

Oven Roasted Butternut Squash with Chickpeas, Feta and Pomegranate

One of the things that make autumn awesome despite the rainy gloomy weather and shorter days are pumpkins! Not just pumpkins but butternut squash to be precise. I just can’t get enough of it. Oven roasting it with a spoon of ghee is my favourite way to eat it. Sometimes I have it simply sprinkled with some sea salt and sometimes I make fillings like the one below. Chickpeas, feta, pomegranate and cilantro is a perfect combo – last time I made the squash I also added a big spoon of homemade hummus on the bottom before I filled it in, if you’re a hummus fan, you might want to do the same!

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Needed for 2:
1 butternut squash
2 teaspoons ghee (or butter)
50 g feta, crumbled
4 tablespoons of chickpeas
1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
salt
2 tablespoons homemade hummus (alternative)

This is how you make the squash:
Preheat oven to 200°C. Cut the butternut squash in half and scoop out the stones. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and place the squash on it. Put 1 tsp ghee in the hole of each half. Bake for 40-50 minutes until the squash is cooked (use a wooden stick to check if it’s soft inside). Remove the pumpkin halves from the oven.

In a small bowl, mix feta, chickpeas, pomegranate seeds and cilantro. Season to taste with salt. Fill the squash halves with hummus (alternative) and then the mixture and serve immediately!

oven roasted butternut squash from Princess Misia

October 30, 2014

Bread Pudding with Apples and Cranberries

This bread pudding is amazing and you can make it either with glutenfree or spelt bread – I made it twice with both breads and both are equally scrumptious! It is lactose-free as I used almond milk and it is sweetened with some good Canadian maple syrup. I have been craving bread pudding for a while now and since I needed to bake something sweet for the Libelle Lekker Foodblogger Contest, the choice was easy to make. I just realized that this is actually the first year that I have been using fresh cranberries in my baking and I can’t get enough of them. Not sure why I haven’t done so before as they are delicious and they also add such wonderful color to the dishes! Enjoy the bread pudding, we definitely did!

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Needed for 6:
8 slices spelt bread or glutenfree bread
5 eggs
125 ml almond milk
100 ml maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 appels
50 g cranberries

Making the bread pudding:
Cut bread into pieces. Grate the apples. Put some cranberries aside and cut the rest into pieces. Mix bread gently with apples and cranberries and place it in a baking dish.
In a bowl, whisk the eggs, maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the bread and let it soak for 30 minutes. Garnish with whole cranberries.

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Place the dish in the middle of the oven and bake for about an 1 hour until golden brown. Wait 15 minutes before serving.

Sprinkle with a little stevia and serve warm.

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October 12, 2014

Healthy Pumpkin & Cranberry Muffins

Hi guys,

I’ve been doing a few fall/winter shoots this week and I have quite some wonderful seasonal foods over so I wanted to throw something together not to put them to waste! We are doing a little family trip to Normandy today and there is nothing better for on the road then…MUFFINS! I actually never used fresh cranberries in my muffins but they came out amazing – taste and color wise! You seriously need to try those!

Happy Sunday y’all and I already can’t wait to share all the fall food I have in store for you!!! :)

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What you need:
200 g spelt flour
100 g fresh cranberries, chopped
200 g pumpkin, grated
125 ml soy milk
100 ml maple syrup
1 egg
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
25 g coconut oil
20 g granola

How to make the muffins:
Preheat oven to 180°C. In a bowl, mix spelt flour, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, beat egg with maple syrup and soy milk. Liquefy the coconut oil. Add egg mix and coconut oil to the dry ingredients mix gently. Add cranberries and pumpkin and mix shortly again (do not over mix).

Grease 10 hole muffin tin with baking spray. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Sprinkle each muffin with granola. Bake 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from tin and let cool off. Enjoy!

October 6, 2014

FOURPLAY Book Launch

Oh my gosh, I seriously can’t believe it’s already October and I didn’t even have time to write about the book and the book launch!

SOOOOOO… my big dream has come true and my book has been on the shelves of the Belgian bookstores and online as of the first week of September! It’s called FOURPLAY and it is full of original, vegetarian and PLAYfull recipes for FOUR seasons. I still remember getting the book into my hands for the first time ever! I couldn’t stop looking and smelling it. I can’t even explain the feeling of holding something you have worked so hard for – it was like super duper awesome but BETTER! You can take a peak on the book and some inside pages here (that’s also where you get a signed copy – just saying).

Such a wonderful event in my life could not have gone without a celebration!!! At the beginning of September, I threw a Book Launch Party at an old barn in Sint-Pieters-Kapelle. The owners Adinda and Henk are the sweetest people (like they don’t make them anymore like that!) and the location was everything I wanted. It is so authentic and even had a little bread baking house where we baked flatbreads and ricotta blueberry cups! All food served during the event was from the book (duuuh!) and was prepared by my mom, my sister and me! I’m not sure how we pulled it all together but 60+ people left with full and happy tummies (or at least that’s what they told me!).

I could not have asked for a more awesome book launch! The weather was awesome, all the people I love were there to celebrate with me and I had my amazingly talented friend JoBee singing live. We ate, we laughed, we danced which was exactly what I needed after working my ass off to make this book happen. We ended the night with a delicious cup of Or-Tea, my all times favorite tea brand and guest were lucky enough to take a little box of this delicious organic teas home!

All photos were taken by my wonderful photographer husband – you can find more of his work on his website Speaking Through Silence Photography.

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August 22, 2014

Virgin Bloody Mary Popsicles

I am blessed with a lot of people around me who have big veggie gardens (ours is still quite basic but we’re working on it) and who share their harvest with me! With the tomato season in full bloom, I am drowning under homegrown tomatoes and I am refusing to waste any of these delicious babies. I am stacking on slow roasted oven tomatoes, tomato sauce and eating a lot of tomato salads. YUM!

When Williams-Sonoma asked me to create my own version of Bloody Mary with freshly juiced tomatoes, I couldn’t say no! Fresh tomato juice is the best especially when you use those good ripe tomatoes! To juice your tomatoes, you can use an electric juicer (check out the lovely juicer section at Williams-Sonoma) or use a simple juicing colander (make sure to peel the tomatoes first by putting them into hot water for a few minutes and then transfer them to cold water – the skins will break which will make tomatoes so much easier to peel!)

Now, instead of regular bloody mary, I decided to make popsicles. I have a garden party coming soon (if weather allows) and I like to surprise my guests with something unexpected. If you’re not much into that virgin stuff and you’re wondering weather you could add vodka to these popsicles, you’re lucky! The answer is YES!

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