Vegetarian zucchini oven dish

A friend came over for dinner on a warm day and I felt like preparing something light, delicious that didn’t require an awful lot of work.

A vegetarian zucchini oven dish was perfect for that. This recipe is based on vegetables and cheese and so totally vegetarian proof. Continue reading “Vegetarian zucchini oven dish”

Gluten-free banana bread (low in sugar)

So this one day I found 3 overripe bananas in the office. I was just on a gluten-free quest and had bought gluten free-flour, so I felt like a winner when I discovered this recipe that hardly has sugar in it.

The dough based on the original recipe turned out way too moist, so I started adding things myself until the mixture was somewhat firm and looked like it could bake enough (I have a bad reputation with under cooked, flat and dull cakes. Except for this delicious marble cake that always comes out perfectly). I didn’t have much hope when I put the gluren-free banana bread in the oven, but it came out and I fell in love. The taste was delicious, it looked voluminous and my friend was absolutely stoked about it.

So I felt the need to post it here. For future banana reference. Continue reading “Gluten-free banana bread (low in sugar)”

Homemade spelt bread

Since I discovered how easy it is to make your own bread, and how much salt and sugar they put in bread you buy in stores, I am baking my own bread every couple of days. Especially spelt bread because it’s way better than ordinary white and brown bread. Making spelt bread isn’t necessarily harder than making ordinary bread.

Time needed: 25 min to prepare + 30 min to rise & bake

Ingredients for 1 big ass spelt bread

  • 1 tablespoon fresh yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 2/3 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 9 tablespoons oil
  • 9 cups spelt flour

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Chocolate chip cookies from heaven

Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips AND melted chocolate inside? SAY NO MORE!
I tried this Nigella Lawson recipe and it’s de-li-cious. And the people I shared them with all agreed.
It takes a bit more work, but you won’t regret it. The cookies peal off easily from the baking sheet, they melt in your mouth and mmmmmm.

Time needed: 20 min + 15 min baking
Dishes: 1 pot, 1 bowl, 1 whisker, 1 oven tray

Ingredients chocolate chip cookies

  • 125 gr dark chocolate
  • 150 gr white flour
  • 30 gr cacao
  • 125 gr melted butter
  • 75 gr light brown/caster sugar
  • 50 gr white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 200 gr chocolate chips (in my case: chocolate bar smashed into pieces with a hammer)

How to make 15 chocolate chip cookies

  • Preheat the oven on 170°C
  • Melt the 125 gr chocolate au bain marie in a big bowl.
  • Add the butter and mix it into the chocolate on the fire
  • Add the sugar, mix well and get off the fire
  • Put the flour, cacao and salt in a big pot
  • Add the chocolate / butter / sugar mixture
  • Add the egg and mix everything well
  • Put the chocolate chips in and mix again
  • Take a spoon and make big heaps on the baking sheet on the oven tray
  • Bake for 15 – 20 min depending on your oven
  • They get harder once you get them out and they cool down

Mmmmmmm delicious

Peanut oatmeal cookies

When I left my job, I got 3 bags of salted peanuts (don’t ask!). I don’t like my peanuts salted, so I looked for a way to use them in cookies. I made these oatmeal cookies and they turned out really flat and unattractive looking. I had a big pile of those cookies so I wasn’t that much of a fan (I mean, they are OK, but I tasted better oatmeal cookies before). However my flatmate and a friend were really enthusiastic about it and asked for the recipe. So here it is!

Time needed: 15 min
Dishes: 1 big bowl + oven tray + whisker + 2 spoons

Ingredients for +20 big peanut oatmeal cookies

  • 1 cup or 250 gr white sugar
  • 1 cup or 200 gr dark brown sugar 
  • 1 cup  or 225 gr melted butter
  • 3 cups or 270 gr of oatmeal
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup or  150 gr salted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 cup or 180 gr flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder

How to make the peanut oatmeal cookies

This is the easy part

  • Mix everything together in a bowl
  • Take a spoon and make heaps of dough on a plate with a baking sheet
  • Bake for 15-20 min on 180°
  • Get them out, when they are not too soft anymore and have a gold crust

Enjoy your flat peanut oatmeal cookies!

Vegetarian peas & avocado spread

This week I made spelt bread. And I discovered this lovely peas & avocado spread to accompany the bread as appetizer. Delicious and vegetarian!

I am a late chef. I get in my kitchen between 9-10 PM to start preparing my evening meal. My stomach starts making noises at 7 PM. So in between 7 & 9, you basically find me with my head in the refrigerator. Snacking on every piece of vegetable, meat, fish etc I find in there. And avocado. Definitely avocado since I absolutely adore the green vegetable.

This week I made spelt bread. And I discovered this lovely peas & avocado spread to accompany the bread as appetizer. Delicious!

Time needed: 5 min
Dishes: 1 small bowl & 1 fork

Ingredients for peas & avocado spread (to cover 5 slices of bread)

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 small can of peas
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt / pepper

How to make peas & avocado spread

  • Put the avocado, peas and lime together in a bowl
  • Smash and blend everything together with a fork
  • Add salt and pepper as you wish

Make sure to eat the spread immediately. A day later (and especially 2 days later) it doesn’t taste good anymore.

Enjoy!

Easy vanilla pudding pie

I am a sucker voor selfmade desserts. A piece of brownie in the morning (breakfast anyone?), a cookie in the afternoon, some pie in the evening. While I was searching easy and tasty desserts with the limited supplies I had left in my fridge and cupboard, I bumped on this easy, crumble vanilla pudding pie recipe.

I made it a sunday evening and brought it into the office on monday. This vanilla pudding pie was more than liked by my coworkers.

Try it out!

 INGREDIENTS FOR 1 PUDDING PIE

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Quiche with goat cheese & oyster mushrooms

When I was rewriting this recipe for this quiche with goat cheese, I decided to make it one more time but ditch the puff pastry and bacon. Aka: a skinny quiche. It was divine and my sister agreed.

Ingredients for one quiche with goat cheese for 4 people

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Chicken stew with parsnip

The best  idea I ever had, was to get a subscription on biological veggies from a farm near my house. Not only are the veggies grown locally and free of pesticides (healthy), you also get seasonal vegetables, which means you discover food you might never even have heard of.  Another advantage is you never know which veggies you will get which makes it cooking a bit more surprising and fun.

With every box of veggies, you get a newsletter with very easy recipes to make.

This easy, Southern European stew with parsnip and chicken is one of those recipes and truly a gem.  Continue reading “Chicken stew with parsnip”