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What challenge would you like me to try?

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Hi there! Please let me know what challenges you’d like me to try in the future: I already have one planned for upcoming month (just wait and see ;)) so this would be for April.

Thanks!
Viv

Homemade gnocchi (at least, I tried)

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Homemade gnocchi. I had this perfect image in my head of these delicious little (potato) pasta pieces in a simple, but tasty sauce made with cooked cherry tomatoes, pesto, some sour cream, and rocket lettuce on top… When my boyfriend would come home he would find me there, cooking with the grace and technique of a real Italian woman (minus the looks, I still have quite some years to go!), serving him this made-from-scratch dish that was so good it was like we were back in Rome.

What I did not picture was him coming home, finding me with my hands literally tied together by “should it be this sticky?” dough, looking extremely desperate and covered in flour. My usual welcome home greeting at the door was replaced by faint calls for help from the kitchen. Not according to plan. Miracles happen though, because it ended up tasting quite great! Will explain more later in this post. 

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Beef stew: worth the wait

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Hi there! Today I decided to share with you a delicious meaty dish that is easy enough for a student to cook, makes a big portion for a relatively low amount of money and doesn’t take a lot of work; just waiting time. Also: I’ve implemented my new recipe template! Yay! Tell me what you think… ๐Ÿ™‚

I remember when I was younger I would hear people talk about “pulled meats” in disgust. However, when I tried my moms variety of beef stew with loads of butter and this smooth meat I fell in love instantly. Because you need to be at home for around 4 hours at least, we didn’t eat it often enough in my opinion. Now that I live on my own I like to cook this beautiful beef stew when I’m spending a day inside studying or whatever. The smell that fills my house right now is mouthwatering!

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Mashed potatoes: a sidedish taken to the next level

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When I was younger, we’d only eat mashed potatoes in a “hotchpot”, which is supposed to be a mash of vegetables and potatoes. If I ate at someone else’s house we’d often get mashed potatoes out of a package, which contains no love at all. Naturally I began seeing mashed potatoes as this boring side dish or component of a meal.

Until I started living on my own. I made mashed potatoes a little while ago, decided to give it some extra love and BAM! it was by far one of the best things I had ever tasted. It was creamy, flavourful, delicious and so comforting it was like a hug in a pan. The boyfriend kept on laughing because I was eating it straight out of the pan with an expression of pure love on my face….

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One batter, four cake variations

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Helloo!

It’s a dreadful and rainy day today, which can only mean one thing: baking day! I felt like trying something new but was not entirely sure what, so I started thinking until I had some ideas. I decided to try all four ideas at once, and create four different cakes with only one base batter.

I’m at my parents’ place in the middle of nowhere so I can’t run to the store to get supplies if we don’t have what I need. Okay, to be fair it’s only 15 minutes by bike but that’s way too far when it’s raining! So I had to work with what we had. I found apples and cinnamon, instant coffee, dark chocolate and oranges, pecans and honey. Not too bad.

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Mushroom quiche with eggplant, bacon and courgette

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Hey all! New week, new recipe inspirations ๐Ÿ˜‰ Today I share a great recipe for a mushroom quiche, which came from a little gambling and trying stuff out. And it worked!

I know from experience that quiches can be great for dinner or lunch if you get the balance right. All you need is some puff pastry (or dough), eggs, sour cream and vegetables. Easy, right?! I’ll be showing you my version along with some improvement points. For the recipe, scroll down!

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Restaurant review: Denovo in Breda

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So, I promised you I would discuss my birthday dinner at winebarย Denovo in this post.A promise is a promise so here you go: a step by step review of what we liked and (perhaps) did not like!

Last Friday was my birthday, on which I basically spent the whole day cooking. When the boyfriend came home however, it was time to start celebrating! I chose Denovo, because it looked rather interesting (even though the menu on the website didn’t show that many items… Maybe a mistake?) and, to be honest, because it was within walking distance from our home. This restaurant can be found on the outer circle of Breda’s city centre.

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Life Update: February

Hey all!

I feel like writing something so write I shall. Read this blog if you’d like to know a bit more about me ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay I started writing about life at my parents’ place, but I just came back from having dinner at the restaurant I used to work at. I feel like I have to write about it, because I’m bouncing around with so much energy… Everyone was so sweet I could seriously cry right now! I scratched every part I wrote about life at my parents place because it is too distracting haha.

There is so much going on in my head I have no idea how I’m supposed to sleep tonight. I will try to write it down and I’m currently chatting with my friend Mariska, which always helps. I have to post this, I think it’s a good idea to share it but it’s scary. Scary is bad. Scary things are things I would avoid. But I’m in a learning process, and scary is what I need to learn. Yes. No. Scary. I will never fall asleep like this…

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Unboxing: Food We Love box “Grand Food Bazar” + recipes

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Heeello! Today I thought I’d try something different: Unboxing a Food We Love box. The reason why I do this is because I’d like to see if I can write posts in different styles. 

I will be showing you the content of the box I received for my birthday (thanks boyfriend!) and even better: I’ll add recipes I found online that I would like to try and cook with these ingredients. It’ll be a challenge as there is absolutely nothing in this box that I’ve cooked with before… But I like learning new things, so bring on the challenge!

For those of you who are not Dutch: Food We Love is a company that sells boxes filled with special food items in a certain theme. For example, I once ordered a box for my boyfriend that was filled with Mediterranean foods such as snacks, drinks, pasta made with red wine etc. It’s food with a story, sometimes from smaller companies and selected with care. I’m mostly a fan because you can order a box every month and it’s like unwrapping presents: you don’t know what you get until it’s there!

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Quinoa salad with turkey as light dinner

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Hi guys!

After all that cake and fries in my birthday weekend I decided it was time for something a little healthier for Monday’s dinner. A salad is always a good idea, and I found some tasty but rather healthy ingredients to go with it, creating a turkey-avocado-lettuce-feta quinoa salad!

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s currently 4 degrees out here in Breda (the Netherlands) and I’m sitting outside, on my balcony, with a blanket and my laptop. The sun is shining so bright that it’s not cold at all! I absolutely love blogging this way, and I can’t wait for spring… Who’s with me!

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