Is falafel a comfort food for you? Yeah, me too! *raises hand* It always surprises me how delicious such a little ball of humble ingredients can taste so good. I love chickpeas in hummus, but other than that I’m often disappointed by chickpea dishes. But then again, perhaps hummus is the king/queen of chickpea products and I’m just expecting too much? Well, I can happily say that these falafels are pretty delicious too. Dare I say even better than some specific kinds of hummus?! (Ever had beet hummus? I’m personally not a fan haha).
If you’ve been following me on Instagram since before my blog hiatus, you probably know that I love shakshuka. It is a really simple and easy breakfast/lunch/dinner meal, and it ticks all the boxes for what makes a meal healthy in my opinion: lots of veggies, plenty of fiber, and a good source of protein too. However, it isn’t a very pretty dish. It is in fact so ugly, that I avoided posting my recipe on the blog for literally years. That changed when I saw the first few episodes of Ugly Delicious by Dave Chang (of Momofuku) on Netflix last week. In one of his episodes, Dave says “I just reached a point where I’m okay making really ugly food. […] I think it is a mixture of age and me coming into my own a little bit.” That really resonated with me, and I would never claim to be on the same cooking level as him, but it did inspire me to finally post this delicious (but ugly) dish.
My love for ramen started with the famously unhealthy instant noodles that you can get for €0.50 a package in most (Asian) supermarkets. Yummy but soooo incredibly unhealthy! It contains loads of salt, and also a lot of saturated and trans fats. Did you know that the noodles in those packages are fried, and not dried to preserve them?! I used to have no idea, and enjoyed a simple noodle soup once a week or so as an easy and tasty snack, until I found out. Well, no more instant noodles for me!
As some of you might know, I spent almost 3 months in Canada and the US during my blog hiatus. Before this trip I’d never had a cinnamon roll, can you believe it? Yeah, I’d heard of them, seen them on tv, and I also read about all sorts of people that raved about cinnamon rolls, but I never tried them. Cinnamon rolls are not really a thing in the Netherlands, which is why they are difficult to get if you’re not into making them yourself.
If you are not a conventional beetroot lover, this recipe is for you! A few weeks ago, I realized I had a jar of beets in my cupboard that was about to go bad. I normally don’t love the extremely earthy taste of red beets, but I also hate wasting food, so I decided I had to make something with them anyway. I first made a pizza (with a delicious crispy crust 😍) topped with beets, goats cheese, caramelized red onion, thyme and pine nuts. Delicious for sure, but I could still very much taste the earthy flavor of the beets. So, with the other beets, I decided to make something else: a curried beet soup! With this, you can barely taste the beets at all, since the curry spices are such a dominant flavor.
In the last year and a half, and even before that, I have experimented with pizza. Loads of pizza. I made pizza’s with a thick crust, a crispy crust, simple margarita versions, and pizza’s loaded with 749202924 toppings. I even made sweet potato pizza once, which is tasty, but it isn’t a classic pizza.
Hi guys! I am so sorry for the long absence!! Life just got in the way, and I decided I needed to focus on some other things than the blog for a while. But now, 1.5 years later, I feel soooo ready to get back into blogging again! I didn’t stop cooking in those 1.5 years, but I did stop photographing and writing about my food. A lot has happened, and I talk a bit more in depth about what I did exactly on my Instagram and Facebook pages, if you would like to know the nitty gritty of what I have been up to. How have you all been??