A 100 Happy Days – Day 28

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Please don’t throw egg whites away

Ever found yourself throwing egg whites away as the recipe only included the yolks? Did you feel bad? You don’t have to anymore.

Here is a recipe for using them up in just 20 minutes. Baking included.

Walnut and Peach Pud

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: very easy
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Ingredients:

– 3 egg whites

– 150 g icing sugar

– 300 g walnut

– about 10 tablespoons of peach jam

 

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180 C degrees/fan. Whisk the eggs and the sugar in a mixing bowl until it hardens. Finely chop the walnuts in a food processor and add to the eggs. Carefully mix them together. Cover a larger baking tray with baking paper and place about 10-12 spoonfuls (using a tablespoon) on the tray. Get a teaspoon and scoop a little peach jam on top of each.

Bake for 15 minutes and leave it to cool before trying to move them onto a serving plate.

Enjoy! 

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Ordering Organic Food in Brussels

Yesterday I got two steps closer to become the more health and environment conscious human being I always wanted to be.

First, I bought myself a yoga mat in decathlon. Second, I have just found a perfect way to get fresh organic food quickly, with no fuss at all. I order it in surprise boxes.

What are the most common problems I encountered when started clean eating?

  • eating the same things over and over again, no variety
  • not consuming enough fruit and vegetables
  • not in the mood for going out shopping, then to cook after
  • while out shopping, sneaking around and buying fast food because it is quicker

Be fair. Most of us know about 10 recipes by heart, and when there is limited time to make something quickly in the evening, no one ever gets adventurous with new, never tried recipes. After a long day of work, the least I want to do is to google recipes, buy ingredients and start cooking at 8PM. We tried to have a list of meals we wanted to eat each week beforehand, but we ended up putting the same menu over and over again. So I figured, that variety in cooking needs inspiration, surprise and a wider choice of ingredients. And we need to cut out shopping time.

To solve the problem of not eating enough fruit and veg I opted in for pushing fruit and veg on us harder. If it enters our flat by itself it will have to be eaten.

So I ordered from Reason2.be.

So it got delivered.

Last evening we received our first box (actually, it arrived in 2 boxes and a bag) of food, and it contained a huge cut of rump steak, chicken legs, smoked beef slices, 6 eggs, a litre of milk and all this fruit and veg heaven:

essentials box from reason2be

This is the smallest order possible for the essentials package. I also ordered some healthy snacks which contained nuts, dried fruit and chocolate. The content of the box is pre-set and changes every week depending on what is in season. You cannot change what is in there, but you can set a dislike list. Anything that is on the list will never be sent. The contents of the box is not a complete mystery, as there is an option on the page to look in the boxes but I prefer not to. When the box arrives it is Christmas all over again 😉

You can manually add extra items, such as yoghurts, beer, organic wines, jams, the list seems endless. There is a wide variety of boxes: fruit only, veg only, benelux only, organic essentials, recipe boxes (I will try this once, for sure), beers and wine mixes, meat boxes, grill boxes, snack boxes and so on.

What I really like about this, that we receive and are forced to eat food that we would probably never ever have otherwise. For example, yesterday evening I made leek, mushroom and smoked beef omelette with a salad of endives and leek. It was the best omelette we had in years, but this is not something you walk into the local Delhaize for. The amount of fruit seem immense to us, I don’t think we ever had this much at home. I am contemplating to make a fruit salad later. 🙂 For today, half of the chicken legs is next on the list, they will be roasted and eaten with some potato mash tonight. I am saving the steaks for the weekend, will make one more omelette and a vegetable curry, too.

Soon, there will be Wednesday again, for my mystery box to arrive. Can’t wait 🙂

 

How To Make Perfect Roast Potatoes

Now, if you are English you might just frown at me. What on Earth does a foreigner know about roasts of any kind? Well. Not much.

I fell in love with roast potatoes and Hungary is not the country where you can just sit in _any_ bar and get them. If you want them, you make them. End of story. So I looked up about 200 recipes and tried quite some of those before settling for this one. From one suggesting that potatoes must be raw, to ones including fluor, goose fat and cinnamon. Yes. That, too.

I would not say mine is average but I learnt to avoid the extremes.

Perfect Roast Potatoes

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

– 7-8 new potatoes

– 5 cloves of garlic

– fresh rosemary leaves (in full, not minced or dried and ground)

– tablespoon of fresh lemon peel

– salt and pepper to taste

– olive oil and butter

 

Instructions:

Boil the peeled potatoes until semi-coocked. Heat the oven to 190 degrees. Put 2 tablespoons of butter in, heat until it sizzles. Add the rosmary, garlic, lemon peel and the potatoes. Season it, and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook them until golden brown. The lemon peel and the rosmary will add the incredible taste, and the olive oil will give the roasties some crust. Once you tried this, you might never return to your old roast potato recipe. 🙂

 

This is how mine looked like (please excuse the mess and the quality of the pic).

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Enjoy!

Frozen Yogurt – Bliss All Year Round!

I decided to share one of my all time favorites with you all.

I am well aware, that it is now wintertime and cold outside. This time of the year, most people are craving hot desserts, brownies and steam sponges, but I am an ice cream girl, I can’t help it. I can crave ice cream even on the coldest days of January.

Most ice creams you can buy in your local store are not very healthy (usually full of sugar and fat) and most of the ingredients I don’t even recognize… I love fruit ice creams and sorbets, however many of those never seen real fruit.. or any… 😀

So I have my own little recipe, that is full of fruits, flavours, colors and is always fresh. Never failed to make me smile.

Here is how to make awesome frozen yogurt:

1. get some frozen fruit (any really, your taste determines it all) and some plain yogurt (try to aim for low fat organic if you can, I sinned this time)

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Ingredients

2. put them all in a mixing bowl (or anything you can mix it in)

frozen yogurt ingredients
All set

3. get a blender (hand-held is perfect) and blend the frozen fruit with the yogurt, if you have a sweet tooth, add a teaspoon of honey and syrup

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mixing

4. serve and enjoy!

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TADA!

 

 

Chinese At Home – Is it mission impossible?

When it comes to making chinese at home people tend to freak out. It is something we rather have delivered from „professionals” than to try and make it at home. Most of us haven’t even got the idea of what herbs and spices are used, and many of those are a hassle to find at the local grocery shop.

I was contemplating the idea for years but always ended up going to my favorite take-away. Making good chinese seemed to be a hard task to accomplish; it felt time consuming and complicated, not to mention the prices. When I calculated the estimate spendings on a meal I was better off ordering for half the price.

But the other day Jamie changed my life again. He made sticky chicken in the 15 minute meals series, and it looked quick, cheap and edible.

I made the chicken as it is described in the recipe however I changed the noodles a bit and completely left out the salad (soooorryyy). I have a huge wok at home which I haven’t used once, so it was high time. I made the salad dressing as told by Jamie, but added more soy sauce and doubled the amount of fish sauce. I first fried some onions and slices of carrots in hot olive oil, added the salad dressing with the sauces and finally added the cooked noodles. It turned out to be an amazing Asian „side dish noodle”, we all loved it.

Here is what mine looked like.  🙂

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Enjoy 🙂