• Apple & Cinnamon Pastry #appelflap

    AN “APPELFLAP” IS A TRADITIONAL DUTCH DESSERT PASTRY stuffed with apple, raisins, cinnamon and sugar, and covered with sugar granules. Lots of people have it for breakfast. In this recipe, I ditch the sugar and raisins and realise that homemade apple flaps are easy and delicious – while obviously being healthier than the supermarket version. Print Recipe Homemade Dutch 'Appelflap' Course Dessert Cuisine Dutch Prep Time 30 minutes Servings pieces Ingredients 2 apples, diced use Elstar or other sweet-sour type4 squares of about 15x15cm pastry dough store-bought, I find it in the freezer section, or homemade2 teaspoons cinnamon powder Course Dessert Cuisine Dutch Prep Time 30 minutes Servings pieces Ingredients…

  • Small Loaf of Spiced Carrot Cake with Cranberries and Walnuts

    Guys, it’s my first time baking carrot cake – can you believe it? It turned out amazing, I love using moist vegetables in cakes. Up until now, I always grabbed the opportunity to indulge in my mom’s amazing carrot cake, or lazily order carrot cake whenever I’m at a cafe. In the latter case I always look like one of those “my body is a temple” people, since I don’t like frosting (it’s non-organic dairy + sugar = boo!) and scrape it off with my fork to the side of my plate. So, there’s no frosting in this recipe. There is a bit of sugar – I did not succeed…

  • Festive Gluhwein (Mulled Wine)

    GLUHWEIN IS RED WINE COOKED WITH SPICES, ORANGES and some sugar. It could be considered a winter version of home made sangria. It is very easy to make, so I think everyone should be trying to make their own this winter instead of buying pre-packed from the supermarket – because it tastes better, contains less sugar and no artificial flavors. Print Recipe Festive Gluhwein (Mulled Wine) Course Drinks Servings Ingredients 1 liter red wine of your choice, nothing too expensive1 orange one half peeled and diced, the other half unpeeled and cut in slices2 tbsp Gluhwein spices to be found seasonally at better supermarkets2 tbsp brown sugar Course Drinks Servings…

  • How to Look Your Best this Christmas & NYE naturally!

    I LOVE WINTER TIME AND ALL THE HOLIDAYS IT BRINGS. What I don’t love are the magazines targeting the female population, trying to convince us that we can only look like a million bucks this holiday/Christmas/New Year if we spend a million bucks on glittery make-up (which we won’t wear on any other occasion), clothes (which we’re supposed to fit into after eating Christmas dinner), hair products (that are so hot right now) etcetera etcetera. Boo! This is not true. NOT TO SAY THAT I DON’T LOVE GLITTER, because I do. But to claim that beauty comes from the outside is wrong on so many levels. Sure, it won’t hurt…

  • Pimp My Croissant

    Oh la la, mais oui, ‘ze French croissant. Unfortunately, quite pricey at all the fancy good-quality French bakeries, and quite unhealthy and calorie-loaded at all the cheap supermarkets. How to make a healthier yet affordable alternative? Purchase fresh pastry dough and then build your own croissants at home. It will only take about 30 minutes of your time. It will be a healthier breakfast that tastes just as good (if not even better) than store bought croissants (with all sorts of unorganic and artificial additives). I used fresh pastry dough, in this case by “Tante Fanny”, which I purchased in the cooling section of the Hoogvliet supermarket (in The Netherlands).…

  • Healthy Lasagna

    This healthy lasagna tastes yummy but actually contains lots more vegetables than you would guess! Garfield would have eaten it up in a flash – and so will your kids! 🙂 This is also a dairy free lasagna recipe, making this lasagna way less caloric and way more healthy than your regular alternative. Ingredients Serves 4. Prep time: 60 minutes. Beef, organic, minced, 300g White onions, 2 medium ones, diced Carrots, organic, 2 medium ones, cut in thin slices Celery, 5 stalks, cut in thin slices Tomatoes, 4 pieces, diced Tomato sauce, organic, 200ml Garlic, 2 cloves, finely chopped Red pesto, 4 tbsp Lasagna dough (store bought or self made) Cheese…

  • Red Curry with Mango & Sweet Potato

    Usually people who eat meat think that vegetarian dishes are just regular dishes but then with something missing. I definitely think this is not one of those dishes, since it is equisite and full of flavor. So if you are trying to cut back on meat without wanting to cause yourself too much veggie horror, try this curry! Whether you are making this for yourself, a bunch of friends or to impress a date, it shall be your dinner winner not only because it is rich in flavors, but also because it literally provides the feel good vitamin D (the same vitamin your skin makes when you are in the…

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    Homemade Herbal Tea

    A warm cup of tea can help you recover from a rough day, relax on the couch or even power up and keep writing that long paper/thesis/blog post that you just wanna finish real bad. Thyme Buying fresh thyme at your local farmers market costs next to nothing, but you can also grow your own indoors or on your (small) garden. Using a stalk of fresh thyme and a cup of boiling water results in aromatic tea that is healing for the throat. If you’ve got a cold, try thyme tea with a spoonful of honey, and see the wonderful results. Ginger If you enjoy a slightly spicy punch, try…

  • Almonds in Mallorca // Travel Report

    Want to make your own almond milk? Awesome – Click here! Read on for more information on almond milk, and a Youtube tutorial on making it! Almonds are nutrient-dense nuts that have many spectacular scientifically-proven health benefits! You might be surprised to learn that almonds are even good for those who are trying to keep at a steady weight. If you are trying to lose weight, adding almonds to your diet can help you get there quicker by keeping you feeling satiated for longer. Almonds also help lower high cholesterol (wauw!) and regular consumption is associated with a lower risk of chronic heart disease. Moreover, they keep blood sugar levels…

  • Pumpkin Soup

    This soup is so amazingly simple! Especially now that pumpkins are widely available and cheap you can make this soup every week, or make big batches and freeze it up to two months, for quick healthy comforting winter dinners. If you are planning on freezing the soup, don’t add the double cream before freezing but add it when you are warming up the soup after defrosting. You’ll need Serves 4. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes. 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 medium onions, diced 2 teaspoons turmeric powder 1 medium pumpkin, peeled, pitted and diced 1 – 1,5 L vegetable stock optional: 100ml double cream (nice for the creaminess…