31.10.12

Week 33

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You may remember me buying patissons and butter turnips to try out. I ended up stuffing the patisson and oven roasted some pumpkin and butter turnips as a side dish. The patisson turned out great but I really didn't like the butter turnips, horrible! They tasted a bit like brussel sprouts, yuk. I do love finding Erwin Olaf goodies in my mailbox! We took a long long long forest walk and ate some pancakes as a nice ending to our weekend. My dear friend Sara celebrated her big 25 birthday party this weekend. It was a mixed 90's/Addams Family theme and I had a lot of fun dressing up as Wednesday Addams :) And some proof of the fact that we don't always have really fancy stuff for diner, sometimes a late night pizza really is the best! Tomorrow my boyfriend is starting at his new job, so we dressed up fancy for a fancy cocktail celebration. Happy Halloween guys, I'm throwing this baby in a pan to make some soup!

24.10.12

Week 32

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This week I had my first encounter with figs! Lately everyone has been raving about these plump and tender fruits, so I covered some in honey, put a rosemary twig in them and placed them in an oven for about 15 minutes. It's a quite unique flavour, but I like it! It was to be expected since my boyfriend was ill for an entire week, but this huge nasty cold sure was unwelcome. Headaches and handkerchiefs all over. But luckily it didn't influence my taste buds! So I made Yotam Ottolenghi's eggplant dish with some small adaptations. I must say it's the best way I've ever eaten eggplant! Now that I'm able to go a few minutes without sneezing my brains out it's good to enjoy the pretty canals :) You do appreciate some coffee and good conversation even more after feeling miserable. Time to get rid of that flu ghost, time for a fresh start!


Speaking of a fresh start: this week I've made my very own Facebook page. It's still a bit empty but be sure to drop by so you can like and follow me on Facebook too :) -> Facebook.com/FemkevVeen

17.10.12

Week 31

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As I started typing this, I can hear a soft coughing coming from the other room. My boyfriend rarely gets ill but is currently knocked down by the flu. Poor boy. Wow, I've never made beetroot soup before, but it sure was delicious! Just some sautéed diced onion with balsamic vinegar, beetroots, a tiny organic stock cube and some dried oregano and thyme. Mmmm. Slowly our inheritance shelf starts forming its own life. Ok, so this is the most simple pancake batter ever: 2 eggs, 1 banana and a small handful of oats. Put it in the blender/mixer/whatever and there you have it: the most fluffy pancake batter ever with a slight banana flavour! Every once in a while I allow myself a shopping spree in the local organic supermarket. This time I looked for things I've never tried before: figs, patisson and butter turnips. Still a bit unsure on how to cook them, but I will figure it out! I did have one happy looking grocery basket! I cherish the moments I get to spend with my best friend. It sometimes really sucks that he lives on the complete other side of the country, but it does make the moments we can spend together extra nice :) Last friday there was this horrible audience, terrible light and sound and disappointing desserts at dinner. It's a good thing that I was in great company to enjoy the evening nonetheless. And it's always nice to watch The Black Atlantic perform :)

13.10.12

Recipe: Simple pumpkin risotto



I like my risotto pure and simple. Usually I don't add any wine/butter/cheese to it because it's so comforting without it. But feel free to do so if you fancy it :) This pumpkin risotto is super simple to prepare and the perfect warming autumn dish. It's pretty much foolproof, just remember to keep stirring.


This recipe is enough for two servings.

Ingredients

1 (butternut) squash
200 gr. risotto rice
600 ml. vegetable stock
1 onion
Some salt/ground pepper
Olive oil

Optional:
A small glass of wine
Some herbs to season the pumpkin
A knob of butter
Parmesan cheese





Preheat the oven to 220 degrees celcius.

Start of by dicing the squash, I've used butternut squash but any edible squash or pumpkin will do! I you prefer you can remove the skin as I did, or leave it on. Place the sliced squash in an oven dish and sprinkle it with some salt and olive oil/herbs.

Place it into the oven for about 20/30 minutes.




Finely dice the onion and sauté them until they become soft and clear. Mix in the rice, stirring to give it a good coating of oil. Meanwhile, heat the stock in another pan and keep it at simmering point.

Add a soup spoon of stock into the rice and keep stirring until the stock is absorbed. If you prefer using some wine, change this first step with some white wine. Then add another soup spoon and continue doing so untill the rice is al dente. You could end up with some leftover stock or perhaps need to add some more boiling water at the end.




Add the oven roasted squash to the risotto and stir the mixture gently, giving it some time to mix in the flavours. This would also be the right timing to add some butter or cheese. But it tastes perfectly fine without, to be honest!

Enjoy!

10.10.12

Week 30

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Animals day was the perfect excuse to reuse the old whiskers of my cat. Ouch! Over the last few months I've tried out a lot of (to me) new combinations. This portobello burger beats them all! The oven roasted veggies and the baked portobello burger were simply mouthwatering. I get hungry again by just looking at it, mmmmm :)))) My boyfriend is now officially a graduated master of Psychology. Together we collected his diploma and went for a quick coffee afterwards. Nothing too fancy since we've celebrated it many many many times already! This (oven roasted) pumpkin risotto was so comforting and just the best combination of flavours ever. I'll put the recipe online sometime soon for you to enjoy :) We brought a quick visit to Hem to celebrate the birthday of Rick's brother and to visit the exhibition of his mother. And still, not a day passes without us walking for over an hour. Pretty, pretty clouds! Even though Anne's turned 23 this week, she can never be too old for a princess lollipop. So I brought her one when we took our last themepark visit! This must be the best best best cocktail bar in Amsterdam: Hiding in Plain Sight. It feels like a cosy living room and the drinks were really nice :) Perhaps a bit expensive, but a great way to celebrate Anne's birthday. They'll see me again on special occasions!

3.10.12

Week 29

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Cloudy weather calls for lots of colour to brighten up the days. The park is getting more and more beautiful every day. But there's nothing better than the taste of this quick salad. Together with some roasted sweet potato, chickpeas and grated carrot it made the perfect balance :) We took a quick visit to the Stedelijk museum, which contained lots of ugly and pretentious art (and people). I stood on this spot for a while and watched tons of people take pictures of themselves. All sucking in their bellies haha. Speaking of bellies, I did a giant work-out at the gym this morning and now I'm exhausted. Time for some coffee and good music to energize me a bit :) But happy days, the new seasons of my favourite television shows have started! Finally new episodes of New Girl, Homeland, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory and Dexter. Yay! I made a huge amount of Dutch pea soup. Which currently fills up my freezer for quick autumn meals. And oh boy. We should have called him mister mischief. Yesterday he brought us a living present, which currently hides out.. somewhere in our bedroom. Great, thanks!