27.2.13

Week 50

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After a sweaty work-out it was time to enjoy a bowl of vanilla quark with some blueberries. I pop them in while they're still frozen, which turns the quark into ice-cream in some places! :) My boyfriend's turning twenty-five this Friday so I went into town and got him some nice presents. You're never too old for pirate wrapping paper, arrr! It started snowing AGAIN this weekend, so we made ourselves comfortable inside. Drinking hot cacao and playing games. I really really dislike flying, but I do like the 'vibe' of an airport. So after a quick visit to Leiden I went to the airport and just watched the people come and go for a while. A masseuse told me a while ago that my body is very centered and balanced. It doesn't always feel that way though so I've started mixing yoga in with my gym routine again. Namaste! ;) I had a meeting at the OBA (which is the largest library of the Benelux) and just had to have a look at Karina Schaapman's Muizenhuis. In the children's department there's a display case with a huuuuge mice house (it's more like a small city). It's really nice and detailed so it's worth having a look if you're in the neighborhood. I've spent hours an hours building my graduation series, so I can only imagine how many blood, sweat and tears are involved in this project. The past few days have been really busy and the next few weeks will be busy as well. So I took some time to just sit back and relax for a moment. Eating this wonderful lukewarm salad (made with lentils, grilled bell pepper/zucchini/red onion, lamb's lettuce and goat cheese) and listening to Kim Janssen's new record.

20.2.13

Week 49

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This vegetable tart from What Liberty Ate looks complicated but it's only made out of strips of carrot and zucchini. Pretty isn't it? It's really simple to make but what a show stopper! I'm really done with the cold and the snow, time for sunshine and flowers! This week started off with Valentine's day, which we celebrated at Wagamama during the weekend. I love the yasai yaki soba, yummy! This little mister Sigmund is still holding his winter sleep on our bed. So every once in a while I carry him to the living room, he loves being wrapped in a blanket :) My first attempt at making clafoutis (A what?) was a success. The pears were a little bit too ripe, but it was tasty nonetheless! Getting closer to the end of my 365 project every day. It gets harder and harder every day but I guess I just need to hold on for only 22 more days. Which also means that I'm turning 25 in 23 days, wow.

13.2.13

Week 48

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One month to go guys! Playing dress-up with my boyfriend and cat, and no don't worry, Sigmund is fine ;) A quick mix up of quinoa/sugar snaps/seitan/bell pepper and some garlic and soy sauce. Quick and tasty! I spent an afternoon with Sara, filled with making great new plans and catching up. Sara always is great company :) Every time I'm out for groceries I walk past this group of pigeons, resting on the overhead wires. It looks like a busy pigeon meeting, they're chatting about and constantly changing positions. It always puts a smile on my face, but they're usually gone by the time I return to take a picture. Oven baked celeriac fries with a yogurt/garlic/dill dip, easy and slightly less unhealthy than your average fries :) It was a giant hassle (which is a slight understatement), getting my hands on this album, but he's finally here. So meet my new housemate: Glen Hansard! A week ago my iPhone died. It's silly how easily you get used to having everything you need in the palm of your hand. Calendar? Gone. Photos? Gone. Phone numbers? Gone. Traffic information? Gone. Twitter/Facebook when bored? Gone. Music? Gone. Whatsapp? Gone. I went back to basic for a few days, in a "screw you Apple"-mode. Even the Apple geniuses couldn't fix it, but luckily I was able to get a proper replacement on Thursday. I have succumbed to having an iPhone once again. But will make proper weekly backups from now on!

6.2.13

Week 47

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It was raining cats and dogs outside, but my windowsill brightens up the room a bit with these daffodils. Can't wait for spring to kick in. I'm a bit of a self proclaimed lasagna queen. I love making it (since it's so incredibly simple) and I looove eating it. Fresh out of the oven, or re-heated on the next day. Can't go wrong with a good lasagna. We had dinner at Noorderlicht for the first time, while the the rain was blazing against the thin walls. A few people already noticed: I've taken my website down for a big renovation. Out with the old and in with the new! Natural mints and awesome design? Check. The weather keeps on shifting from rain/hail/snow to tiny moments of sunshine. All within a very short time span. Make up your mind nature, would you? This is soooo good. Really. Soooo good! I made a simple salad with lentils/beet roots/goat cheese/spring onions and a vinaigrette with dill. This is such an incredibly balanced dish, all the flavours are having a party on your plate.