Thursday Veggie Day – Quinoa salad


I don’t know if the concept “Thursday veggie day” is popular outside Belgium. As its name indicates, it’s the day of the week on which you shouldn’t eat meat. And I happen to have a veggie recipe!

It’s a quinoa salad. These are the ingredients:
– 100 gr of peas
– 275 gr of quinoa
– one or two onions
– a clove of garlic
– two red peppers (or 1 red and 1 yellow or green, whatever you prefer!)
– three tomatoes
– 50 gr of olives
– kurkuma
– curry powder
– 1 dl of white wine (half a cup)
– salt
– olive oil

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Boil the quinoa with some kurkuma, according to the instructions on the box. In the meantime blanch the peas by cooking water with some salt. Add the frozen peas and let them boil for a minute or two before draining them.

Now, peel and cut the onion and garlic. Remove the seeds from the peppers and cut them into strips. Bake these ingredients with some olive oil. Add the wine, curry powder and salt. Let simmer until the vegetables are cooked.

At last, cut the tomatoes (and the olives). Add everything together in a bowl and your quinoa salad is ready!!

The next day, I baked the leftovers and added soy cream, herb cheese (Boursin), smoked salmon, dried oregano, fresh mint, cherry tomatoes and a toast!

11349889_10206842672171034_1809082197_nI found a blog post (here!) with some things you should know about quinoa.

Bon appétit!

Lots of love,
Laura
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Wednesday May 27

e4a17d681cb846fd97b3a8b5e31fee9aI saw this image and immediately loved it.  I like the drawing, the words. I like how it says you can become whatever you want but never forget where you come from. ‘Cause that’s something very important… :-)

Lots of love,
Laura

Dream catcher

A while ago, I posted how to make a dream catcher (here!), which I kind of messed up, even though I already made a few before, which were just fine. I posted it anyway because not everything goes as planned. It’s like trying out a new recipe, sometimes it’s delicious, sometimes it awful. I made a new dream catcher, and I have to admit that I really love it. The pastel colors of the plumes, the pearl necklace, and the old white shirt I cut in strips. There’s so much to do with old material.

And regarding dream catchers I would like to repeat Konrad J. Kaweczynski’s quote: Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through… Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day.

Lots of love,
Laura

“Detox” Water

I found this website, 14 refreshing detox waters, with recipes to pimp up your boring glass of water during summer. I’m not sure if it’s really detoxing, I like to consider it as a nice alternative for regular water which tastes better and isn’t unhealthy like soda.

So I made my own tasty water with what I found in my fridge, watermelon and cucumber, and in my garden, mint. Put everything together in a jug with water, and put in the fridge for a couple of hours. You can basically add whatever you want to your water.

Add some ice cubes and it’s ready to be served, cheers!

Lots of love,
Laura

Wednesday May 20

Some see a weed, some see a wish.

It’s been a while since I posted a quote… But when I saw this one, I immediately knew it would be today’s quote.

It all depends on how you see the world. Yesterday it rained, not for a long time, but heavily. And while everyone else might be thinking how he or she doesn’t like rain, I was thinking “Yes, all the pigeon droppings will be washed away!” My example might sound silly, but you do know there’s some truth in it!

Lots of love,
Laura

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Easy Apple Pie

After a couple of weeks of inactivity, since working on my thesis is quite time-consuming, I’m posting this suuuper easy recipe. It’s an apple pie with almond cream.

Here’s what you need:
– A puff pastry sheet
– Two big apples
– 110 gr of butter
– 100 gr of sugar
– 60 gr of almond meal
– 1 egg

Start by preheating the oven to 180°C. Take the pastry sheet out of the refrigerator and make the almond cream by mixing 60 grams of butter with 60 gr of almond meal and 60 grams of sugar. Add an egg and keep mixing with a whipper. Next, roll out the pastry sheet and cover it with the almond cream.

Now, peel the apples and cut them really thin. Arrange the apples on the almond cream and do this from the outside to the middle, so it looks like a flower.

Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and cut the remaining butter into cubes and spread them over the pie.

Bake for 40 minutes. The cake is ready when the apples are lightly caramelized. Like I said: easy, and like you’ll taste: delicious!

Bon appétit!

Lots of love,
Laura