Sunday October 10

Autumn is here. It may be the sneakiest season; it disguises itself with warm winds and late evening golden light. It wraps itself in colors that look like fire and the slowly fading sound of crickets at night. It comes without warning and without apology and before you know it, the air is cold and the leaves are falling and the Summer you thought you were enjoying is just a memory. Sly. So sly.
– Tyler Knott Gregson

Autumn is really here. Here, Belgium. Today was actually sunny. I enjoyed the warm sunbeams on my freckled cheeks. But the wind, dancing with my hair, felt cold against my lips. And my fingers numbed.

I like the feeling of being wrapped up warmly against your loved one, enjoying a cup of tea while the cold wind is howling outside…

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Photo by Kat Aitch Photography

Veggie week: Recipe 5 – Veggieballs with yoghurt sauce

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Today’s world veggie day and here’s, of course, a new recipe in honour of this! I think it’s great there are more and more initiatives and restaurants where you can eat vegetarian or even vegan. Now I ate no meat for a whole week and I have to admit that I didn’t miss it at all! This motivates me to eat even less meat than I usually do. I discovered some good recipes which weren’t “special” and were easy and very good. By special I mean ingredients which aren’t common in every family, like quinoa for example. I really like quinoa but my family isn’t fan. But rice and potatoes, bread and broccoli, lettuce and zucchini etc are quite common. So eating veggie was easy and not really challenging for me. If I want something really challenging I should eat vegan for a week. I’m not sure if I would be able to, no cheese, no eggs,… And you really need to find good alternatives to get all your nutrients and eating out becomes difficult. In either way I hope to have inspired some of you to eat less meat and hope you try out some veggie recipes yourself!

Here’s what you need for my world veggie day-recipe (4 persons):

♥ 8 slices of old or toasted bread
♥ one onion
♥ one clove of garlic
♥ flat-leaf parsley
♥ fresh mint
♥ olive oil
♥ some milk
♥ two teaspoons of vegetable broth
♥ nutmeg
♥ optional if needed: flower and an egg
♥ natural or greek yoghurt (±350gr)
♥ a lemon
♥ potatoes
♥ fresh rosemary
♥ pepper and salt

Start by washing and cutting the potatoes into big parts. Put them in a dish with olive oil, rosemary and (sea)salt. Bake in a preheated oven to 190°C during ±30-40minutes.

While the potatoes are baking, break the bread into pieces and put them in a blender. Do this gradually, start with two slices – blend – add two other slices – etc. When all the bread is blended add the onion and garlic. Next, add a handful of parsley and mint. After these, add some olive oil, milk and the broth. Blend very good. At last, add pepper and the nutmeg.

Now you can start making the veggieballs. If the mixture is too dry, add some milk or maybe an egg, if the mixrure is too wet, add some flower until you get the right texture. Roll the veggieballs and bake them until you get a brown crust.

In the meanwhile prepare the yoghurt sauce by adding pepper, salt, mint and lemon juice to the yoghurt. You can add as much of each as you want, so don’t forget to taste!

You can make a sidedish like lettuce, tomatoes,…

Enjoy this world veggie day!

Lots of love,
Laura

Veggie week: Recipe 4 – Halloumi burger

Sometimes you long for a good burger, even during this veggie week… So I thought why not making a burger which is totally appropriate this week?!

Here’s what you need:
♠ A pistolet per person
♠ Eggplant caviar (eggplant, garlic, olive oil, pepper & salt)
♠ Halloumi cheese
♠ One onion
♠ Three tablespoons of sugar
♠  Water
♠  Slices of cucumber
♠  Slices/pieces of tomatoes
♠  Lettuce

Start by slicing the halloumi into pieces with a thickness of one centimeter. If you make them too big, the burger will be very heavy. Grill the cheese in some olive oil (or other) until you get a nice goldenbrown color. Meanwhile start baking the onion. When it’s also somewhat colored, add the sugar and a little bit of water. Let it boil until you get sticky, caramelized onions.

If you want to make the eggplant caviar yourself:
♥ Cut the eggplant in half
♥ Pour olive oil over each half
♥ Put in a preheated oven to 180°C, with a clove of garlic, for 30-40 minutes
♥ Take the eggplant pulp out with a spoon and put in a blender with some olive oil, peper, salt and the crushed clove of garlic
♥ Blend everything.. and ready!

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Now make your burgers by putting first the caviar on the pistolet, next the halloumi and the caramelized onions, finally end with the cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce.

Enjoy it!

Lots of love,
Laura

Veggie week: recipe 2 – Vegetable pilaf

I tried a new recipe and my family was a little bit suspicious but it turned out to be really good! And healthy, no meat, no salt and just a small amount of fat!

These are the ingredients for four persons:
♥ Olive oil
♥ 1 onion
♥ 2 cloves of garlic
♥ 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
♥ 2 teaspoons of paprika powder
♥ half a teaspoon of pili pili
♥ 300 gr of long-grain rice
♥ 2 dl of white wine
♥ 3 tomatoes
♥ 150 gr of mushrooms
♥ 1 zucchini
♥ 1 broccoli
♥ 4 dl of vegetable broth

Start by cutting the onion into pieces and bake them for 10 minutes in some olive oil. Meanwhile, cut the garlic, the tomatoes and the zucchini into small pieces, the mushrooms into slices and the broccoli into florets. When the 10 minutes are over, add the garlic and the spices. Bake for about a minute.

Add the rice and mix well. Add the broth, wine, tomatoes and mushrooms. Let it boil, then lower the heat, add the broccoli and let simmer with a lid on the pan for about 15 minutes.

Add the zucchini and let it sidder again for about 7 minutes.

Dinner is ready!
Bon appétit!

Lots of love,
Laura

Veggie week: recipe 1 – eggplant zucchini toast

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Next week, on thursday the first of October, world veggie day takes place! And there’s another initiative, veggie week, for the ‘die hards’, for the ones who want to take a challenge, those caring about animals or the environment, … It started yesterday, so it’s going from thursday to thursday and ends with world veggie day.

I will be posting some recipes this week, veggie recipes obviously. And here’s the first one! All credits go to my sister, Katia, I had nothing to do in the making of the recipe, nor preparing it.

For one person you need:

♣ 2 slices of bread
♣ Several slices of zucchini and eggplant
♣ One or two tomatoes
♣ 1/4 cucumber
♣ One avocado
♣ Half a lemon
♣ Pepper & salt
♣ Olive oil
♣ Optional: salad, oregano,…

Bake the slices of eggplant and zucchini with some (sea) salt in olive oil. When they get a nice color, put the slices between some kitchen paper to extract the olive oil. While doing this bake the slices of bread also in olive oil.

Next, make sandwiches by putting the slices of vegetables, pepper and salt between the bread. Put it in a preheated oven on 180°C and let it grill.

Meanwhile, make a salad composed with ingredients of your choice. We made a salad with tomato and avocadocubes, lemonjuice, pepper and salt.

Above making a delicious dinner my sister also presented it in a lovely way! Thanks sis!

It’s an easy recipe, but baking the zucchini and eggplant takes some time so take this into account when preparing this.

Enjoy it!

Lots of love,
Laura

Oatmeal Crepes

In my trials to be somewhat healthy I made oatmeal crepes! The recipe is super easy – think you already know my recipes are always easy ;-).

For three crepes you need:
♠ A banana
♠ 2 eggs
♠ Half a portion of oatmeal (+/- 15 gr)

Mix everything together and bake in some margarine/butter/oil.

I served it with fresh whipped cream and grapes, but there are endless possibilities! Honey, jam, fruit salad, peanut butter,…

If you eat one crepe in the morning, you’ll have energy ‘till noon (at least!).

Bon appétit!!

Lots of love,
Laura