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Raw wilted chicory with vegan bechamel sauce

By |April 13th, 2021|Categories: We cook|Tags: , |

I'm happy to share with you this surprising recipe that involved raw chicory and vegan bechamel sauce. Yes, that's right, a bechamel sauce that doesn't contain any butter, flower or milk and yet feels and taste like a bechamel. In the matter of 10 minutes, dishes included, you will [...]

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Poulet Colombo

By |February 28th, 2021|Categories: We cook|Tags: , , , , |

This French-Guianese chicken stew needs lots of ingredients but it worth the hassle! This creamy, spicy, aromatic dish is great for big family events. It needs a special spice mixture called Colombo spice mix, but you can make your own and if you prepare a big batch in advance, [...]

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Chicken Caesar salad

By |February 12th, 2021|Categories: We cook|Tags: , , |

This is one of my favourite salads, I prepare it very often - sometimes with chicken, sometimes with king prawn, and sometimes without any meat. It has a lovely taste and I love the mixture of the different structures. This is the best recipe if you want to eat something [...]

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Pique macho

By |February 5th, 2021|Categories: We cook|

Pique macho is a famous Bolivian dish. It was born in Cochabamba, at Restaurant Miraflores. Legends says that some hungry workers entered the restaurant right before closing time, and requested "anything edible". The restaurant owner served them this dish telling that whoever eats the whole plate, that person is a [...]

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Grape Chutney

By |February 3rd, 2021|Categories: We cook|

This grape chutney is great if you don't feel like eating raw grapes or they are not sweet enough. It is great with cheese and crackers. This version contains lots of alcohol, but you can substitute it for water, orange or grape juice. Ingredients: 2 boxes of grape, washed [...]

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By |January 22nd, 2021|Categories: We cook|

This amazing Finnish recipe is one of my favourites during wintertime. It is such a simple yet complex dish, with so many flavours in it - I can't get enough of it. Ingredients: 1 cabbage (I used the pointed white cabbage from the box) cut into bigger squares 250g [...]

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Caramelized fennel-onion pizza

By |January 15th, 2021|Categories: We cook|Tags: , , , |

I could eat caramelized fennel and onion all the time, but it is way better on a pizza. It takes no time to prepare it, and it is delish! Ingredients: 1 store-bought pizza sheet, or homemade pizza dough 1 bigger fennel bulb, thinly sliced 1 large onion, thinly sliced [...]

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Beef & sweet potato pie

By |January 8th, 2021|Categories: We cook|Tags: , , , |

Pies are common dishes in the US, you can add literally anything to them. This time, I used my sweet potatoes from the box to create this hearty dish. It is great for lunch and dinner. You might want to serve it with some salad, to make it a [...]

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Minestrone soup

By |December 18th, 2020|Categories: We cook|

Minestrone is a hearty Italian soup containing the most delicious vegetables. It is cooked differently in every household because its original purpose was to use the leftover vegetables. It contains pasta, and beans as well for proteins. I really like it because it's easy to prepare and I can [...]

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Curried Carrot Cream Soup

By |December 11th, 2020|Categories: We cook|

I really like cream soups, they're so versatile and you can spice them however you feel like. This curried carrot cream soup is one of my favorites. Ingredients: 500g carrot 5 cm ginger 1 yellow onion 200ml cooking cream 500ml vegetable stock salt, pepper, curry powder to taste I [...]

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Pasta alla Norma

By |December 5th, 2020|Categories: We cook|

Most recently we eat way less meat and we have more vegetables on our plate. I found this Sicilian pasta dish while searching for an eggplant recipe. Pasta alla Norma is an iconic dish of Catania, the name refers to Bellini's opera Norma. Legend says that when an Italian [...]

Focus on Manda Brasa

By |December 1st, 2020|Categories: We cook|

Manda Brasa is a one man business making delicious Brazilian snacks and sweets. We recently introduced his treats as additional products to our baskets. It has been a success so far! Let's discover Bartos' story... Where I’m from I’m from a place in Brazil [...]

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Caramel-apple upside down cake

By |November 27th, 2020|Categories: We cook|

If you don't have much time until the guests arrive, I can recommend this tarte tatin-like upside-down cake. The somewhat sour apple and the sweet caramel is always a good pairing. If I were you, I'd serve it with vanilla ice cream. Ingredients: 4 eggs 8 tbsp. sugar 5 [...]

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Gobi Manchurian (Manchurian cauliflower)

By |November 20th, 2020|Categories: We cook|

Gobi Manchurian is an Indian Chinese fried cauliflower dish and my first attempt to convince my husband that cauliflower can be tasty. It seemed to be a mission impossible, but I'm glad to say that he likes it! From now on, it won't be only a staple of the [...]

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Chocolate and orange pulp cookies

By |November 13th, 2020|Categories: We cook|

I was always struggling, what to do with the pulp after cold-pressing the fruits. I felt it's such a waste to simply throw it out to the compost. So I did some research and I was happy to see that I can still use it instead of throwing it [...]

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Is it time to make the change to cloth nappies?

By |February 12th, 2020|Categories: We do, We think, We try|

Beverley Wye - Cloth nappy consultant in Leiden When myself and my husband moved over to the Netherlands 10 years ago, we knew we wanted to start a family. We have both taken an ecologically minded route over the years; we have never owned a [...]

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Delicious peach tart recipe

By |September 13th, 2019|Categories: We cook|

This week, with the peaches I got from the eco basket, I made a peach tart. Discover this delicious, easy-to-do tart, that will delight all your guests. Ingredients Shortbread dough 1 egg 100 g sugar 200 g flour 100 g butter Almond cream : 1 egg 100 g [...]

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Indesit, it’s indecent!

By |August 11th, 2019|Categories: We speak, We try|

Do you know the Indesit brand? If so, it means that, like me, you belong at best to the middle class. We have an Indesit washing machine. For five years. It’s not long five years for a washing machine, is it? Well, for corporations, it’s probably as long as [...]

Alternative to conventional laundry detergent

By |August 11th, 2019|Categories: We do, We try|

I've been doing my own laundry powder for 3 years now and I have to say that I'm very satisfied with it. It washes as well as industrial detergents and is much environment friendly! In the early days, I used to do my liquid laundry detergent but it takes [...]

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Comparing (eco)toxicity of commercial and home-made laundry detergents

By |August 11th, 2019|Categories: We speak, We think|

I have worked as a research chemist for many years in a water treatment company. The knowledge I acquired during that period of my life allows me to be appalled when I read the chemical composition of some commercial or industrial products. The thing is, alternatives do exist. The [...]

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Winter is coming? Keep calm and breathe!

By |August 10th, 2019|Categories: We try|

Winter is approaching and with it, colds and blocked noses, sore throats and coughs. Last year, I tested a homemade recipe of a crème that is very similar to Vicks VapoRub ointment. I easily found all the ingredients in The Netherlands and of course I privileged organic ingredients. [...]

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What to do with all those limes?

By |August 10th, 2019|Categories: We try|

Some of you have been very creative in using the limes we got in our baskets. As the lime invasion continues, here are 3 recipes to get rid of them all. 1 - Candied limes in olive oil Can be kept 1 year Step 1 [...]