Food & Drinks, Health

Ginger Root

A friend once told me that the Cantonese people are known for their heavy usage of ginger root.

So, maybe it is the Cantonese in me that is calling out for ginger lemon tea in order to suppress the beginning of a cough. For lunch today, I made carrot soup so that D may have something warm for his quizzy stomach. But I inadvertently spiced this with a bit too much grated ginger. Luckily, D’s fine palette is in a coma right now?!

At this moment, my brain is actively recalling and searching out recipes that include ginger root as one of the ingredients. Who knows, maybe this culinary preference is going to speed up D’s recovery and strengthen my immunity. One can hope…

Food & Drinks

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Not too long ago, D and I were given a bagful of chocolate figurines. There is no way we are to consume all these before they turn stale. So, I searched the internet and found a few recipes which use leftover chocolate as one of their ingredients.

This afternoon, I baked some chocolate chip cookies. I think they are a bit on the sweet side for me, but they are what chocolate chip cookies should be in terms of texture and taste. Maybe they are even good enough to share?

Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks

Christmas Eve Dinner 2017

D and I pulled off another lovely Christmas Eve dinner celebration with his parents. We drank, we ate, we chatted, we laughed and simply spent some quality time together – as families should. Merry Christmas to all and a happy healthy 2018.

My wish is that my father-in-law will have a new kidney soon.

Belgium, Food & Drinks

Food & Beer

Finally, a beer festival in Kortrijk!

D and I went to the first edition of Just Beer at Kortrijk Xpo. A good selection of reasonably priced beers, food pairing workshops (see free food above), and a more ‘civilized’ crowd of beer tasters.

We sincerely hope there will be future editions.

Food & Drinks, Simplify

Green Tomatoes

What do you do with green tomatoes which will not ripen anymore because of the drop in temperature? You eat them…

Thanks to the internet, I found a healthier alternative to fried green tomatoes. And yum, baked battered green tomatoes are fantastic!

Belgium, Food & Drinks

Local Cheeses

For more than two years now, I was pretty darn sure that I have a favourite go-to cheese vendor for life. Well, that is until I met this friendly ice cream lady this past summer when taking a walk around De Gavers with my parents. D and I kept bumping into her at different farmer’s (or event) markets. Now, we have started to greet each other like old acquaintances whenever we see each other. In the beginning, I was buying the usual non-committal ice cream, butter, and yoghurt. But two weeks ago I started to really pay attention to the list of cheeses she carries. Since then, I have been buying different local cheeses from my new favourite?!

Creative Business, Events, Food & Drinks

Foreplay 2017

D and I went to the first edition of Foreplay in Ghent. The theme of the conference is “Technology in the city of people”. My main reason of going to this all day conference was to listen to Aral Balkan, someone whom D follows on Twitter. The conference was interesting and I did learn a few new things here and there. I cannot help but think that it would have been even more inspiring if I still live in Ghent.

The event was free. And so was breakfast, lunch, and the after conference network reception. And because this is Ghent, we were served insect appetizers (along with your typical boring non-insect kind). All this food and we can wash them down with a choice of red wine, white wine or the infamous beer “From Sewer to Brewer“. Yep, I ate insects and drank the piss beer! Ha!

Food & Drinks, Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Too Ambitious

I started early in the morning…

First, I thawed the frozen items that were to be part of my dim sum fillings. By lunch time, I was already making my little spring rolls with all the ingredients I have chopped up and spiced accordingly.

By evening, I have completed items four of eight. Phew!

At 11pm, I realized that I have been too ambitious wanting to finish everything and sell them off before the trip. Parents are still here and they need to enjoy the days they have left in Belgium. I am unable to make food and go sightseeing at the same time. The love ones are always my priority. Dim sum will have to wait.