Belgium, Food & Drinks

Stay Home Sunday

Yesterday evening, D and I went to have dinner at our friends’ home in Kortrijk. Main dish was Moambe Chicken, the national dish of Congo, served on a bed of rice with a side of cassava (manioc). Dessert was a home-made blueberry cheesecake. Food was interesting and satisfying. Our friends were hospitable and chatty. All sorts of drinks were flowing generously while we talked and laughed. D and I only stopped drinking, shortly before we put on our jackets to leave!

After such an evening, we are making today a stay-home Sunday.

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Food & Drinks, Simplify

Pumpkin & Endives

I spent most of yesterday wrestling a humongous pumpkin, turning it into purée, cubes and storing these up for future culinary uses.

This morning, I harvested some of the Belgian endives from the utility room. I made endive soup again. For dinner, I shall try to make witloof met ham en kaas. This is a classic Belgian casserole dish where ham wrapped Belgian endives are cooked in a cheese sauce. I never need to make this dish because D and I get this prepared for us by his mother several times a year. However in our current situation, extraordinary time (endive overload) calls for extraordinary cooking efforts. Let us hope that tonight’s dinner will not be a dissapointment.

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Food & Drinks

Endives Overload

For brunch today, I had two big helpings of endive soup, which I made yesterday. Damn, there is still so much left in the pot…

This morning, D and I harvested five plants which were starting to bolt. I cleaned these up and stored them in the refrigerator to stop any further growth. That being done, we still have more than 20 plants which will be ready for consumption by end of this week! Either we eat witloof till they flow out of our ears or we seriously have to find ways to give them away!

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Food & Drinks, Simplify

Pie Time

It is the second day of the new year and I am already actively not wasting food. First, I took the two apples that have been sitting in my fruit basket on the kitchen counter for a couple of weeks. Then, I went to get one more apple from the batch which I am storing in the garden shed. With some sugar, butter, eggs, and a store-bought puff pastry that will be expiring tomorrow, I made a simple apple pie by lunch time.

New year, new pie, less waste.

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Food & Drinks

Pumpkin

I got a whole pumpkin from the mother-in-law yesterday. That thing must weigh more than 5kg if not borderline 10kg.

As soon as I carve into this beautiful orange thing, it shall be pumpkin-everthing for weeks on end…

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Belgium, Food & Drinks, Jibber Jabber

Pancake Robot

It is open-door-day at a DIY store this afternoon. So, D and I went to take advantage of some free drinks and pancakes while doing some light shopping. It is really impressive how the pancakes were made. The pancake stand has a machine which squirted out the batter on a huge hot plate in three orderly rows. The stand can handle hundreds of orders and need only be manned by two individuals. A person to flip and move the pancakes into a pile, and another to sell and serve these to the customers. The robot makes delicious pancakes and can be entertaining as well.

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Food & Drinks, Health

Warm Honey Water

I woke up with a sore throat this morning, suspecting that I might have been infected by D’s mom who was having a coughing fit this past weekend.

Well, there is nothing I can do about it but to let it run its course. To sooth my aching throat, I am drinking warm honey water. This warm drink is an age old remedy which helps lessen the effects of coughs and colds. I drink to a speedy recovery.

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Food & Drinks, Simplify

Savoy Cabbage Rolls

I made cabbage rolls for dinner tonight. This time, I need not soften the cabbage leaves by boiling. Instead I have discovered a handy technique where one can effectively soften cabbage leaves by the simple process of freezing and thawing.

I filled these cabbage leaves with rice and lentil. Spiced them up with a bit of ginger, garlic and curry powder. These are then cooked in a home-made tomato sauce. Absolutely delicious!

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Breakfast Quiche

This morning, the dump-it-all-in quiche I made yesterday became a very satisfying breakfast quiche. Nothing beats having a piece of warmed up home-made quiche on a gloomy and rainy day. That the dish is made mainly of vegetables and with food waste avoidance in mind, priceless!

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Food & Drinks, Simplify

Dump-It-All-In Quiche

What do you do when you have left over cheese, too many Brussels sprouts, and two bags of endives? Well, you unroll a pre-made pastry shell (because it is convenient), cut up the vegetables, add two eggs, mix in some cream, and bake this wonderful dish for 45 minutes. My home-made almost vegetarian quiche is one of the best ways to avoid food waste.

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