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Hippie Omelette

In the process of harvesting some radishes, I have also snipped off a handful of young arugula leaves, some radish leaves, and a few edible arugula blooms. The radishes were eaten by D with much delight. I tossed the greens into a 2-egg mixture and made myself a hippie omelette. This, I ate happily at lunch with some fresh white bread. Simply wonderful…

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Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks

Easter Abundance

Behold the Easter lunch at my in-laws!

Needless to say, the exaggerated quantity of food plus a family full of picky eaters, meant an abundance of leftovers. My well known reluctance to throw food and my ability of eating the same things over and over again has resulted in a fridge full of ‘Easter lunch takeaway’. I think I have at least eight boxes of food consisting of pasta salad, potato salad, cold meats, deviled eggs, and all sorts of greens. Well, I definitely know what I will be eating in the next two to three days.

 

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Ice Tea Promotion

D’s favourite non-beer beverage is on promotion! Therefore on this cold Tuesday morning before lunch, we went to the local grocery store with the car. It was a one-for-one free promotion, and the drinks will only expire in August, so we bought six. Heck, why not? Five of these 6-packs are now nicely tucked away in the utility room. I am rather pleased with the 50 percent savings, and knowing that D probably has enough bottled sparkling ice tea to last him the entire summer.

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Backyard Foraging

Today, I made an omelette for lunch.

This omelette was made with just one ‘humongous’ chicken egg which I got from my mother-in-law. D and I were making remarks regarding this giant egg. It must have been a torture for that particular hen. Eeek!

To this simple egg dish, I added some greens which I foraged from my own backyard. At this time of the year, I was able to snipped off some young arugula leaves, radish leaves from my growing radishes, one leaf from my lonesome red beet plant, some Chinese chives, garlic greens, some indoor basil, and a couple of broken off leaves from my newly planted lettuces.

Lunch was almost for free…

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Asian Braised Beef Cheeks

In the past month, I have learned how to cook tough and cheap beef cheeks into tender mouth-watering morsels. The cooking process is relatively easy. Low heat and time are the only requirements when it comes to slow cooking.

First, the chunks of beef cheeks need to be browned so they have a protective crust to keep the meat moist. Then add onions, garlic, ginger, some Asian herbs and sauces. Finally, pop the stew pot into an oven that is heated to about 150°C. Stir the contents every hour or so. Add water when necessary. Taste and adjust your seasoning throughout the cooking process.

And viola, four hours later, I have a big pot of delicious Asian braised beef cheeks which I will be eating for the next 3 to 4 days.

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Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks

E3 Harelbeke 2017

Yesterday was the 60th edition of E3 Harelbeke. This is probably the most important event of the year for Harelbeke. Schools were closed, some shops as well, and the streets were filled with people. Like all Flemish events, this one was not short on its food, drinks and music.

D and I walked out of our home before eleven in the morning. By the time we were satisfied gawking at the bus row of different cycling teams, it was time to witness the start of the race. After the cyclists were off, the public was offered free fries and small dishes from Michelin star restaurants! Before we left the house, I told D that I will not stand in lines getting push around by idiots clamouring for a sorry portion of fries. Well, luck was on our side and getting these free food turned out to be not difficult at all. I ended up having a pretty decent lunch. I had an entire portion of fries to myself, a lamb and peas dish, two egg dishes and a chicken dish. I also drank two local beers paid by D’s mom.

The best things in life are for free?!

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For The Love Of Potatoes

I made veggie burgers for lunch using last night’s leftover potatoes. My wariness of soy products, which are usually highly processed, ignites quite some creativity when it comes to my choosing of  non-meat ingredients. Life does not need to be complicated. Hand me some good old potatoes…

I bought a big bag of potatoes and it’s growing eyes like crazy. Other foods rot. Potatoes want to see.
~Bill Callahan, Letters to Emma Bowlcut

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Bagels

I discovered a wonderful bread product known as bagels when I was a student in Michigan. I loved them so much I was having them for breakfast as well as for lunch. Since I cannot seem to find them here in West Flanders, my next cooking endeavour will be to bake a batch of bagels and have these taste like the ones I remembered. This shall be fun.

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Chocolate Mousse & Ginger Beer

Today, I am the mad scientist, in my kitchen…

First, I made chocolate mousse by mixing and using up the rest of my cooking chocolate and some chocolate eggs we got last year. It was a while ago since I made this, and the first time I ever mixed chocolates. I think my mixing bowl was a bit too warm when I put all the ingredients together. The end result turned out a bit runny than usual. Well, we shall see if it stiffens up after cooling down in the fridge for a few hours. Fingers crossed.

Then, I continued on to make ginger beer with some previously frozen ginger skins and some expired Champagne yeast. I won’t know whether the yeast are still good until I see bubbles from the brewing container. Again, fingers crossed.

Regardless of the results, I have taken actions on my simple intention of ridding the pantry of old chocolates and expired yeast.

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