You get more excited about food shopping at a natural food store than about shopping for clothes.
Yeah, that’s what happened yesterday.
In my defence: I have been wanting to visit that food store for ages now and when I’m studying 24/7 every excuse to get out of the house will become an exciting road trip.
So here are the new goodies:
Millet, I’ve never had this before
Another thing I’ve never tried before: almond butter!
And jelly with absolutely no added sugar, it’s made with agave and the natural sugar from the fruit.
And the thing I am most excited about: yogi tea!
I had a hard time picking a flavour but I decided to go with the ginseng one cause I remember enjoying that at my yoga studio.
Afterwards we also went to a ‘normal’ food store, but one we only go to once in a couple of months so I had to stock up on all the things you can’t find around here:
Some treats: natural liquorice and Lindt 85% chocolate.
The ingredient list of both is just amazing, the liquorice only contains 4 ingredients ( melasse, wheatflour, liquorice extract and natural aniseed oil), the chocolate only contains 6 ingredients ( cocoa paste, cocoa, cocoa butter, brown sugar and a natural Bourbon vanilla-pod).
And did I mention that that chocolate is delicious!!
Food shopping spree with a happy ending indeed 😉
Did you ever notice that everything seems to come back after a certain amount of time?
Those crazy leggings your mum wore on photographs from before you were born with which you were laughing with a couple of years ago? Espadrilles? Maxi dresses? Jumpsuits?
Well, that’s not just with fashion, the same thing could be said for food!
People’s love for a certain type of food always develops in a couple of phases.
First there is always the fascination phase, the phase in which you eat more of one type of food than any human should be capable of and you try to combine it with everything and anything.
Then there’s that phase of slowly taking some distance: you still like it, still eat it (and probably still more than is healthy for you) but you’re not as obsessed with it as you once were and most importantly you no longer try to pair it with stuff that just does not go with it .
Next there’s a phase in which you are completely sick of it and decide to not eat it any more, ever!
Finally you’ll reached the phase in which you forget all about the above mentioned food, until one day it manages to draw your attention and makes you fall in love with it all over again… which brings us back to the beginning.
Today will be remembered as the day of the rediscovery of cottage cheese, rice flakes and peanut butter. Or wait, scratch that last one, peanut butter has never (and will probably never be) out of my life.
It is the day of rediscovering parfait, because everything tastes better when layered in a pretty jar. And because it is fun to mash up all the layers you so diligently construed.
One of our family traditions is to go food shopping on the 24th of December to make sure we have enough yummy stuff in the house for Christmas eve and Christmas.
Another tradition we have is trying to make Mona wear this Christmas hat, as you can see she doesn’t like it one bit!
This year it we’ll be just the three of us for Christmas and I’m in charge of the Christmas Eve menu: I’m going to make lots of little snacks (like a tapas style dinner) and bread and cheese.
I also made sure we bulked up on yummy and nutritious foods to help me get thought the 3 weeks of studying that lay before me.
I love food shopping around Christmas time cause the shops are full of special and festive foods, today I saw so much fruit I never even heard about and don’t get me started on all the chocolate treats we came across…
Tomorrow I’m preparing artichoke for the first time
We got this raspberry jelly in a gift back and it’s my new addiction!
Enjoy Christmas Eve!
There will be no innovative recipes this week (but it’s not like you get a lot of that otherwise, so don’t fret ;)).
I’m trying to make use of the stuff I still have lying around since I’m going home during the Christmas break and I don’t want to have to throw away food I wasn’t able to finish.
So for today I have another basic treat for you guys:
‘Cottage Cheese ‘n Crunch’
- Cottage cheese
- Strawberry jelly or fresh berries
- 2 T of oats
- Some almonds
- Optional: some pin nuts or other nuts, flax seeds
- Olive oil or butter
- Optional: cocoa or coffee powder
- 1 t of peanut butter with 1/2 a t of honey
For the Crunch: toast the oats and nuts in some olive oil or some butter. Add a dash of cinnamon (and cocoa or coffee powder, if you want to), when they are almost done. Watch them closely while they toast, you want them to be golden brown, not burned to a cinder.
Cover the bottom of a small cup with the jelly and add loads of cottage cheese on top. Top this with the crunch. Put the peanut butter and honey in the microwave until it melts and drizzle on top.
Here you go: nothing fancy, no actual cooking involved and no weird ingredients but still you get a very intense flavoured and satisfying snack. It’s creamy and crunchy, salty yet sweet all at the same time.
I have to say that crunch is amazing, I’m bound to use it on everything I make the next couple of weeks.
Now I’m off to get some late Christmas shopping done 😉
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Dear Cottage Cheese,
I’m so sorry I forgot all about you…
I was so caught up boasting about the creaminess of Greek yoghurt and the tartness of kefir, and how good these two taste combined with granola and cinnamon and, not to forget, chocolate!
Good thing you drew my attention again, I’m glad to have you back in my life!
I forgot how great you taste with kiwi fruit and how much I liked putting you on salads.
I forgot about the time I couldn’t eat a single cracker without having at least some cottage cheese on it. Or just forget about the crackers, I’d eat you straight out of the container any day!
I forget about crazy combinations: cottage cheese and avocado (which is surprisingly good), cottage cheese with dried fruits and , the all time favourite, cottage cheese and jelly.
Please forgive me,
Please take me back, I promise I’ll never leave you for Greek yoghurt ever again (or at least not for long).
When the words Britishness, breakfast, clotted cream and a picture of jelly are featured in a post, what do you immediately think about?
Let’s make this a bit easier for you: You’re supposed to say scones now 😉
The most vivid mental image I have from our visit to London last summer was the first time I ever tasted a scone (with clotted cream and jelly, of course), it made me sad to think I only tried it on our last day cause there would be no way I’d ever find that greatness again when back on Belgium territory.
Or at least that was what I thought until I stumbled across this easy peasy scone recipe on Eat, Live, Run.
’15 Minute Oatmeal Scones’
Recipe as seen on Eat, Live, Run
- 40 gr (1/2 a cup) of oats
- 80 gr (2/3 a cup) of flour
- 1/2 t of salt
- 1 t of baking powder
- 2 T of butter
- soy milk: the recipe says 1/2 a cup, I just splashed some in
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, cut the butter in tiny pieces ( I read somewhere this works best when the butter is really cold) crumb it under the mixture with your fingers and add the milk. Bake for 12 minutes on 250°c (475F).
My mum liked them too, so it’s safe to say it’s not just something ‘weird’ only I seem to enjoy in this household (such as peanut butter, chickpeas, oatcakes, overnight oats… and the list goes on!).
On a side note: does anyone think it’s strange to put peanut butter on scones? Is that considered blasphemy?
We didn’t have any cream on hand (clotted or other wise), and just jelly seemed a bit plain, so I had a peanut butter and jelly scone.
Make these, and enjoy a bit of Britishness in the early morning or with a cup of tea as a snack!
It’s great to have access to an oven again so I can experiment with breakfast bakes some more!
This bake was definitely a win.
It was more like a warm muffin because I added some flour besides the usual oats. The top and the sides were nice and crunchy (even a bit cookie-like with a bit of imagination) and the inside was muffin- like: nice and firm but still a bit moist, just as I like them!
‘ Spiced Jelly Breakfast Bake’
- 6 T of oats
- 4 T of whole wheat flour
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 40 gr of apple sauce
- 1 T strawberry jelly (or any other kind you like)
- loads of cinnamon, a few dashes of nutmeg and a sprinkle of salt
- 6 almonds, chopped
- optional: chocolate chips and peanut butter (the latter for topping)
Preheat oven to 200°C (390 F).
Just mix all of the ingredients together and pour the batter into some greased ramekins. Bake them for about 23 minutes.
I topped it with some peanut butter cause I like the way it all get’s nice and melty. You can also stay more ‘in theme’ and top with some more jelly.
It’s kind of sad I’ve left my mirabelles jelly in Leuven, cause it would have been great to use instead of my mum’s strawberry jelly.
I hereby declare October ‘Breakfast Bake Month’!
I’ll try and make a new breakfast bake every weekend because breakfast bake are real Autumn food and there are so much combinations I haven’t tried yet, I’ll keep you posted.