Environmental Awareness

I’ll continue with the Endless Blog Challenge, because it makes my blogging life so much easier!

FIVE DAYS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS. I’ve been thinking of ThaTaylaa‘s 15 days of foundation, which is such a fun idea, but, as mentioned, I’m in the middle of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, and I’m not in a encourage-consumption type of mood. Instead, let’s take five days and reflect on our consumption

I’m horribly bad at preparing lunches for work days, and I almost always feel bad about it, because then I end up buying stuff every day instead.

This week, however, I have lunches! For all days! And they’re all vegetarian (2 days even vegan, how about that?). I’d share pictures, but while delicious, they aren’t very photogenic.

And also, this (NS is the train company here):

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Wine Me & Dine Me

The Endless Blog Challenge of this week has a food related topic:

CAN I TAKE YOUR DRINK ORDER? If we’re going to be able to deal with a new semester, or getting back to work after summer for that matter, and going to the gym, we’re going to need a drink. What 5 drinks are you likely to order?

WHAT’S FOR DINNER? With all this going to the gym and drinking, who has the time to slave in the kitchen? Share a go-to quick and easy dinner!

Well, this one is not that quick, but relatively few steps! Potato & pesto pizza!

Slice the potatoes and roast them in the oven (I like to add some garlic in there, because that makes any food better) until nice and crispy/brown.

Smear the pizza with pesto, and put the potatoes on there. Add some rosemary and salt for taste (if you’re being extravagant I guess mozzarella works fine as well?), and cook until the pizza’s done. Delicious!

As for the drinks*:

  1. Beer. Lame, I know, but it almost always works! Dark beer in the winter, light/white for the summer. Or take a walk on the wild side with some fruit beer? Bonus here is that it’s always drinkable, not like wine where you can really taste the difference. Even the cheapest beer will still taste like… well, beer.
  2. Gin & Tonic. As long as it’s with decent gin.
  3. Piña Colada. Pineapple + booze, what can go wrong?
  4. Margarita. I just tried this for the first time when we took my mom to a tapas restaurant (“today is Margarita Monday, they are half the price!”). It will surely not be the last!
  5. Grüner Veltliner. I’m not much of a wine snob (just, please, not the house wine!), but this is my favorite white wine (grape).

Margarita in a glass


*I interpreted this as only alcoholic drinks, cause why else bother?

Vegan Paella

A few weeks ago we had this dish – Vegetarian paella (through our weekly food box). I’d sooner call it risotto than paella but fine. While we eat vegetarian around 3 days a week, my partner is usually ok with the food, but not super enthusiastic. Until we had this. He couldn’t stop saying how nice it was. And I agree. Turns out, when you read the recipe, it can as well be vegan (just don’t use butter and check the stock cubes), so all the better.

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4 servings:
4 garlic cloves
1 onion
400 gr mushrooms
2 bell peppers (they used green)
1 can of kidney beans
40 gr pumpkin seeds (if you find pre-roasted ones you save a step)
300 gr risotto rice
4 tsp paprika powder
2 tsp turmeric
70 gr tomato puree
1 lemon
60 gr black olives
8 dl vegetable stock
2 tbsp oil (or butter..)
parsley
Then you prepare it like you would a risotto (which… you really should know how to).
Save the lemon, olives and half of the chopped up parsley for the end.
Roast the pumpkin seeds in a pan and use as garnish.

We have no bananas

Every week they get fruit baskets delivered at work, and every week I’m like “yeah, I’ll eat fruit! If I leave it here on my desk I’ll see it every day and won’t forget”, and then I forget and come Friday the fruit is less than fresh.

This week the victims were two bananas and a mandarin, and I remembered that banana bread is delicious! I ended up doing this recipe (with adjusted quantities since I only had 2 bananas) and they are really really tasty! Either google tricked me with the temperature conversion though, or the person who posted the recipe has a really crappy oven. If you try it, beware! I turned the heat down halfway in cause they were getting really brown, really fast, without baking properly inside.

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Shake it

Not that long ago our weekly meal box contained a recipe (and ingredients… duh) for shakshuka. We picked this meal because my partner thought the name was funny (and that is, apparently, how we roll). Now we’ve had this meal box plan thing for well over a year and while some meals have been really nice, most are good and very few have been less nice, there aren’t many recipes I redo or recommend to others. But this one… eat it! (Unless you’re vegan… then… I don’t know. Maybe you’re creative enough to come up with your own version?)

How they say it should look when ready:

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How mine looked (in the pan! I made lunch boxes out of it):

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The recipe we got, for 2 people:

1 onion
2 garlic cloves
0.5 red chili
1 yellow bell pepper
4 tomatoes
“krul” parsley (I dunno? curly parsley? is that a thing?)
4 eggs
75 gr goat cheese
olive oil
vegetable bouillon (0.5 cube)
bread

Cut all the vegetables (they have guidelines for how, but I think you’ll manage just fine). Cook the garlic, onion and chili 2 minutes on low heat. Add bell pepper, tomatoes and half the parsley as well as 30 ml water per person. Crumble the bouillon cube over the rest and stir until it boils. Cover and let cook for 5 minutes.

Make an indentation in the middle of the pan and put the (obviously cracked!) eggs in there. Season with salt and pepper and crumble the goat cheese over. Cover and let cook for 10 minutes (but remove the lid the last 4, and increase the heat).

Serve with bread (to soak up all the nice gooey stuff) and the rest of the parsley.

Bíó Poppsalt!

I find today’s and the next few weeks’ TTT a bit “meh”, so I’ll skip those. Better luck next year!

Instead I’ll talk about popcorn – also known as my favorite snack*. Movie popcorn are obviously the best, and I’ve tried to find a surrogate for these. This has meant buying popcorn seasoning that promises to improve the taste of your snacks (because honestly, plain popcorn popped at home in oil are quite dull). Alas it mainly means gross artificial flavors that make the popcorn inedible. And I’m fine with artificial normally, so that should tell you just how gross.

However! While in Iceland (I want to say on cause you know.. island? but they say in themselves so… in it will be) I found this in the supermarket:

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And while the color looks slightly scary, this is amazing! My Icelandic is pretty basic, but I’ve interpreted the label to “MOVIE – popcorn salt” (since bio is cinema in Swedish, bioscoop is cinema in Dutch). (It also says “Tasty on popcorn”.) And it is! Only a pinch is needed and they do taste like movie popcorn! So you know, next time you go to Iceland…

* No, chips are my favorite snack but I will try to stay away from them cause there is no moderation. Luckily they don’t have these in NL.

Weekend recap

So I actually did stuff this weekend, so then I feel like I should share it as proof that I’m not always incredibly lazy! Friday was dinner date at a restaurant in Rotterdam after having inspected the renowned Markthal. It’s pretty cool and I wasn’t aware there were people living in the building as well.

And on Saturday it was time for the yearly Christmas market at the Swedish Church in Rotterdam, so I did my usual brief appearance to buy candles and white moss for my adventsljustake. And julmust. While walking there I had to admit that as much as I call Rotterdam ugly, it has it’s moments/areas.

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Sunday meant the first storm in a while and it was spent inside baking, listening to music and playing video games. How was your weekend?