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.
4 garlic cloves
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
60 gr black olives
8 dl vegetable stock
2 tbsp oil (or butter..)
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.
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.
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:
How mine looked (in the pan! I made lunch boxes out of it):
The recipe we got, for 2 people:
2 garlic cloves
0.5 red chili
1 yellow bell pepper
“krul” parsley (I dunno? curly parsley? is that a thing?)
75 gr goat cheese
vegetable bouillon (0.5 cube)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
Yeah, yeah, I KNOW. Sugar is the evil. But when baking I still think the flavor should directly correspond to the amount of sugar in the baked goods. Like.. it’s only worth it if it’s really really tasty. Which is why my cake from this weekend was somewhat of a disappointment (to me, the others thought it was delicious) – it had its fair share of sugar, but the taste was “meh”. At least it looked kind of pretty?
Raspberry mousse cake: