Veggie Salad | Chez Henri

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I’m normally not a huge fan of veggie dishes. Just because to me there’s nothing better than a nice piece of meat or fish. As we went out for dinner with my colleague Nancy who is a huge veggie fan, I took the opportunity to taste this veggie salad.

Green asparagus, yellow zucchini, sundried tomatoes, roquette and… halloumi. I didn’t even know what halloumi is. A semi hard, unripened, brined cheese, made of a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, and sometimes also of cow’s milk. It has a high melting point and can be easily fried or grilled. I have to admit, a bit of a special structure when you put it in your mouth, but the taste is very surprising! And so is this whole salad. Wauw, what a combination of flavours.

Thank you restaurant « Chez Henri » – we had a lovely evening, in a cosy place, spoiled with delicious dishes!

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Ceviche with shrimps

94FEDCEE-F185-4439-AA4E-28BE88CFA821In times of watching the Worldcup 2018, it was my best friend from Ecuador who invited us over to watch the game. She prepared her great dish, ceviche!

A seafood dish popular in the Pacific coastal regions of Latin America. Typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices , such as lemon or lime, and spiced with chili peppers. Accompanied by side dishes that complement its flavour, such as sweet potato, corn or white rice. OMG, I’m just crazy about it!

And by the way… we did beat Japan, in the final minute of the game, 3-2, what a game! Next round… Bresil… Come on Red Devils!

Sardines @ABC Mateos

3F2ECB26-4664-400F-BAB7-3C0E73B62F04I’ve found my life motto: « eat, drink & socialize ». I love to go out and have a drink. I love to meet new people. I love to enjoy some good food. I love to laugh. I love to live. That’s it.

No better place to do this than at our favourite Spanish tapasbar ABC Mateos @St-Catherine (Brussels). Max is preparing the tapas, his wife Leo is serving drinks and she’s the one who gives us all the good vibes. We love to visit this place. And we often stay a couple of hours. Today I had some grilled sardines, lovely! This is life…

Greek Pasta lunch box

869982CD-9622-4836-9E05-08703AAC9282This is a great lunch dish! Easy peasy!

Greek pasta is what I call « in between rice and pasta ». Feta cheese, cucumber and lots of cherry tomatoes in all kind of summer colours. Final touch is olive oil and chives. Hmmmm!

By the way, discovered these @Sistema lunch boxes. I love them! So many different forms and sizes. For sandwiches, salads, soup, fruit, … very good price/quality!

Granola

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Yesterday we had a kind of teambuilding. How to react on changes and how to prepare our new way of working. A whole-day-workshop in the Novotel St-Catherine | Brussels. Indeed, next to my door, 5 minutes walk. What a comfort!

Starting with a good breakfast is essential. I saw these cute granola jars in glass. Pay attention to the names of the different granolas: shocking chocolate, sneaky cinnamon, crumbling coconut, whizzy walnut.

Which one would you like to taste?!

 

 

Pasta with peas and bacon

66A6C1F2-5EE2-4D04-8C52-7820AA15B633Time to try out a new recipe. I wanted a new kind of pasta dish. And something with peas. Let’s start…

Ingredients: short pasta, olive oil, red onion, spring peas, bacon (salted), red chili flakes, fresh mint, lime, parmesan cheese.

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Cook the pasta « al dente » following the instructions on the package.

Prepare the other ingredients as follow:

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Mix the pasta with the peas-preparation, add red chili flakes, parmesan cheese and decorate with fresh mint. Ready to be served. Enjoy this summer pasta dish xxx

Tomato-Mozzarella

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Cherry tomatoes. Mozzarella di buffala. Black pepper. Lettuce. Olive oil and a spoon of champagne vinegar. Grissini. So easy, so tasty. Ready in 5 minutes. A perfect lunch on a working day. Got all these @OkayBelgium. And took for the first time these Grissini. Good stuff.

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Paella

078A65AD-B7A7-4190-BD09-7980296E7D35Sunday we were invited for a birthday party. A little group of 10 people. Our hostess Elka is Equatorian and she loves cooking. I’m always excited when I’m invited to her house. For sure it won’t be the classic belgian dishes we get served.

It was a lovely, sunny day. Just perfect. We even jumped in the swimming pool. The water was only 21ºC, a little bit freezing LOL.

Elka prepared us a Paella with seafood: gamba’s, prawns, mussels, calamares, clams,… Freshly prepared, hours of work. What an amazing taste! Thank you Elka 😘