I was not feeling that well today so I decided to make a simple dish. Not super excited but nice and it’s done in no-time! Pasta with salmon, spinach and zucchini. I think this is the first dish I actually ever made myself. My mom doesn’t like fish so when she was not at home, my sister made this for the two of us. I loved it!
For one very large portion (or two slightly smaller) you need: pasta, smoked salmon, 1/2 zucchini, handful of fresh spinach, 1 lime, 1/2 cup of crème fresh, coconut oil (or olive oil), salt and pepper.
Boil water and cook the pasta according to the package. Slice the zucchini in little pieces and bake them in olive oil (I used coconut oil, no special reason). Now add the spinach and let it fry until the spinach has shrunk (do you say that in English?). Slice the salmon in little pieces and add it. After a minute or two, add the crème fresh. Slice the lime in half and add the juice of half the lime with the rest. Add some salt and pepper. Now your pasta is probably done as well! Add everything together and add some parts of lime if you want to have some extra.
This is not my best dish ever but it taste nice and it’s very easy to make. For those days when you don’t know what to eat and also don’t really feel like cooking but hey, you have to eat something!
Yesterday I had dinner at Michiel’s place! He’s recovering from a heavy Le Guess Who weekend and needed some vegetables. He made a nice salad with pangasius filet which is perfect for (meatless) Monday.
For two persons you need: 2 pangasius filets, chickpeas, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, mixed salad, avocado, garlic, olive oil, curry herbs, salt and pepper.
Slice the cauliflower in little pieces and cook them until they’re ready. Crush the garlic and mix it with olive oil, curry herbs, salt and pepper. Season the filets with the mix. Grill the pangasius filets. Take a bowl and mix the cherry tomatoes, salad, avocado and chickpeas. Season the cauliflower a little bit with salt and pepper and add it with the salad. And you’re done! Put the salad and the filet on a plate and bon appetit!
It was really nice but I think you can improve it with a nice hummus dressing. Maybe something for next time!
My roommate Liset got a tini tiny oven for her birthday last month and I’m experimenting a little bit with it. It’s called a snack oven and we needed some time to figure it out. For example, you can’t choose the heat of the oven, but we couldn’t find at what degree it is on. Pretty confusing haha as we didn’t want to ruin our meal! Now we figured out it’s pretty hot (everything else surrounding the oven gets pretty hot as well) and I tried out some one-person-meals!
This meal is supereasy and perfect when you’re eating alone. For one person you need: 1 sweet potato, garlic, onion, 1/2 zucchini, parsley, goat cheese, mixed nuts (or other nuts but I had the mixed version already at home), salt and pepper. You can also add a chili pepper if you like it spicy.
Preheat the oven. Slice the sweet potato in small pieces and toss the pieces with the oil, garlic, onion, parsley, salt and pepper. Lay everything on a baking sheet and bake it for 15 minutes. In the meanwhile, slice the zucchini in small pieces. After 15 minutes, add the zucchini, goat cheese and nuts and put it back in the oven for 10 minutes. Done!
Michiel and I visited Antwerp last weekend and discovered some nice places!
We started our day with a super tasty Belgium waffle and pancake (don’t know if that’s really Belgium) at Désiré de Lille!
Burgers for lunch at Lunchbox. Liked the burgers a little bit more last time but still very tasty!
A soy latte at Sussies, a vintage clothing store and coffee house together!
Beer, fries and stew: the Belgium recipe! Delicious dinner at Kapitein Zeppos.
Started day two with a special latte at Jili, where you can mix your flavors and add toppings. Mine was a little bit too sweet but if you like sweetness it’s perfect for you!
Lunch at Céleste before we got the train back to the Netherlands. Very tasty, very nice. Also a bed and breakfast if you are looking for a place to stay!
I’m trying to variate a little bit with my breakfast lately, and these overnight oats seems to be the hit in America, so I thought why not try it out! Overnight oats are the perfect breakfast for everyone who doesn’t have the time to make breakfast in the morning.
It’s pretty simple actually and you can vary as much as you like. You make your oats in the evening, put them in the fridge and in the morning you can eat them or take them to work (or uni in my case). You can put all different kinds of things in it. In this case I made it with oats, yoghurt, chiaseed and blueberries. Quite simple, but you can make it as crazy as you like. With yoghurt it’s quite thick so you can try it with milk or water. Pinterest is a great way to look for variations. Add some fruit in the morning and you’re done!
I’m right in the middle of my exam period, which means… lots of coffee! I don’t drink coffee at home but when it’s not coming from a senseo machine (yeah… I’m picky) I’m all about my lattes. These are my favourite coffee places at the moment in Utrecht:
Michiel and I come here very often, ordering a one or double shot latte. In the summer you should try the ice coffee, which is truly delicious here (much better than Starbucks!)
The central library
The library is a great place to study. It’s in the center of Utrecht, it’s quiet and they serve great lattes! Also, the internet is not working that well in the library, which can be a pain in the ass but also a life safer when you have to finish your reading.
This cafe is on the corner of the university but sometimes I prefer sitting here than in the uni because it’s nice to be in a non-uni environment once in a while. Oh and the coffee is very nice, although I do miss the side cookies…
And the picture above is from KEEK in the Twijnstraat, which is not only a great place to drink coffee but also to have lunch. The name is actually an abbreviation from ‘art and fair coffee’, which is exactly what you can expect!