Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hotspot: Café Zondag, Maastricht

When we were planning our days in Maastricht, I made sure we had enough places to visit where we could grab something to eat. First place on my list was Café Zondag, a café specialized in paninis, sandwiches, salads and even breakfast (a rare thing in the Netherlands!). We arrived in Maastricht right before lunch, so we wanted to try out the sandwiches. I chose the goatcheese sandwich (no surprise there!) with sun dried tomatoes and a walnut sauce. Wouter chose a sandwich with Serrano ham, rocket and tomatoes.
The place looked really nice and homey and we were enjoying the sunshine that poured in. Too bad we had to wait for the sandwiches for an hour and we were super hungry from our 3 hour ride to Maastricht. Come on, how much work is it, to make a simple sandwich? When Wouter asked about is, they reacted a bit annoyed, maybe they were hungry too, lol!

My sandwich: Whole wheat bread with goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, walnut sauce and lettuce.
Wouters sandwich: Ciabatta with Serrano ham, rocket and tomatoes.

We really enjoyed to food (but maybe it was because we were starving), the ambiance and the music. The people working there, not so much. Without notice somebody stood on the window cill right next to me, with his shoes next to my sandwich, to open a window. A little warning would've been nice.

Enjoying the sunshine!
Café Zondag
Wijckerbrugstraat 42

Monday, May 25, 2015

Recipe: Couscous salad

This salad is super easy to make. It's also very nutricious, low in carbs and super tasty! I always make a big batch, so we can take the leftovers with us to the office the next day and have a lovely lunch.  It's also a very nice side dish when you're hosting a barbecue or another type of dinner party. It goes with everything!

What you need for 4 servings:

  • 200 gram couscous
  • 150 gram smoked chicken, cubed
  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 8 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cubed
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in 4
  • 30 gram carrot, grated
  • 2 spring onions, small rings
  • feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Black pepper

What you do:

  1. Cook the couscous according to the package. Heat 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil in a frying pan or wok. Add the zucchini, bell pepper and mushrooms cook it for about 5 minutes on medium heat, keep stirring. Add some black pepper to taste.
  2. Put the cooked couscous in a large bowl and add the stir fried zucchini, pepper and mushrooms. Add the smoked chicken, cherry tomatoes, grated carrot and feta cheese as well. Stir well.
  3. Top it with spring onion rings.

Benodigdheden voor 4 porties:

  • 200 gram couscous
  • 150 gram gerookte kip, in blokjes
  • 1 courgette, in blokjes
  • 8 champignons, in plakjes
  • 1 rode paprika, in blokjes
  • 6 cherry tomaten, in vieren gesneden
  • 30 gram geraspte wortel
  • 2 lente-uien, in kleine ringen
  • feta kaas, in blokjes
  • 1 eetl. cocosolie
  • Zwarte peper

What you do:
  1. Kook de couscous zoals staat aangegeven op de verpakking. Verwarm de cocosolie in een koekenpan en bak hierin de courgette, paprika en champignons, voor ongeveer 5 minuten op medium vuur. Blijf goed roeren and doe er wat peper naar smaak bij.
  2. Doe de couscous in een grote kom en voeg de courgette, paprika en champignons toe. Goed mengen. Voeg ook de gerookte kip, tomaatjes, wortel en feta toe. Meng alles helemaal door elkaar.
  3. Maak het geheel af door er wat lente-ui overheen te strooien.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Recipe: Berry Oatmeal

Er staat een Nederlandse vertaling onderaan deze post!
Usually on a workday I just throw some oatmeal in my rice milk, add some frozen fruit to it and I put it in the microwave for a minute. But in the weekends I like to take my time when I'm making breakfast. Because of the berries and raw cocoa nibs, this breakfast is filled with antioxidants and that makes it perfect on a sunday when you might have a little hangover! ;)

What you need for 1 serving:
  • 4 tbsp oatmeal
  • 250 ml water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup berries (I used a mix of raspberries, blueberries and cranberries)
  • 2 tbsp (home made) granola
  • 1/2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp raw cocoa nibs

  1. Cook the oatmeal slowly in water, stir well.
  2. Add the cinnamon, raisins and half of the fruit to the oatmeal, give it another good stir and take it of the fire.
  3. Put the oatmeal mixture in a large bowl and top it with the granola, the rest of the berries and the cocoa nibs.

Normaal houd ik mijn havermoutjes simpel en maak ik het op een doordeweekse dag even snel in de magnetron met wat rijstemelk en bevroren fruit. Maar in het weekend neem ik er liever wat meer tijd voor en gebruik ik lekker vers fruit van de markt. Doordat je er bessen en cacao nibs in doet, zit dit ontbijtje vol antioxidanten, dus is het perfect voor op de zondagochtend als je misschien een klein katertje hebt. ;)

Benodigdheden voor 1 persoon:

  • 4 eetl havermout
  • 250 ml water
  • 1 theel kaneel
  • 1 eelt rozijnen
  • 50 gram bessen (ik gebruikte frambozen, cranberry's en blauwe bessen)
  • 2 eelt (zelfgemaakte) granola
  • 1/2 eelt lijnzaad
  • 1/2 eelt rauwe cacao nibs


  1. Kook de havermout langzaam in het water, blijf goed roeren.
  2. Als het een papje is geworden, roer dan de kaneel, rozijnen en de helft van de bessen door de pap. Haal de pan van het vuur.
  3. Schenk de pap in een schaaltje en maak het af met de granola, de rest van de bessen en de rauwe cacao nibs.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Event: The weekend of Rolling Kitchens 2015

The Weekend of the Rolling Kitchens brings an annual dose of outdoor mobile food fun to the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. The event is here for it's eighth edition from May 13th to may 17th. 
Mobile delicacies
During this (long) weekend, dozens of mobile kitchens descend upon the park in the west of Amsterdam to create an enormous open air restaurant! Food to suit every appetite is on the menu, with everything from fresh Italian pizza to sophisticated seafood dishes on offer. 

Hunt around for your favourite dish(es), pick up your order and relax under the sun (or later in the evening, stars) as you enjoy your food. There's no entrance charge for Rolling Kitchens and the food is designed to tickle the most culinary of taste buds without breaking the bank. 

Jummie, insects!
Trying 5 different 'bitterballen'. Truffle, beef, fish, goat cheese and chorizo. Delish!
The coolest record player ever!
Pulled pork, cole slaw and corn bread. Feels like I'm back in Brooklyn. Gotta love soul food!
Mr. Handsome
Delicious oysters.
Bacon and cheese burger from Firma Pickles.
Lemon curd in a jar! A perfect dessert.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hotspot: The Bakery Institute

At The Bakery Institute you can do several workshops and more professional educations on working in a bakery. But they also have a shop where you can buy bread they baked there, lovelies pies and pastries. We brought home a sour dough olive bread to have with our soup, it was delicious. My mom in law always goes there for her sour dough bread since she found out about the place, so it's definitely a recommendation if you're tired of supermarket bread. It pretty affordable too.

Westzijde 174-A
1506 EK Zaandam
Tel: 075 – 6157226
Email: info@bakeryinstitute.nl