Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Paris: Day 2 - Louvre, Notre Dame and a boat trip

On our second day in Paris, we went to Eric Kayser for a fresh croissant and some coffee. The weather was beautiful again, so we decided to not go into the Louvre, but walk around it and enjoy the sunshine. The Tuileries is one of my favorite spots in Paris. A beautiful park surrounded my impressive buildings. We walked to Ile de la Cité to see the Notre Dame and we hung a lock on Pont des Arts, well a bit on the side, since it's forbidden on the bridge itself (how romantic!).
When our legs were getting tired, we went on a boat trip over the Seine, we hopped off at Champs Elysées to do some shopping and hopped on the boat again to go back to our hotel to get ready for dinner!

Well, on to the photos:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Recipe: Tortizza Salame Tartufo

What you need for 2 tortizzas:
  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 tbsp (home made) pesto genovese
  • 6 thin slices of truffle salami
  • 4 tbsp grated goat cheese
  • 6 mushrooms, sliced
  • a bit of rocket salad
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Divide the pesto between the tortillas and spread it out evenly.
  3. Top it with the salami, goat cheese and mushrooms.
  4. Put it in the oven for 12 minutes.
Dutch recipe:

Benodigdheden voor 2 tortizzas:
  • 2 volkoren wraps
  • 2 eetl. (zelfgemaakte) pesto
  • 6 plakjes truffel salami (Jumbo)
  • 4 eetl. geraspte geitenkaas
  • 6 champignons, in plakjes
  • een handje rucola
  1. Warm de oven voor op 180 graden celsius.
  2. Verdeel de pesto over de wraps en smeer het helemaal uit.
  3. Leg de plakjes salami erop en verdeel de champignons en geraspte geitenkaas.
  4. Zet het voor 12 minuten in de oven.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Review: Lush giftbox Rosie

At my last day at my previous work, my ex colleagues got me a lovely present: The Rosie giftbox from Lush! They all new I love their products, so this is a perfect gift for me! When I was home I immediately unpacked it, smelled everything and tried some of the products out:

Rose Jam shower gel, a limited scent and it smells sooo good! 
Rose jam bubbleroon, also smelling delicious, can I eat this?
Ro's argan skin conditioner. This even helps with my super dry legs. And yes, it smells good.
Tisty tosty  bath bomb, with real rosebuds, so cute!
Amandopondo bubble bar. Can't wait to take this baby with me in bath!
Such pretty and good smelling products!
All the products in the box smell amazingly good. The skin conditioner is perfect for my dry legs and I can't wait to try the rest out in a relaxing bathing session! Thanks so much for the perfect gift!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Paris: Day 1 - Arc de Triomphe and Tour d'Eiffel

Last weekend Wouter took me on a surprise trip to Paris. Like the little tourist I am, I took about 500 photos. Like always, I'll share some of them here. This is day 1. We drove to Paris in the morning and after lunch we visited the Arc de Triomphe and Tour d'Eiffel. We had great weather and enjoyed every minute of our weekend! Now on to the photos:

No trip is complete without Starbucks!
Handsome tourist!
Exhausted after an hour in the waiting line in this hot weather, but so worth the view!
In love with Paris.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Recipe: Nectarine oats

Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts. It's filling, healthy and it gives me so much energy during the day. You can make it any way you like, today I want to share the super easy recipe for this yummy bowl of oatmeal with nectarine.

What you need for 1 serving:
  • 40 grams (4 tbsp) steel cut oats
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp grated coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 150 ml rice/coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 nectarine, in slices
  • 1 tbsp almond flakes

  1. Mix the oats with the flax seeds, coconut grater and chia seeds. Add the milk and stir well.
  2. It depends on my schedule what way I warm my oats. You can cook it in a pan or heat it in the microwave (1 min on 900W). Whatever you prefer.
  3. top it with the nectarine slices and almond flakes.

Nederlands recept:

Benodigdheden voor 1 persoon:
  • 40 grams (4 eetl) havermout
  • 1 eetl lijnzaad
  • 2 eetl cocosschaafsel (ongezoet)
  • 1 theel chia zaad
  • 150 ml rice/coconut melk (ongezoet)
  • 1 nectarine, in plakjes
  • 1 eetl amandelschaafsel
  1. Meng de havermout met de lijnzaad, kokosschaafsel en chiazaadjes. Voeg de melk toe en roer het goed door.
  2. Verwarm de havermoutpap. Dit kan in een steelpannetje of in de magnetron. Net wat je makkelijk vind en waar je tijd voor hebt. Blijf in het pannetje roeren tot het de juiste dikte is (wat jij lekker vindt). Ik doe het zelf vaak even snel in de magnetron voor een minuut op 900W. 
  3. Leg de nectarine en amandelschaafsel erbovenop en genieten maar.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hotspot: Frenchie to go, Paris

When Wouter told me he was taking me to Paris for a weekend, I instantly started looking up cool restaurants and bistro's where we could eat. I mean, a girls' gotta eat right? Frenchie to Go was high on my to-visit list, so we went there immediately after we parked our car and checked in at the hotel. We could use a good lunch after a 5,5 hour drive and I'm glad we went to Frenchie To Go. We both had a delicious pulled pork sandwich and a pear juice. There wasn't a lot of space to sit down, but we were lucky some people left right after we got our sandwich.

Home made granola and yummy healthy snacks.
A little story from their website:

One day, when Marie Marchand was extremely hungry but had no time to linger, she grabbed a pulled pork sandwich from the Frenchie Wine Bar to take away. As she ate-and-ran, she thought it might be a worthwhile proposition to offer takeaway versions of Greg’s dishes. A few chats and several nudges of fate later, Frenchie To Go was born...and a new team cooked up streetfood crafted with the homemade dedication and attention to detail so characteristic of her chef husband.

Greg had nothing less than a crush on products from Tim Wilson, aka “The Ginger Pig”, a Yorkshire breeder renowned for supplying top-quality meats. We cook his Shorthorn beef and Tamworth pork here on site. At FTG, when it comes to meat quality, we don’t mess around.

We really like Oggleshield Cheddar. It comes straight from Neal’s Yard Dairy (an iconic London cheese dairy), has a subtle, irresistible caramel note and, once melted, is a thing of beauty and smells scrumptious. Who ever said that the French are the only ones who know how to make good cheese?

Most of our fish, vegetables and herbs come from our friendly neighbours at Terroirs d’Avenir, who work with small producers. Fewer middlemen and a lot more taste. Right next door on rue de Nil.

As far as coffee goes, we leave nothing to chance. We use our special Frenchie To Go Blend made by our neighbour Hippolyte Courty from L’Arbre à Café, the milk is from Bellevaire…tasty tools that turn to magic in the skilled hands our barrista, who masters our Marzoco machine like nothing you’ve ever seen (we heart latte art).

9, rue du Nil
75002 Paris