Recipe : Homemade chestnut purée
Nov02

Recipe : Homemade chestnut purée

Version française Did you say automn? It’s chestnut O’clock !!! Are you looking for an outdoor activity these days ? What about a chestnut hunt ?!? It’s free, fun and gives you a good excuse to spend some time outside with your family and/or friends. Ingredients (500 g peeled chestnut = 2,5 jam jar) : Your chestnuts (my example here is based on 500 g) Half weight of peeled chestnut in sugar (250 g) Half weight of...

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Recipe : Homemade white bread with seeds
Oct26

Recipe : Homemade white bread with seeds

Version française This good old fresh bread just out of the oven for a slow sunday morning… Making bread takes time… because you need to let your bread rise for one hour twice. But actually, the real preparation time is about 23 minutes : 5 minutes combining the ingredients, 15 minutes kneading, 3 minutes shaping. Then with a good alarm clock reminding you to go check your bread if you’re doing something else,...

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Recipe : Orangettes made with clementines… yum !
Oct11

Recipe : Orangettes made with clementines… yum !

Version française Because clementines are so delicious that it’s definitely too bad to throw any part away… I didn’t know it was possible to find anything better than orangettes… Until I made some orangettes with clementines’ skin. And for the “environment friendly” part of my story, citrus are not welcome in a wormy compost. Therefore, if you eat a lot of them and don’t want your...

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Recipe : Olive oil with basil
Oct06

Recipe : Olive oil with basil

Version française Olive oil with basil takes approximately 2 seconds… + a bit of patience Last week I was talking about the “pesto” option to use the last leaves of your basil plant before winter… Today I have an even easier and as delicious option : Olive oil with basil. Ingredients : 45 cl olive oil 100 g basil leaves Optional : A small piece of garlic clove (2 mm max) Salt Preparation : In a 50 cl glass...

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Recipe : Fall is here, homemade pesto time !
Sep25

Recipe : Fall is here, homemade pesto time !

Version française October is finally here, colors are changing and… your basil is looking sad  ! Some basil plants are slowly growing flowers, their leaves are getting harder and wilted… the season is ending, it’s time to do something ! Cut the flowers, bring your plant home and make it last a little longer ? Or harvest and dry ? or harvest, chop and freeze ? Or harvest and make a pesto ? or harvest and use in olive...

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Recipe : 100 % homemade and natural ginger ale
Aug17

Recipe : 100 % homemade and natural ginger ale

Version française A natural fermentation for your ginger soda or ginger beer… Definitely possible and very healthy ! If you’ve read my ginger ale recipe from last month now you know you need dry yeast to create the fizzy effect. This time, same ingredients, same recipe but a fermentation absolutely natural by creating a ginger bug (the equivalent of a sourdough starter for bread) that you’ll feed with ginger and...

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Recipe: 100 % homemade ginger ale
Jun30

Recipe: 100 % homemade ginger ale

Version française Sparkling, fresh, strong as Ginger and homemade? Yes it is possible and super easy when you make it with dry yeast. There is a real 100 % natural version made with a ginger bug (equivalent of the sourdough starter for bread), I’ll post this version a bit later. Right now is the high season for Ginger (from may to November) and if you don’t want to buy it anymore, just know that it is quite easy to grow...

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Recipe : Homemade elderflower syrup
Jun21

Recipe : Homemade elderflower syrup

Version française A sunday walk, a bit of patience, no chemicals, no preservatives… Tadaaaa, easy game ! Elderflowers are everywhere in Brussels in June and July and this is defintely an opportunity to seize. But, there are rules… Harvesting is not allowed in protected areas (like in forêt de soigne for example) and in the appropriate areas we can only harvest what we need for a recipe based on a personal and normal...

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Recipe : Korean preserved Ginger with honey
Feb13

Recipe : Korean preserved Ginger with honey

Version française A super easy recipe for delicious homemade ginger candies… I stole this recipe on a Belgian blog I love for its surprising and worldwide recipes : “un peu gay dans les coings” (in french only). This preserved ginger recipe apparently comes from Korea, which on top of being delicious brings a lot of sweet memories for me… have fun making it ! Ingredients : 200g fresh ginger 200g sugar...

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Edible flowers in a salad… WOW !
Oct15

Edible flowers in a salad… WOW !

Version française Flashy colors, elegance and surprising taste… Flowers will always find a way to surprise me ! I discovered all these edible flowers and plants when I was wwoofing in the “Quinta do Barbeito” a 2 hectares botanical garden in the north of Portugal where Guy Miklos, a permaculture expert and botanical lover was hosting us. I’ve been able to taste and mix all of them even if we were already in...

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