A deep red swirl in the morning
For two smoothie bowls;
Warmer mornings are coming back and sometimes we can already eat our breakfasts with a window open. We also started switching up our usually warm breakfasts to cold ones on some days. Smoothie bowls are a bit thicker than a normal smoothie and give you a good start of the day. Beets are loaded with iron and create a beautiful dark red colour in any meal. I only started using them in sweet breakfasts fairly recently. If you use only raspberries you will get an even darker red colour- but I didn’t have enough so added blueberries this time. Don’t forget to use frozen bananas as it makes all the difference in the texture of the smoothie.
Start the night before by freezing the bananas, and soaking the oats, flaxseed and dates in the water overnight.
The next morning put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
To serve, pour the smoothie into two bowls, add two spoons of (plant-based) yoghurt to each and create some swirls. Add other decorations to your liking.
A few weeks back we packed our bags and headed over to Ghent in Belgium. Our very first trip together was to here, almost 10 years ago – and we loved it. One of our favourite places in the city is the university botanical garden. It includes several glass houses and a park with a pond.
So this particular Saturday we got up early, ate some breakfast and headed over to the garden. It was sunny but still brisk, and it felt like true Spring. I think we were the first ones there. Parts of the garden had not yet awoken from their winter sleep, but in other places the blossoms were in full glory. Come and have a look at some impressions from this very green morning;
The garden is next to one of the big university buildings. A nice contrast. And a magnificent magnolia on one side of the pond.
The smallest glass house and a kitty;
In the bigger glass houses (we stayed here a long time);
These lovely flowers belong to the tumeric plant. We eat a lot of tumeric, so it was lovely to see it grow. We also saw a vanilla and cinnamon tree. And a banana flower with mini bananas in the making;
And now to the cacti and succulents;
Hope you enjoyed these impressions and if you ever are in the area do visit the Plantentuin of Ghent.
A colourful bowl with a hearty, satisfying meal
For two large bowls of soup;
Toppings (optional and to taste);
Some Sundays we cook a big feast, but I think most Sundays we actually like to keep things simple. We are either out the whole day cycling or hiking in the dunes, forest or on the beach, or we stay in and enjoy being at home before the week starts again.
With Spring in full swing here in the Netherlands and after a weekend of cooking for family, I craved for something warm and fresh. This miso soup gives a good base for whatever you have on hand at home. You can always add or exchange ingredients and make it your own, finding your favourite versions. Soba noodles are Japanese noodles that are made from buckwheat flour. They have a nice nutty flavor and a lovely grey colour.
Stir-fry the garlic, ginger and chili flakes with the oil in a large pot over high heat. Add the water and stir with a wooden spoon. Once the water is cooking, add the dried shiitake mushrooms, reduce heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Then add the vegetables of choice to the soup and cook for another 10 minutes. Finally turn heat down to low and melt the miso in the soup and add the lentils.
Meanwhile cook the soba noodles in a saucepan with boiling water for about 4 minutes. They should still be a bit chewy. Drain the noodles and rinse them under cool water.
To serve, divide the soba noodles between two serving bowls. Top with the soup and desired toppings, arrange in a nice way and enjoy.
It’s so good ;)! Happy Sunday!
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