association……..green hulk wraps

Tomorrow is going to be a special day, we are going to be an association. It took a long time, but finally we are going to be. After.. we can have a contract for our gardens (vegetable gardens we ‘own’) and our own bank account,
Today I went to garden after a long time and I must say it looks perfect, I still have Swiss chard and  kale (a couple of Brussels sprouts). I found a new recipe on this site, thank you for sharing this…It’s so nice and I am addicted to eat. so here you are I changed a little of the ingredients and put in some curry powder.

Ingredients for 4 green hulk wraps
200 gram of kale (you can use also half swiss chard and half cavalo nero,palm tree kale, just experiment with this)
60 gram of cocnutoil
1 green cooking plantain
1 teaspoon of curry powder

kitchentools
a foodprocessor
an oven

How to make this wrap….
Wash the vegetables and let them dry (so the washing water is not on the vegetables any more), in the meanwhile get the peel of the plantain and put this together with, the coconut oil the spices and vegetables in the food processor. Make a smooth mixture of this.
When it’s smooth get the oven plate and put some baking sheet on top, the mixture you spread out on the sheet (like wrap thickness), make a square so you can equally separate the big wrap in little wraps.
Bake the wrap for 50 minutes on 150 degrees Celsius (hope next time I will have a food dehydrator, I think this is perfect for the dehydrator)Cut the big wrap in 4 pieces
Put on top of the wrap some tofu, or vegetables or just eat them the way they are. It is delicious!

Enjoy

 

friends…swiss chard pasta

Happy new year!
Again another year, new chances and new wishes for 2015. I want to take it more easy, going to put the Ayurvedic living style into my life. Laugh more and especially enjoy life more. I do hope it will work this year. And maybe to begin my own food coach site, anyway I want to learn much more about food and health and want to help people with this.
This is a recipe I made last year, I liked it, just another way to use swiss chard. Swiss chard grows very easy in the garden and you can use it a lot in dishes. So here is another recipe!

Recipe for 4 persons
600 gram swiss rainbow chard cut in small pieces
For 4 persons penne pasta
125 millilitre oat cuisine
pepper and salt to taste
1 red onion cut in thin slices
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Some fake parmesan cheese (noble yeast flakes and walnuts 1:1)
some oil

Kitchentools
a cooking pan
a baking pan
some plates
a knife
some happy face

how to make
Cut all the vegetables, wash and so on…..Get the cooking pan and put in some water for the pasta, and bring it to a boil, cook for 10 minutes!
In the meanwhile get the baking pan and put in some oil! Heat the oil slow, no damps, because then the oil is too hot and not ok for your health!
Bake the onion and garlic for a short time, till the onion is glassy, put in the oat cuisine and bring it on taste with salt and pepper (make sure the oat cuisine is hot, not boiling) and now you can put in the swiss chard, cook this very short, you still want to have the vitamines in the food. Often I put of the heat and put in the chard and it will shrink anyway! Stir occasionally.
The ten minutes will be over now, time to make the plates beautiful…..Take the 4 plates, put first the penne on the plates and on top you put some of the sauce. Sprinkle some parmesan on the plates as garnish and to give the dinner more taste!

Stick on some candles and enjoy the dinner

amber alberda and fries of celeriac

This recipe I have from the book from Amber Albarda, a friend of my is very happy she read her book so I was curious why….and I understand….. she is very good in writing what food does in your body, she explains very well the reason why you better eat whole food and not refined! I took also lessons about food and read a lot and I must say I agree with her point of vision. Always nice to read a book what is almost in line with your ideas of what to eat and what to leave…:)

Celeriac fries 2 persons
1 big celeriac (500 gram)
4 tablespoons of olive oil extra vierge
2 tablespoons of unrefined agave syrup
2 tablespoons of cumin seed
1 tablespoon of Celtic or himalayan salt
2 cloves of garlic minced
4 twigs of fresh thyme just use the leaves

Kitchentools
an oven
a oven plate
a knife
a cooking pan
a bowl
a colander

How to make………
Get the celetriac and get rid of the peel, wash it and cut it in pieces like fries (first make slices and then rectangles). Get the cooking pan and poor in some water! Cook the fries for 3-5 minutes till they are more soft.
Get rid of the water and put the fries in a colander to ‘dry’ them in the meanwhile you can make the ‘sauce’. Put all the ingredients together in a bowl ( olive oil extra vierge, unrefined agave syrup,cumin seed, Celtic or himalayan salt,garlic and thyme leaves) mix very well and it will become a sauce. Get the bowl and put in the fries, with your hands you spread the sauce all over the fries, be careful otherwise you will break the fries.
time to get the oven plate, covered with some baking sheets. Lay down the fries and they aren’t allowed to touch eachother ;).
be sure the oven is on 200 degrees celsius and bake the fries for 15 minutes, then turn them around and bake for another 15 minutes.
Pling time to get them out, they are really fantastic to eat!

enjoy

skin problems……smoothie with amalaki/amla berry

Still reading to many books about food, what can make you confused but also very clear in things and facts about food.
Now I am really seeing the need of vitamin C intake! it is good for a lot of things, first the making of collagen, repairing the wounds you have. Reducing the chance of some cancers, it’s an antioxidant.
I read also many times about the amla berry or amalaki, of course I heared it first at my school, but I forgot it. here are some nice reasons to take amla berry.
Ok… why I want to use it, because my skin has troubles, I have a lot of red spots, I think my pitta has some problems. I am stressed and loose probably a lot of vitamin c.Wake up in the night at vata/pitta time. It looks like my hair is beginning to get thinner and very dry.I have a dry skin and for some days a dry mouth! (and so on) So I read that amalaki is reducing Pitta and vata. So I wanted to try and experiment by myself.  I bought some amalaki powder, the taste is terrible mixed with only water, so I made today a smoothie with it, of course you can change some ingredients to make another smoothie with this super berry. I keep you up to date if it is helping me…

the ingredients for two glasses of amla berry smoothie
2 bananas
1 cup of rice/coconut milk
1-2 teaspoons of raw cacao powder
2 teaspoons (10 ml) of amla powder
Some dried grated coconut for garnish

kitchentools

a foodprocessor or blender

How to make
Just blend everything togehter till it’s smooth and has no lumps! Put in some nice glasses and sprinkle some grated coconut on top

Enjoy

basil lemon water…….

just a short blog post just too share you this delicious tasting water….

Ingredients for 1 litre of basil/lemon water
1 litre of water
8 basil leaves
1/2 of a lemon sliced

Kitchentools
a bottle made from glass

How to make
Hahah now the big job is going to be to get fresh water, put this in the bottle alltogehter with the fresh basil leaves and lemon. Wait like 10 minutes, so the water will get the taste of basil and lemon. Nice for children and for me, when you want a little taste on the water

darkness……avocado chocolate mousse

Really feeling tired this week, I can feel the weather is changing. It’s getting darker and colder. When I wake up I want to stay in bed, but the day will start…. the children has to get breakfast, Kaya has to go to school and so on. But what I really doing more often now is cooking/baking with the children, nice for the darker days, when you have to be more inside the house. Yesterday we made some nice raw desert, chocolate mousse with avocado. Kaya liked to make it and we liked to taste it….

Ingredients avocado chocolate mousse for 2-4 persons
1-1 1/2 avocado
6 dried dates
2 teaspoons of raw cacoa
1-2 teaspoons of water
1 tablespoon of agave syrup
120 gram of (frozen)fruit, I had a mix with raspberries and blueberries, some fruit for garnish

Kitchentools
a food processor
some nice bowls

How to make…….
Get your child and give him/her a spoon, let them scoop out the green of the avocado. In the meanwhile you can weight the fruits and put them in a bowl. So they can put it into the food processor together with the fruits. Get a spoon and put in the food processor the raw cacao and the water and at last the dried dates and agave syrup.
The food processor is ready to be used, your child love to push the  bottom and love the noise it will give after pushing the button. Mix the ingredients very well till it’s smooth. And voila the mousse is ready put them into the bowls and I put the mousse in the fridge for 30 minutes and when I got it out of the fridge for the dessert, I sprinkled on top some grated dried coconut and some fruit.

Enjoy

circus…….cucumber/mint water

I almost can walk on a rope!! I learned walking on a ball, my youngest son mr. Fox is happy with being a horse and run around through the hall where the workshops are being held. We enjoy ourselves at the circus and I must say I think it’s really good for a child, they play, they learn to work together and learn to keep in balance and so on!
I used to juggle in the summer and diabolo, hoolahoop, it wasn’t perfect at all, but I really enjoyed, it makes me relax, something like meditation.
So I must say everybody must go to the circus learn yourself new things enjoy to play and take some fresh water with you when you are thirsty. And I discovered to make water more then water, just by adding some mint leaves or lemonjuice, cucumber. So here is a example of a really good and fresh tasting water.

Ingredients for 1 litre cucumber/mint water
1 liter of water
2/3 twigs of fresh mintleaves
4 thin slices of cucumber

Kitchentools
a bottle of glass

How to make….
A very short preparing time, get the bottle… fill with the water and put in the cucumber and mint leaves. After maybe 15 minutes the taste of cucumber is into the water. I always take the bottle with me so I really don’t know exactly when the taste is like cucumber, I mean in how many time.
That’s all what you have to do, maybe you can put in some lemon slices and I heard also basil in your water is really great also, but this I have to try first. Just try it yourself I am a big fan of this new tasting water

Enjoy

pumpkin again…..pumpkin and sweet potato couscous

Today I ate something delicious, sweet potato I didn’t ate for along time, so it was time to eat again (because it is so sweet and healthy). So I bought some sweet potato, I had some pumpkin. Also some whole-wheat couscous, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes and carrot from the garden!
Are you drooling already?
Here is the recipe special for you, the children really liked it also and me also 🙂

Ingredients for pumpkin and sweet potato couscous (4 persons)
800 gram of sweet potato cut in thin slices (3 mm)
1 kilogram of organic orange pumpkin, cut in slices like 5 mm (if it’s organic you don’t have to get off the peel!)ingr coucous pumpkin
200 gram of carrot sliced in pieces of 3 mm
375 millilitre of oatcuisine
pepper to taste
5 teaspoons of curry powder (I used madras)
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (extra virgin)

240 gram of whole-wheat couscous
5-6 sun-dried tomatoes
handful of fresh mintleaves
1-2 tablespoon of walnut-oil
2 hands of crushed walnuts
Celtic seasalt to taste

Kitchentools
2 baking dishes
plates
a knife
a cutting board
a bowl and little bowl
a whisker
kettle for cooking water

Let the drooling begin….

First we make the oven dish, because this will take 45 minutes (in oven) to be ready. So cut all the ingredients like carrot, pumpkin and sweet potato. Grease the baking dishes with some olive oil. When this is done put in all the sliced vegetables (carrot, pupkin and sweet potato) mix it a little by hand. Time to get a little bowl and poor in the oat cuisine and the curry powder and some pepper to taste, mix well. This mixture you poor over the vegetables and by hand I mixed the vegetables with the sauce!
Put the oven on on 180 degrees Celsius and shove in the baking dishes, lets stand there for 45 minutes (It must be al soft, then it’s delicious and ready)

In the meanwhile prepare the couscous, boil some water in the water kettle. Weight the coucous and put into the bowl.
Cut the sun-dried tomatoes in tiny pieces. When the water is boiling you poor the boiled water on top of the couscous, I don’t know how much water I used, but let say the couscous must be under the water and the water must be like 3 centimetres higher as the couscous. Set aside, get ready to crunch the walnuts and cut the mint-leaves. When the couscous is cooled down poor in the walnut oil, salt, mint-leaves and walnuts.

By now the oven dish must be ready also. Get the plates and make an real painting of the plate with the nice smelling vegetables and great looking couscous. Enjoy this meal and you can always change the vegetables, maybe more carrots then pumpkin or almonds instead of walnuts. Be creative

end couscous pumpkin

Enjoy

…….waterkefir

Read all the books about pro-biotic I wanted to make my own kefir, and lucky me Maaike had a extra badge of water kefir grains. And also she had a fig and 2 apricot, yes the dried ones. And know the mixture is bubbling and really alive in the kitchen! I can say this water kefir is really well managed, maybe next time I want to make it with tea, or I even saw you can do it with fruit juice……First get some extra grains. Because they will grow very fast! You can give it away or save them in the fridge for weeks in their own water, some sugar like 20 grams on 1 litre, no dried fruit and so on. refresh the water each week!
Why kefir is so good, because it got some good bacteria, bacteria what is really good for the intestinal flora. And when you have a good intestinal flora you have a better immune system! So it makes you healthier! But it is also important to eat pre-biotica, maybe more important then pro-biotica!

Ingredients for the water kefir (to make 1 litre)
90  gram of water kefir grains
water like 900 decilitre
1 dried fig without sulphite (because you will kill the grains otherwise, so use organic dried fruit)
2 organic dried apricots without sulphite
35 grams of organic palm sugar (every time I try to put less sugar)
1/2 organic lemon with peel

Kitchentoolsingr kefir
a sieve without any metallic parts, because it will kill the grains (or some cheese cloth)
a bottle of glass for 1 litre of waterkefir
a bowl not of metallic

 

Ohh lalala……
Lets get ready, get all the ingredients, put them all together (I did water at last) in the bottle and stir softly without crashing the grains. The sugar has to be a little solved.
Now don’t do anything just put on the lid not to tight, because it will go gassy after a couple of hours. When you see the bubbles its a good sign. The bacteria are eating the sugar and the grains will move sometimes and will double themselves.
After 48 hours the mixture will be ready, take of the lemon and squeeze the juice out into the bowl. Take out also the dried fruit, you will see this has no taste anymore, so throw away!
Now get the sieve and put it on top of the bowl (no metal sieve, you will get the ‘water’ in the bowl and the grains in the sieve. The grains you can use again and if you have to much give it away. By putting them in a jar with some water and some organic sugar, refresh this once a week.

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Enjoy the taste and maybe enjoy a better health!

Piano…..pumpkin pizza

Yippie jeeh! We’ve got a piano in tha house. Last week we drove with a rented car to veldhoven to buy a second hand piano with candles. Wow he is amazing, beautiful and now time to hire a professional piano tuner. Because I think he is really false! And after learn to play some piano, the books are already in the house….on the day we got the piano I made a nice pizza with pumpkin, something else then soup or pumpkin with rice. And last time I ate pizza I can’t even remember!

So here you have the recipe of a squared pumpkin pizza

Ingredients Pumpkin pizza (4 persons)ingr pumpkin pizza
for the topping
1 medium pumpkin cut in slices
3 twigs of fresh rosemary
4 tablespoons of pine nuts
150 (or more if you like) grams of black olives cut in tiny slices
1 tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar
1 leek cut in slices (very thin) if you can’t handle leek take something else maybe hot chilli pepper
mushrooms something like 100 gram cut in slices also
Some pepper/some Celtic sea salt
4-5 tablespoons of olive oil

for the bottom
2 tablespoons of extra vierge olive oil
150 gram of spelt meal
150 gram of flour
7-9 gram of dried yeast
3 cloves of garlic minced
150 millilitre water

Kitchentools
an oven
a food processor
baking paper
a bowl or 2
a wooden spoon

How to begin………
First we are going to make the bottom, so take a bowl. Poor into the bowl the flour and spelt meal, mix well with a wooden spoon, also poor in the dried yeast and mix again, after you put in the olive oil and mix again. Time to put the garlic in and also very slowly, while stirring, the 150 millilitre of water. There must be now a nice soft dough! When it’s to dry poor in some more water, if it’s too wet some more meal or flour. Leave the dough in the bowl and set aside for 30 minutes.
Time to prepare the topping, wash and cut all the ingredients! The pumpkin is going to be in the oven for 25 minutes at 200 degrees celsius, but before he goes into the oven you will sprinkle the pumpkin with oil (I think like 2 tablespoons, sorry I didn’t count the spoons) some pepper and maybe salt if you like. Just wait till the pumpkin is ready…

TICTAC TICTAC…………PLING

Time to get the pumpkin out of the oven the half of the pumpkin you put into the food processor together with the balsamic vinegar and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil (and maybe some pepper) and you make purée of it. This you will put on the dough. So get the dough sprinkle the table with some flour, make a square of the bottom the same size as you oven plate (maybe 2-3 mm thick). On top you put the purée! Time to get your children so they can decorate the pizza (of do it your own), with slices of pumpkin, mushrooms, olives, some rosemary, pine nuts and leek. Sprinkle some olive oil on top and….yes lets put the pizza into the oven.pizza deco

You put the pizza in the oven like 14-15 minutes on 200-220 degrees Celsius. You can see if the bottom is like a real pizza bottom a little hard but not too hard, the pizza will be ready!
Clean the table, put the candles on some great music and poor in the white wine. Enjoy the pizza when it’s warm! And eat with the hands……….
pumpkin pizza endEnjoy/bon appetit