kitchenprince and -princess…………….raisin chutney

Today my son and I were prince and princess of the kitchen, he helped a lot. Cutting mint from the garden, squeezed the lemon, ate the lemon,took the knife and cut the ginger…
We made the kitchen like a real warplace, food everywhere, dirty spoons, sand over the floor, water everywhere…..but the results were two nice chutneys. The one is sour and mint…the other sweet with a hot bite somewhere.
Today I will write about the sweet with the hot bite, the raisin chutney! He liked and I did also……the mission is completed today!

Ingredients for the raisinchutney
1 cup of raisins
2,5-3 cm of fresh ginger root, minced
1/2 hot red pepper cut in slices without seedsingr raisin chutney
1/8 cup of water
juice of 1/2 a lemon
(salt if you like)

a food processor
a jar for the chutney

Mince the ginger, cut the pepper, squeeze the lemon. Put this all in the food processor with s-blade, together with all the other ingredients. Mix well and mix till it’s still have some bigger pieces. Taste if you like the taste,and you like? Great for on a flaxseed cracker or as a ‘sauce’ at your dinner meal!
raisin chutney end

enjoy/का आनंद

1 year of marriage……coriander chutney

Terrible, I forgot our weddings day today…my husband also. It is because of a card we got today by mail 🙂 I remember
Are we bad now?…or are we busy with other stuff?…. I know we are busy with other stuff. My husband is busy preparing for festival lowlands who’s going to be this weekend. I am busy with the children and today with the community garden, busy with cooking and making chutneys.And thinking about what to do with a lot of coriander leaves…
So next year better! Than we make a big party of it…with nice chutneys and Indian food. Here is the first chutney from internet.

Ingredients for the coriander chutney
2 cups of fresh coriander leaves
1 tablespoon of grated ginger root
1 green pepper cut in thin slices
Celtic or Himalayan salt to taste
(1/2-1 teaspoon of cumin powder if you like)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
(if you like 1 to 1,5 teaspoons of sucanat)

a foodprocessor
a jar to put the chutney in

How to make your own chutney….
Put all the ingredients into the food processor (coriander leaves, ginger root, green pepper with or without seeds’with is sharper’,salt and lemon)
Mix untill it’s smooth and voila here is your chutney, nice for on a bread, to dip or whatever you like. You can storage the chutney in a jar in the fridge, I don’t know exactly how long, I just smell, taste and look at the paste to discover if it is still ok!


hot…and summerpeasoup

Today it was very hot. But you don’t hear me complaining. The only thing I complained about that I was very tired, I didn’t sleep well. Because I put the 2 children on the same room. But of course what we thought, it is too interesting for now they want to play, destroy the room and especially the do not want to sleep. Wait one week and they are used to it and want to go to bed and sleep. Anyway because of the hotness outside I wanted to make something fresh and I remembered making a soup with peas together with a friend of my, I really enjoyed this it was very sweet and a light soup!
I took the recipe from veg written by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (perfect book for people who want to eat vegetarian)

the recipe for 1 litre of pea soup
1 tablespoon of olive oil
20 gram of butter (I used again extra vierge olive oil)
1 red onion (medium) cut in thin pieces
2 twigs of thyme, only the leaves (maybe you like more)
1 litre of stock (vegetable)
500 grams of peas fresh or frozen
20 gram of fresh parsley leaves
salt and pepper
some twigs of mint or eatable flowers for garnish (I used Malva sylvestris)

a food processor
a cooking pan for 1 litre soup
a knife
cutting board

Lets begin………..
Get the onion and cut it into little pieces, take the leaves from the thyme and get the oil!
This is the first step to make the soup, put some oil into the cooking pan together with the onion and thyme. Let’s make the onion glassy this will take something like 5-10 minutes (make sure the gas is not on the highest).
Second step:Time to put the stock into the pan if the onions are ready and also the peas salt, parsley and pepper. If the peas are well cooked it’s time to make them tiny by a food processor.
Third step:Put the soup into the food processor with s-blade and make the soup very smooth.
When this is done, you taste the soup if it’s perfect. Maybe you put in some more salt and pepper and maybe spice it up by chilli pepper flakes (I made my bouillon with some flakes in it)
fourth step:Decorate every bowl/plate with some leaves from mint and eatable flowers. I would say enjoy this taste

enjoy/ bon appetite

here we go….seaweed salad

The garden is getting ready like the way we want it, rid of the square-gardening method. Time to make a new plan, I want a little herb-tower in the garden. I want to learn more from the garden and what is happening in the garden. Yes I am more into permacultuur now (ok I was already ‘the idea’s are great’ but now I can go and experiment in my own garden), reading about it. It is also a preparation for the real works, when the gardens on the melkweg (here in Amsterdam North what I told you about. A big project 4, soccer fields are free, and some buildings, there is going to be a beer brewery, a kindergarten totally eco-friendly, the gardens to grow your own vegetables. Anyway in short a project where you can show people how the food is growing, how to use, the whole process and also how good you can be with the environment ) are coming.
On the 15th of February we definitely know if what we want to make also can realise. So make a pray for us. I have a good feeling. And of course when the garden here is making progress I put it on the blog for more ideas and when the big project is starting……really can’t wait!
Anyway here I have a recipe for a nice side dish salad with arame. You can use this recipe also for a complete meal with for example basmati rice, but you have to 4 double the recipe (2 persons)

Ingredients seaweed salad( for 2 persons)
10 gram arame (seaweed) soaked in water for 10-15 minutes after washing it 3 times
1 clove garlic minced
1 slices of fresh ginger 1 cm thick minced
some sesame seeds as garnish (1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon of tamari
100 gram fresh spinach leaves
5 mushrooms cut in slices and then in rectangles
some sesame oil

a wok or frying pan

Lets start….
Wash all the vegetables, clean the mushrooms and get al the stuff ready to make cooking easy.
The arame you have to wash 2-3 times and then soak in hot water (not cooking) for 15 minutes.
Get the frying pan, put in some oil and the arame , garlic, mushrooms and ginger.heat the oil slowly. Bake the ingredients for 1 minute or so and then poor in the other ingredients and bake till the spinach is shrink a little (let the green colour be still fresh and not too dark, but this is your choice)
Put of the gas and put on top the sesame seeds as a garnish. Ready for eating!

ayurvedic nutrition course…….fresh rice rolls

Great last week I went back to school again. Let my brains work again, last course was one year ago and I must say if you don’t keep up the memory/mind about food by reading, you loose a lot of essential information. The course I will do now is Ayurvedic nutrition, curious how the system works there, the Chinese was very interesting and I learned so much about food, but I must say you never know everything. Things changes…. the researches changes every time and so on. So many different kinds of food. But it brings people together and there is always discussion about how to loose weight, to be vegetarian or not to be, organic or not…….
Eating food is also like a party, laughing, discovering new foods, discover new taste, making new recipes, experiment with ingredients you don’t know, discover tradition food of countries!
Anyway this recipe, I made last, are rice rolls, I post one earlier but this has a different taste and also to show you what you can do with the rice papers.
If you want to know how to roll, read the first post about rice rolls

Ingredients for 8 fresh rice rolls
1/2 yellow bell pepper cut in 8 equal pieces
1/4 of a medium cucumber, cut in thin strings (8 strings)
8 twigs of Sanguisorba minor (Salad burnet, Garden burnet, Small burnet, burnet) take of the leaves
handful of almonds crushed in tiny pieces
8 Indian cress leaves
1 spring onion (cut in 8 strings)
some basil leaves
8 leaves of Swiss chard, tear each leave in 2 pieces in length
some sprouts alfalfa if you like
8 rice papers (big size and round)

a knife
a cutting board
a bowl with some water, to put the rice papers in to soak

Lets start………..
Wash all the vegetables. get of the leaves from the burnet twig, cut all the vegetables in strings, they must be as big as a rice paper minus 2 cm on both sides (that’s for rolling the rolls easier, so you won’t break the paper and you still can fold in the sides)
Soak the rice papers for a short time in water, so they get soft. Take them out very slowly and careful, they can damage very quickly!
Lay the paper on a flat surface. Fill them with the vegetables, so 1 string of spring onion, some basil leaves, some alfalfa, a piece of yellow bell pepper, almonds, 1 leaf of Indian cress cut in tiny pieces, some cucumber …….

Time to roll them, here you can see how I did it the last time. Roll 8 rolls and enjoy the fresh taste. Choose your dip, maybe you like a hot (red peppers sauce, see the comment on the same page as how you roll the rice rolls) one or more the salty one (like shoyu with pieces of ginger).


ok ok the last one for now……fresh summer smoothie

Yes I a addicted to every day a green smoothie, after trying one week, I am convienced! I love it and my children get a lot of vitamins in their body just by drinking a nice smoothie.
So yesterday I tried a new one, I just used my creativity, This is a fresh summer smoothie, everybody liked it! Also our French couchsurfers, who are lucky I am addicted so they get also some vitamin shot!Good for their ‘world’trip.I loved their adventure, they are going hitch-hiking through Europe, I want to join toooo 😉

The recipe for the fresh summer smoothie (4-6 persons)
2 little mangos or 1 big one
2 bananas
1 cucumber
2 glasses of water

a blender/magimix with smoothie kit

So just get all the ingredients, wash the cucumber, peel the mango and blend it all together in the blender till it’s smooth. At last I poor in the glasses of water. Get the glasses and taste the fresh summer smoothie especially in the sun at your garden….AAH


the most beautiful garden…..celery/kiwi smoothie

Today I went together with a photographer across the neighbourhood, a jury has selected the 9 most beautiful gardens of this neigbourhood in the North of Amsterdam. We had to make photos of the garden with the people who live there, what a great stories we hear and what a friendly people. I had a great day, the children enjoyed themselves by carrying the poles with a sign (you are nominated for the most beautiful garden).On the 14th of september, the most beautiful will be selected, at the green day here at the zonneplein.
Anyway we are finished now, just as I finished the smoothie week. Here you will get the last recipe!

Ingredients for the celery/kiwi smoothie (2-4 persons)
A recipe I picked up somewehere from the internet I don’t know the source anymore, sorry)
3 stocks of celery
1 banana
4 kiwis
2 cups of water

a blender/Magimix with smoothiekit

Let’s start….
Wash the celery, peel the kiwi and banana. get the blender/Magimix. Make them smooth by using the foodprocessor/blender at last pour in the water. Enjoy this one, if you don’t like celery don’t make it 😉


party, alcohol……green smoothie week

Saturday was a long but nice day in the morning I woke up, had a breakfast, a shower, made lychee cupcakes and after I went on the bike to the centre. Looking for nice old flower teacups with a saucer, a present for a friend of my who became 30 (and finished her school). After many second hand shops I found them! Also together with some great tasting tea from Simon Levelt of course…..and a book with many recipes for making soup! (I am going to borrow this from you once Esther;))
So after all my tasks I went home change my clothes, decorated the cupcakes took the train and went to the surprise party!
OOh it as a great party, campfire, music, friendly old knowing people and wine/beer.
I had too much alcohol ( I wasn’t drunk by the way) not so many sleep (I slept at a friends house, but my husband had to work early in the morning so I had to take the earliest train).
So really now it is the time to get some energy from the green smoothies….so this week I will have a green smoothie week, with help of the Boutenko family and internet.
So monday is the first one, let the vitamins come in!

Green smoothie no 1 The Laughing Gorilla by Valya Boutenko (4-6 glasses)
2 ripe bananas
2 oranges
1 mango
1/2 head of romaine lettuce
2 cups of water

a blender
a cup
a knife

So let’s make it…
If there are seeds inside of the oranges get them out. I didn’t peel them as they say on the side. I put every ingrediënt together in the blender, and blend it till it gets smooth.
I took a glass and put a slice of banana on the edge of the glass for decoration, poor  in the juice and enjoy

recipe from the rawfamily Boutenko

The days after the wedding…..rararaw salat

Really tired, I can sleep all day but no time for it with two children….The day of the wedding was really great, the weather was not as we wanted to be, but we survived the rainy morning and the midday was really with some sun.
Everybody loved the things we made (me and Jael spend the day before all day in the kitchen to prepare some vegan dinners, cupcakes and spreads for 40 persons also Esther made some fantastic cold salats). The drinks were also great of taste, the people were nice, laughing and enjoying the picknick. My husband and I were really beautiful, he in a suit and I in a summerdress with flowers in my hair and the shoes?……I couldn’t find.. so no shoes and married on my naked feet. Great day with great people. And what was a experiment was eaten very well, I am talking about the rararaw salat…and here is the recipe. With help of the internet

Ingredients rararaw salat (for 6-8 persons)
1 kilogram of grated red/yellow beets
2  tablespoons of sesame seeds
2  tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons of sunflowerseeds
+/- 500 gram of grated carrots
1/2 big red onion cut in tiny little pieces
juice of 1 lemon
4 grated apples (yellow/red sweet)
some chopped dill to taste (+/-3/4 cup)
some chopped parsley to taste (+/-1 cup)
Celtic seasalt/4 seasoning pepper everything to taste

a foodprocessor with a blade who grates beets
a nice bowl

Let’s begin…….
Get the beets, and grate them. After, grate the carrots and apple. Mix all the ingredients (beet, parsley, sesameseeds, pumpkinseeds, sunflower seeds, carrot, apple, dill) carefully and well. Put some lemon juice on top, so the beet will stay fresh. Serve with some nice dinner, or it is as a snack in the summer. Try for something different, walnuts or other nuts.

a little healthy delicious great snack… rice rolls (flower power hippie rolls:))

I forgot about them and then a friend of my, made them at her home, wow she made them great of taste and she inspired me of making them also again at my home. It’s easy and you can make them every time different, this little healthy snacks has many ways to make them perfect of taste.
Yes I am talking about rice rolls, they are like spring rolls, only with rice paper and not cooked just raw.

The ingredients for 8 rice rolls
8 sheets of rice paper
1/2 cucumber
1 string of celery
1/2 green sour apple
4 carrots
4 leaves of chard
flowers, like Indian cress leaves and borage to make the rolls colourful
(if you like some red hot chilli pepper, my boyfriend thought they needed it, I liked the taste)

a knife
a cutting board
a bowl filled with water to soak the rice papers

How to roll………
I would say first wash the vegetables, and let them dry!
Get the cutting board and a sharp knife, cut the celery string in 8 very thin strings, the carrots in half, leaves of the chard each in 4 pieces, the cucumber must be 8 pieces also (strings). The green apple I cut first in half and made thin slices of them and after I cut every slice in 4 strings!
Sort them out on the cutting board and get the bowl with water
Put in the 8 leaves of the rice paper, wait till they get soft and slimy, get one paper out very slowly, with to hands and with care. They break very quick.
On a flat underground you lay the paper down, fill the paper with a string of each vegetable and some apples and flowers. Beware your vegetables are 1 cm from each side, so the vegetables can be rolled into a roll, and you don’t have vegetables coming out of the sides.
Here under you have pictures, how to roll! (thank you Marjon for the great explanation)

First fill the rice paper with the vegetables (1 string celery, 1 row of carrot, 1 row of apples and so on), they must be shorter as the sheets

Roll the vegetables into the paper, just one turn

Fold in the sides
and roll further till you have a perfect roll, maybe it needs some practise but everybody can do this! Do it very tight but with care
So now the rolls are ready really fresh and raw, maybe what I say before if you like more taste from it, maybe put in some pieces of chilli pepper or maybe some sesame seeds. I liked this taste. You can make so many combinations with this rice roll, different vegetables and spices…..Nice as a snack or side dish, or instead of a salad

enjoy this healthy snack