Shawarma with home made pita bread and garlic sauce, who doesn't like that? Perfect for game day! | in my Red Kitchen #shawarma #gameday #superbowl #chicken #pita

Shawarma

Shawarma with home made pita bread and garlic sauce, who doesn't like that? Perfect for game day! | in my Red Kitchen #shawarma #gameday #superbowl #chicken #pita

– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Shoarma zelf maken zonder pakjes

Home made shawarma om freshly baked pita bread with garlic sauce, who doesn’t like that?! We ate this regularly on Saturdays when I was a teenager, and I still think it’s delicious!

When I was 17 I was working at the supermarket, in the butcher shop, on the weekends and Thurday evenings. On Saturdays I had to start at 7am or 8am and in the end I was the one running the butcher shop.
Making ground beef (every day), crushing cutlets, making lots

Cauliflower mash with boursin | in my Red Kitchen #cauliflower #lowcarb #paleo #cauliflowermash

Cauliflower mash with boursin

Cauliflower mash with boursin | in my Red Kitchen #cauliflower #lowcarb #paleo #cauliflowermash

– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Bloemkoolpuree met Boursin

I wanted to share his recipe with you last week but I happened to have a few bad days (stupid hormones!) and our home server on which I’m keeping my photos broke down suddenly so I couldn’t edit them.

But a new week means new opportunities, so here it is: Cauliflower mash with boursin! I had often heard of it but never tried it myself. That’s because I am not so fond of cauliflower, but I found out last summer that cauliflower is so delicious when roasted (see Miso roasted cauliflower)!

For New Years we went a few days to a cabin in the mountains with friends. Snowy mountains that is, yes even in California!! On the day we drove up the mountains we found ourselves in a huge snow storm. That storm was

Baby announcement 'in my Red Kitchen' #sushi #baby #babyannouncement

Want to hear a secret?

Baby announcement 'in my Red Kitchen' #sushi #baby #babyannouncement

You might have noticed that I was a little absent the last two months.

Since¬†two months, I don’t eat sushi anymore (ok, the sushi with the raw fish). Since¬†two months, I don’t drink alcohol (and oh my how I miss those spontaneous cocktails). Since¬†two months I use cart wipes when I grab¬†a shopping cart in the supermarket. Since¬†two months I can’t stand vegetables. Since¬†two months, I also can’t stand pasta with tomato sauce. Since¬†two months I’m craving potatoes, and especially mashed potatoes. Since¬†two months I don’t go hiking (ok, maybe that also has a little to do with those coyotes that I saw). Since¬†two months I use a special veggie wash for the fruit I eat. Since¬†two months I eat the food I grew up with (soft buns with chocolate sprinkles and cheese sandwiches! Nibbit chips! Rice with ragout! Crackers with cream cheese! Rice pudding!). Since¬†two months I no longer drink raw pressed juices.

Since two months I lie mostly sick, weak and nauseous on the couch. Since two months I take a nap daily. Since two months I have to eat every two hours because otherwise I get nauseous and have to throw up. Since two months I go to bed between 10pm and 11pm instead around midnight, what I used to do. Since two months there is a box of breadsticks on my nightstand.

You probably already guessed it by now…

Dutch Janhagel cookies for the Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap | in my Red Kitchen #fbcookieswap #cookies #cookie #dutch #almondcookie

Dutch Janhagel cookies

Dutch Janhagel cookies for the Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap | in my Red Kitchen #fbcookieswap #cookies #cookie #dutch #almondcookie

– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Janhagel koekjes

Last year I had a lot of fun participating in the annual The Great Food Blogger Cookie swap. Yes, that’s right. That’s a cookie exchange among food bloggers.

The rules are simple. You sign up. You will receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. You bake three dozen cookies. Cookies that you wrap up well and that you send by post to the other three food bloggers. In return, you get three boxes of 12 cookies sent home, by random food bloggers. So much fun, and also very delicious!

But the best part of this cookie swap?

A foodie’s Christmas wish list

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Just as last year’s Christmas gift guide for foodies, I created a wish list again for this year! I have no hard time at all buying Christmas gifts for my husband P, but I know he has a hard time finding something for me!

I don’t blame him, because it √≠s hard to buy something for a lucky girl who already has everything, including an amazing and understanding husband ūüėČ
Last year my list was quite successful, he gave me that beautiful enamel sauce pan, a pasta machine √°nd a cheese board. Lucky me!

This year

Kimchi fried rice with bacon - an easy and quick meal that's packed with flavor! | in my Red Kitchen #kimchi #korean #bacon #friedrice

Kimchi fried rice with bacon

Kimchi fried rice with bacon - an easy and quick meal that's packed with flavor! | in my Red Kitchen #kimchi #korean #bacon #friedrice

– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Kimchi nasi met spek

Are you also so tired lately? I can take a nap every day and every night I fall asleep on the couch around 11pm. That sounds very early to me as we normally go to bed around midnight ūüėČ

I think it’s an end-of-the-year fatigue because I especially suffer from it on cold and rainy days. And I’m looking forward to

Home made kimchi - easy to make and so delicious! | in my Red Kitchen #kimchi #homemade #korean

Home made kimchi

Home made kimchi -  easy to make and so delicious! | in my Red Kitchen #kimchi #homemade #korean

– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Zelf kimchi maken

I don’t think I’ve even heard of kimchi while living in the Netherlands. But thankfully LA is a melting pot of cultures so right after moving here I was introduced to kimchi.

Kimchi is a Korean side dish made of fermented vegetables. Many vegetables and spices are used to made into kimchi but the most well known one is kimchi made of napa cabbage fermented in kochukaru. Kimchi is eaten as a side dish, served raw with rice and Korean barbecue. But you can also make some delicious fried rice with it! Next week I’ll share that recipe.

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