– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Perfecte Dutch baby pancake –
This is not the first time that I’m writing about that glorious American oven pancake they’ve called ‘Dutch baby pancake’. In fact, I even shared recipes for Dutch baby pancake with blueberries and a chocolate Dutch baby pancake with strawberries before.
Well I don’t need to tell you anymore that this pancake has nothing to do with Dutch (a.k.a. the Netherlands). Because ‘we Dutch people’ don’t come up Continue reading
– Click here for this recipe in Dutch ->Bacon scones met maple glazuur –
Ok y’all (<- see what I’m doing here? 😉 ), I have a new brunch favorite! I still like to eat pancakes or chicken ‘n waffles on a Sunday morning, but these days I’m all about maple bacon scones! And no, it’s not the pregnancy hormones that are telling you that. P also loves them, he ate 2 maple bacon scones with scrambled eggs and extra bacon the other day!
– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Havermoutpap met banaan en chiazaad –
I told you before that I like to go hiking every week in the Santa Monica Mountains. “Hiking” is nothing more than walking up and down the mountains as a workout. ‘My’ trail is a paved path that leads to a boy scouts camp. It takes me 45 minutes to walk there, so every week I spend 1.5 hours on hiking.
I love it! I enjoy the nature, it’s peace and views over the city and sea. And it’s also cheaper than going to a gym 😉
But… that nature also has a downside. A few weeks ago while I was back on the way down, I saw Continue reading
– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Scones met kersen en amandelen –
Last Sunday we took the Pacific Coast Highway to drive to Malibu, so we could have lunch at our favorite fish restaurant. Not just fish; no we had lobster with butter sauce, delicious grilled shrimp and a clam chowder bread bowl. The weather was lovely and sunny so we hád to go outside and enjoy it. June is in fact called “June Gloom” so in the morning you can expect gray, cloudy and chilly weather. In the afternoon, the sun comes out and it’s warm until the end of the afternoon, when the fog from the sea rolls back into the city, gray clouds are gathering and the temperature drops rapidly.
I don’t like the gray weather, it feels like the Netherlands! ;-) Continue reading
So even though I live 5,555 miles (!!) apart from my family and friends we’re still in almost daily contact. Without outrageous phone costs for calling overseas or getting RSI of typing long emails. That’s because we use Whatsapp, a free mobile texting service.
With my mom, brother and sisters we have a group chat and also my 82-year old granddad is on Whatsapp! How great is that?
This way it doesn’t take much effort to say hi to each other, send pictures or share locations to let each other know where you are or what you’re doing. You can even send voice memos, wow I laughed my ass off when introducing these voice memos to my granddad! He was like: Continue reading
I just love some good granola in the morning. I know exactly how I like it: not too sweet, no dried cranberries and no big chunks.
But damn, it was hard for me to get hold on the right recipe, my granola was always too dry, too fine, too sticky or too burnt. So I stopped trying and bought my granola at the store. Continue reading
Ugh, I hate it that summer is officially over
One of the reasons is that I have to miss all this delicious summer fruit like strawberries (they’re my favorite!), nectarines and raspberries.
The weather in LA is still great, it still feels like summer to me. But the nights are cooler and the wind gets colder sometimes. Also the light is getting more blue, another sign of the change of the season. But that’s photographer-Ellen speaking.
I wanted to do a recipe for fall. Different ingrediënts and hello fall fruit!! Continue reading
Growing up in the Netherlands meant an open sandwich for breakfast. And for lunch. My mom made us eat a whole wheat sandwich first, with something ‘healthy’ on top. Healthy was slices of cheese or meat. After the ‘brown’ sandwich we could have a ‘white’ one, topped with something sweet.
Peanut butter, jam, ‘hagelslag’ (the famous Dutch chocolate sprinkles), hazelnut spread or ‘appelstroop’. We all had our own favorites. One of my sisters still can’t live without appelstroop. You can compare it with molasses, only slightly firmer and it’s made of apples so it tastes sweet and sour.
After the white sandwich we had to have a brown one again and so on. If we could decides ourselves what to eat we would only eat white sandwiches with sweet toppings.
We could also be creative with combining the toppings. Continue reading
I like to start my day with soy yogurt, fresh fruit (strawberries and banana are my favorite), granola and raisins.
But somehow I’m not able to find soy yogurt in LA anymore. What happened to it?! It was already hard to find: Trader Joe’s sold 24 oz containers so I bought one in the first week after our arrival. And at Wholefoods in Venice I bought small 6 oz containers of WholeSoy Yogurt. The Key Lime soy yogurt was the most delicious one.
I couldn’t find the WholeSoy Yogurt at the other Wholefoods locations closer to our home. So yesterday I returned to the Wholefoods in Venice to buy this yogurt but then… I found out they don’t sell it anymore! Continue reading