Frozen banana bites

Frozen banana bites

Frozen banana bites

Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Bevroren banaan met chocolade

I love desserts but I try not to eat anything after dinner. Until I got pregnant… My Sweet Tooth took over again so after dinner I always had to take a small dessert. In the beginning I ate lots of those small mochi ice creams, a small scoop of ice cream in a mochi sheet. So delicious! And just enough to satisfy my sweet cravings!

But then I discovered

Iced coconut and almond milk latte, with a subtle sweetness of the coconut milk | in my Red Kitchen #coconut #almond #latte #coffee #drink

Iced coconut and almond milk latte

Iced coconut and almond milk latte, with a subtle sweetness of the coconut milk | in my Red Kitchen #coconut #almond #latte #coffee #drink – Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Kokos amandel ijskoffie

You can barely call this a recipe but I háve to share this with you guys.

This iced coffee with coconut and almond milk is a healthy alternative to a latte if you can’t have dairy. But yuck, I hate the word ‘healthy’ and I just used it. I hate it because what’s healthy for me may not be healthy for you and vice versa. And our bodies can handle some ‘unhealthy’ food, as long as it’s in moderation. And what is

Food Truck Tuesday – slow cooker chicken tikka masala

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala - in my Red Kitchen – Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Kip tikka masala

One of the best things of living in LA are the food trucks! My love for food trucks started almost two years, when we were in LA for vacation. P had to work that day and he took the car so I walked to the beach to sit there and read a book. On my way back I noticed I was a little bit hungry and right at that moment there it was: a food truck!

I stood in line and ordered a quesadilla. But then the lady in the truck asked me what kind of quesadilla I wanted. I panicked, looked at the menu but it was all in spanish so I ordered

Thai shrimp coconut soup and a cookbook giveaway!


If you browse through my recipes you see a mayority of Asian recipes. Kinda weird if you know that I’m a 100% Dutch girl, with no foreign roots. I also grew up in a small town in the east of the Netherlands, near the German border with no oriental influences at all over there.

I do have a Chinese aunt, she married my Dutch uncle almost 12 years ago when I was 20. She taught me some of her recipes and three years ago I travelled with her to her home town in China for four weeks.

Tropical Smoothie and a Juice Cleanse

Tropical smoothie


As long as I can remember I have been overweight, even as a early teenager I was always the fattest. Years ago I managed to lose 57 lbs but now 37 of them are back. And I hate it…
The Ellen in my head is thinner than the Ellen in real life. Seeing myself on pictures makes me sad, that’s not who I am on the inside!

I can live with the fact that I will never be a thin girl, but I can’t accept how fat I am now.
I mean, look at me! I hate myself looking like this:

Coconut fudge popsicles

You can barely call this a recipe. It’s so simple, just 3 ingredients in popsicle molds and a few hours in the freezer. I always liked chocolate but weird enough I don’t like chocolate ice cream, chocolate pudding or chocolate sauce.

No, give me a box of quality bonbons or a cup with hot cacao on a cold winter day and I’m a happy girl 🙂 But nobody is giving me a box of chocolates nor is it winter at the moment. Even better! It’s summer and I’m enjoying it. So I grabbed my bike and bought dairy-free fudge popsicles at Wholefoods. They were only 80 calories (yep, I started counting those again) but they also screamed ‘ASPARTAME’ all over them. Yuk!

Popsicles p

Zucchini Cake with Coconut Cream

Last week my Dutch blog ( had a special post. Although I started blogging in May last year, on July 13 I was ready to share my recipes with the world. I still remember sitting in my living room while my sister was visiting. She encouraged me to post a message on my facebook wall to announce that I had started blogging. I was so nervous to post a message about it, but I also felt kind of proud of my ‘baby’.


So to celebrate this ‘Blogoversary’ I teamed up with Corona, a talented illustrator and also an old friend of mine. I baked a zucchini cake with coconut cream and she made this beautiful illustrated recipe.

Chicken Madras curry

– Click here for this recipe in Dutch -> Kip Madras zonder pakjes

I’m always a big fan of homemade food so when my brother sent me a picture of the dinner he was cooking at that moment I made a promise.
A promise to do a post on Chicken Madras curry. So here it is.

Kip Madras p

This curry is a populair dish in the Netherlands and it all comes from a package. These kinds of packages all go under the name ‘Wereldgerechten’ which means World Dishes. There is Italian lasagna, Mexican burrito’s, Indian chicken tandoori, Greek kofta, Morrocan chicken tajine, Spanish paella, Japanese teriyaki and so on.

This is the picture my brother sent me, Chicken Madras that comes from a box.
This is the picture my brother sent me, Chicken Madras that comes from a box.

And I have to admit, I also used to prepare those Wereldgerechten quite often.