Brown rice bowl with kale and a poached egg | in my Red Kitchen

Brown rice bowl with kale

Brown rice bowl with kale and a poached egg | in my Red Kitchen Last week P and I saw the documentary ‘Fed Up‘ at the theatre. I’ve seen my fair share of food documentary as I was working at the largest documentary film festival for five years before moving to Los Angeles.

Documentaries like Food, Inc., Our Daily Bread, Sushi: the Global Catch, The End Of the Line but also of course ‘Jiro dreams of sushi‘, I’ve seen them all.

But still ‘Fed Up’ made me think. It made me think of the way we eat and the way we live. Even though I know it is important to be aware of what you eat, I still buy processed foods one in while without looking at the labels. Of course, my eating habits have improved over the years and I don’t eat as bad as I used to do (using store-bought mixes) but I still buy

Sweet potato and kale mash

Sweet Potato and Kale mash | © in my Red Kitchen

It’s hard to break from those bad holiday eating habits, isn’t it? You probably have some leftover cookies at home, or delicious marshmallows to go with your hot chocolate.

I know all about it. Even though I kept on hiking and juicing in between the holidays I gained some weight again. Not fun!

So to force myself to break with my new habit of eating some chocolate after dinner or go out for hamburgers I did a juice cleanse this week. This really forces me to eat healthy the days up to the cleanse.

Bacon Barley Soup with Kale

Bacon Barley Soup 3


A few weeks ago it was so cold in LA, I had to wear shoes -instead of sandals or flipflops- for the first time since living here. I also bought a few sweaters and I was looking for a coat.

P was laughing at me, “do you know where it’s cold? In Amsterdam!”
I also got a few texts from friends who laughed when I complained about the cold, “so what’s cold, 20°C?” they were asking. (fyi: 20°C is 68°F)
Well ok. I had to agree with them.

Kale salad with mushrooms

As you could read I had dinner at Hinoki & The Bird two weeks ago with three other foodbloggers from LA. I already raved about the great food so I won’t start over again.

Instead I got inspired by this great kale salad that I HAD to make a kale salad myself. Normally in the Netherlands kale is eaten as a ‘stamppot’: you boil potatos and let the kale steam on top of it. Then you mash it together until it looks like this. I don’t like this ‘boerenkool stamppot’ that much, but it turns out I do like raw kale!

Kale salad p


Hinoki & The Bird served a very delicate kale salad,