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Curry with spinach, pumpkin and cashew nuts
Curry with spinach, pumpkin and cashew nuts

Something much more restful than a full bowl of hot and spicy curry, which the spicy scent you waved forward. Yep, I love curries. Certain of these mild spinach curry with delicious sweet pumpkin cubes. This recipe I go more often!

In this recipe, I use white basmati rice, because I happened to have on hand. And was too lazy to bike to the supermarket. Still, I would rather recommend brown rice instead, which in terms of fiber and nutrients just that little bit more to offer.

Preparation

Cook the rice according to the package instructions. Drain and let then steam without cover.

Cut the red pepper in half, remove the seeds and cut small. Peel the ginger and chop finely.

Heat a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil in a wok and fry the red pepper and ginger for 3 minutes. Then add the curry powder and cook for half a minute.

Pour the coconut milk and soy sauce to the pan and also add the pumpkin cubes. Put a lid on the pan and cook about 7 minutes simmer. Add the spinach halfway. When the curry is too dry in between, you can add some extra water or coconut milk. Bring the curry if necessary with salt, pepper and extra curry powder.

Divide the rice between two plates. Serve the curry and garnish with cashew nuts and maybe some extra chopped red pepper. Bon appetit!
5 Tips: Avoid over-eating during holiday dinner

It all sounds somewhat contradictory after reading the title of this article, but before I start on how to avoid overeating: do not forget to enjoy during the holiday dinner. It's party time, you're with family, there is plenty and abundant food; that is something to appreciate and be grateful for. But we also want to experience healthy and as many holiday dinners, so we want to be obese after a holiday dinner. Right?

1. Don't make yourself Hunger 
Prevent you start with dire pull the holiday dinner. It is tempting to think that it helps to eat all day little to nothing so you can go wild at dinner, but it is counterproductive. You're probably so starved that you poured directly on the nuts and snacks, so you already have a meal in before dinner is well and truly begun. Rather eat two to three hours before the dinner starts some yoghurt (protein) with fruits and nuts (fats), or a small salad with chickpeas (protein) and smoked chicken (more protein). Proteins and fats saturate longer than carbohydrates (so eat rather not fruit or a slice of bread with jam) and thereby ensure that you sit down without great appetite for holiday dinner. Which is convenient, because it helps you in the following the following tips!

2. Small portions 
Choose small portions at bragging. Not only makes sure you can taste more different things and you do not stuffing, but you eat slower. Just be careful that you do not create three times your plate full with small portions, because then you eat net obviously still far too many. Personally I like the rule that I like best my board still must create a second full time (hello, hey it's holiday!), But that I third time skip so I enough space on hold for a dessert.

3. Eat more green 
vegetables, salads - fill your plate with that. A very simple measure: the more colorful looks like your plate, the healthier it is. Scoop therefore primarily on several salads or vegetable dishes so that fill 2/3 of your plate. Let meat, poultry or fish with potato or rice dishes fill the remaining space on your plate.

4. Sports day 
course you want your hours of toil in the cook, socialize with the family or playing games. However, try to do during the day as exercise, preferably outdoors. Take a brisk walk, take the bike to get some last minute shopping, go a little run or swim in the gym. You put the burning as it were 'on'; see it as the engine of your body is going to work. And that's fine, because you're going to give your body a lot of fuel in the evening!

5. Drink
No, not just champagne. Make sure you get enough water! Drink a large glass of water before eating and grab at dinner not just your wine glass, but as well for your water glass. A useful measure: try to drink a glass of wine each as big glass of water. So in total you drink less alcohol, enter to get inside your stomach without extra calories and - last but not least - you ensure that you get less drunk. And that in turn helps to prevent cravings. So you this year while clearing the dinner in the kitchen yet the scale of the tiramisu is to lick (yup, I've been there), or secretly move the leftovers inside which should be tomorrow's dinner. 
Broccoli stilton soup

My name is Claartje, and I'm a cheesehead. Whatever you carry me; if there is cheese in, on or near is I like it. The broccoli soup is basically healthy (broth, vegetables, nothing else), but to make it more exciting I add very much like a large piece of blue cheese - such as Stilton. This crumbly blue cheese has a spicy, intense flavor that I find very good combination with broccoli.

Be the best broccoli al dente in the stock, which grind in the blender and make the soup in a blender, then mix in the cheese. Keep a few grains cheese separately to garnish. This recipe makes 4-6 servings of soup.

Preparation

Boil the broccoli cooked in the broth gallon.

Put  the broccoli and broth in a blender or mix with a hand blender.

Add the crumbled cheese into pieces. Keep a small amount of cheese to garnish separately.

Serve immediately.
Coffee Myths tackled: coffee is healthy!

I must confess something: I'm hooked. Now comes mom fixed her stokkie, so let me get straight to make it clear that it only comes with a coffee addiction. That this is not really consistent with the image that most people have of me (über healthy), I understand. The general view is that coffee dehydrates and that is not really healthy. I can tell you, if that's a truism would have been, than I had in my 30 e really no longer looked like a girl of 18 (at least, that last one I make myself like wise).

The liquid anti-wrinkle cream
Now of course you fall from your stokkie because you thought I'm 18 and not 30 (which also I make myself like wise). How does she do that ?! Well so: coffee is packed with antioxidants, which slow turn aging. Coffee is therefore actually a kind of anti-aging, but a very nice that you can drink accompanied by a delicious cookie. This tip we keep just between us.

Coffee dries out?
Back to the drying effects of coffee. Well what can I say about this. That effect is actually not determined at all. What is determined is that coffee 95% consists of water. The rest consists of caffeine. By drinking coffee you fill so indeed you to moisture. In addition, experimental evidence of Silva et al. (2013) that there is no difference in moisture loss between moderate drinking and little coffee. Side note is that this result holds for an experiment among men. The research therefore gives the indication that this effect may be the same among women, but on this we should not walk too far ahead. Women are driven by their hormones after all slightly different in each other to moisture.

Reduced risk of heart failure
Coffee dries so no matter. I feel therefore not totally guilty about my coffee addiction. In fact, I would argue that you are daily at least a cup meedrinkt. Or rather, four cups of coffee. Four cups of coffee per day decreases the risk of heart failure by 11% (Mostofsky, E. et al., 2012). That's quite a statement, which I like to put into perspective by pointing out that with the combination of four cups of coffee a day and a lifestyle of chain smoking, overnight strike and with your jacket open outside run that 11% of course never going to get.

On socks get your exams
Looking back on my college days, I have for the students among us still have a nice tip: do you have an exam, shall never - I repeat never - the examination hall without a good shot of coffee. Really true: the Bread Case station on the South with her coffee the main sponsor of my Master was. One cup of coffee helps even all to concentrate better, because the amount of caffeine in one cup your alertness improved significantly already. Thus coffee is also going to help you get your diploma. Providing you with that, of course, do your best to study and look up your bed on time.

Increased sports performance
I would not be or have not been all these years myself if I do not koffietip regarding sports would share with you. Yes, here also has its positive contribution in coffee! Namely coffee helps improve athletic performance (speed, strength, duration, resistance, fatigue and concentration). Without too much going into detail, this is because caffeine affects the production of adrenaline, which stimulates the production of energy and, in turn, improves blood supply to the muscles and heart. That you even know. Sports with a cup of coffee or two under their belts (one hour to fifteen minutes before you exercise) will never be the same.

A cup of coffee will increase your sports performance. A raw power strip with it also does wonders though. Finally, one last tip: if you are not a fan of coffee? Perhaps a latte or a cappuccino with homemade almond milk or homemade cashew banana dadelmelk something for you? If you do that do not get away (I can hardly believe it), you can always fall back on coffee in a capsule. 

Sources:

– Mostofsky, E. et al (2012). Habitual Coffee Consumption and Risk of Heart Failure: A Dose–Response Meta-Analysis. Circ Heart Fail.5(4): 401–405. doi: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.112.967299

– Silva A. M. et al (2013) Total body water and its compartments are not affected by ingesting a moderate dose of caffeine in healthy young adult males. Applied Physiology Nutrition & Metabolism, 38:626-632
Top five travel destinations for chocolate fans

Going on a trip to see a foreign country? No, foodies go on a journey to experience a different country. And since there is nothing better than chocolate - okay except peanut butter. And cheese. And avocado. And fresh pasta. And champagne. And gin and tonic. What was I talking about again? For travelers who love chocolate is a world of destinations but to turn one thing: chocolate. A top 5!

1.  Perugia (Italy)

Top five travel destinations for chocolate fans

If a site houses a veritable "House of Chocolate ', then you know you is good as chocolate lover. The Perugina Casa del Cioccolato is literally a house where in Perugia is very famous Baci chocolate made. The New York Times called it a 'must-visit' for chocolate fans. You can also attend workshops and self fabricate such famous Baci chocolate.

2. Mino Street, Oaxaca (Mexico)

Top five travel destinations for chocolate fans

On this street do not you read in guidebooks, but you could in Oaxaca in Mexico are at the course well worth a visit. In this little street are several small chocolate artists, one of which the cocoa beans grinds, makes a different chocolate sauce and served a third chocolate. Take a break in the garden of Le Solidad Chocolate Factory and enjoy - what else - a warm "Oaxacan 'chocolate.

3. Biarritz (France)

Top five travel destinations for chocolate fans

Two years ago I was here myself cheerfully took a few good waves with my surfboard, but did you know that in the French town of Biarritz also a chocolate museum is? The Planete Musee du Chocolat also explain how chocolate ever got into Europe. And you can have a shitload of chocolate tasting and purchase. Of course.

4. Grenada (Caribbean)

Top five travel destinations for chocolate fans

Want to know all that is involved in the production of a chocolate bar? On Grenada, an island in the Caribbean, you can see the entire path traveled by a cocoa bean on its way to becoming a chocolate bar. Visit The Chocolate Company and smell the air is pregnant with a heavy smell of cocoa.

5. Luxembourg

Top five travel destinations for chocolate fans

Even a Chocolate House, this time in Luxembourg situated. This house is not a museum, but you can be very, taste lots of chocolate. Especially chocolate, as there are 50 chocolate spoons are on the menu. These spoons stir in hot milk, so that naturally arises chocolate. Flavours range from Hot Chilli Orange to Apple Strudel. In short; all trying.
Arabic rice (Kabsa) with chicken, almonds and raisins in Syria

Let's continue to look beyond our own borders. After the Afghan soup with lentils from last week I namely a recipe that a country that today only the word "refugee" evokes, but it has much more to offer:. Syria  Guest Chef Azad from Syria made ​​"Kabsa" for Marley Spoon: Arabic rice with chicken, almonds and raisins. A little fresh coriander, toasted almonds into the rice - it's the little details that not do it.


Preparation:

1. First make the sauce.

Vegetables in a frying pan the onion and garlic in a little olive oil.

Add after four minutes the diced chicken, carrots, tomatoes and tomato paste. Allow at least five minutes. Add the water afterwards, along with the cinnamon stick and cloves. Allow 20 minutes to simmer and thicken over medium heat so that it more like a thick sauce than soup is.


2. Make the rice while the sauce is simmering.

Apply 300 milliliters of water to the boil and add the rice to it. Bring back to the boil and cook for 10-12 minutes. Then turn off the heat and let the rice stand for 5 minutes with the lid on the pan - you now have if the property is no longer pouring out.

Bake in the meantime the almonds until golden brown in a frying pan - you do not need oil. Beware: it can suddenly go fast!

Stir in the raisins into the rice along with the almonds.

Serve the rice with the sauce and maybe some fresh coriander.

Bon appetit!
Dinner recipe: Pheasant from the oven with oyster mushrooms, garlic and truffle butter

Wild is an excellent choice for your dinner. Wild sounds complicated, and I can not make it much better than it is, it is also more complicated than baking an egg. But on the other hand it is not so difficult that you have to be a chef for it. This recipe is, incidentally, to a chef Ben Tish Restaurant Ember Yard in Berwick Street in Soho, London. He makes these roasted pheasant on the barbecue, I'll do him nicely in the oven. Saves a lot of hassle with coal and air thermometers.

This recipe is suitable as a main dish for eight people. Wild dries out quickly because it is such lean meat, but by salting it and grease (tip of the chef!), You're guaranteed a moist and tender piece of pheasant. Instead of pheasant you can actually use a fine (small) chicken - which are around the Christmas period even just get at most supermarkets.

Preparation;

1. Brine
Make first the brine, by dissolving the salt in the water. Let the pheasants 2 and a half-hour soak in the brine.

2. Truffle Butter
Please  fix the truffle butter in the meantime: melt the butter in a pan (or make him soft anyway) and stir in the truffle oil and fresh truffle possibly through. Put the butter, then put in a bowl in the refrigerator, so that it becomes hard again.

3. Pheasant
Dep  pheasants after the 2.5 hour brining dry with paper towels or a cloth.

Season the pheasant with salt, pepper and olive oil.

Divide the slices of pancetta on a baking dish. This fold you later for the pheasants it (the pancetta, not the dish).

Spread a tablespoon of truffle butter over the pheasant and place each pheasant breast side down in the baking dish on top of the pancettaplakjes.

Fold the slices of pancetta around the pheasants around. It's a little tinkering, but using the butter and some kneading and pushing with your hands pancetta remains if the property is reasonably sit.

Divide  there are some truffle butter; the more the better.

Place the pheasant in the refrigerator for 20 minutes so that they are firm and the pancetta stay in place.

Preheat  the oven at the end of these 20 minutes, fixed at 170 degrees Celsius.

Remove  the baking dish with the pheasants from the refrigerator, and cook them first 25 minutes on their backs in the preheated oven (even turn around so when you pull them out of the fridge!).

Turn the pheasants after 25 minutes to the chest side.

Bake  for 5 minutes and then check with a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the pheasant (in the thigh) and the core temperature is 60 degrees. If that is not the case, so the pheasants late than 5 minutes longer in the oven.

Remove the pheasant from the oven and let them rest for 10 minutes. Spread some more truffle butter over the pheasants (but beware: keep some truffle butter over the mushrooms!).

4. Garnish 
Make  the topping: Cut the mushrooms into large chunks and set aside.

Fry  the mushrooms briefly with the remaining truffle butter (1-2 tablespoons) in a saucepan until they dwindle. Then add the garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes on high heat, until the garlic is golden.

Remove the pan with the mushrooms from heat and spread it over the pheasants. The extra butter ensures that the pheasants stay nice and juicy.

Serve the pheasants on a beautiful plate with the melted butter, oyster mushrooms and garlic and enjoy!
Green smoothie with orange and cranberry juice

Even after all those bulging new year dinners? Create a crackling healthy smoothie! This vitaminebom I made for myself and a friend who suffer from bladder infection so I used cranberry juice, because it seems to help against cystitis / chronic plasseritis. I just used cranberry juice from the supermarket, so full of sugar. Yeah sorry, I did not feel in order to cycle to the Nature Shop / Marqt / vega shop. But that does not detract from the fact that this smoothie is good for the resistance, because you get a lot of fruits and vegetables in one go!

This recipe makes three portions. Tip: freeze the portions that do not directly drink it immediately, so that all the nutrients are preserved. Under the influence of light and oxygen going vitamins break down, so make sure you store your smoothie light- and airtight!

Preparation;

Mix all ingredients in a blender.

Garnish with cocoa nibs and possibly some sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Bon appetit!

Personally, I like to eat it with a handful of roasted almonds (but well, I am now also a practical toasted almonds) and a cheese sandwich.
Vegan Afghan vegetable soup (havij) with lentils and fresh herbs

What some people see as a threat, I personally see as an enrichment of our culture.  You can be afraid of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but you can also open to other cultures and try to broaden your field of vision. This is true in many ways, but especially in the area of nutrition. That is why today I share a recipe for an Afghan vegetable soup with lentils, following the story of the Afghan Reza, who fled his homeland. The ingredients for this soup were delivered to my house by Marley Spoon, which took a number of special dishes on the menu in December and January of guest chefs from including Syria and Afghanistan. Moreover Marley Spoon 100% of the profits of the food sold at the organization Uber den Tellerrand kochen in Berlin, an organization that provides assistance with integration into a new homeland, by including refugees and local residents to cook together. A laudable initiative, if you ask me. Until January 11 are the courts of the guest chefs on the menu at Marley Spoon. If you do him the opportunity to purchase it can the website.

TIP:
You do not necessarily have to use three kinds of fresh herbs (because: expensive and you have only little of it). The soup is still very nice if you choose one of these herbs and the other two leave out. I myself often some herbal plants in pots stand in my kitchen. That way you stay fresh herbs and you can easily cut a few sprigs. A herb garden in the small, in fact! Both mint and coriander, I so often have in stock. Decide for yourself which herbs you use often or frequently use. Basil and coriander are good plants for 'beginners', as they are almost everywhere nicely. This recipe is good for 2 servings, lunch or light evening meal.

Vegan Afghan vegetable soup (havij) with lentils and fresh herbs

Preparation;

Preheat the oven to determine if you heat the pita breads in it.

Fry the onion, garlic and carrot in a little olive oil in a large pan with a thick offered.

Add a liter of water, together with the chopped tomatoes and lentils.

Bring to taste with curry powder and a hefty pinch of salt and pepper. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Puree the soup after 15-20 minutes very briefly with a hand blender or pour him a moment in a blender. You can also half of the fresh herbs with mashing.

Chop the rest of the herbs coarsely, which you later use as a garnish.

Grate the pita breads cooked in the oven according to package directions (usually about 10-15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius). I myself pop them too often just in the toaster; faster and at least as good.

Serve the soup with fresh herbs, yogurt and pita sandwiches.

Enjoy!
Semi-healthy hangover sandwich with grilled eggplant, smoked chicken and sambal

You dull and throbbing head (damn you, champagne!) Asks on January 1 to gunboat diplomacy. After drinking alcohol your body screams for fat - bacon to cheese fries-with. What also works very well for me is what I call my own shock therapy: a ginger-lime-pepper shot from the juicer, which gives you such a kick in the ass that you're right back fresh and fruity. If that is a little too intense, try this semi-healthy sandwich with a generous dollop of sambal. Please give the pepper up your ass, but also gives you also get some nutrients through the eggplant and smoked chicken. This recipe is perfect for breakfast or lunch for one person.

Drink a cup of ginger tea on and you're on top of it so again.
Happy New Year!

Semi-healthy hangover sandwich with grilled eggplant, smoked chicken and sambal

Preparation:

Place a grill or toaster on.

If you have not grilled the eggplant yet, do it now. Can also fine on a grill or sandwich maker, incidentally. Cut the vegetables into slices about 1 cm and cook until cooked in 2-3 minutes.

Divide the smoked chicken, cheddar cheese and eggplant on one of the sandwiches. Whether you spell or simply used wheat bread does not really matter to me, but try to always check whether it is whole wheat flour used; there is the whole grain and therefore more nutrients!

Put the other slice of bread on the stack of eggplant, chicken and cheese toasted sandwich and grill about 3 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Serve with curry (my favorite!) And a dollop of sambal.

Bye hangover!
Colorful salad with pomegranate and honey dressing

Pomegranate salad onion. A painting on your plate, it's always a good idea. This colorful salad Daisy eat accommodate the spring. Yes, it does not start for a few months, but anticipation is half the battle, right? The combination of sweet pomegranate seeds, soft grilled eggplant and fresh peppers will probably continue until the next winter food. It is not only delicious but is also extremely healthy. A real win-win situation.

This recipe is for four people and can easily be served as a side dish, but is also great for lunch.

Preparation:

Cut the peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and red onion into small cubes and mix everything together in a large bowl. Then add the grilled (and cooled) to the eggplant salad increasing.

Press the garlic and mix it with the rest of the salad.

Mix in a separate bowl, combine olive oil, honey, salt and vinegar into a dressing. And pour the dressing over the salademix.

Serve the salad in a large salad bowl and garnish with pomegranate seeds and finish it off with a sprig of fresh mint.
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