Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Bloody good smoothie: Beetroot & raspberries

Last week, I didn't have time to make a smoothie ... or errm, basically I just forgot to buy fruits and vegetables to make one (you ALWAYS have time to make a smoothie, that's no excuse). But this week, I'm happy to share a new smoothie with you ☺ 

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(5 glasses)

2 beetroots
4 hands of frozen raspberries
500 ml rice drink

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Clean the  beetroots. Cut them into pieces. Put all ingredients together in a blender. Blend blend blend. Done!

Besides giving everything (including kitchen cupboards) a beautiful pink colour, beetroots are very healthy as well. They detoxify the liver and purify the blood.

I decorated my smoothie with some homemade granola of which you may expect the recipe one of these days.

Oh, and after cutting the beetroot, my hand looked like this:

I actually thought this smoothie would taste a little sweeter than it did. But the taste was pretty good after all!

Have you ever tried beetroot in your smoothies?


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Cheerful Sunday

I hope you all had a great week! This week, I didn't have to go to school because of the Easter holidays. Besides working on Monday and Tuesday, studying and trying to finish my thesis, I also tried to do some fun things.

So on Thursday, we took our grandmother to the shopping center. It is too far and too big to go there on her own, and so we asked her if she would like to join us. My grandmother actually still looks and dresses very young for being 80 years of age. We had a wonderful girls day out.

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Being at home and relax.
Making homemade granola. Nomnom...
Sunday walks.
Spotting these cute little ducks with their mommy when I was walking today.
Shopping with my mum, my sister and my grandmother on Thursday.
The early Easter dinner we had today.
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Next week, I'm still free from school because of the Easter holidays. But I really should boost my study mode. Blah!

What are the things that cheered you up this week?

Have a nice and cheerful week!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

I proudly present: The Very Inspiring blog award


A few days ago, I've been nominated for the Very Inspiring blog award by the lovely Lauren from Little Lauren's Blog. I find it such a huge compliment to receive this award since I love to inspire people through my blog. So thank you very much, Lauren!

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Link the person who nominated you
List the rules of the award
Share 7 facts about yourself
Nominate 15 of your favourite blogs and link them to your post
Let them know that you've nominated them

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So here we go ... 7 facts about me:

1. I've always had a tendency to keep things for 'when I really need them'. Like when I was younger, I used to rip pictures out of magazines and saved them in a box. I've never done something with these pictures, but just 'having them' felt good. All these pictures - from Winnie the Pooh and other cute things - are still in the same box waiting for the perfect moment to use, which will probably never happen. I'm too old for Winnie the Pooh now.

2. I'm a real homebody. Especially from dinner I'd like to be home.

3. I only have once worn a bikini. I don't like showing my belly in public.

4. In terms of love, I'm definitely not an expert. I only once had a boyfriend for 5 months, last year, which didn't turn out great. Now I'm afraid my Mr. Right doesn't exist. It's so sad.

5. This is my last year of uni and I'm very scared to leave this safe and familiar student life behind.

6. Every night, before I go to bed, I talk to my grandpa. I thank him for the day and tell him what's on my mind. He past away 3 years ago, but in my heart he's still alive.

7. I'm a super emotional and empathic girl. If you cry, I'll cry along. Touching movies, beautiful songs, sad stories ... I can carry their feelings with me for days.

Oh, and I love granola!

And the nominees are ...

Becca ~ Ladyface Blog
Andrea ~ Wear It Better
Laura ~ Smile Files
Rachel ~ Pillar-Box Post
Alex ~ Allurescent
Claire ~ Dainty Ghosts
Melane ~ Oh Sweet Remedy
Jennifer ~ Apartmentwife
Ambi ~ Ambi Fashion
Chaitra ~ PinkPot
My Daily Sweet ~ My Daily Sweet

Thanks again to Lauren for the nomination! Her blog is also one of my favourites. She's such a pretty and lovely girl. I really recommend you to visit her blog!


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Simple marinated tofu salad with peanut sauce

Because I'm in my Easter holidays, my dad asked me if I could make dinner sometime this week. Normally, my dad is the cook in the house, but he is always very happy when someone takes over every once in a while.

So yesterday, I made this simple lukewarm salad with marinated tofu, pre-cooked wheat and peanut sauce.

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(4 servings)

For the salad:
A bowl of lambs lettuce (corn salad, field salad, whatever you may call it)
1 red bell pepper (paprika)
2 tomatoes
1 small parsnip
1 avocado
160 g pre-cooked wheat
360 g marinated tofu strips

For the peanut sauce:
2 tsp of peanut butter
1 tsp of hot water
2 tsp of maple syrup
2 tsp of walnut or sesame oil
1 tsp of soy sauce
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Step 1:
Bring water to boil in a sauce pan. Add the pre-cooked wheat and some salt and cook until ready.

Step 2:
Prepare the peanut sauce. Mix all ingredients for the sauce together until smooth. Put it aside.

Step 3:
Clean the lettuce, bell pepper, tomatoes and parsnip. Cut the bell pepper and tomatoes into very small cubes.

Step 4:
Fry the marinated tofu strips until they are heated.

Step 5:
When the wheat grains are cooked, drain off and stir the peanut sauce through.

Step 6:
Arrange the plates and garnish with grated parsnip and avocado.
Both parsnip and avocado turn brown very quickly when exposed to air. So you may want to wait until the very end with cutting them.

This was the first time I've tried to make a peanut sauce. I really love peanut butter, and now I've finally found a way to incorporate my favourite ingredient into a hot meal. Yaay!

Have you ever made a peanut sauce? Do you like it?


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Cheerful Sunday

When I bought my car in February, the car salesman asked me if he could make a photo of me and my brand new car for on their website. I agreed, but I never seemed to find my photo anywhere on the website, until this week ☺ haha

This week, I also really enjoyed the warm and beautiful weather. Eating outside at school during lunch break and not freezing while walking home after the Easter party. Speaking of the Easter party on Thursday night. It was awesome!

And also, I've done a lot of yoga this week, and I'm loving it!

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Finding my car photo on the website. That photo is so weird!
Doing yoga ♥
Having fun at the Easter party and catching up with some old friends.
The beautiful sunny weather.
My classmates. They are so lovely.
Watching the Voice (Belgium). I really love watching singing competitions.
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Now I have two weeks off for Easter. 'Easter break' as we call it in Belgium. On Monday and Tuesday I have to work, on Thursday I've planned to meet Heleen (my oldest and closest friend) and of course, I really need to start studying for my exams in June and finish my thesis.

What are the things that made you happy this week?

Have a nice and cheerful week!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Gardening: Garlic cultivation ~ Episode 2

Back in October, I told you about our small school project that's part of my study area Horticulture. You can read that post over HERE

Today, I just wanted to give you a little update about how much our garlic plants have grown.

So we first made a ridge of sand, covered it with plastic and then planted our garlic cloves. In 5 months time, our garlic plants have grown pretty good. The mild winter we have had, may have been a good thing. At the end of June (the end of the school year), they must be ready to harvest.

Have you ever tried growing garlic? Do you have a kitchen garden? (I'm so jealous if you do!)


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Fresh smoothie: Cucumber & apple

Since Sunday was quite a warm day, I wanted to make a fresh-tasting smoothie. So the first ingredient on my mind was cucumber. I wanted to add some fresh mint too, but we didn't have that, sob.

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(4 glasses)

1 cucumber
1 green apple
1 tsp ground fennel seeds
200 ml water

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Clean the apple and cucumber, but don't remove the skin. Cut them both into pieces. Put all ingredients together in a blender. Blend blend blend. Done!

Add some ground fennel seeds on top of your smoothie to boost the flavour because cucumber can have quite a bland taste. I think that crushed ice instead of water would do great on a hot summer day!

This smoothie doesn't have that expected typical sweet taste. But I don't think that is necessary. You could see this as a healthy refreshing summer drink :)

Have you ever used cucumber in a smoothie?

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