(T)oma(ten) en opa

Ik heb het geluk nog twee grootouders te hebben. Een paar nog wel, van het soort waarmee ge scoort in kaartspelen. Uiteraard was een kwartet van grootouders zalig, maar ik ben blij dat het ene paar in vrede bij elkaar rust en het andere nog gewoon bij hun thuis in de zetel. Ze heten ‘grote…

Completely nuts about Bali

Bali was never on my list. You know, THE list. The endless inventory of countries you randomly put together based on Instagram stories, friends’ photographs and other people’s lists. Mine is cluttered with South-American countries and now Georgia because I saw a pretty picture in a magazine yesterday. What a mistake to leave Bali out…

Pork and pineapple poetry

PORK PINEAPPLE TACO an ode After four days of cooking out of the pantry I found it was time to cook something fancy I drove to the store with money to spend turns out once more that food brings content Tacos are lovely crunchy and fine Pork pineapple taco, You’ll always be mine. Pork Pineapple…

Te queso mucho, empanada.

When I was 17, I traded the Belgian weather for sunny blue skies in Formosa, Argentina. As an exchange student, I spent a year with an Argentine family that taught me Spanish and the life lesson that being loud is totally OK. I remember saying ‘si’ to every question (life hack: don’t do that), being…

Eggxactly what you’re looking for

I’ve had a lot on my plate these past days. Figuratively really, since my fridge has been nearly empty for just as long. I didn’t really bother to go grocery shopping and instead cleaned out the fridge and (parts of) the kitchen pantry. I never saw myself as a hoarder but it turns out I…

Wine not?

You know those days when you just can’t? I usually go all Barack Obama on myself but it was one of these days where “Yes, we can!” quickly turned into “No, we most definitely cannot!”. I can’t point out exactly what caused this sudden energy drop. Was it the sinus infection happening for the one millionth time in…

Eat your veggies por favor

The sun is out and I finally found the cumin in our kitchen pantry again. Today was a good day. Dinnerwise, it was a great one. I celebrated the reunion with my favorite spice sprinkling it around like pixie dust. You have to admit, the thing it does to beans is magic. If only Tinker…

Fernweh for food

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world,” Wittgenstein once said. Now that my mouth is watering I understand his struggle. I am looking for the culinary equivalent for the German ‘fernweh’, the ache for distant places. What  I need now is a word for being homesick for a specific food, for the ache for…

A lentil bit less

Ready, set, (no m)eat! Yesterday the 40 Days Without Meat challenge has been kicked off. The annual challenge to skip grilled ribs, juicy steaks, chicken thighs and the like has become a tradition among friends and colleagues. Abstinence is trending. The day before meat has been banned, Tournée Minérale came to an end. The collective resolution…

Potatoes and poetry

Today is Gedichtendag, a festive day filled with poetry in Belgium and the Netherlands. As a former literature student, it’s my favorite Thursday of the whole year. Unless I order pizza on a Thursday. It’s my favorite day after that. Today during lunch break, I wrote down 5 of my favorite poems on paper. Four…

A woman’s place is in the house (and in the senate)

Allow me to elaborate on the title: a woman’s place is also in the parliament, in the government, in the royal palace or wherever she chooses to be. I’m with you, marching women of the world. My own heroism was limited to recovering from a severe case of flu this past weekend, but I found myself…

Looking for some hot stuff

Unlike Donna Summer in 1980, I’m not asking for a warm blooded lover. I have fallen for something even more satisfying. I’m talking about proper hot stuff that seeps into your soul or at least into your vascular system. His name is Toddy and he’s hot. When I came into the office this morning, it…