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…

“Are you sure you’ve had enough?”

“There’s still some left. You have to eat. You’re still growing up.” A visit to my grandmother’s house always followed a certain routine. We entered through the back door and she would be nowhere to be found. We’d go into the garden and find her on her knees somewhere between the potato plants. All gardening…

Feel (cookie) batter soon

Ah, fall. The crisp air, the changing leaves, the cinnamon on everything. Not to mention the congested nose, the scratchy throat and the unstoppable sneezing. Don’t get me wrong, fall is still my favorite season. I’m just having a little trouble getting used to it. I’ve spent the last two days indoors with a blanket…

Cooking by numbers

  1243, also known as the juicy hamburger with oak lef lettuce, prosciutto and seasoned potato wedges. 908, alias the caesar salad with dressing. 774, a.k.a. the autumn pâté with pumpkin chutney. 3, the number of times I felt guilty when eating at the office cafetaria this week. I’m only there 3 times a week so if…

Time fries

Three years. Three months. Not more than a couple of days. That’s how long it’s been since I signed the lease on a tiny little attic apartment in big bold Brussels. My soon to be home didn’t have central heating but it did have zebra printed bathroom walls so that was that. Moreover, it was…