Stoofvleees, Belgian beef beer stew.

From my experience stoofvlees is one of the most popular dishes among Belgians, first place goes to fries, of course, and they are, unsurprisingly, eaten as a side to this dish too. So what is stoofvlees? As I wrote in my title, this is a Belgian beef beer stew, we can call it BBB stew. Although BBB is an acronym that stands for buik, billen, benen (which are Dutch words for abs, but and legs), and is a name of a certain type of aerobics class. The BBB I’m talking about today is surely not going to have the same effect as the latter BBB, quite the opposite. Continue reading “Stoofvleees, Belgian beef beer stew.”

Jota, Slovenian sauerkraut stew

What can take you home the fastest – a car, a plane, or homemade food? For me food would be the answer to this question. It’s a funny feeling when you eat something from home in another country, it’s comforting, makes you feel like you’re home (not that I don’t feel comfortable where I am now, but home will always be home). When I moved to Belgium I realized that I miss the food which I hated as a child, but came to love growing up. I also realized I never watched my mother or grandmother make it, even though they told me countless times: “Come and watch me cook, you will need it one day!”. My answer to those comments was always: “I don’t like that food, I don’t need to learn how to make it.” Cooking was the last thing on my mind when I was a teenager. Well now I’m on my own and I sometimes regret I didn’t pay more attention in the past. Continue reading “Jota, Slovenian sauerkraut stew”

Brodet, Adriatic fish stew

I am in love with the sea and everything related to it. And seafood is related to it, so I love seafood as well. Pretty simpe equation. You would think I eat plenty of it, but you are wrong. In Belgium fish and other eatable sea beasts can get quite expensive and that in combination with a boyfriend, who rather eats animals without the gills, means that poor Kristina doesn’t get much of it. But I am not in Belgium now, and visiting home comes with a lot of perks.
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