Roasted balsamic “forgotten vegetables”

I know, I know, I’m not discovering warm water with this recipe, but it’s one of my favourite ways to prepare roasted vegetables and it should be found on my blog as well. This time I roasted the “forgotten vegetables”. For those of you who never heard the term (although I think you are in minority) these are vegetables that in the past were widely used, but have not been used a lot recently, either because they look “weird” or because people were not used to eating them as a child and didn’t even know they can be quite delicious. People are more and more informed and “back to nature” mentality is helping with the return of these vegetables to our plates. Continue reading “Roasted balsamic “forgotten vegetables””

Whole grain pizza with red beets, chanterelles and goat cheese

Until recently I ate red beets only in a pickled form. My grandmother used to make pickled red beets every year and when there were no other vegetables for lunch, pickled red beets would be served instead. I loved it as a child (and still do), which might  come as a surprise. Me and my sister would compete whose tongue got more red, we ate a few pieces and then started showing our tongues to each other, as you can imagine we were very well mannered. Continue reading “Whole grain pizza with red beets, chanterelles and goat cheese”

Spaghetti squash patties with brazil nuts and chickpea flakes

Spaghetti squash is not so easy to find here. Last year I managed to get my hands on no more than one. This year I was a bit more lucky and bought two so far, but I believe I’ll manage to get some more since they are more abundant in stores this year. I know that spaghetti squash is “supposed” to be eaten as a low-carb substitute for spaghetti, but I decided to use mine a little bit different, since the strands were a bit shorter and not resembling to spaghetti at all.  Continue reading “Spaghetti squash patties with brazil nuts and chickpea flakes”

Brunch in Boom

A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon a Facebook page for a new brunch place in Ghent, with a very interesting concept. On their website it said you could only eat there if you made a reservation, which you could make after an invite (for which you just had to send an email), once there, everybody sits together at a big table, which gives you the chance to meet some new people. I was intrigued. Boom was not yet open when I first found out about it, but I immediately knew I wanted to try it out. I patiently waited for it to open and when they started to take reservations I quickly made one. Their concept is simple – healthy and natural. What you get are delicious vegetarian dishes made with seasonal produce. Their menu is set and changes every two months.   Continue reading “Brunch in Boom”

Canned tomato sauce

As I mentioned in my previous post, my father grows delicious tomatoes. There are too many to eat, so every year we turn the excess in tomato sauce. Tomato sauce is one of the 5 mother sauces of classical French cooking, and rightly so. I think it should have a category of its own, the grandmother sauce. I can’t imagine my cooking without it. It goes into or onto everything, from pasta to pizza, from soups to stews. Continue reading “Canned tomato sauce”

Eggplant, tomato and mozzarella bake

firstYeeey, I am visiting home for 10 days. And it finally feels like real summer, it’s above 30°C and although many people complain, I am in my happy place. Things that I have scheduled are: beach, beach and beach and then some more beach. Oh and food. I miss food from home. I always gain weight when I’m home. I’m acting like it’s a zombie apocalipse, like I will never see that food again. I don’t think it will be much different this time, but ok lets be positive. Another good thing about food at home is that it’s much more organic, my father has a small farm and there is always something fresh on hand. Now there are this great, juicy, voluptuous tomatoes, that taste amazing. Continue reading “Eggplant, tomato and mozzarella bake”