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The Liebster Award – my nominees

First, I’d like to thank the blog http://whilehewasout.wordpress.com/ for nominating me!

I think it’s a good idea to try to get our blogs better known!

What is the Liebster award? It’s a way of getting blogs with smaller followings (under 300) noticed, as well as newer blogs noticed. It gives them chance to be viewed by more people. It’s suppose to originate from Germany; Liebster’s translations in German means dearest.

There are a few rules to participate:
1. Answer 11 questions asked by your nominator
2. Post 11 facts about yourself
3. Nominate 11 blogs
4. Ask your nominees 11 questions

and then of course, tell them you’ve put them forward for it.
So here we go – My 11 answers to my nominator’s questions:

1. What inspired you to start blogging?
It was a way to share my love of food, cookbooks, and ustensils. It’s also a good motivator to change cooking habits and try new recipes or new ingredients. It’s challenging and fun. I also wanted to share more of my recipes to the people that come to my cooking classes and to those who have difficulties with food intolerances.

2. Do you have an all time favorite book, which one?
Just one??? That’s hard! But I guess I’ll take “Maggie’s harvest” from Maggie Beer. It’s nice to read, there are a few stories, some great pictures and delicious, inpiring recipes. All in one!

3. If you could meet someone famous, who would it be?
David Bowie

4. What was the most scary thing you did in your life?
Taking exams? Really, it doesn’t seem like I did anything that scary…

5. What did you want to be when you were little?
A lot of different things! Air hostess, teacher, aviator, mother, ride a horse with a princess like gown… but I always love turning into mushy mix so cooking isn’t that far from that!

6. Which is your favorite movie?
The Big Lebowsky

7. If your life was a book, what would be the title?
Julie’s nine lives

8. What one happy memory do you have always coming to mind?
The sun, a nice river, a quiet place with almost no people around.

9. What is the most extreme/interesting/terrifying thing on your bucket list (if you have any)?
Having kids

10. If you had to leave this planet and could take only 1 item with you, what would it be?
A good knife

11. If you win some millions in lottery, what would be the first thing you do?
Go to Japan

The 11 facts about myself: I’m an impatient optimist who loves to cook and eat, to share with friends and loved ones. I like my hair short but right now it’s longer. I’m drinking green tea and eating dark chocolate with hazelnuts. I’m impatient for spring to be back and can’t find an eleven facts about myself.

My 11 nominees who deserve more attention:

http://modernhippiecooks.wordpress.com/

http://jillbuller.wordpress.com

http://theurbanfarmerette.com/

http://unassaggio.wordpress.com/

http://theveganvirtuoso.wordpress.com/

http://sammitt.wordpress.com

http://aroundthetable.me/

http://thecookslife.wordpress.com/

http://thymebytheshore.com/

http://thejunkdrunk.wordpress.com/

http://foodandfoto.com/

My 11 questions:
1. What is your favorite kind of food?
2. If money wasn’t in question, in which restaurant would you like to eat?
3. Whith whom (fictional or celebrity) would you like to share a meal?
4. What is the worst food/ingredients you ever tasted?
5. What ingredients can’t you have enough of?
6. What spice would you take if you could only take one?
7. What would you like to try but haven’t had a chance yet?
8. What would be your last meal?
9. What kitchen tool can’t you live without?
10. What kitchen appliances are you dreaming to have?
11. Sweet or savory?

Bon appétit everyone!

cooking classes (in Belgium)

If you’re interested in cooking classes, here is the program!

The classes are in French and given in Belgium.

cours-de-cuisine-bio

If you’d like cooking classes in English, I give them at people’s house. Invite some friends and have a cooking party!

5 ways to eat healthily

1/. Eat less meat but eat a lot more veggie at each meal.

 

2/. Eat a lot less sugar (added sugar, desserts, sweet drinks, soda, ice cream, alcohol…)

 

3/. Eat in a quiet place and chew instead of running around doing a thousand things and swallow straight from the fork!

 

4/. Diversify your menus!

 

5/. Eat less salt and add spices and herbs to wake your taste buds up.

tomato oh tomato

Red, round, firm, the tomato flesh burst into the mouth to feshen up the palate.

It’s acidity can be sweet or hot and she goes along with everything: coconut, basil, coriander, hot pepper, tofu, bacon, buckwheat, rice, sage, …

But she’s never looking better than with just a bit of sea salt flakes. It cracks under the teeth and the flesh absorb the salt to take all the tastebuds at once.

When dry, the tomato reveals her sweetness and elasticity.


I would press one with my bare hands to feel her flesh on my skin like she does on my tongue.

The smell of her skin, of her pedoncule brings back to when she was picked up from the branches that carried her. Her stalk breaks and frees her. She calls for summer, for the heat coming from the stones, for the smell of dried pines. I can only hope for her refreshing juice. If I love her flesh, I can’t wait for the juice at the bottom of the salad bowl where it’s mixed with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Sometimes basil too. It’s a great small happy thing. Like tasting the dried tomato sauce on the side of a heavy cast iron pan. I love the concentrated taste of the tomato and the seasoning I chose that day.


Like a round cheeks redden by effort, firm and welcoming for a kiss. Tomato, my favorite fruit!


So just to get one of the best from the tomato, especially if they’re not as sweet as you wish, bake them in a 200°C oven for about 30 minutes (or at lower temperature for longer).


Today I put my halved tomatoes on top of some leftover ratatouille and seasoned them with the trapper mix. this spice mix contains: maple sugar, salt, garlic, onion, peppers, and coriander.

I will serve it with braised duck and a fresh salad of fennel and chinese cabbage.


N-Y Times: Is Sugar Toxic ?

A New York Times article about sugar.

To read before offering tons of chocolate to anyone…

 

link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?pagewanted=all

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en français

si vous voulez suivre mon blog en français:

http://granosalis-fr.blogspot.com/

Pour des conseils en nutrition ou des cours de cuisine:

http://www.cookingcoach.be

my twist in the kitchen

What will you find on this blog ?

Recipes, book reviews, ingredients review, nutritional advices, what to do with certain kitchen tools…

All of it with my own little twist and insight!