Yesterday I had my lovely friends J. and N. over for dinner. From the moment they walked through my doorstep they we're all giggly..so I asked them; what's the story?! and they start telling me they accidentally ranged on the wrong doorbell from my neighbours but the weird part was that someone even opened up the door without asking 'who's there ? (here in Amsterdam a lot of the apartments have a 1 door entrance) so they started walking up the stairs and while doing that screaming hysterical for my name EVAAAAAA EVAAAAAAAAA....(good god..), then a lady opened up her door and she's like.. 'I don't think that the Eva you're looking for lives here'.. the girl who lives here above me named Floor. HAHA.. so feeling a bit embarrassed they shuffled their way back outside.. and of course called me asking me where the F#ck is your entrance honey?! oh well...As sweet as they are they gave me a delicious red wine and a sparkling pink champagne..to go with the food! so Thanks again J. and N.! Oke and now let me tell you about the dishes I made for us!
RAW zucchini (= courgette) salad (4 pers.):
- 2 zucchini's (dutch transl. courgette) - I used my spirooli to slice them in noodle shapes in just seconds of time!
- a handfull tasty tomatoes (sliced in half)
- 1 BIG mango (sliced in small cubes, if you can't find mango in your supermarket you can also buy a small box of frozen mango cubes in the freezer department of your supermarket)
- a handfull chopped coriander leaves
- 25 steamed shrimps (you can just easily boil them too, or even for the lazy ones buy the pre-cooked one)
- 1,5 shot of Soy sauce (kikoman)
- 1,5 shot of fish sauce
- 0,5 spoon of sesame oil
- juice of 2 limes
- I always like to top my salads of with a mix of black and white sesameseeds.. just because it makes it all even prettier! ;)
What to do?
- well mix everything together in a big bowl.. and really.. that's it!
How to make a damn tasty curry:
- 6 limeleaves
- 2 lemongrass
- 2 spoons of curry
- 2 spoons of massala
- 1 spoon of chilli powder (depends on how spicy you like it)
- 1 onion (I used a purple onion)
- 5 cloves of garlic
- a big chunk of ginger ( something like 7 x 2 cm)
- a shot a vegetable oil
Mix all these ingredients using your kitchen machine and there you have it.. your very own curry paste!
- 1 piece of Tofu (chopped in cubes 2 x 1,5 cm)
- mushrooms ( use any kind you love)
- 1 red paprika
- 1 shot of kikoman
- 1 shot of fishsauce
- some sesame seeds to top it of
What to do?
start slicing the tofu first, and fry them using a bit of coconut oil in your wok. Meanwhile you can start making your curry paste as the tofu takes something like 10 minutes to turn into goldenbrown. Set the tofu aside when they're nice goldenbrown. Use the same wok and again use a bit of coconutoil and now add the currypaste and stir it a bit (using medium fire), after 2 minutes you can add the mushrooms, keep on stirring. let it simmer a bit and then the moment you think the wok is getting a bit dried out add the shots of soy and fishsauce to it. keep on stirring and then add the coconut milk.. at last add the chopped paprika bits in..wait 2 more minutes on max heat. (I like it when my veggies are still a bit crunchy so that's why I add the paprika at last)
And for dessert..well I think there's no need for words eh? I think it's nicer when you put your dessert on one big plate instead of each having his or her own small plate. This way we just slowly eat bit by bit.. Sharing is Caring! J and N. left my place around 23:00 .. let me tell you one thing.. THANK GOD I have a DISHWASHER ;).
I was happy when fashion brand 'Supertrash' approached me again to help them to do the catering for all the Supertrash stores from Holland and Belgium with my Pop-Up-Cakes!
I really think a pop-up-cake is the best sollution if you want to serve out sweets but no 'super trash' .. no need for cutlery, just pop it up in your mouth and throw it in the bin.
No mess. No drama. Love it!
I am SOOO happy with this new kitchen equipment I bought recently! It's called a Spiral-Slicer or Spiralizer from the brand 'Spirooli'! After doing a lot of research on the internet I found that this was the one I should get! I bought mine at 'Unlimited Health', you can also buy them Online. I hear you thinking; What the F#CK is a Spiralizer?!? oke.. as I recently found out I have an allergy for Gluten ( ' who doesn't these days :s ' ) I was looking for something what still gives me the feeling of not only eating just veggies..Although I don't really mind skipping bread out of my diet..but come on leaving noodles or pasta out of your diet is INSANE!! I especially have a big crush for spaghetti or stir fried noodles! But HOLD YOUR TEARS.. cause with my Spirooli machine I now can make my own spaghetti/noodles out of veggies like Carrots, Cucumber or Zuchinni (which I like best). I tested this little fella this morning to bring my own raw vegan spaghetti lunch to work, I finished my plate already when I found out I forgot to make a picture of my dish.. WOOPS ;) but is was SOOOO GOODDD!!
No worries I will make lot's and lot's of new dishes using this fabulous vegan machinery ;) . Sorry I lacked a bit in updating my blog but I was freakin busy with my 'normal' work and then doing all this catering stuff after office hours was kinda hectic. I'm having my friends J. and N. over for dinner tonight.. and YES I WILL use my Spirooli again and I will not forget to make pictures this time, promise!
Have a nice (freezing) day!
For the next 24 hours I will not leave my kitchen. I'm very busy preparing everything for my catering gig for fashion brand 'Supertrash'! I will be making 300 delicious organic push-up-cakes with tropical L.A. flavours such as, coconut, mango, passionfruit and of course.. a lot of LOVEEEEE !
wish me luck!
As my dish from Wednesday involved a lot of cinnamon I thought I really should highlight this amazing spice! Most of you will probably think of an apple pie or another sweet dessert when thinking of cinnamon, but cinnamon goes really well in warm dishes and with other ingredients like meat, veggies and even tofu too! Besides it's great in taste cinnamon has a lot more to offer for your health! Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have long revered cinnamon as a superpower and they used to treat things such as colds, indigestion and cramps and also believed cinnamon improves your energy, vitality and circulation.
The following are ten health benefits associated with this beloved spice that studies have suggested:
....uhuh I know.. there's just no way you'll forget about this spice ever again!
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I was rushing from work to my house cause my lovely friend S. was coming over to have dinner at my place before we'd hit the gym. She already texted me in the afternoon just saying: ' TOFU! '. Yes people.. that's how communicative my friends are...haha.there's no more 'Eva what are you going to make for dinner tonight' .. don't get me wrong. I love it when my friends just say what they want..cause I tend to be very clueless sometimes and I want my guests to serve them something they really love eating! I ended up making a super super delish vegan dish, with spices you won't expect that easily in combination with tofu. But trust me honey.. this dish is really worthwhile trying! Oh and by the way.. S. and I were enjoying this vegan dish so much we totally forgot about the time and we missed our gym-class.. WOOPSY.. well lucky me there's a new day waiting for me tomorrow ;) at least we had a decent healthy meal! Scroll down if you want to make this dish too!
Ingredients you'll need 2-3 persons:
- 1 big piece of Tofu
- 4 Carrots (just add as many you want really..)
- 1 lime
- a chunk a ginger (chop it in little pieces)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 Onion
- 1 Green pepper
How to spice this dish up:
- some vegetable oil ( I used coconut oil)
- 2 and 1/2 spoons of cinnamon
- 1/2 a spoon of cumin
- 1 spoon of paprika powder
- 1/2 a spoon of corianderseed
- a bit of salt
- 1 spoon of ketjap manis (sweet soy sauce)
- 1 spoon of soy sauce (I used kikkoman soy sauce)
What to do?
Chop the carrot in small pieces (1,5 cm) and put them in a pan with hot boiling water with some salt. Let it boil for 6 minutes on max. heat.
Meanwhile get your frying pan and put it on heat with vegetable oil and add all the tofu (chopped in small cubes). after 2 minutes add the salt, corianderseeds, cumin, paprikapowder, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onion and green pepper, stir it all well (be gentle otherwise the tofu will fall apart). Drain the carrots when they're perfect (not to hard, not to soft) and add them with the tofu, stir everything well together and add the soy sauce, ketjap manis, and the limejuice. Let all the ingredients mix together for 5 more minutes on maximum heat and you're done! (try a piece of tofu and check if the dish needs any more salt to it). Top the dish of with some finely chopped coriander. MMMMMmmmm.. Feel free to leave me a comment of what you think of this recipe when you tried it out..
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