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Friday Food Fest: Asparagus with Harissa Salsa, grilled Halloumi and Tabbouleh

Published May 23, 2014 by The Feminist


FACT: It’s Friday.

SUBTEXT: A good enough reason to pour yourself a large glass of wine and enjoy some marvelous food.

And that is exactly what I am doing right now.

While listening to the fabulous tunes of Pharrell Williams, I spent my Friday afternoon doing the things I love: a little bit of cooking and a little bit of drinking. With a glass of rosé in my hand, I boogied around the kitchen and  conjured up a brilliant vegetarian meal: a large plate of steamed green and white asparagus with a spicy Harissa tomato salsa, chargrilled halloumi and some refreshing tabbouleh.

(Should you be wondering: Yes, I am indeed capable of drinking, dancing and cooking all at the same time, although it is probably for the best that you cannot see what this level of multitasking has done to my kitchen. Read: it’s a mess.)

This dish sums up what summer is all about: fresh ingredients, fresh flavours, fresh you!

The pure flavour of the steamed asparagus is brought to unseen levels of deliciousness with a zingy and spicy tomato salsa. And on top of that, this vegetarian va va voom meal is an explosion of different temperatures. The lukewarm asparagus are doing the cha-cha with hotter than hot halloumi and are dancing the merengue with cold and fresh salsa and couscous. Va va voom indeed!

Since I’m in such a happy mood (“ ♫ like a room without a roof ♪ ”), I think I will shut up and return to my bottle of rosé.


Ingredients (serves 3):

For the tabbouleh:

  • 250gr couscous
  • 5 dried apricots
  • 1 orange pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh mint
  • 4 tbsp fresh coriander
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp sumac

For the asparagus:

  • 10-15 white asparagus
  • 10-15 green asparagus
  • 400gr halloumi cheese, cut into slices
  • 4 San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp harissa
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander


  1. Cook the couscous according to the instructions on the package. Let it cool completely before adding the other ingredients.
  2. Once cooled, stir in the chopped pepper and chopped apricot. Add the vinegar and olive oil. Stir well.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and add the cumin and sumac. Stir in the fresh herbs.
  4. Taste! (Add extra olive oil, vinegar or seasoning if necessary)
  5. Meanwhile, clean the asparagus and steam them until al dente. Let them cool slightly before serving.
  6. Deseed the tomatoes and cut them into fine chunks. Transfer to a large bowl together with the chopped onion. Stir in the harissa, the olive oil and vinegar and season with salt and finally, stir in some fresh coriander.
  7. Fry the halloumi slices on a hot hot hot (!) griddle.
  8. Serve!
  9. Don’t forget that glass of wine!



I know you want it! My Spring Soundtrack: “Blurred Lines” from Robin Thicke ft Pharrell & T.I.

Published April 22, 2013 by The Feminist

Spring has finally arrived, Ladies and Gentlemen! For at least one week, Belgium will no longer be that “Godforsaken rainy shithole” (Pardon my French) but a “very exciting and sunny place filled with smiles and laughter”.

obama sleevesYou have to understand something: when the weather gets better, when I get to wear my cool brand new cat-eye sunglasses and all my new spring clothes an when men finally role up the sleeves of their shirts, (The Obama-style!)I can get very excited. And when I get very excited, I honestly believe that life should come with a soundtrack of cool and sexy music.


Do you know which song I picked for my “O my God, it’s so sunny outside I could simply burst into song”- frenzy? “Blurred Lines” from Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I.

Honestly, I am OBSESSED with that song at the moment! That beat, that sound, that awesome groove…. It is just so incredibly sexy! Apparently, it was a little bit too sexy for Youtube, because only one week after the video aired online, it was removed from the website due to “explicit nudity”. The thing is, however, when you look past all those very naked women, you’ll realize the video is actually pretty hilarious!

Pharrell Williams is just the cutest, making funny faces through the entire video.


And T.I’s dancing is this weird combination of oddly cool and awesomely ridiculous. He can even dance while brushing a girl’s hair! (By the way, when was the last time you saw a man brushing a girl’s hair in a music video? My guess is NEVER 😉 )


So yes, “Blurred Lines” is my soundtrack of the week. When I was driving my car yesterday and the sun was shining on my windowsill, “Blurred Lines” was playing on the radio. I suddenly felt this uncontrollable urge to start dancing! (which is easier said than done when you’re driving!) So I ended up doing body rolls and shimmy shimmies behind the wheel! People must have thought I was completely mental, but who cares?! The point is that I was having fun. And no matter how crazy ass lunatic I may have looked at that particular moment, I felt like I could conquer the whole world! I was happy! I was shining! So why don’t you shine with me, dear readers? 😉