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Pizza Lovers, Be Warned: Pizza with Strawberries, Goat’s Cheese and Pink Peppercorn

Published June 15, 2014 by The Feminist

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Forget all the pizza knowledge you have acquired throughout your pizza-adoring life, because it is time for a reset!

A pizza is not just a brilliant edible plate to help you transport tomato sauce smothered with mozzarella into your mouth, it is also –and more importantly- a white canvas that you can paint with all the yummiest flavour combos on the planet. And when I’m talking about flavour combos, I don’t mean the usual peperoni-cheese/ tuna-olive / ham-pineapple (oh horror!)/ …

Oh no. What I mean by yummy flavour combos are those bonkers, stylish, avant-garde flavours you would normally never put on a pizza. Not in a million years. And yet you do it, because you’re the Queen of Flavour Bombs and trust your own foodie instincts.

A couple of days ago, I (the one and only Queen of Flavour Bombs) had a pizza epiphany:

I.Put. Strawberries. On. My. Pizza.

I put strawberries on my pizza.

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Merely saying it, makes my mind boggle with foodie lust.

Seriously, dear readers and fellow pizza aficionados. This pizza is in every possible way the best thing on this whole damn planet (and far far beyond!).

It’s the classic, posh combination of strawberries, pink peppercorn and balsamic vinegar.

Put on pizza dough.

Together with goat’s cheese.

Some extra juicy nectarine.

And to finish some fragrant basil.

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I’m in heaven.

And if you would like to join me – there is plenty of room on my cloud – here is the recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • One pizza sheet
  • 1 nectarine, cut into slices
  • 2 handfuls of strawberries, sliced
  • 100gr mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 100gr goats cheese, crumbled
  • Basil (lots and lots of it)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Pink peppercorns, crushed

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°C.
  2. Roll out your pizza dough and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt, pink peppercorn and basil leaves.
  3. Layer the pizza with thin mozzarella sliced. Season with salt and pink pepper.
  4. Now put on the fruit. Season with pink pepper.
  5. Crumble on the goats cheese.
  6. Put in the oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Before serving, drizzle on some balsamic vinegar and sprinkle lots of basil leaves over the top.

Romantic Food for Dummies: How to Woo her with an Easy and Stress-Free Menu

Published February 15, 2014 by The Feminist

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We all know the drill: when someone you love cooks you dinner, you are supposed to smile and devour the food with much joy and plenty of gleeful oohs and aahs. Yes, even if the food tastes like shit. Based on what I’ve learned from all the romantic comedies I’ve ever watched in my entire life, a girl will always say the food is delicious because she loves him. “It’s the gesture that counts” and all that mumbo jumbo. Chewing on a piece of burnt chicken is something we just have to willingly except and go through.

Sigh.

Love. It makes us do silly things.

Well guess what, dear readers? No matter how much I love someone, there will always be one thing I will secretly love more: food.

Is that a horrible thing to say? Maybe. But I just know that there are plenty of people out there who secretly agree with me. Admit it, ladies. A splendid chocolate mousse or an awkward dinner? You don’t even have to be a self-absorbed egomaniac to prefer the food over the man and surrender to the flawless qualities of a heavenly dessert.

However, I like to believe that with a little bit of effort we can actually achieve both the delicious and the entertaining. A lover who can entertain not only your body but your taste buds as well! Yes, you’ve read that correctly. The perfect world is within our reach!

That is, if you follow this menu. This 3-course dinner for two is impossible to screw up. Even the clumsiest of boyfriends will be able to embrace his Jamie Oliver swag and cook you an awesomely easy yet super delicious meal. This easy peasy menu is a funky combination of ultimate classics and creative twists and will give him the opportunity to spoil you with some homemade loveliness without breaking out into a sweat.

So are you ready to be wooed, dear ladies?

Here is my menu:

The Roomer Cocktail

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Fill two glasses with red fruit and pour some ice cold Roomer (elderflower wine) on top of them. (Alternatively you could also use prosecco with elderflower syrup) Simple yet insanely yummy.

Croque Madame Muffins

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One of the best recipes of Rachel Khoo. A traditional croque Madame shaped like a muffin: can it get any better than this?

Ingredients (makes 6)

  • 6 slices of white bread, crusts cut off
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 large slices of cooked ham
  • 6 egg yolks

For the béchamel sauce:

  • Knob of butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • White pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • 250ml milk
  • 50 gr grated cheese

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Flatten the slices of bread with a rolling pin, then brush each slice on both sides with melted butter.
  2. Gently press the slices into a muffin tin. Cut the large slices of ham in two and line each mold of bread with half a slice of ham. Now put an egg yolk into each bread muffin
  3. Make the béchamel: Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the flour and beat hard until you have a smooth paste. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Once the sauce has a yoghurt consistency, stir in the grated cheese. (The sauce is supposed to be rather thick so that it can “sit” on top of your muffin.)
  4. Spoon 1-2 tbsp of béchamel on to each egg yolk and finish with an extra sprinkling of grated cheese and  white pepper. Put in the oven for 15 minutes.

Gorgonzola and Fig Pizza with Rocket and Brazil Nuts

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Pungent gorgonzola, sweet figs, bitter rocket and crunchy nuts. Take it from me, this is by far the best pizza on the planet. Not only does it taste like food prepared for the Gods, it also looks like it came straight from heaven and landed on your plate. Hallelujah!

Ingredients (for one pizza):

  • One portion of readymade pizza dough
  • 4 figs, cut into slices
  • 100-150gr gorgonzola (depending on the size of your pizza)
  • 100gr rocket
  • Handful of brazil nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Pistachio oil (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Brush your pizza dough with olive oil and sprinkle generously with dried thyme.
  3. Crumble the gorgonzola cheese over the pizza, followed by the slices of fresh figs. Season with pepper.
  4. Put in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Just before serving, sprinkle the chopped nuts over the pizza and arrange the rocket in a somewhat artsy way on top of it. Drizzle with pistachio oil if you want.

Chocolate Mousse with Baileys and Red Berries

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Chocolate. Baileys. Red Fruit: Expressing  your love was never this easy.

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 125gr milk chocolate
  • 125ml double cream
  • 1 egg white
  • 4 tbsp Baileys Chocolat Luxe
  • Red berries

Method:

  1. Melt the chocolate au bain marie.
  2. Whisk together the cream and egg white until your mixture forms soft peaks.
  3. Whisk in the Baileys.
  4. Stir a tablespoon of the cream mixture through the melted chocolate and mix well. Now pour this mix back into the Baileys cream and stir until you get a beautifully even mousse.
  5. Spoon the mousse into glasses and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  6. Decorate with a generous portion of red fruit.

The best of Rome and then some! Handsome Men and Heavenly Food!

Published September 14, 2013 by The Feminist

Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the Trevi fountain, you will return to Rome one day. Needless to say that if it were up to me, I would have tossed in an entire bucket of coins if I could , only to ensure my return to this magnificent ancient city. Because if there’s one thing I know for sure, it is that I want to go back. Sooner rather than later. So that fountain better work its magic or I will be pissed!
I can honestly say that my trip to Rome was everything I expected and so much more. I could now give you a list of all the things I’ve done and all the monuments I’ve visited, but that wouldn’t do the beauty of the city or the incredible awesomeness of my trip justice. Rome cannot be described with a list of activities. Rome is a feeling. Rome is a sensation. It is like a tingling rush of excitement that creeps under your skin, a stream of bliss that pumps through your veins. Rome equals happiness. I can’t explain why, it just does.

Having said that, I do want to point out that there are indeed a lot of handsome men living in Rome. Seriously. A lot. I remember being pushed against this incredibly sexy guy on the subway – for once I couldn’t care less about the inevitable exposure to germs and bacteria on overcrowded public transportation- and admired in total awe the sheer perfection of his complexion, his very manly jawline and his impressive arm muscles (it almost seemed as if he were sculpted by angels!) I’m sure I must have sniggered at him once… or twice- okay, maybe more like ten times- but I just couldn’t control myself. He must have thought I was crazy. Or stupid. Or both.

Probably both. On top of that, Italian men aren’t afraid to show their appreciation of female beauty. They whistle, look you up and down or even shout “Ciao Bella” or “You’re very pretty. I’m single!” at you while you’re walking by. Admittedly, not all of them looked like Armani models, some more resembled creepy Berlusconi, but nevertheless their attention was highly appreciated. Yes, it’s incredibly superficial but I couldn’t help but feel flattered. (In contrast, Belgian men are awful. They don’t look at you and you would have to hit them in the face- with a chair!- to make them notice your existence. Belgian men suck. Big time!)

So where was I? Oh yes, Rome! Apart from really handsome Italian men the other main reason for my huge crush on this ancient city is the überdelicious Roman food. Roman cuisine is without a doubt one of the best –if not the best- regional cuisine of Italy!

I know I said that I wouldn’t give you a list of all the things I’ve visited, but what I will do is give you a list of the most delicious things I’ve eaten. (Not to make you jealous are anything 😉 )

The best pizza I’ve ever tasted: @ pizzeria Dar Poeta

This may seem like an exaggeration, for I can often get overly excited by good food, but when I say this was the best, I do mean it was the best! The thin crust was to die for (incredibly crunchy on the outside but the dough was still soft and comforting in the middle) and the topping was insanely flavoursome (scamorza cheese with zucchini, garlic chilli and the most yummy smoky sweet salami I’ve ever had in my life!)

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A Gigantic plate of antipasti: pure, simple and full of flavour!

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Pesce Spada alla Siciliana and carciofi alla Romana @ La Taverna Dei Fori Imperiali

So good that I was literally on the verge of declaring my love to the chef!

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The best gelato on the planet! @ Gelateria Valentino
It’s hard to explain why exactly this gelateria is the best in Rome, you just simply have to go there and try for yourself. It was –and again, I’m not exaggerating!- THE BEST! I had amaretto-, pistachio-, and chocolate-orange ice cream; they all tasted so pure and fresh and drop-dead-heavenly-good!

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One of Rome’s specialties is fried zucchini and marrow flowers stuffed with mozzarella. De-lish!

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Awesome rolled pizza dough with mozzarella, wild chicory and prosciutto followed by very tasty vegetarian ravioli (me) or paccheri with calamari and crispy pork cheek (my best friend) @ Restaurant That’s Amore

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This chocolate soufflé brought me in a state of sweet chocolate delirium!

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Roman Coda alla Vacchinara (oxtail stew with vegetables): This is authentic Roman food at its best!

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Gnocchi with Seafood and asparagus in a rather spicy sauce: yum, yummer, yummest!

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Oh, and before I forget: lots and lots of aperol Spritz! 😉

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So who’s drooling over his or her keyboard at the moment?

New Year’s Eve, the day after: Hangover Food

Published January 2, 2013 by The Feminist

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Let me guess, you probably woke up yesterday with a horrible hangover, right? No worries, because I have the perfect remedy to curb your hangover at once: pizza.

Everyone has his or her own personalized hangover recipe (so please share your secret delicious remedies!), but in my opinion the meal must always include fat, carbs and of course loads of vegetables or fruit to balance out the unhealthiness of the previous two key ingredients.

So this is where the homemade pizza comes in! A family size pizza, divided into four different segments with four different toppings.

1)Pepperoni, tomato and mozzarella
2) Basil, mushroom and mozzarella
3) artichoke, mozzarella, tuna and olive

And my personal all-time favorite:
4) pear, thyme and gorgonzola cheese

Absolutely delish!

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Mamma Mia: a Belgian student cooking Italian

Published November 5, 2012 by The Feminist

Italian cooking is by far one of the world’s most varied cuisines, with dishes perfect for every occasion.
From pizza to pasta.
From pollo cacciatore to risotto.
From anti pasti to dolce.
Everyone simply loves Italian food! But the thing I love about it the most, is that it is made for sharing. Sharing food with family and friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures. No dainty presentation but honest dishes prepared with love and dedication. Big portions and big flavours!
On the menu today:

Vegetable orzotto : comfort food as it should be: little effort but great impact


Turkey fillets topped with slices of courgette and mozzarella: succulent meat, crispy courgette and gooey cheese. Heaven on a platter!
This is what I imagine Nigella would cook and Sofia Loren would eat…

Oh no! Not another vegetarian hippy!

Published October 13, 2012 by The Feminist

Oh no! Not another vegetarian hippy!

 

Believe me when I say that I absolutely love chicken tikka massala, lamb tagine, Peking duck, beef rendang and a lot of other meat dishes…

But I love this planet even more, and that is why I try to eat as much vegetarian as I possibly can. And before you start thinking “YAWN, not another vegetarian hippy trying to get me off my pork sausages!”, I’m not writing this post to make all of you meat lovers feel bad. I’m writing this post to prove that vegetarian food can taste as good –if not, even better- than meat. Should you decide to try one of the dishes mentioned below, well… WONDERFUL! But if this whole article makes you  just want to eat a burger, that’s fine by me too.

The main reason why I often opt for vegetarian food, is because it is better for the environment. We tend to take the earth’s resources for granted. Water? Trees? Fertile soil? Fish? If the meat production keeps expanding, there will be none of these things left. Bummer, don’t you think? Did you know by the way that to produce 1kg of meat, you would need 100 times the amount of water needed to produce 1 kg of wheat? Those numbers really make my head spin!

For some reason a lot of people – honestly,  I don’t know where the hell they get it from – believe a vegetarian diet only offers bland and boring food with no variety. But nothing could be further from the truth, because a vegetarian diet gives you the opportunity to experiment with new flavours and exiting ingredients.

So, to prove my point: here are a couple of my all time favorite vegetarian dishes!

1)      Squash & coconut curry: a rich taste and a velvety texture. Pure heaven!

2)      Pizza with caramelised pear and blue cheese: a wonderful and bold combination to make your pizza extraordinary

3)      Cauliflower risotto with capers and feta cheese: The sweetness of the cauliflower, the sourness of the capers and the saltiness of the feta cheese blend perfectly together!

4)      Sweet, sticky and spicy tofu with stir fried vegetables and udon noodles: a great introduction into the world of tofu for those who haven’t tried it before

5)      Grilled halloumi cheese with maftoul couscous and root vegetables and pomegranate:

It may sound like a lot of ingredients but it is so easy to make and a true joy to eat!

6)      Vegetable tagine with caramelised onions, dates and almonds: a one-pot-wonder!

7)       Rigatoni with peas and porcini mushrooms in a creamy asparagus sauce: My favorite recipe from Gino D’acampo’s Gino’s Pasta cookery book. It is incredibly easy to make, but is packed full of flavour!

8)    Chili sin carne con vino y chocolate : the bitter chocolate turns this Mexican favorite into something truly special

9)      Tomato and basil tarte tatin: a delicious savory twist on an French classic.

10)   Beetroot falafel with tahini yoghurt dip: I tried these colourful falafels for the first time from the BBC Good Food Magazine and I immediately loved them!