Category Archives: Lunch

Pasta to end the Term

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When the fridge is empty and there’s hardly anything edible to be found in the kitchen I’m always glad that there’s pasta. Prepared in less than 10 minutes it was the perfect “quick meal” that I needed today.

I am all packed and ready to go to London where I will be spending the weekend with my sister before we fly home Monday morning. I am so excited but I can’t believe how this term has flown by….

Even though pasta is said to be the ultimate “student food” because it doesn’t require any cooking knowledge I don’t have it that often because I prefer to have grains like quinoa or wheatberries. But I do enjoy the occasional pasta dish!

I had wholewheat spaghetti with basil-pesto, roasted cherry tomatoes and Parmesan to top it off!

 

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope I will be back with updates this weekend but I’m not sure what we are doing food-wise. But I’m sure I’ll find something to write about, I will be in London after all!

I saw Santa’s Christmas Truck

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I don’t know what I’m more excited about: that today was my last day of Uni for the year 2011 or that I just saw Santa’s Christmas truck a.k.a the Coca-Cola truck.

Believe it or not, but I was the only person actually excited about the truck…well me and all the little children! So I snapped a couple of pictures while everyone else was weirdly staring at me. Where’s the Christmas spirit, guys?

I’m sure I’ve seen a Coca-Cola truck before at some point in my life  but the Christmas decoration makes all the difference. I couldn’t stop myself from taking pictures because I was so excited. The only time I usually get to see the Coca-Cola truck is during their TV commercial and it’s really the only TV commercial I don’t mind seeing.

Lunch today was all about bell peppers. For some reason I had 3 small peppers left so I actually wanted to make stuffed peppers. But I settled for something less extravagant, but equally good: couscous topped with seasoned peppers.

I cooked the couscous. In the meantime I fried 1/2 onion in a little bit of olive oil and added 3 small bell peppers and seasoned the vegetables with salt, pepper and herbs. I topped everything off with toasted almonds, sultanas and cranberries.

 

Enjoy the rest of your day!

 

The Return of Sweet Potato Fries

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Yesterday’s lunch featured the return of sweet potato fries. I had almost forgotten how good they are.

I am desperately eating everything I have in my fridge/ freezer before I go to London on Friday because I don’t like food going to waste, so bear with me for the next couple of days. As soon as I’m home (which will be in precisely 5 days) I will hopefully be sharing new recipes and lots of pictures of cookies, christmassy food and my dog!

 

I had a burger with a bun and brown-rice vegetable patty I found in the freezer and a had a side salad with bell pepper and tomatoes.

The food was good but I can’t wait to go home and have my mum cook something for me, even though there has been some talk that I will be in charge of cooking next week, because both my mum (who is a teacher) and my brother will have school until the 23rd, leaving me to do all of the housework!

See you all tomorrow!

Mid-Morning Study Break

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When exams are right around the corner and last-minute deadlines are creeping up on me, my fridge always seems to be a little emptier and less organized than usual. Consequently the meals I make tend to be a little more on the creative side as I like throwing anything I find together on a plate and wait and see what it turns out to be.

Yesterday, I had a hard time concentrating so I during one of my study breaks I strolled into the kitchen and came back with this:

Brunch was served!

Walnut bread with prosciutto and goat cheese. Egg, sunny side up. And a salad dressed with orange-vinaigrette. Coffee to keep me awake!

 

If I could only be this creative when it comes to essay writing!

Good luck to anyone having exams this week.

Good to the last Crumb

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I’ve been munching on my mum’s Vanilla-Almond Crescents ever since they arrived and I’m really sad to say that the box which was full not too long ago is now almost empty. All that’s left are some delicious crumbs which I am making very good use of…

Topping off my oatmeal with the cookie crumbs has several positive effects: it makes me happy that my oatmeal is even better than usual, it gets me into Christmas spirit and it makes a good start to the day. A big negative effect: it makes me want more of my mum’s cookies!!!! But I’m lucky that I get to fly home in 8 days (!!!) (can you sense my excitement?) and I can’t wait to dig into the plate of Christmas cookies waiting for me at home!

Lunch today was inspired by one of Britain’s favorite foods…chicken tikka masala, which has been called “a true British national dish“. Instead of the chicken I used prawns.

Brown basmati rice on the side. Garnished with cilantro (coriander).

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Treasures in your Freezer

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These days I only very rarely do not cook a fresh meal every single day. I like to keep things creative so I have new recipes and food inspiration to blog about and cooking really has become one of my favorite hobbies. Therefore even on the busiest days I usually try to find 15 or 30 minutes to prepare a freshly cooked meal.

Today however I really did not have time to cook. It was a busy morning followed by a hectic afternoon and I have a busy night ahead of me so really all I could do was raid the freezer!

Luckily I was smart enough to make two Naan Pizzas 2 weeks ago so all I had to do was throw the frozen pizza in the oven. Whilst that was heating up I prepared a quick side salad. Voilà, another delicious meal!

The pizza was surprisingly crispy. Double baked = double the crispiness!

The tomatoes were still pretty juicy and flavorful. And the pesto was very creamy. The only thing that could have been better was the consistency of the mozzarella, but that’s just a very small detail.

On the side, a mixed salad with carrots and sun-dried tomatoes, dressed with pumpkin seed oil and balsamic vinegar.

 

I highly recommend you go off and check if you can find something equally as delicious in your freezer!

See you tomorrow!

Colorful Vegetable Pasta Salad

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In an attempt to make up for the delicious cookies I have been eating lately and to fill up on some nutrients I decided to make a colorful Vegetable Pasta Salad. This is usually something we have in the summers but I had this vision of a colorful salad today and decided to expand it into a pasta salad. Most pasta salad recipes will tell you to dress the salad with a combination of mayonnaise and sour cream, or maybe only mayonnaise. I however despise mayonnaise. I’ve never really liked it and the only time I eat it is in the sauces we have with our New Year’s Eve Fondue. But that’s about it.

This Vegetable Pasta Salad is dressed with a creamy herb dressing made out of low fat yogurt and pesto. It tastes great, gives you the right amount of creaminess and is a much lighter version of any conventional mayonnaise based salad dressing.

Vegetable Pasta Salad

serves 3

You will need:

  • 200g wholewheat pasta (I used penne)
  • 1/3 cup low fat yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp. pesto
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • spring onion
  1. Start by cooking the pasta.
  2. In the meantime cut the vegetables (carrot, tomatoes, bell pepper and spinach) into smaller pieces and put them all into one large bowl.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and cool it off under cold running water.
  4. Add the pasta to the bowl of cut vegetables.
  5. Add the yogurt and pesto and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with spring onion.

 

I love how colorful this is salad is. It makes it taste sooo much better!

I’m having clementines for dessert. They are my absolute favorite fruit in the winter and I love how sweet they are.