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Recipe: Traditional Dutch Apple Pie

My mom gifted me a free standing cooker with an electric oven, rottiserie and gas cooktop for my birthday. For the first time in a decade I’m finally able to bake pastry and other yummy stuff again. I inaugurated my oven with my favorite pie: traditional Dutch apple pie and posted some pictures on Facebook. This sparked a lot of enthusiasm so I decided to resurrect my blog a bit by posting the recipe.

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Recipe: Traditional Dutch Pea Soup (Snert)

Ingredients

1 3/4 liters of water
350 g dry green split peas
300 g pork chops (Dutch: Schouderkarbonade)
100 g smoked bacon (cubes)
2/3 tablespoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 bay leaf
1 potato (the kind you use for mashed potatoes)
500g Pea Soup vegetables (carrot, leek, onion, celeriac, celery leaves) I use the 500g bag cut vegetables sold by Albert Heijn
2 smoked Dutch sausages (‘Gelderse rookworst’)

Netflix Has Come To The Netherlands

This morning I woke up to the best news in YEARS: Netflix has come to The Netherlands! To me, this is the best news ever, because now I finally can watch TV the way I want it. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten so frustrated with Dutch television that I first cancelled my cable subscription and after I got broadband internet, I ditched my old TV as well.

The Transfiguration: Crossing the Bridge to Holiness

At the top of Mount Tabor, Jesus shows us a foretaste of Heaven. We will change, we will be totally open to God and get a new body. When I ponder over this, it’s both exciting and scary at the same time. Sometimes, I ask myself: “Do I really want this?”.

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The Great Purge

Today’s Gospel reading was about Luke’s version of ‘Do not worry’. Matthew’s version is most famous, but we find the same parable in Luke as well.

“One of the multitude said to him, “Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?” And he said to them, “Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”" (Luke 12,13-15 RSV translation)

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Be Kind, But Firm

Nothing is ever good enough. Past mistakes keep haunting you, so you beat yourself up over them. Maybe you are a perfectionist. I used to be one, but gave up on perfectionism. It just wasn’t worth it.

Belgian Endive with Curried Chicken

Curried Chicken and Belgian Endives

Belgian endive. I don’t know how well-known the vegetable is overseas, but it’s pretty common to find it on your plate over here. As a child I hated it.

Even as an adult I have been avoiding the Belgian endive for most of the time. A while ago I gave in because the vegetable is very cheap compared to the more exotic vegetables. I think I pay about one dollar for a pound. So there I was, a bag full of cheap vegetables looking for a recipe to prepare them. My dad of all people came with a nice recipe he found on-line. Still a bit apprehensive, I gave it a try and it’s actually good!

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Homemade Spelt Pizza!

I put everything in the bread maker, using the ‘dough’ menu. After it’s finished I let it rest for 30 minutes. Then I divide it in three smaller portions and roll out a pizza on a surface covered with a bit flour. I bake the pizzas at 450F (225C) for about 20 minutes on a baking sheet.

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Taking Ownership of Your Day

I got inspired by Andy Traub reading his book “Early to Rise: Learning to Rise Early in 30 Days”. Actually, the book isn’t about rising early. It’s about taking ownership of your day, your life.
Starting off unplugged makes a major difference when it comes to stress levels. I am much more productive and creative now I changed my morning ritual. I can really recommend reading Andy’s e-book. It has been a game changer for me!

Free Your Mind

“Free your mind, and the rest will follow. Be colorblind, don’t be so shallow” sang En Vogue in the nineties. I always liked the message of the song which is about prejudice. And it is so true! Having a free mind is one of the major keys to happiness.

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