Archive for April, 2012

April 28, 2012


I love meat. A lot. Was expecting a vega-friend today so put in an effort for me to not miss the meat.
Pre: lentil potato soup. Main: Thai red rice (not on pic below), white Indian lentils with garlic, onion & cumin, Frikadel jagung; Indonesian “corn cookies” (recipe soon!), cucumber-yoghurt salad & (Dutch) asparagus (from a pot). Not as tasty as these at all, they’re just for decoration (but if all goes well i’ll have half a kg of those delivered to me tomorrow!)

Anyway… Jumm again. Filling, tasty & not missing the meat


April 26, 2012


You know I like it “funky”…..My food that is.


Thai red rice with Coriander (Cilantro), Surinamese okra with garlic & Indonesian (spicy) Rawit and a Dutch lamb chop.

Is this too funky for you or would you enjoy this as much as I am now??


April 23, 2012


I realise it’s just advertisement, but he’s soooooo cute! Sometimes when Mala is asleep, I have fun with Tom. Talking Tom 2 that is.

April 21, 2012

Koninginnedag is coming up!

Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, celebrated on 30 April. Koninginnedag is Queen Beatrix’s official birthday. Though Queen Beatrix was born on 31 January, the holiday is observed on 30 April as it was the birthday of her mother and predecessor, Juliana.

Koningin Beatrix

Koningin Beatrix

The first time Koninginnedag took place, it was celebrated on 31 August 1885 as  Prinsessedag or Princess’s Day, the fifth birthday of Princess Wilhelmina, heiress to the Dutch throne. On her accession, the holiday acquired its present name, Koninginnedag. Following the accession of Wilhelmina’s daughter Queen Juliana in 1948, the holiday was moved to her birthday. Her daughter, Beatrix retained the celebration on 30 April after she took the throne in 1980. Koninginnedag is known for its nationwide vrijmarkt (“free market” or flea market), at which many Dutch sell their secondhand items. Those taking part in Koninginnedag commonly wear orange clothing in honour of the House of Orange-Nassau, which rules over the Netherlands, causing “orange madness” or oranjegekte, for the national colour; everyone becomes patriotic.

When Queen Beatrix succeeded her mother Juliana  on 30 April 1980, the new queen decided to keep the holiday on 30 April as a tribute to her mother. The reason was practical as well—Beatrix’s actual birthday on 31 January is less conducive to the traditional outdoor activities.The birthday of the Queen’s son and heir, Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange is 27 April.


The future king; Willem Alexander with his Argentinian-born wife Maxima & their daughters Amalia, Alexia & Ariane by ANP LEX VAN LIESHOUT

Willem-Alexander, Maxima & prinsesjes by ANP LEX VAN LIESHOUT


Koninginnedag is the one day of the year that the Dutch government permits sales on the street without a permit and without the payment ofvalue added tax. Koninginnedag now sees large-scale celebrations, with many concerts and special events in public spaces, particularly in Amsterdam. The Vondelpark is reserved for children and their activities. The city centre is closed to cars, and no trams ride in the heart of the city; people are urged to avoid Amsterdam Centraal railway station and use other stations if possible from their direction. International trains that normally begin or terminate at Amsterdam Centraal are instead directed to a suburban stop.

In recent years parties and concerts have been held the evening before Koninginnedag; Koninginnenacht(Queen’s Night). Many young people celebrate in the streets and squares (and in Amsterdam, the canals as well) throughout the night, and after all-night partying join the crowds at the vrijmarkt. Street parties on Koninginnenacht are this year permitted from 19.00 untill 23.00, after which party people generally move inside to clubs and bars.
Queensday Museumplein 2011

Queensday Museumplein 2011

In The Netherlands, unfortunately we work on May 1. I have already asked permission to sleep a bit longer before going to work that day.

Koninginnedag is for me the best party of the year! Have you ever heard of it? Are you in The Netherlands these days? What are your plans? P.S.: I was looking for my own old QDay pics, can’t find them. I’ll make new ones this year,ok?



(With a bit of help from Wikipedia.)

April 18, 2012

Woohoo00OOooo & Helloooooo again!

I missed my 1 year anniversary, I’m already blogging for a year + !

Here’s how I started; , not knowing that a year later I would have 260 followers & 14,606 hits!

Let’s have a glass of wine to celebrate!

Thank you all!



April 18, 2012

Balkan style nasi goreng

You already know I love spicy & exotic food. And the Balkans. And good food, thus Balkan food. In my household I mix it all. For some people it’s too exotic, but today I’m eating alone. Cooked some rice a day ago, usually cook extra on purpose. Fried rice or nasi goreng from leftover rice was the first dish I ever learnt to cook. Great with whatever is available, and even if you have nothing in the house; there’s an onion & some soy sauce right?

Todays’ ingredients:

  • cooked brown rice,
  • Indonesian rawit; veryVERY spicy pepper,
  • Montenegran sausage
  • Croatian spring onion
  • some Dutch cherry tomatoes
  • Ketjap manis, Indonesian sweet soy sauce.



April 18, 2012

NeighbourFood Market Westerpark Amsterdam

Remember I was sooo enthousiastic about my Sunday breakfast a month ago? (CLICK!)

Sunday next, 22 April, is the 4th edition of the NeighbourFood Market on the Westergasterrein, from 11.00h to 16.00h. The exact location in The Westergasterrein is not known yet, so be sure you go for a walk and check out the (inside halls of the) Westerpark.

NeighbourFood Market April 22

NeighbourFood Market April 22

I’m looking forward to it!  @Lookaroundyounow; don’t forget to wave!

More info (in Dutch only);

& check out what else is up in & around the beautiful Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in the Westerpark in Amsterdam;

Unfortunately again only in Dutch. Something I don’t understand! Amsterdam is such an international city, why is there not more information for international visitors or residents available? That’s another reason my blog is in English…

April 17, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

My 2nd award, WOOHOOOO! I was already awarded with a Genuine Blogger Award , and now I got a Versatile Blogger Award too!



THANK YOU, From the Pews! I don’t know much about From the Pews, I know she’s a She, she sounds very courageous and she honestly shares her feelings/beliefs/doubts/faith online. I admire her for that! Here’s a small excerpt from her ABOUT-page;

The purpose, or reason for being, of this site is simple… We, or I rather, look for something more in this world, a reason for doing what we do, a reason for being, a sense of purpose. …..And thus, here you have me…still on my journey, still searching, and now hoping that by sharing with you all, perhaps we can all find this Path together. Perhaps we can give one another a tug here and there to keep us going down the difficult, narrow, but NEVER Lonely Path.

The Versatile Blogger Award is all about to introduce bloggers to each other and to promote quality blogs that the awardees and their readers might not been discovered otherwise.

“Versatile Blogger” Award Rules: 

  1. Post a picture of the award.
  2. Thank the award giver.
  3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers about this and tell them by leaving comments on their blog.

WOW, not an easy task! Completed points 1 & 2 up here. What’s next?

Share 7 random facts about yourself. – I’ll try to make it facts that (most of) my readers don’t know yet.
  1. I talk to my cat, Mala, AND no I’m not (that) crazy; she talks back.
  2. I fell in love with Croatia when I was only 5.
  3. I loooove Body Combat & Kickboxing (For ladies. Is less tough than the real thing). I injured my ankle & totally miss it, slowly building up now with stretching, Pilates, Essentrics & Yoga.
  4. I’m approaching 30 and feel like I should grow up when I do.
  5. I’d like to start my own company in Culinary Tourism.
  6. I never thought anyone would actually read my blog.
  7. I can’t wait to have my own garden.
This is how Mala & I blog

This is how Mala & I blog

Nominate 15 other bloggers about this and tell them by leaving comments on their blog.

In random order I have nominated;

  1. Kayotic kitchen Beautiful blog by a fellow Dutchie with great recipes & more
  2. Secret Dalmatia Blog about & reviews of  travel in Croatia, historic and cultural heritage
  3. Tess’ Japanese Kitchen’ cooking project based on The Japanese Kitchen, by Hiroko Shimbo.
  4. FoodLiciousNan who co-authored a cookbook & shares Indian recipes on her blog
  5. Gipsylyrics Gipsylyrics who researches & collects my favourite music on her blog
  6. Mitzi’s Foodoo foodie with Food as philosophy & cooking as meditation
  7. Friends that cook Friends and Friends of Friends and What They Cook
  8. Croatiaphile by an Australian Croatiaphile whose life mission is to explore her Croatian origins, landscapes and people linked to Croatia all over the world.
  9. Sirana Gligora about a cheesery and its great cheese from the island of Pag, Croatia
  10. Tiller’s tale tale of Tiller, abandoned as a kitten in Curacao, rescued by The Cap’n and The Mariner, now sailing the world. Please let me & Mala know if you’re in the neighbourhood!
  11. De Valreep Cultural & social center in former animal asylum in Amsterdam-Oost
  12. Girl in a food frenzy  Foodie who shares her recipes and her most recent journey at school as a budding chef
  13. Look around you know “Amsterdammer” who blogs about how she & her 9 months old twin girls see the world
  14. Feminet Blog by Feminet, a Slovenian privately funded organisation, aimed at education on social responsibility
  15. La Belle Aurore Canadian foodie sharing great recipes, living in China.
April 15, 2012

Kafka’s Soup

Kafka's Soup

Kafka's Soup

Kafka’s Soup is a literary pastiche in the form of a cookbook. It contains 14 recipes each written in the style of a famous author from history.
Recipes include:
tiramisu as made by Proust,
cheese on toast by Harold Pinter,
clafoutis grandmere by Virginia Woolf,
chocolate cake prepared by Irvine Welsh,
lamb with dill sauce by Raymond Chandler,
onion tart by Chaucer, fenkata (rabbit stew) by Homer,
boned stuffed poussins by the Marquis de Sade,
mushroom risotto by John Steinbeck,
tarragon eggs by Jane Austen,
Vietnamese chicken by Graham Greene
and Kafka’s Miso soup.
Also included are recipes in the style of Jorge Luis Borges
and Gabriel García Márquez.

As of 2007,Kafka’s Soup had been translated into 18 languages and published in 27 countries. The Croatian translation proved more popular than the Da Vinci Code, forcing it in to second place on the country’s best seller list. Each recipe in the French version was translated by a separate translator specialising in the translation of the works of the parodied author.

I just borrowed this book in the library and I’m looking forward to reading it & am curious about the recipes!

April 14, 2012

Imperfection is beautiful

Such a beauty; forbidden to sell in The EU, all vegs & fruits have to look the same. This unsprayed lemon was picked for me from a garden during my roadtrip in Montenegro…