Archive for October, 2012

October 29, 2012

New Years?

This year I want it all different.

New Years

New Years


So, to get myself inspired, a question to you;  what are your plans for the New Year and your Christmas holidays?

October 26, 2012

Beasts of the Southern wild in het Ketelhuis

I don’t really like drama movies….. I really don’t like fantasy movies….But this movie rocked!

Auroch cave drawing

Auroch cave drawing

It’s a bit heavy at times, it has some sensitive topics for me, but the visuals are beautiful and main actress Quvenzhané Wallis is amazing..
The water, the shellfish, that’s how I have imagined the New Orleans (& surroundings) swamps when I first read about it in one of Virgina Andrews’ books.

Beast it!

Beast it!

Here’s an interview with the movie-maker and the actors:

I’d recommend you to watch the movie if you can!

I watched it yesterday, in good company 🙂 , in Het Ketelhuis in the Westerpark in Amsterdam.
I don’t like (Hey, there’s a lot I don’t likes in this post 😉 ) the big commercial cinema’s in Amsterdam (Although I have never tried the private loveseat in the Tuschinski Cinema yet). Het Ketelhuis is firstly much more than just a cinema (and bar and restaurant), secondly it’s cosy, homey and intimate.


October 26, 2012

Amsterdam by Josh Dykgraaf

Josh Dykgraaf, a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Artist based in  Australia, makes art using  3D modeling, photo-manipulation and retouching. His weapon of choice is Photoshop, with handy sidearms in form the of Cinema 4D, ZBrush and a Canon 7D.


Check how he sees my city:


Amsterdam by Josh Dykgraaf

Amsterdam by Josh Dykgraaf


More info:

October 19, 2012

Quinoa for lunch

You know I don’t like the typical Dutch lunch; I’m a Dutchie that feels more Mediterranean than Dutch. I try to avoid the peanut butter/ cheese/ bad ham sandwiches as much as I can and therefor I just scored this Quinoa salad. It’s a FUNKY mix with almonds, spinach, cranberries, mushrooms and onions and it’s great!





 The last time I ate quinoa I decided to cook it myself soon, I just remembered. Did you ever make quinoa?

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October 18, 2012

Marilyn’s wisdom

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. (Wikipedia)


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe



I feel like I too would have loved her if I lived then. What a wise words she said..


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

October 18, 2012

Las manos de los hombres by Carhabana

Another great feel good song.
What amazing artists, what a beautiful singer (Vania Borges)..

Las manos de los hombres by Carhabana (Composed by Samuel Strouk)
Hands of men

Sus manos son suave calor sobre tu pelo
tranquilidad que un hombre te da
que fuerte son cuando sostienen una pena
de un hombre su puño de amor a la felicidad

Their hands are gentle heat on your hair
tranquility that a man gives
they are strong when holding a pain/sorrow
of a man’s fist love to happiness

Y es que sus manos son canción
que triste son si al corazón
le van matando su ilusion
manos que queman con sus dedos la canción

And is that their hands are song
they are sad if to the heart
are killing their illusion
hands that burns with their fingers the song

Sus manos son rayos de sol
son la esperanza de amanecer
otro dia más

Their hands are sunshine
are the hope of waking up
another day

Que malas son cuando se cierran
cuando te apuntan sin razón
cuando le roban la esperanza a un soñador

Are bad (the hands) when they’re close
when they point you for no reason
when they steal the hope of a dreamer

Que suave son si a un niño tocan con cariño
pasa el llanto y la risa vendrá
sus manos son ondas de amor
cuando se unen en un aplauso
de armonía final

Are soft if they touch a child with love
passes the tears and laughter come
their hands are waves of love
when joined in applause
of final harmony

October 18, 2012

Extra wasabi

Yes! Always EXTRA wasabi for me!


Sushi & vega Japanese snack & Korean pancakes.

October 17, 2012

Prekmurska Gibanica

Prekmurska Gibanica (layered cake from Prekmurje) is a moist dessert consisting of layers of poppy seed, cottage cheese, walnut and apple filling. It is protected under the Traditional Speciality Guaranteed Designation and can only be sold under its name when prepared according to the traditional recipe (Typical of Pannonian Slovenia, the region of Prekmurje.). The name Gibanica comes from dialectical expression güba and in this case refers to a fold.

For centuries Prekmurska gibanica was served as a festive and ritual dish in Prekmurje. The exact origin of the recipe is not clear. Early sources suggest that it evolved over centuries. The oldest extant document (1828) by József Kossics described the wedding (prek: “Gostüvanje) never goes by without gibanica, which is done as follows: “The dough is rolled until thin, sprinkled with grated cabbage, turnips or ricotta. All is covered by second layer of dough. It is sprinkled as previously. 10 or 11 such layers are thus composed and form a conspicuous cake.

One of these desserts is extremely filling and heavy. But sooooo amazingly tasty! Below you see a pic of our lunch after our visit to Trojane, Slovenia.

Prekmurska Gibanica

Prekmurska Gibanica


More info about what exactly is the Traditional Speciality Guaranteed Designation HERE.

October 17, 2012

Traditional Specialities Guaranteed

Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (aka TSG) is a European Union (EU) food designation. This Regulation establishes the criteria and procedures by which agricultural products intended for human consumption and foodstuffs can be recognised as traditional specialities guaranteed (TSGs).

This act or designation does not restrict a food item to a geographical area, as the other designations do. The emphasis is on the product being made with “traditional” ingredients, or techniques, rather than being on the place where it is made.

An agricultural product intended for human consumption or foodstuff with a traditional composition, or produced according to a traditional production method may become a traditional speciality guaranteed (TSG). This possibility encourages the diversification of agricultural production and has positive consequences in several areas. The introduction of a TSG boosts farmers’ revenues and maintains the population in less favoured or remote areas by promoting the rural economy. It also increases the market value of the products of economic operators, by guaranteeing that they are distinguishable from other similar products or foodstuffs. In addition, thanks to the introduction of this designation, consumers will able be to make more informed choices on the basis of clear information on the specific characteristics of the products they buy.

Register of products

TSGs recognised at European level are entered into a register, which is kept by the Commission. They are divided into two lists according to whether or not the use of the name is reserved to those producers who comply with the product specification. A product may only be registered if:

  • it is produced using traditional raw materials;
  • it is characterised by a traditional composition or by a method of production/processing that corresponds to a traditional production/processing method.

In order to be registered, the name must:

  • be specific in itself;
  • indicate the specific character of the agricultural product or foodstuff.

Product specification

In order to be recognised as a TSG, an agricultural product or foodstuff must comply with the product specification, and must include the following elements:

  • the name, given in one or more languages, and an indication whether the application for registration is being made with or without reservation of the name;
  • the description of the product, with an indication of its main physical, chemical, microbiological and organoleptic properties;
  • the description of the production method to be applied by the producers, including where relevant the nature and characteristics of the raw materials or ingredients used and the manufacturing method;
  • the key elements that define the product’s specific character;
  • the key elements that demonstrate the product’s traditional character;
  • the minimum requirements and procedures for checking its specific character.


The Member States must take the necessary measures to ensure legal protection against any misuse or misleading use of the term “traditional speciality guaranteed”, the abbreviation TSG and the associated Community symbol and against any imitation of names registered and reserved. Registered names must be protected against any practice liable to mislead the consumer, including practices suggesting that a product is a traditional speciality guaranteed recognised by the Community.

  • Perhaps you know about the quarrel Slovenia and Austria have about one of my favourite foods; the Kransjka klobasa from Slovenia (‘Carniolan sausage’) or the Krainer wurst as the Austrians call it (See THIS article in the UK Telegraph) 
  • Or perhaps you are from a region which has local specialties which fall under the Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (aka TSG) European Union (EU) food designation? 
  • What is your favourite Traditional Speciality Guaranteed food (Check Wikipedia HERE for a list)?
Kranjska klobasa

Kranjska klobasa

More info and the full legislation:

October 9, 2012

Toilet in the mountainhut

When I was in Slovenia, we visited the mountains and spent some nights up. Everything up there was an incredible experience, even a visit to the toilet…

Toilet in mountainhut

Toilet in mountainhut

Toilet in mountainhut

Toilet in mountainhut

The lake you see down there, is drinkingwater which tasts amazing.