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Banana Muffins To Celebrate The Birthday Season

At the end of June starts a busy birthday schedule. A lot of my friends and family, including myself, are summer babies. It is like December without Uggs and earmuffs, there are a lot of gifts to be bought, cakes to be eaten and glasses of wine to toast with another year in the life of the birthday boy/girl.

I still love to celebrate my birthday and get excited about that day. The thought of all those lovely friends and my amazing family, who take the time to make the day extra special for you, makes me smile. In return I always try to give a nice party, some years I celebrate it a little bigger than other years, but I always try to get a group of friends around me and have a bite and a drink.

Cakes are also part of the deal on your birthday. In Amsterdam I usually buy a Tarte au Citron at Le Fournil, a French bakery at the Olympiaplein. It is delicious and easy, because I don’t have to make it myself. But on Wednesday I was watching “Heel Holland Bakt” the Dutch version of BBC’s “The Great British Bake Off”. I love that program, it makes me happy, relaxed and it is beautifully filmed. The contestants are mostly stressed because of the competition, which is very funny, but some of them make the prettiest and the most delicious looking cakes, cookies and breads and it inspired me to bake something myself. I still had some almond meal in my cupboard and checked some of my favorite food blogs for a recipe with that ingredient. I stumbled upon the Banana Muffins of Minimalist Baker.Banana Muffin10

If you didn’t check that website before, it is time to do it today. They have great recipes that are mostly gluten free and vegan. It is not that I eat gluten free or vegan, but some times these recipes are healthier than the ordinary ones. These Banana Muffins are gluten free because she uses almond meal and oat flour instead of wheat flour and vegan because she doesn’t use eggs, but flax eggs. Eggs are normally used to hold everything together in your recipe, but vegans do not eat animal products, so to replace the eggs you can make a flax egg. That is a mixture of flaxseed and water, which makes a gelatinous substance that will have the same effect as an egg. Try it! Banana Muffin5

This recipe makes 8 muffins:

  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and 5 tablespoons of water)
  • 2 mashed ripe bananas
  • 4 tablespoons of agave or honey (or more if you like it sweeter)
  • 3 tablespoons of (unsweetened) almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of almond meal (you can make this yourself, by grounding raw almonds)
  • ½ cup of oat flour (made out of ground oats, optionally gluten free)
  1. Preheat the oven to 175 Celsius and place some paper muffin cups into a muffin tin.
  2. Make the flax egg in a large bowl and let it rest for a few minutes
  3. Add the mashed bananas, agave, baking powder, vanilla and almond milk. Give it a good stir
  4. Then add the almond meal and oat flour and stir a little bit more. Taste if it is sweet enough
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, I checked them at 25 by inserting a satay stick in it. It didn’t come out clean so I added 3 more minutes to the baking time
  6. Remove from the oven and let it rest in the tin for a while. Then get them out of there and place the muffins on a cooling rackBanana Muffin4

Happy birthday!

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Watermelon Feta Salad2

Wasabi Arugula; Anyone In For A Challenge?

Wasabi arugula? Can it get any spicier? When I saw a small bag of this salad in the supermarket, my tongue longed for another challenge. Can I handle this? How many tears will break out of my eyes? Is it just as good as my newfound love for hot sauce?

Well, my dearest readers, as for a good cry, you should not use the wasabi arugula. No one will believe you when you say: “Oh no, I didn’t cry because you just called me a “stupid blonde airhead”, it was just the wasabi arugula.” But when you want to use it in a salad, to spice things up and get out of the ordinary: Go for it!

In this challenging salad I used it with some fresh ingredients to balance the peppery taste of the arugula. Arugula is also known as “rocket salad” and “rucola”, the poor thing is a leafy green vegetable with a multiple personality disorder.

For 2 dare devils use:

  • 1 bag (40 grams) of Wasabi Arugula (For my Dutch readers I found it in the Albert Heijn, they first called it “Wasabi Rucola”, now it is “Pittige Rucola”)
  • 2 cups of chopped watermelon
  • 1 sliced avocado
  • 50 grams of crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Some dried chili pepper if you dare

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Did you survive the challenge?

Love Roos

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Watermelon Ice

Watermelon Ice Ice Baby

Yeehaw, I can finally wear my shorts today. The whole country has longed for this moment; we have a day of warm weather and sunshine. It will do good to everybody in the Netherlands, because damn that cold winter and spring where here for too long and didn’t help cheering up our mood.

The funny thing is that everybody is nicer to each other when the sun shines; we are more tolerant of stupid people in traffic, say “hello” and “thank you” more often and most noticeable are the smiles on people’s faces. Yet, I am waiting for the first one to say: “Damn, it is so hot!”

For that person I have one great tip: before you say this, think of the ways you can cool down a little. For example, drink a lot of water with ice cubes. When was the last time you could drink that without getting a blather infection? And how about a Popsicle? With these kinds of temperatures of 22-32 degrees Celsius we are allowed to eat some ice cream.

I already prepared myself for this day, so there were six watermelon popsicles waiting for me. I made them with coconut water, limejuice and of course watermelon. Coconut water is a great source electrolytes that will keep you hydrated and will refill all the minerals you loose with sweating your shorts off.

What do you do to keep yourself hydrated and cooled? 

Watermelon Ice

For 6 Watermelon Popsicles I used: 

  • A quarter of a watermelon
  • 300 milliliters of coconut water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Optional a little agave or stevia or coconut sugar
  • Blender and Popsicle molds

Blend it all together and put in Popsicle molds and freeze until they are hardened

Sit back, enjoy the sunrays on your skin (don’t forget your sunscreen), listen to some summer music at Ibiza Global Radio and enjoy this moment!

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Raw Brownie

Raaaaaw Brownie

Hello Sugar Junkies,

This blog post is for you, I have the next best thing to a deliciously chocolaty juicy brownie: The Raw Brownie

Last Saturday I invited some of my lovely girlfriends to come over for dinner at our house. I wanted to make something delicious, but still healthy. I made a beet hummus with some carrots, cucumbers and radishes to dip, after that we had a quinoa “fake” risotto/paella kind of meal, with chicken and chorizo, which was extremely delicious with a salad on the side, but I was really proud of my dessert.

Before starting this blog I read a lot of foodblogs, and I still do to get inspired and to fulfill my needs for pretty food photos and recipes. One of the blogs I like is Minimalist Baker, on that blog you will find some ridiculously creative and lovely recipes and that is where I have found the inspiration for the Raw Brownie. I really like the way raw foods are popular right now, last week on the Pure Markt I also saw a woman with a stand full of raw treats. It is a good thing that people try to get their sugar fix in a different way. I know that it is easier to grab a Mars bar at the supermarket, but if you are honest to yourself: Does it really taste good? I have to admit that some days it does, but when you compare it to the homemade treats: It really doesn’t! And do you know what it misses? Love and honest real foods.

But a Raw Brownie? Yeah people, never judge a dessert by its name! When you taste it you will embrace it and will think again when somebody introduces himself or herself by the name, Moon Unit, Banjo or Apple. It has only 5 ingredients and because I hate to through food away, I have used the almond pulp from the almond milk I made again.

Raw Brownie

For about 15 servings of brownie you’ll need:

  • 1,5 cups of raw walnuts
  • 1 cup of chopped raw almonds or almond pulp
  • 2 cups of good quality dates, I used Medjool Dates
  • ¾ cup of (raw) Cacao
  • 3 tablespoons of shredded coconut
  • A bread tin or brownie pan
  • Baking sheet
  • Food processor or good blender
  1. Blend the dates until it is finely chopped, mine turned out as a big ball of date dough. Then take it out of the food processor and put it in a bowl.
  2. Place 1 cup of walnuts (so not the whole thing) into the blender with the almonds, blend until all is finely chopped and add the cacao
  3. Now it is time to add the date dough piece by piece in the running processor or blender
  4. After a while it will all be blended into a big ball of raw brownie, you take it out of the machine and blend the rest of the walnuts by hand, so you have so bigger walnut pieces in your brownie
  5. Place a baking sheet into the bread tin or brownie pan and make a base of shredded coconut so that it is easier to take the brownie out of the tin later on, then add the raw brownie dough on top of it and press it into the mould with your hands
  6. You can put some walnuts and dust some cacao on top of it
  7. Place it into the fridge or freezer, for about an hour. This will make it harder and easier to cut into nice brownie pieces.You can keep it in the freezer in a container for 2 months!

You can keep it in the freezer in a container for 2 months!

Have a treat and enjoy it with a good cup of almond milk cappuccino

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Recharge Yourself Beet Juice

Saturday is a day to relax, read a book, take a walk or legally nap. To help my body to get rid of the drinks I had last night and to feel recharged again, I made a beet juice. After this one I always feel better. Not only due to the vitamins that are in it, but also because I just love the happy color. It a girl thang.

As you can see, it also makes some nice artwork… BeetJuice4

Whats in it?

  • 2 beets
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 green apple

Juice & enjoy it!

Love, Roos

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Pure Markt In The Amstelpark, Amsterdam

PuremarktWhen I grow up I want to live in a house with a garden. In my garden I would have al kinds of colorful flowers, an apple tree and a small field with all kinds of vegetables, herbs and some smaller fruits like strawberries. Every day I would look out of my window with a cup of tea in my hand and look for some differences from the day before. Then I will go outside and plough, cut some flowers, dig a hole for a new blueberry bush and harvest the apples to make an amazing apple pie. That is my dream… In reality I live in a great apartment, but I do not really have a balcony, only a kind of hallway outside, I do not know the English word for.

So I am dependent of farmers markets. Luckily nowadays there are quit a few in Amsterdam, like the one every Saturday on the Noordermarkt. Every Sunday there is a Pure Markt (pure market) in a different area in Amsterdam, it is a market where different kinds of foods are sold from a pure origin and every second Sunday of the month it is in the Amstelpark near my gardenless house.

If you did the math, than you have figured out that yesterday was a second Sunday, so you probably understand where I was. I went with some friends and we strolled around, checked out all the amazing stands and tasted some foods.

Puremarkt3We met Ben and Sanne from Barefood. They make some incredible nut pastes in all kinds of flavors like: Coconut Cashew Cream, Maple Almond Bros, Zico Brazil Nut, Macadamia & Co and CACAO NOW! Itasted almost every one of them except the almond one, because I already have some experience with that one. We were in awe of the Coconut Cashew Cream. I had never tasted anything like it, it was like eating something that is horribly bad for your health, but it was full of only the good stuff, like coconut oil, cashews, maple syrup and sea salt. You think you miss some ingredients like E29930022 E38440 Acryphilostyphololoco, and all kinds of conservatives you can’t pronounce, but this is it. Just four ingredients, nothing more, nothing less. The CACAO NOW!  also was the bomb, a full explosion of cacao occurred in my mouth, but to protect myself from putting the pot to my lips and eat it in one session, I bought the Maple Almond Bros. I thought it was the safest option, but I taste the almond butter while writing this post and it is not like other almond butters I had. It is a soft, creamy nut butter with a really great maple sweetness and a little coconut flavor.

Puremarkt4The other cool things I bought, at another stand, were three different kinds of mint plants. I couldn’t keep myself from creating my own little garden, so I bought, Moroccan Mint that I will use in my tea, Strawberry Mint, which smells and tastes like strawberries. The lady that sold it to me, told me that it is great in desserts, so I can’t wait to try that. The third one was Black Peppermint, I thought that it would be like black pepper, but it smells and tastes more like a peppermint.  I am not really sure what I will use it for, but I thought it was cool to have natural peppermint in my wannabe-garden.

I also bought some great black olives and lovely small sweet strawberries, so you will understand that I am so happy with my “goody bag” from the Pure Markt. When you are a weekend in Amsterdam, you should check out where it will be that Sunday and go there, you won’t be disappointed

Have a great day and I will see you soon at Room For Food!

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Homemade Hummus With An Extra M

Hummous3Hummus, the first time I heard somebody saying that she had hummus with some bread, I thought to myself: “Did she actually eat humus, as in rotten leaves? Is that some kind of new food trend I do not know about?” This was about 10 years ago, waaaaaay before I got really interested in food.

Nowadays I love hummus, with an extra m. I have it with some bread, use it to dip veggies in or as a healthier option for mayonnaise. Like my almond milk, I bought it in the supermarket, but found out that it is so ridiculously easy to make. So today I had a craving for some bread with hummus, but didn’t have any left. What I did have were some leftover chickpeas from a salad I made the evening before (always save your leftovers, you might need them later on). The bread you see in the picture is Terrasana sprouted spelt bread, this kind of bread contains more nutrients and less gluten than normal bread and it is amazingly tasty.

I made a really basic version of hummus, nothing fancy, but still great. Put the following ingredients in a blender or food processor and voilà: Homemade Hummus!

  • about 215 grams of drained chickpeas (I bought a pot of 350 grams, but after draining the liquids this is what was left)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Optional: some sea salt, but my chickpeas were a bit salted. You can also add some water if the substance is too thick. And experiment with flavor; add some garlic, chilipepper, curry, cumin or cilantro.

Love your Sunday, make some Room For Food…

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