On the weekends, I always like to make something special for dinner. Last week, my brother and I decided to cook something together for our parents and as we were browsing through recipes we found a picture of a pie made of pasta. What could be more appropriate, considering my blog name, than making a pasta pie? I thought it was the most perfect thing and since we all like pasta bolognese it was a good choice for all of us. And anything is better when it is in a pie shape right? It is that fun twist on your regular pasta dish that makes it more of a special dinner. To go with it we made lovely chicken meatballs and a rocket salad. Lees verder
Through Facebook, I joined a testpanel for Danerolles and I got to test their Pizza Kit. Of course, I liked to try this, as I love pizza and I love to try new things. This pizza kit contains ready made dough on parchment paper and the sauce for pizza for two portions. On a day where I was having dinner with my father only, I decided to make this pizza for the first time.
When I need to teach dance classes, I often have to have dinner inbetween classes at the dance studio. Of course, I don’t want to have a heavy meal when I still have to dance for hours straight after eating, so often I will eat a salad. For me variation is the key to enjoying my meals, so sometimes, when I have enough time, I make my own salad. On other days I am even lucky to have time to run into the supermarket, so then I will buy a premade salad. I think it’s fair to say that I have tried all of the salads Albert Heijn and Lidl (the supermarkets near me) offer.
One of my favorites is still the salad with pasta, mozzarella, tomatoes and balsamic dressing. As it happens, both Albert Heijn and Lidl sell this salad, with what seems like almost exactly the same ingredients. I decided to compare them, to see if there was a difference.
The Italian cuisine is one of my favorites, so Italian restaurants are often the ones of my choice. Lately, I was searching for a place to have lunch in Rotterdam and I found Giuliano at the Meent. I had never heard of this place before, but the reviews on the Internet were all so positive that I knew I had to go there.
Giuliano is only open for lunch, between 11.00 and 17.00 o’clock. You can get all kinds of Italian sandwiches, soups and salads. Varying from a Bistecca (slow-cooked beef rib) to Pastrami, to Polpettone (Italian meatloaf) to Gallo (warm chicken), all of the descriptions of the sandwiches on the menu sound amazing! Of course they also make traditional sandwiches like mozzarella or salami. Most of the dishes are under 10 euros, which is a fair price for me. What I liked about Giuliano as well, is that they design a new signature dish each year. This shows to me that they want to keep experimenting and improving their formula.
This is a recipe I learned from my mother. She made it when my brother and I were little and as I got older and got into the kitchen more, she passed on the recipe to me. Basically it is a pizza that covers your entire baking tray. And in our case, you can feed 5 to 6 people with it. It makes a great dinner for the entire family! I always make sections for everyone who is eating it with their preferred toppings on it. It is a great recipe for some quality time evening.
The true pizza purists might not like
this version, as it doesn’t have a real pizza crust, but bread instead and I use ketchup for the sauce, which is not done in Italy of course. This pizza is not super healthy, but still healthier than the take-away or frozen pizza’s from the supermarket.
On a sunday afternoon, I wanted to provide a sturdy and comforting meal for my hard working family. Because not everybody in my family likes the same things, I went on a search for some recipes I knew everyone would like. To me, comfort dinner food usually comes out of the oven, or has cheese in it, so a macaroni and cheese was the food of my choice. I did want it to have some vegetables in it though, just to keep it a bit healthy at least. This is how I got to the Macaroni & Cheese with Broccoli from ‘Uit Pauline’s Keuken’. Everyone in my family loves broccoli, so this would fit us all. To go with it, I searched for a recipe with chicken breasts. It turned out my favorite one was from another Dutch blog: ‘Leuke Recepten. This recipe has chicken breast filled with tomato, mozzarella and basil, which seemed like a good combination with the macaroni. So we had a Blog inspired dinner!!
I always like pasta salads, as this is a quick and easy meal option that is still healthy and fresh. I often get a premade pasta salad from Albert Heijn when I need to have my dinner at the dance studio. They are quite nice, but I figured I could make them myself as well. So I got the following ingredients: