Review: Tijd voor Ontbijt

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For me, breakfast is very important. I believe a healthy breakfast gets your body started and gets the brain fueled as well. This is why I always take the time in the morning to have a decent breakfast (and because I simply wake up hungry). Personally, I love oatmeal for breakfast, because you can flavor it with loads of things and you can add almost everything as a topping. Usually I put any kind of fruit on top and sometimes extras like nuts or chocolate. Lately I discovered something new in my local Albert Heijn, called ‘Tijd voor Ontbijt‘. Tijd voor Ontbijt sells different kinds of mixes with nuts, dried fruit and superfoods to add to your yoghurt, muesli, or in my case oatmeal.

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Recipe: Oatmeal Greek yoghurt pancakes

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Ever since I had pancakes for breakfast at the Ontbijtbar I have the craving for pancakes in the morning every now and then. They are the perfect treat on days when you need a comforting start of your day. But, and this is kind of a big but, I am trying not to eat sugar at my breakfast (and lunch and dinner) because I was experiencing severe drops in my blood sugar dring the day when I ate sugar in every meal or snack. By taking less sugar, this went away almost completely. So regular pancakes for breakfast were not an option. Lees verder

Recipe: Cranberry-pecan Oatmeal cookies with white chocolate (Great Foodblogger Cookie Swap)

Cranberry-pecan Oatmeal cookies with white chocolateThe Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

A couple of months ago, I noticed a post on another blog about the Great Foodblogger Cookie Swap. To be truthfull, I first thought I could not join this event, because it was based and organised mainly in the US. But after I did some research, I found out that it was actually an international event and I could join even in the Netherlands! I really loved the idea of baking cookies for random other foodbloggers and receiving cookies from other foodbloggers as well. But the thing that made me want to do this even more is the fact that it supports Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
So I signed up, hoping that some other Dutch foodbloggers would join as well so I could have some matches.

Fortunately, they did (!) and as soon as I got my matches I knew what I was going to bake:
Cranberry-pecan Oatmeal cookies with white chocolate.
I had oatmeal cookies on my to bake list like forever, and I figuCranberry-pecan Oatmeal cookies with white chocolatered it would be the right cookie to make for others and their sturdy texture would make it through the shipping process.
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Inspiration: 10 times fruit in your oatmeal (the realistic way)

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I’m seeing the most amazing photos of jaw dropping breakfast bowls with uncountable kinds of ingredients on Instagram every day. A lot of different fruits, nuts, superfoods, sprinkles, colors and whatnot are added in these breakfasts. Everything is perfectly cut and nicely shape and arranged in layers and patterns.The pictures alone are mouthwatering pieces of art. But realisticly, as much as I want it to, my breakfast almost never looks as great, not even close (even while it has the same ingredients sometimes). Simply because I don’t have the time to cut fruit in a creative way, or puff some rice or amaranth every day. And if it is very early, I don’t even care how my oatmeal looks, as long as it tastes goodThis is why I decided to share 10 of my regular, ready in 2 minutes oatmeal and fruit breakfasts. Some still look ok, others plain boring, but most important is how they tasted. I really liked all of these combinations.
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Restaurant: Ontbijtbar, Rotterdam

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I love waking up in the morning every day, because I know the first thing I get to do is having breakfast. It is something I can’t do without and I make a feast out of it every morning, no matter how early it is. But today I had to skip my breakfast. Very strange for me, but for a good cause, because I had planned a visit to the Ontbijtbar in Rotterdam. I heard so many positive things about this breakfast place near Rotterdam Central Station, that I decided to make a stop there before I went to visit the Markthal.

The Ontbijtbar serves traditional breakfast dishes: oatmeal, granola, eggs benedict, pancakes and sandwiches. All of these dishes are homemade with the nicest ingredients. Of course you can get coffee, tea, milk and juices as well. Their opening hours on weekdays are from 7.00 to 15.00. So really only for breakfast or lunch.
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Inspiration: Oatmeal with fresh figs

Oatmeal with figs

So, I start almost every day with a bowl of oatmeal and I try to vary as much as I can with what goes into the oatmeal. Usually, it is a kind of fruit, something to add a taste and something that gives a little texture. Instead of the more ‘regular’ kind of fruits, I decided to be more adventurous and tried fresh figs this time.Β  I did remove the skin, as the figs were not cooked or baked or anything. The figs were nice and sweet and I liked the bite of the seeds in the figs as an addition to my oalmeal. The combination with honey and walnuts was a great fit. I turned out to really like this combination for breakfast, so I decided to share the contents of the bowl with you:
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