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Low carb bounties

I am still making several things for me, especially sweet ones. Today i made low-carb bounties. Easy. I made a paste with coconut rasp, coconut milk, coconut oil and some erythritol. Two hours in the freezer, then i covered it with a 90% chocolate from Lindt.

I first thought of making slagroomtruffels – cream truffels, not sure what the proper translation is for these. This uses more whip cream and butter. It is a bit more fatty. Saving this for another day!

Published on November 18, 2021 at 6:00 by

Keto minestrone

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 fat gloves of garlic, cut in slices
  • 250 gram bacon
  • 1 fennel, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 large peppers, diced
  • stem of broccoli. diced
  • 100 grams green beans, sliced in three
  • 4 spring onions, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 can of tomato, cut up
  • 15 grams basil, torn up
  • 15 grams of dille, diced
  • chicken stock, 2 liters, you can use any type you like, i used cubes

Preparation

  1. Put the onions in a large pan with olive oil, add the bacon after a minute or so. Put the lid on the pan and let it bake for a couple of minutes
  2. Add the carrot, fennel, bell pepper, peppers, broccoli stem, green beans, spring onions and tomato, let it simmer for around 10 minutes
  3. Add the stock, let simmer for half an hour
  4. Add the basil and dill
  5. Ready to serve!

I put two servings in a jar with a top and set those in the fridge to keep it fresh. In the pan i left two servings for tomorrow.

Published on October 13, 2021 at 6:00 by

Ketogenic diet

On June 12 2019 i wrote my first post about the keto diet, called Keto chocolate chip almond flour cookies. I am on this journey for around three years now. From low carb to keto. And now i’m quite strict with myself. I don’t drink any alcohol, i buy a 90% chocolate bar once or twice a week, i stopped putting erythritol in my coffee, i don’t eat any bread. No pasta, no rice, no potatoes. I have some chorizo in my cupboard upstairs, walnuts. I make my own dressing for salads. I breakfast with a bulletproof coffee, a double espresso with a knob of butter and some cream. I lunch with a salad with mushrooms, bell peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, and either an egg or feta or smoked salmon. My dinner is usually a baked sausage or chicken thigh and veggies like spinach or cauliflower or another salad.

I did measure my glucose before i wrote this post, it is 6,0 mmol/L, which is fine. A month ago i measure it for around a week multiple times a day, it was between 5 and 6 the whole time.

In my room i have some tea, walnuts, chorizo and chocolate.
In the kitchen i have some eggs, anchovies, peppers, aubergine (eggplant), tomatoes, apple vinegar, olive oil, olives and coconut oil.
In the fridge i have a cauliflower, spinach, chicket, cucumber, bacon, ham, cream, butter, cottage cheese and cream cheese.
My dinner this evening: aubergine fried, then a whole tin of anchovies, three gloves of garlic, chicken, green olives, bell peppers and a tin of tomatoes. Stewed for around 45 minutes. Lovely.
Published on August 13, 2021 at 6:00 by

Fail

Yesterday and today i failed in keeping up my keto diet. I have diabetes, it is better for me to eat very few carbs. Yesterday i ate some bread. Hmmm. This morning my house lord said he had bought an Easter stollen. I tried to prevent myself, but no. Three slices! Lovely!

Well, dinner was good. Two eggs, spinach and a bit of smoked salmon. Coffee next, a small piece of 85% chocolate. Later this evening i will drink some broth.

Tomorrow i have an appointment with my dietician. I do need to come clear over my failings. Set myself a new standard. Eat more veggies. More salads.

Sigh.

Published on April 6, 2021 at 6:00 by

Keto Christmas inspiration

As i mentioned yesterday, i have been eating more severely the ketogenic diet. It is mainly for combating my diabetes. It would be better if i were to loose a couple of kilos, say around ten. I am back to measuring my glucose once or twice a day. In the morning it is quite high. While writing this post, before dinner on Thursday, i measured it and it is 5.3, which is acceptable.

I think i need to measure it during the night for a couple of times. There are several possibilities why my glucose is so high in the morning, the Dawn Phenomenon and the Somogyi Effect.

I have to say here that it does take time to understand all these processes. I am not a doctor or a nurse or anything like that. But i do want to understand my body a bit better. So the next few days i will measure my glucose at night around three.

Next i have collected some keto recipes for Christmas. The soups and the desserts are most to my liking. The mackerel pate too!

Enjoy your weekend. Salute!

Keto Smoked Mackerel Pate
Mackerel Pate with Horseradish

Creamy Keto Chicken Soup
Keto Chicken Soup
Keto Egg Drop Soup

Greek Courgette Salad

Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani
Keto Mashed Cauliflower

Mascarpone with berries
Keto Chocolate Pudding
Keto Bulletproof Coffee Ice Cream
Keto Chocolate Mousse

Added later:
Keto Eggnog

Published on December 11, 2020 at 6:00 by

Vegan sushi bowl

Over the weekend i came across the following video Buddha Sushi Bowl with Orange Sesame Sauce. It stuck in my mind. So this Tuesday morning i propoed to make this dish. Or rather, a dish like this one. I went to the marke and got some vegetables, to the eco shop to get tempeh and sesame seeds.

Ingredients
For the sushi rice :
450g rice
60g apple vinegar
2 tbsp beet sugar
1 tsp salt

For the orange sesame sauce :
1 orange
40g soy sauce
40g olive oil
40g toasted white sesame seeds
1/2 tsp salt

400g tempeh

1 broccoli
1 winter carrot
1 bush spring onions
250g mushroom
edamame beans
olive oil
salt and pepper

2 sheets nori
2 avocado’s

Instructions

  1. make sushi rice. in a small cup, combine rice vinegar, beet sugar and salt then set aside until it dissolves. cook rice and then pour sushi vinegar over the rice and mix well.
  2. in a blender, mix all the ingredients for the orange sesame sauce. pour some of it over tempeh.
  3. cut vegetables in a bite size and drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. put them with tempeh in an oven and bake at 356F/180C for 30 minutes.
  4. Plate sushi rice, nori sheets, avocado, vegetables, tempeh, spring onions, sesame seeds. drizzle orange sesame sauce or soy sauce as you like.
  5. Enjoy!

Published on October 7, 2020 at 6:00 by

Coq au vin

I am cooking a going away dinner today. Yesterday i did all the shopping for it. I will make a coq au vin, or rather, poulet au vin. There are many recipes for this dish online. I have checked quite a few, and decided to make my one based on all of them. So yesterday evening i poured red wine over the chicken things with bones and let it sit in the fridge for the whole night. Around four this afternoon i will start preparing the dish. Bake the chicken in a pan in butter together with thinly sliced onion and a couple of carrots also sliced. After that cook the bacon, the shallots and the mushrooms. Hmm, maybe i better blanch the shallots first in boiling water. Yes! Deglaze the pot with a chicken stock. Add a bit of flour. Add some rosemary. Put everything in the pot and let it simmer for a while. Add the red wine, bay leaves, put in the oven for one and a half hour.

With this dish i will bake potatoes and boil carrots with some butter and a bit of brown sugar. I hope i will make some photos of the dish once it is ready!

The dessert is simple: strawberries and whipped cream with a bit of vanilla paste. Yum 🙂

Published on June 1, 2020 at 6:00 by

Some links to recipes and a couple of thoughts

I felt a bit more as usual today. Yesterday i was at home the whole day. I did do some dishes. I cleaned up the table in the front room. I cleaned up my kitchen. This morning i started with doing some more dishes. I still have some to do. Mostly the pans and bowls are having everything soaked off right now.

Today i walked by Julien. He has a room for rent for two months, starting January 31. So i went though the room and i will rent it – for only 250 euros each month. This gives me more time to look for another cheap house, preferably in the northern part of Rotterdam.

Thinking back about the dinner party makes me feel very happy. It still is in my head.I know i need to start thinking about packing, throwing things away, giving things away. And i will! But i do still feel a bit rosy afterwards. Bless all my guests!

I have some links to recipes for you from last Sundays dinner.

Published on January 15, 2020 at 6:00 by

Menu

Entree
Chicory leaves
Cherry tomatoes
Aioli
Roasted Garlic Lupini Bean Dip
Salted Butter
Sunflower Pumpkin Linseed Chia Seeds Crackers
Bread

Main Course
Pumpkin, Chestnut and Cashew Nut Roast
Baked Brie with Nuts and Figue Jam
Chicken Liver Pate
Oven Baked Goose

Sauerkraut
Celeriac, Hazelnuts and Lentil salad
Beetroot salad
Brussel Sprouts salad
Boiled Leeks with a dressing
Baked Goudreinet Apples stuffed with Onions and Sage
Boiled Potatoes

Cranberry sauce
Onion Marmelade
Green Tomato Chutney

Wines and Drinks brought by the Guests

Dessert
Vegan Trifle
Chocolate Mousse with Whipped Cream

After
Coffee
Tea – Green Tea with Jasmin, Starry Mix, Earl Grey
Ginger Tea
Self Made Vegan Chocolate Truffles with Calvados
Calvados V.S.O.P.
Tawny Port

Published on January 13, 2020 at 6:00 by