Thursday, 30 October 2014

PRE-HALLOWEEN - A last minute all round impromptu party guide

People, it's almost Halloween!
In a very few hours, actually.
So I'm sorry to say that, if you didn't start planning or decorating yet, well, you're quite late.
However, if you really wanted to celebrate and get all spooked-up, but really didn't have the time  to plan disgusting dinners and splash blood in every corner (hallo, here I am) stay cheerful (well, moderatly, it's still Halloween), cause sometimes last minutes work.

Here are the essentials:
  • costume
  • decorations
  • food
  • movie

Then I think we can say, in all fairness, that a good Halloween party has been thrown together.

That's not really a costume, but might be quite impressive anyway while serving dinner.


The link is taking you directly to a web-site where you can purchase this runner but, let's be honest, it will never arrive on time. So, just splash your feet in some blood and make it yourself!

It's just unbelievable what people can do with food (intended in the best and the worst sense).
Here are three of my favourites, but the link will take you to 17 more.



          HERE's a list of 10 classics, but, honestly, it's just never-ending.


Spooky king

All the titles are directing to the link where I've found the pictures.
Have a look!

Monday, 1 September 2014


Get ready to meet your new best friend.

Today at work a miracle has happened.
I was having a crazy sugar crave. Well, maybe when you're on the border of having a panik attak it's more of a need, but still. Important thing is that I was desperate, begging only for some sugar while drawning in a sea of invoices and boring office stuff.
 And then, the miracle.
A random, desperate day, just turned into the day in which my lovely boss brings cookies.

-Just to be clear and avoid silly misunderstandings about me getting less bitter: it's no dream office. The one with scandinavian design forniture, where  flowers don't die, people are happy and your boss brings cookies... No.
Apparently no one was ever concerned with design, or windows for that matter, my plant died in one day straight and people smile only if someone has made a joke about sex.

I work in a nightmare office and my boss has brought cookies. Period.

So, back to the point, these cookies where these cookies, and they will be your new best friend.
And they will because:
they're loaded with sugar and coconut, PLUS, you need only 3 ingredients to make them PLUS they're ready in maximum top 30 minutes. -And, if 20 of those 30 minutes (negotiable) are baking time, that's to me sounds like a very good deal.-

So, for two greedy people you'll need:

  • - 3 egg whites
  • -110g (half a glass) sugar
  • - 125gr dry grated coconut

  1. divide the the yolk from the egg white (you might use the yolks the morning after to make, e.g., french toasts for breakfast).
  2. put your egg whites on a very low fire, add all the sugar and stir until all the sugar has melted. Be very careful not to cook the egg white.
  3. once the sugar has melted, start adding the coconut, constantly mixing. (As for anything, you have measures but, just keep on adding until the consistency feels right: firm but not too hard.)
  4. with the help of a spoon form little balls with your coconut dought, and bake them until golden at 180°. (Estimated baking time: 15 mins).

Well, also real friends are cool.
So they say.

Thursday, 17 April 2014


Spring is blooming with all her colourfulness.
I'm grateful for flowers, because they're beautiful and they smell nice.
I'm grateful for my herbs that, with the first warmth, grew of 10 centimetres in two weeks.
I'm grateful that our cat is not allergic to flees because, if he was, he would get bold in random, inconvenient places.
I'm grateful for Spring because it brings Ester, and holidays, and I got to see amazing places in the north of France and because I'm going home to my family.
I'm grateful about Easter also because today I've got chocolate Easter eggs.

I'm also grateful for fruit and vegetables that, at the new beginning of every season, seem always a bit more special.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


Spring is finally coming!
I've just had a lovely terraske (word that deisgnates the act of having a beer in the sun), and I wanted to share that with you today.
The warmth of the sun, the freshness of the beer, the loveliness of my garden.
I only thought that, as much as I'm totally fine in having my terraske in between my garbage bags, maybe that's something someone might want to keep for herself.
And for all the neighbours that are sharing the same frontyard with her.
We still didn't take on to the proverbial Spring Cleaning.
Beer first.
So, saving outside image poetry for cleaner days, there is something else worth talking about: "the cooking cure".
Quoting from The Kitchn, the cooking cure is "four weeks of assignments to help you get fresh inspiration and build some new habits with the goal of three home-cooked meals a day".

Even though I have a 45hours-per-week job I always cook my meals at home, and I'm still pretty satisfied with my food. For the moment I'm still far from being tempted by the work canteen.

I really don't need any cure.

Or, maybe I'm in just in phase 1. DENIAL.

Maybe frozen pizza and canned beans are signals that I shouldn't underestimate.


And I subscribed for the cure. I'm ready for phase 3. TURN YOUR BREAKFAST INTO AN AWSOME BREAKFAST.

After writing a list of your breakfast habits and setting new goals, the task of today was finding 5 new breakfast recipes.

Here are our 5 winners:
from What should I eat for breakfast today
from What should I eat for breakfast today

from What should I eat for breakfast today

I'm honestly super excited about this project.
Please subscribe and share your actual misery and plans of awesomeness with me.

Monday, 6 January 2014


So, sometimes it happens that you get out of your office with a terrible headache because, thanks to your new frugal way of life, you're not used to heating anymore. So you're actually really happy at the thought of your 8 kilometers by bike, even though you arrived at that office that it was still night, and you're leaving and it's actually night again. Still, you're happy. You need some fresh air, so you're just happy.
You're happy because you still don't know that the fresh air you're aching for looks more like a tornado rather than a breeze. A crazy wind that blows at oh-so-many-freaking-km/hour that, going down a road with an inclination of the 20% you still have to pedal.
But then, at a certain point, you feel better 'cause yes, it's almost done, you're almost home.
And that's when you're almost run over by a men that didn't understand that the prolonged sticking out of your left arm did actually mean that you wanted to turn left. He probably thought it was some ballet exercise. Probably, though, he didn't find it gracious enough cause, first, he honks, and then he even insults you. He really didn't like it.
Have I already said that it's been raining cats and dogs all along? After you live in Belgium for more than a year you tend not to find it very remarkable anymore, but of course it was raining. A lot.
But still, you finally arrive home, really really hungry because, honestly, how can anyone have lunch in half an hour? so you just managed to drink (half of) your soup. But it was also your first day of work, and you're just so tired. So tired that, for a fraction of a second, you even whish you had powder magic soup. That tired.

And then you open the fridge and you see them: some savoy cabbage, an apple, and some nuts.
And then, thank god, it's all about chopping.

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