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High Up in The Nest

Sunset chaser

It’s been a week or so since I came back from the humid and hot Philippine (is)land(s) and I couldn’t wait to talk about one of the best choices of the trip: The BirdHouse.

The BirdHouse is a self entitled Glamping Experience, and whether or not you are acquainted with the term Glamping, you need to hear this one out cause I’m here to talk about food.

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Eating out

Manhattn’s Burger Antwerp

Manhattan’s Burger

If you my friend, is a burger aficionado like me, this name is more than familiar. But for those who never heard about Manhattn’s Burger, beware , this post contain spoilers!

As the name gives out Manhattn’s is a premium burger chain that started out in Brussels, but wisely sells burgers inspired in the New York Burger Style. The chain has 3 addresses, 2 in Brussels, and one in Antwerp. I’ve been to all of them but my last visit was to their fairly recent address in Antwerp.

The burger you get from Manhattn’s is born from a fast premium concept, but before the gourmet burger lovers out there start frowning upon the idea, let me tell you why this concept works.

Unlike countless Burger spots in Belgium, Manhattan’s uses the traditional soft and fresh brioche buns, very succulent, tasty and according to their claims Irish, grass fed beef patties that are (very important to say) flame grilled, and the also important Belgian style fries that are often very well made, accompanied to a tasty homemade mayo (because premium burger and fries can’t make it without homemade mayo!)

The burgers are very well performed, and with all these ingredients they become a melting-in-your-mouth kinda burger. Nham!

Last time I visited Manhattn’s I ordered the Gatsby Burger, that only to think of waters my mouth, and once again the burger was truly enjoyable. Its only downside,  if worth mentioning, was that it wasn’t served with wild mushrooms, but instead regular ones. But hey, to be honest I’m not really complaining.

 

Manhattan's Burger

The place has a modern industrial decor, with lots of tables and a considerable turnover, so you can always find a seat. It is efficiently managed with a fair price and good drinking options ranging from Coke to the Belgian La Chouffe on tap (big fan). They also have desserts and coffee options.

In my opinion Manhattn’s serves very honest and tasty burgers, with a consistent quality, be it in Brussels or Antwerp. Too bad they don’t have an address in Gent (yet).

 

For more info : www.manhattn’s.com

 

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Belgian Recipes

Scampi Diabolique

Scampi Diabolique

This recipe is a culinary fast food! Scampi Diabolique is one of the most traditional Belgian dishes and definitely one of my favourite. I’ve had many different versions in the past and it took me some time to figure out my “ideal” recipe, but after trying some variations I finally nailed the ingredients and my Diabolique became a favourite with a Belgian’s approval (thanks hubby).

In my version I try to reproduce the silky creamy sauce  where the ‘scampi’ can have all the attention, so unlike other recipes out there, I skip the bell peppers, carrots, curry and some other ingredients.

This dish is certainly effortless and flexible : you can serve it as an appetizer, or main dish and the side options couldn’t get any simpler: be it french fries (like Belgians do) fresh slices of bread, or rice, you choose! It is definitely a great choice in cold days since it has some spiciness to warm up and a fulfilling tasty sauce.

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Thai Food

Coconut Lime Chicken Skillet

Coconut Lime Chicken

I can’t deny that Thai food is definitely making it’s way to my heart since I’ve moved to Belgium.

The first Thai dish I ate and learned to cook was the Thai Chicken Green Curry and since then I have repeated it to exhaustion at home! So for a change I started looking for something different the other day and came across this recipe on Pinterest and adapted it to two people.

And the recipe transforms beautifully the old plain grilled chicken: it is spicy, creamy and tangy but also a light meal, specially if you skip the rice and go for a low carb side option.

Make sure to give it a try, this is a no regrets kinda chicken!!

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Desserts

Date Truffle

Date Truffle

I’ve realised that if you want to change your eating habits, you need to have good choices to go for when the cravings hit you and this Date Truffle is everything you asked for: sweet , chocolatey , full of good fats, and very tasty!!!

The recipe only requires a few ingredients and it is 100% vegan. Go ahead and give it a try. I’m sure you won’t regret!

 

Ingredients

  • 30 whole pitted dates
  • 2/3 roasted almonds
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1tbsp. coconut oil
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground.
  2. Add dates; process until finely ground.
  3. Add the rest of ingredients and pulse until combined then check if the mixture is firm enough to form the balls .
  4. Scoop about 2 teaspoons cocoa mixture with a spoon, and roll into a ball.
  5. Roll the balls in the desired coatings and place them on a plate.
  6. Refrigerate for one hour.

 

Make sure you don’t over eat the truffles because although it’s a very healthy version, it has a considerable amount of calories!

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Fish

Baked Salmon with Lemon Dill yoghurt

Baked Salmon Lemon Dill Yoghurt

I was wondering what to cook for myself (my husband is travelling)  and decided to go for a fish, after all nothing better than a light, healthy dinner recipe when the weather (finally) starts getting warmer .

This baked Salmon is everything in one: simple, full of herby flavours , topped up with a refreshing lemon dill yoghurt sauce.

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Meat

Baked Kibbeh

Baked Kibbeh | www.notafoodexpert.com

Maybe this is not the most photogenic recipe out there but it’s certainly an affordable option for a different meal.

It’s everything I look for when cooking: effortless, easy fast… No to mention it’s packed with powerful flavours, no wonder why I love this Lebanese dish.

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Desserts

Traditional Brazilian Flan

Sweetened Condensed Milk Flan | www.notafoodexpert.com

This Brazilian recipe is extremely popular and traditional. You can easily find it in a restaurant or sitting on the table of a Brazilian family after that Sunday lunch. It also happens to be my older brother’s favourite dessert and whenever I’d make it at home, it would quickly disappear!

There are few reasons why it is so popular: it requires only a few simple ingredients, which makes it inexpensive, it’s extremely easy to make (you can mix it all at once in a blender) and finally satisfies that sweet tooth we all have now and then.

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