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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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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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Sea Food

Spicy Tiger Shrimps with Onion Mayonnaise

Spicy Tiger Shrimps with Onion Mayo | www.notafoodexpert.com

I’m a big sea food fan, and so is my fiancé and last week we had these very well prepared shrimps in a restaurant in Waregem and I immediately decided to make my own inspired version at home.

But when it comes to sea food, quality really matters specially if the star of the dish is the shrimp, so while we were still having lunch he came up with the brilliant idea of going to his best friend’s fish store, Viscentrale  to buy some quality Tiger Shrimps.

And I must say I have no regrets! Good sea food doesn’t need much to taste great as long as it’s fresh and from a reliable source and the ones we had were a hit and I will definitely make them again!

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Meat

Chilli Beef Stir Fry

Chili Beef Stir Fry |www.notafoodexpert.com

I’ve never been a fan of spicy food, on the contrary, I’d always avoid them and the hot sauces because I was never willing to having my mouth on fire.

To me, the spiciness would steal the show and often take over on all the flavours a dish has to offer. But things change and although I’m still very intolerant to overly spicy dishes, I definitely learnt to appreciate what a little bit of hot pepper can offer to a dish. Always with moderation of course.

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Low Carb

Low Carb Almond Cookies

Low Carb Almond Cookies | www.notafoodexpert.com

Okay, I love these cookies!!! Yes they’re low carb, made with sweetener, but these can fool anyone if you don’t tell them what’s in there! They are crispy and buttery, with a hint of dark chocolate… When you can have those healthy and delicious cookies I see no pain in going healthy! Trust me on this one and run to the kitchen to make a batch, and all I hope is that you can resist not eating them all at once!

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