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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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Eating out

Bia Mara

Bia Mara |www.notafoodexpert.com

Forget everything you think about fish and chips. Bia Mara came to make a statement with their new approach on the traditional fish and chips, getting automatically rid of all the well known downsides of this infamous British classic.

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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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Desserts

Orange Cake With Buttercream Frosting

Orange Cake | www.notafoodexpert.com

So, it’s blood orange season and I was super excited to buy some and make one of these awesome cakes you see on the internet. But, the thing is: the blood oranges I bought weren’t that bloody, if you know what I mean. Their shade wasn’t as “red” as we usually see out there, but it can happen. Guess I wasn’t lucky this time but I wouldn’t give up on my original idea and made an orange cake anyways, but with the bloody oranges I already had.

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Healthy

Quinoa Risotto

Quinoa Risotto | www.notafoodexpert.com

I love the traditional Italian risotto, packed with carbs and cheese…. mmmm such comfort food! But for the times I’m worried about being healthier I end up cooking this lighter version with quinoa that is considered a super food, rich in proteins and antioxidants! This dish is a great option both for lunch or dinner and goes easily with everything, and if you skip the cheese you have a vegetarian dish!

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Restaurants

De Schalk

De Shalk

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This Bistronomie  (as they self entitle) was a pleasant surprise both times me and my fiancé visited; once for dinner on a Sunday night, and a couple weeks ago on a weekday for lunch. Both times he called in advance to reserve a table, because we like to be on the safe side, although we had no problems to choose where we’d like to sit. 

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Healthy

Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancake| www.notafoodexpert.com

I love the thick  fluffy american pancakes, but I reach out to this healthy option of Protein Pancake much more as they are as delicious and 10 times faster to prepare. Not to mention these are filled with fibres and no sugar added, they are really delicious and in a few minutes you have a healthy, diet proof  breakfast!

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Belgian RecipesMeat

Flemish Stoofvlees

Flemish Stoofvlees | www.notafoodexpert.com

Also known as Carbonnade Flamande one of Belgium’s classics doesn’t really require any further presentation. It is extensively served in the restaurants across the country, and for the ones who are not so familiar with this hearty Flemish stew I should only say that it is made with dark Belgian trapist beer and served with crispy fries. I felt personally challenged to make this recipe again after trying it in a popular local restaurant and being absolutely let down! This dish is very simple to make and definitely a big winner for these cold winter days! 

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ChocolateDesserts

Double Belgian Chocolate Brownie

Double Belgian Chocolate Brownie | www.notafoodexpert.com

Brownie is probably one of my favourite chocolate desserts! I’ve made this recipe so many times after I found the recipe at Technicolor Kitchen , that at one point in the past I knew it by heart! It is a fail-safe recipe made with cocoa powder and this time I decided to add some chunks of Belgian white and milky chocolates to make it extra decadent! And the good news is that they remain with that crispy , crackly top that everybody wants in a brownie.

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Sea Food

Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Smoked Salmon Sandwich | www.notafoodexpert.com

It’s not every day that we feel inspired or have plenty of time in hands to cook. So of these days people here in Belgium usually go for a sandwich. Which can be a great idea since you can whip it up fast, not a lot of ingredients required, and almost no dirty dishes at the end (which I really appreciate). So let me go straight to the point and share the recipe of this beauty.

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