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Desserts

Orange Cake With Buttercream Frosting

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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

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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

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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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Sea Food

Roasted Whole Trout

Roasted Whole Trout | www.notafoodexpert.com

The other day I was walking in the supermarket, wondering what would I cook for dinner and then I  as I was passing the fish counter, I noticed these lovely Trouts from the Belgian Ardennes . Since I love fish, I thought I should give them a try.

This was the first time I cooked whole fish by myself, and I can assure you it’s VERY easy (once they’re cleaned and gutted of course) and the trouts are ready to serve in only 15- 20 min, which also means it’s a very fast option to cook! The presentation of this dish is great and I can assure you , everybody is going to be impressed.

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Drinks

Quinta do Ataide

Quinta do Ataide | www.notafoodexpert.com

Okay. First of all I have to come clean here and admit I know NOTHING about wine. Nevertheless I still want to share here my findings in wine and what I’ve been learning with the help of vivino.

All I know about wine so far was more or less based on trying, but I have to say that  after I was introduced to the app Vivino I’ve been able to track what are my tastes and what types of wine/grape I’m drinking more, that among many other features the app offers… But anyways if you’re a wine enthusiast but kinda lazy (all the terms can be overwhelming for newbies) I would encourage you to download this app.

But moving on to the wine itself, it’s a Portuguese Douro Red from Northern Portugal and the grape is 100 % Touriga Nacional.

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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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