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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sea Food

Seared Garlic and Butter Scallops

Seared Garlic and Butter Scallops | www.notafoodexper.com

Ever since I’ve moved to Belgium, I started paying more attention to the scallops. every time I would buy some fish they were there, white and shiny. And of course as curious as I am I had to try them out. Why not jump into another recipe challenge… So I did my homework one of these night I couldn’t sleep, reading all about scallops taste, recipes, how to prepare them perfectly and I’m not quite sure I nailed them yet! But I have to be honest, at the same time they’re super easier, fast to cook they also required attention so they don’t get overcooked.

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PastaVegetarian

Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta | www.notafoodexpert.com

This is a traditional Italian recipe, fresh and tasteful and so fast and easy to make! I made this Pesto to eat with integral pasta, but honestly this can go with sandwich, pizza, toast, bruschetta…  If you want to eat it with pasta ,all you have to do is cook up some pasta (any kind) slather on the pesto and of course to top sprinkle some Parmesan, and you’re good to go.

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