Author: Marta

My garden

Tomorrow is already spring but here in The Netherlands we had a very sunny and spring weather since the beginning of March. Looks like every year is earlier, climate change … Anyway so this weekend we had started working in our garden getting ready for the coming months. A lot of seeding, bell  peppers, tomatoes, salads, carrots, beetroot, sunflowers, pumpkins, squash, … We have also prepared our strawberries for the season, we moved them around in the garden to have the best ground every time. (more…)

Fruit muffins

The last few days I have been checking in our refrigerator to clean up all the left overs fresh food and putting in every meal that I could think. From all the ingredients I could two boxes with a few blueberries and few raspberries, so the best thing I could think were to make a fruit muffins. So here is my experiment in fruit muffins, a good way to work out the left overs and have a sweet treat at home, something that everybody loves.

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Back again

After more than 6 years since I wrote for the last time in the blog maybe is time to start doing it again. The last 6 years I have still been cooking/baking, if you look at my Instagram account there have been pictures posted. I had also travel and discovered my second passion, walking/hiking, however you prefer to call it. I had tried to live in a more sustainable way, not only changing my eating habits but also changing the way I do things at home/traveling or in my free time. But let’s go one step at the time.

There is no doubt that the last 2 years have been difficult for everybody around the world. The fact that we are still in the middle of a pandemic after seen what a mess are doing all of our governments has put me to think if we as individuals should or could do something. Still no clue of the right answer to this but in any case I am going to start again with my cooking blog, or maybe more than that, not just cooking but a way of life that might help others or not, depends how you take it in.

So I am going to try from 2022 to bring you all my cooking experiences, not just only with the recipes, I will also share some of my day to day, bring you with me in some of my walks into nature. Hopefully you will enjoy as much as me.

Food and Health

Marta-OesterbankIt has been more than 2 months since my last post, I have been busy trying to find out what should be next. Of course I have been cooking and taking pictures, all with the intention of writing the recipes to share with you, but some how I have never got the time or even I just didn’t feel like doing it. Let’s say I am having a kind of a midlife crisis 😉  (more…)

Banana Bread

Banana-Bread-2-07Lately looks like the bananas at home are getting very fast ripe, of course then I have to start experimenting and see other possibilities to use them in different kind of cakes, breads, muffins, … In this case I made one without chocolate, changing the kind of sugar and using yoghurt. The result was a fantastic bread, that didn’t last very long and a week after I had to make again 😉  (more…)

Blondies

Blondies-11Who doesn’t like chocolate? Actually I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like. One of my favorite cakes is Brownies, but sometimes I like to try other options, like this cake, I call blondies because 2 of the basic ingredients are replaced, I use white chocolate and almonds, a delicious combination, perfect for a school treat or just to treat yourself with something very sweet.  (more…)

Strawberry Jam

Jam-6The summer or the end of the summer is ideal to make your own jam, there is a lot choice from plums, to strawberries, cherries, blackberries, even peach. Because they are in season they are cheap and of course they taste very sweet. Well you know just get some big quantities and start making your own jam for the coming months. I made a less sweet one, more fruit less sugar, so let’s say not so unhealthy 😉  (more…)

Chili con Carne

Chilli-con-Carne-7Chili con carne is one of those meals that you can make with endless combinations, as long the basics (beans, spices and meat) are there and from good quality, you can always add other vegetables, serve with rice or not, with creme fraiche or yogurt, even with couscous. Well this is my version of this healthy international meal, less meat and more beans, not vegetarian of course, otherwise will not be “con carne”, but still delicious and easy to make. (more…)

Peach Cake

Perzik-Cake-9The summertime is perfect to make cakes with fruit that only then are at their best, like peach or plums. Of course some times those cakes you can make the rest of the year using apples or pears. In this case I made peach cake where of course you can substitute with other fruit that you prefer. It is easy, colorful, sweet and very tasty. Perfect for a dessert or just for an afternoon tea, what best for you is, in our case we eat it in our Sunday afternoon tea, delicious!  (more…)

Blueberries Cheesecake

Cheesecake-8It has been a couple of months since my last post, after a summer break to enjoy the weather and expending as much time as possible with my family, is time to go back to the kitchen for serious business 😉 Of course there is no better way to start that with a cheesecake, you can top with any fruit you like, I used blueberries, I bit traditional perhaps but strawberries or cherries will also be perfect. But be prepare for a bit of work because this will take sometime to bake. (more…)

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