If there’s one thing Gillian and I like to do, it’s try new places to eat. Especially meals that I wouldn’t normally cook at home or that are really hard to recreate. Umamido is one like that, as it’s a Japanese noodle (ramen) restaurant. I’d driven past here a couple of times on my way to work and last week we finally got to try it. My favourite bits were the edamame and the gyoza! There’s plenty of locations too, if you’re interested in your own bowl of asian goodness. You can find their menu here.
One of my ultimate favourites, I’d have to say, is a classic apple pie. I love that there are so many different types and that it’s one for all seasons. You can have it hot with ice cream or cooled with a nice glass of iced tea in summer. Yum!
375 g or 2 ½ cups of flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
225g or 1 ½ cups of melted butter
200 g or 1 cup of caster sugar
20 g of sugar
1 bag of vanilla sugar
3 spoons of soy milk
6 big apples
3 teaspoons of cinammon
60g of raisins
1 pie tin
1 rolling pin
Making the dough
Mix the caster sugar, baking powder and flour
Add the butter and soy milk
Blend until a smooth dough that doesn’t stick
Put a towel over the dough and put it in the fridge
Making the filling
Peel the apples and cut them into little pieces
Regularly add lemon juice and stir
Add in the sugar, cinnamon and raisins
Put the filling in the fridge
Making the pie
Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F
Put some baking paper to fit the pie tin
Roll out ¾ of the dough and spread it across the pie tin to fit
I’m always looking for EASY, healthy recipes that are hassle-free and taste good. I’m especially into finding easy breakfast options, so when I stumbled across this one, I had to try it. Seriously, it’s the easiest cookie baking I’ve ever gone through. And whereas the basics are easy, you can mix it up a little by adding in different spices or toppings (raisins, nuts, chocolate, peanut butter, jam, etc). If you like them to be sweeter, you can perfectly add some honey too. It’s all up to you!
Everytime I take tram 92 to the city centre from our house, it goes past Forcado. It’s one of the few café-like places that looks cozy from the outside looking in. It’s a Portuguese pastelaria that has specialised in pasteis de nata, the national pastry. The places has been there since 1982 and still, it’s extremely popular. And with reason! One bite of the pastry took me straight back to Lisbon; if heaven were a pastry, it’d definitely be this! For those that like experimenting with flavours, they have different variations of the traditional pastry, ranging from speculoos, chocolate, praliné to lemon and coffee.
Where? Charleroise Steenweg 196, Brussels (close to tram stop Janson)
When? Every day from 10am till 6pm, except for Mondays
On the weekends, I love a sweet lunch or snack idea, and when I have the time for it, baking pancakes is my favourite thing to do in autumn and winter. Because I try to avoid lactose, a vegan alternative is always great. Here’s how I make vegan pancakes.
1 liter soy milk
325g or 2.3 cups of flour
1 tea spoon baking powder
1 bag of vanilla sugar
A sniff of salt
Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar, salt)
Gradually add the milk and stir until there are no more lumps (you can also use a mixer)
Use the olive oil to grease the pan
Et voilà, perfect pancakes to top with whatever fancies your liking! :)
Zoet calls itself the tastiest candy shop in Mechelen, and I have to agree! My girlfriend and I stumble across this too cute for words sweets shop on the hunt for cool clothing shops. What we found was better! Zoet is a bright and colourful candy shop that wants to go back to the roots of the little corner candy shop with glass jars and unique products. The sweets they sell are authentic and original. What’s even cooler is that they also have an online shop so you can spoil someone you love or miss or even yourself if you are craving something sweet, without having to venture out to Mechelen. (Would recommend though!) Seriously, I get happy just looking at their website.
Where? In Mechelen, at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwestraat 108 or online
When? Mondays-Tuesdays from 11am till 5pm, Wednesdays – Saturdays from 11am till 6pm. Closed on Sundays. Online: always open!