Thursday, 27 December 2012

flourless banana coconut cake

this cake turned out amazing!
it's flourless and sugarfree, using almond flour and honey and banana to sweeten, making it a healthy alternative and also gluten free.

wet ingredients:
2 mashed small bananas
2 eggs
2 tb.sp coconut oil, melted
3 tb.sp liquid honey

dry ingredients:
200 gr. almond flour
100 gr. coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
handfull of nut and raisin mix
1 sliced banana

mix dry ingredients together, mix wet ingredients together , then mix everything together with a fork.
put in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees C.

cake comes out very tasty and moist.

Friday, 21 December 2012

reading material

and while you're at it, check out these links:

PDF version of The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour

Merry Christmas

Is it a gift? asked the cashier, and sloppyly wrapped my tiny purchase in a gigantic sheet of wrapping paper, taped it shut with two hefty pieces of tape and put it in a glossy bag, which in turn was put in a big plastic bag. that's a lot of packing, I said. When I walked away I saw a stack of Love Actually DVD's for sale on the counter.

Is het een kadootje? vroeg de verkoopster, en begon mijn piepkleine aankoop slordig in een gigantisch vel inpakpapier te rollen, plakte het dicht met 2 fikse stukken plakband en stopte het in een glanzend bijenkorfzakje, wat weer in een grote bijenkorf tas ging. das een hoop verpakkingsmateriaal, zei ik. Bij het weglopen zag ik een stapeltje dvd's van Love Actually op de toonbank liggen.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

very fast apple tarte tatin for one

fry apple pieces in coconut oil  in cast iron skillet, add raisins, a little oatmeal, stevia instead of sugar, cinnamon and anise seeds, cover with already thawed puff pastry, put under the grill in the oven, 5 mn later flip it over on your plate and enjoy a apple tarte tatin for 1.

stukjes appel in kokosolie bakken in gietijzeren koekenpan, rozijnen erbij, beetje havermout, stevia ipv suiker, kaneel en anijszaadjes erbij, afdekken met reeds ontdooid plakje bladerdeeg, onder de grill in de oven deeg garen, 5 mn later omkeren op je bord en van een appelflap-tarte tatin for 1 genieten.

Thursday, 1 November 2012


first try making stevia extract with the last leaves before winter of the little stevia plant in my backyard. picked some leaves, washed them, crushed them and put them in a mini-jam jar, filled it with vodka and shook it a few times. here's hoping that after 24 hours the sweetness has transfered to the vodka, so we can use it to sweeten our coffee... the alcohol will keep it from going bad, and since we only need one drop in our coffee, it will have evaporated before making us drunk.

stevia planted:

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Make your own natural soap

I added a new item to my shop: handmade soap, to create your own original naturally scented and colored soaps. Can be used to create your own gifts, of use it as an activity for a child's birthday party!  

Make your own natural soap with this DIY kit, for yourself or for a party.
pieces of handmade natural soap base made ​​from soy, olive or sunflower oil, fragrance free and colorless.
Natural herbs to flavor and add color to your soap.
Molds to form soap.
Manual and recipes.
The soap is safe for children to handle.
Note: This is not the glycerin soap you can buy in hobby shops, but handmade natural soap!
lavender, thyme, calendula, turmeric, anise, verbena

Thursday, 30 August 2012

lovely lemon bars

made this recipe today, added a tablespoon of cornstarch to the lemon filling and a tablespoon of bakingsoda just before it went into the oven. filling is very nice and soft and just a little bit runny...
you probably have all the ingredients already in your kitchen.

Monday, 20 August 2012

my stand with weed recipes at museum Oud Overschie

museum Oud Overschie has beautiful gardens where we had a little market for de groene loper event. It was a wonderful hot day and I prepared some weed pesto's, with comfrey and elder, and made rocket pancakes for people to taste. For drinks we had elderblossom sirup and rosehip sirup. I also prepared some thymesirup, very nice stuff for a sore throat.
The recipes could be taken home to try it for yourself. It's nice to be able to use the weeds that grow in your garden.  

Monday, 23 July 2012

2 weeks of Perigord Vert France

We spent 2 weeks in France, cooking for the guests of Ouroubouros, creative holidays. 

making the most natural lavender soap, with only dried and handcrushed lavender from the gardens of

salad with nasturium flowers and leaves

when life gives you lemons make limoncello


beautiful view of our little house...


well-presented goods in a small vintage shop in Brantome


well-cooked cat


lentil dish

Thursday, 14 June 2012

elderflower sirup 2012

It's Elderflower time!

Finally picked flowers and made elderflower sirup tonight, after a search through town for corks to close these beer bottles with. These are made for champagne bottles and are the only ones I could find that actually fitted.

I normally use empty wine bottles but just before I started making sirup roommate Huub took every bottle in the house to the recycling bin. These beer bottles are a much better fit for sirup without preservatives anyway, and they look pretty without labels and with their white caps...

Now there's still a pan waiting to be turned into elderflower champagne.


Sunday, 3 June 2012


We've been using liquid stevia instead of sugar for some time now, and when I had the chance to plant stevia in my garden I didn't hesitate. Now the next thing was to learn to make the extract. Found and will test this recipe as soon as our plant is ready to harvest. 

Place your crushed (dried) stevia leaves in a glass jar, then pour vodka over them to coat. We are using vodka instead of water to extract the glycosides because we’ll get a much sweeter end result this way. Opt for vodka over other liquors because it’s flavorless and cheap.
Put the lid on your jar, shake it up, and let it sit on your counter for 24-36 hours. Don’t let it sit for longer than 36 hours, as it will turn more bitter. I used to make a liquid stevia extract the same way that I made other herbal tinctures, letting it sit for weeks. While this may improve the medicinal quality of the extract, it sacrificed a lot of sweetness to do it.
Next, filter out the leaves. 

Sunday, 13 May 2012

thyme syrup

pour boiling water over 25 grams of dried thyme,
leave for 30 minutes then pour water through a sieve in a pan.  
add 100 ml of honey and 200 grams sugar and a pinch of salt.
simmer to disolve sugar until the syrup starts to form lots of bubbles.
remove from heat and put in a well cleaned bottle.

use a few teaspoons on days when you have a sore throat.  

dandelion marmalade

pick and wash dandelions,
remove stems and most green parts from the flower

put heads of dandelions in pan
with the juice and gratings of 1 orange and 1 lemon
add 200 grams of sugar, boil 30 minutes to dissolve sugar

put in well cleaned jars while still hot

nettle pesto

pick young nettle leaves

fry lightly in olive oil with one small onion

put in blender with olive oil and clove of garlic and blend,
add grated grano padano cheese and roasted and crushed
pine nuts, pepper and salt to taste 


pretty sugar daisies

pick daisies and wash

pat dry
pick up daisie and spread leafs,
dip in whipped eggwhite, then in sugar

put upsidedown on a baking sheet

put 10 minutes in oven
on the absolute lowest setting (50 degrees C)

pretty sugar daisies
to eat as candy or decorate cookies or cake

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