Making Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Making Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Why bother making your own homemade cider vinegar?

As some may know, I love making my own red wine vinegar, kombucha, water kefir, sourdough starter, and other live-culture items. I often add cider vinegar to a liter of water to enjoy all the health benefits apple cider vinegar brings to us.

Apple cider vinegar has many known beneficial effects on our health. It’s been used for eons as a home remedy for all kinds of ailments. Some of the confirmed beneficial effects of apple cider vinegar include:
– slight weight loss over time: drinking 2 tablespoons of cider diluted in water one …

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Vegan Almond Cheese to the Rescue!

Vegan Almond Cheese to the Rescue!

How difficult is it to make Vegan Almond Cheese?

Vegans and people who are lactose-intolerant often find it difficult to find vegan “cheeses” which are a good replacement for ordinary cheese, taste good and are fairly easy to make. Well, look no more. This Basic Almond Cheese crumbled on top of a salad, pasta or pizza will satisfy your cheese cravings. Another option is to use this almond cheese as a base for a cheese appetizer or dip mixed in with some herbs, salt and pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Or why not top your basic almond cheese with different kinds of ground peppercorns …

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What are Reasonable Serving Sizes?

Do I overeat?
For my flight from Belgium to Los Angeles I brought extra food (nuts, rice cakes, and apples) just in case I got hungry. I try to have “healthy” alternatives with me in case I do get hungry.

When I saw the size and composition of the first meal on the plane, I was a bit disappointed. About half of the meal tray was filled with the main course of chicken with spaghetti in a tomato sauce. The remaining half was made up of a tiny salad, a roll, a triangle of Camembert cheese, and a square piece of apple cake for dessert.

As I sat in disappointment with the meal I wondered if …

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Belgian Foodie goes to LA

Sunny California here comes Belgian Foodie!

Tomorrow I leave for Los Angeles where I will be visiting farmers’ markets, new restaurants and some of my favorite grocery stores. I plan on preparing some new recipes to share with you here on my blog. I also aim to prepare the groundwork for other some other new recipes to post when I return to Belgium.

In the meantime I’m looking forward to some sunshine and getting in a summer mood.

Keep an eye out on this site and look for new recipes and news soon.

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Top 5 Recipes on 6 May 2015

Top 5 Recipes on 6 May 2015

Top 5 recipes viewed and/or repinned on Pinterest?
Belgian Foodie currently has more than 150 boards on Pinterest, each with a different theme, featuring recipes. About one-third of these boards have been created by me and have been sustained with the help of numerous contributors. I am so grateful to all these contributors who regularly pin their favorite recipes on my group boards. Most of the remaining boards have been created by other pinners who have invited me to contribute recipes. Pinterest is all about contributing and sharing.

From time to time I will share with you the Top 5 rec…

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Saffron Recipes Board New on Pinterest

Saffron Recipes Board New on Pinterest

New Pinterest Board featuring Saffron Recipes added this week of 6 May 2015
This week I created Saffron Recipes!, a new Pinterest board with at least 100 recipes featuring saffron. More recipes will be added soon so please check back often on this board and be sure to share them with your friends.

Did you know that saffron is an aphrodisiac, can help with asthma, coughs, depression, heartburn, gas, and menstrual cramps? Try using saffron for your health or simply to bring some color to your dishes to make them more attractive. Although saffron can be rather expensive, a little bit goes a l…

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Homemade Salsa Recipe

Homemade Salsa Recipe

What makes this Salsa Recipe one of my most popular recipes pinned on Pinterest last month?
There are literally hundreds of recipes for salsa on Pinterest (and far more on the Internet). This Homemade Salsa Recipe by Biddy Talk on Tumblr has however attracted hundreds of fellow pinners’ attention above the others as they selected it to share with their fellow pinners. The ingredients are fresh, easy to find for most people, and common for a pico de gallo salsa recipe. In fact, this recipe resembles the one I follow from The Dean & DeLuca Cookbook by David Rosengarten, Joel Dean and Giorgi…

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5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas for a vegan breakfast for Mother’s Day?
Here are 5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day that you and/or your kids can make without needing to know how to cook.

These recipes provide a variety of traditional breakfasts with vegans in mind.  Your mom will love any of these breakfasts, and especially the thought that goes into it.

You may adapt each of these recipes to suit the tastes of your mother or wife.  Feel free to be creative and make substitutions (especially of fruit) as you like.

These 5 recipes are not presented in any special order, as all of the…

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5 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Mother’s Day

5 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas for breakfast for your mother or the mother of your children?
Here are 5 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Mother’s Day that any one can make without much fuss. Ok, with a little fuss, but they all look like they’ve taken more thought and effort than they actually do. Each of these recipes are bound to put a smile on your mom’s face!

I’ve tried to select different types of breakfast to give you some ideas to start your creative thinking. Of course, each of these recipes may be adapted to suit the tastes of the mother being honored. For instance, if the recipe calls for blueberri…

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Pollo al ajillo (Garlic Chicken)

Pollo al ajillo (Garlic Chicken)

Walk in the Park
Alley of trees
Today I took a long walk in the park behind my house with a good friend. The park is quite large and has many different areas, each with their own characteristics. As this area is a former marsh area, there is fantastic wildlife to see, in particular in the spring when it all erupts into full action. We saw baby rabbits, ducklings, plants starting to blossom, and people jogging and walking. As we walked past the open park area where the new open river bed is being built to help prevent floo…

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Baba Ganoush Made Quick and Easy: Vegan

Baba Ganoush Made Quick and Easy: Vegan

With So Many Variations of Baba Ganoush, What Makes My Recipe Different?
What’s in a Name?
There are almost as many ways to write baba ganoush (baba ghanoush, baba ghanouj, baba ghannouj or baba gannouj) as there are to make it. This famous dish is also known as Moutabal and Eggplant (or Aubergine) Caviar.

This recipe for baba ganoush has to be among the easiest way to make it.  Yet, it preserves the smoked flavor of the eggplant and all the other qualities we love in our baba ganoush.

 
What Ingredients Make Baba Ganoush?
Baba ganoush comes from the Levantine region yet is reno…

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Yogurt Spread with Radishes and Green Onions

Yogurt Spread with Radishes and Green Onions

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Spring was in the air on my lunch table
A couple days ago I was home for lunch on my own and wanted to make something special yet easy. I had a few eggplants, carrots, red peppers, cucumbers, green onions, and much more.

I was really in the mood to make a typical Belgian spread made principally with fromage blanc, green onions and radishes.  You add a little salt and pepper to these ingredients and you basically have your spread.  I also wanted to make baba ganoush with the eggplants. So what did I do?

I made both! Here I share the recipe for the Yogurt Spread with Rad…

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas

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Why not make these tasty chicken enchiladas for Cinco de Mayo? Or any other time of the year?
These Chicken Enchiladas will be an instant crowd-pleaser. Ideal for a family supper, a potluck, a welcome gesture for a new neighbor moving in, or any other happy occasion.

 
Preparing Chicken Enchiladas in Belgium
Making Mexican (really Tex-Mex) food when you are living in Belgium is not as easy as it is when you live in the US (or of course in Mexico). In Belgium, you may not even be able to find some ingredients, which is why I have to adapt by substituting some ingred…

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Welcome to Belgian Foodie!

This is the first post on this site after being launched publicly.

This site will feature my blog, which started last year on my Facebook page, highlights from my Pinterest boards, Recipes, Tools & Tips and much more!

It’s been quite an adventure getting to this point. In the coming weeks more changes that I’m working on will be made and more materials added. Recipes and categories of recipes will expand as I post new material over time. I hope that you will enjoy this site and will be patient as the kinks get worked out.

I will be adding multilingual options once the English…

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