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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Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

What is Pastry Crust?
As there are many different names to describe the same pastry crust, it can be confusing to most of us when reviewing recipes.  A new baker may think there are actually dozens of different types of pastry or pie dough.  In fact,  however, the ingredients for a flaky pie crust and a mealy pie crust are mostly the same.

It’s the size of  the fat in the dough that will determine if the dough will bake into a flaky or mealy pie crust.  Larger pieces of fat left in the dough will generally cause the baked result to be more flaky.  So if you want to prepare a more flaky cru…

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Welcome to Belgian Foodie

Welcome to Belgian Foodie

Welcome to this new site of BELGIAN FOODIE.  

I aim to make this site a place for everyone to find recipes, share information and advice concerning food-related topics, including nutrition and health, as well as restaurant reviews.   

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!  

 

Please come back often to this site. Feel welcome to share recipes with your friends and followers and invite them to come visit this site as well.  Share with me your feedback in the comments below so I can make this site really something wonderful!  Thanks!

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Pasta with Salmon and Avocado

Pasta with Salmon and Avocado

Pasta with Salmon and Avocado is a Perfect Dinner for Two
Fresh Colored Pasta with Salmon, Avocado and Wild Garlic Sauce is a seasonal delight.  It is quick to make, satisfying and not a worry for your waistline.  Ready in minutes, Pasta with Salmon, Avocado and Wild Garlic Sauce is ideal for an impromptu or last-minute supper with a special someone tête-à-tête.  What a dream for a weeknight supper!

While the wild garlic makes this a seasonal dish, you can easily substitute a smaller dose of ordinary garlic or fresh garlic instead.  Wild garlic, also known as ramps, has a more subtle flavo…

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Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie for a Special Treat

Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie for a Special Treat

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Tarte au sucre de Tonton Brad

What makes Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie so delicious?

Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie recipe is one of Belgian Foodie’s favorites.   It’s been made loads of time by Uncle Brad, always with much success.  I’ve prepared this pie for neighborhood potlucks, friends’ home for dinner, and for serving at home.  

It’s the buttermilk in the recipe that makes Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie so delicious.  It offsets the normal sweetness of this pie.  I’m personally not fond of anyth…

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Oatmeal Porridge: A Healthy Breakfast

Oatmeal Porridge: A Healthy Breakfast

What do you eat for breakfast?
The one constant I’ve had over the years with respect to food has been my eating oatmeal porridge in the morning for breakfast. I don’t eat it every day, but do eat it a few times a week, at least. I love that it fills me up, helps start the day with energy, is inexpensive and easy to prepare.

The way I make oatmeal porridge however has changed over the years. At first I made my oatmeal porridge with milk and a slab of butter with brown sugar. Later I made it with water and added a little milk at the end when it was ready to be served and skipped the butter. …

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Salade Liégeoise: Green Beans and Bacon

Salade Liégeoise:  Green Beans and Bacon

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What is a Salade Liégeoise?

How do you make a Salade Liégeoise?

As every Belgian knows, a Salade Liégeoise is a very typical warm salad made with three basic ingredients: green beans (string beans), bacon and potatoes.   It comes from the city and region of Liège, near the German-Dutch borders with Belgium.

Often we add sautéed onions and then season it with a little vinegar or a combination of vinegars, such as Sherry, raspberry and red wine vinegars.  I usually use my homemade red wine vinegar with a mix of cranberry or raspberry vinegar to add a fruity touch.

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Italian Bean Soup: Vegan

Italian Bean Soup:  Vegan

Short in time?  Looking for new ideas?  Is it the end of the month?
This vegan Italian Bean Soup is the answer!
A big pot of vegan Italian Bean Soup will keep you and your family happy for at least 2 days, depending on the size of your family.

Taking only about 30 minutes to prepare, this Italian Bean Soup soon become one of your family’s favorites.  Not only is it yummy but it is also healthy and inexpensive, suitable for any household’s budget.

This Italian Bean Soup is also ideal when you are trying to lose weight yet need to eat to maintain your energy. You can eat this soup severa…

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Sardine Dip: Quick and Easy Appetizer

Sardine Dip: Quick and Easy Appetizer

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Try serving Sardine Dip to your guests as a new appetizer
This Sardine Dip is extremely easy to make.  My kids and I often make this dip when we are in a hurry.  It’s a lovely and yummy impromptu light lunch or supper, served with some bread and a side salad or soup.

We also prepare this Sardine Dip as an appetizer when we entertain guests.  Our friends enjoy this dip, even those who don’t like sardines.  Every time our guests are surprised how much they love this dip once they discover it contains sardines.  The fish flavor is rather subdued.

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Lentil Tomato Soup: Vegan

Lentil Tomato Soup: Vegan

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A Vegan Lentil Tomato Soup sure to please the whole family!
Lentils are Inexpensive and Nutritious!
Lentils are considered to be one of the healthiest foods available.  They are also one of the least expensive sources of protein and other nutrients vegans need in their diet.  Adding lentils to soup is a simple way to get the nutrition you need.   Preparing this Lentil Tomato Soup will therefore be a tasty way to get the protein you need.

I enjoy all kinds of lentils: brown, green, yellow, and red.   Brown lentils tend to hold their shape better in soups.  Yet, adding a h…

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Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe

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Recette Sauce rouge pour enchiladas – fr

Is this the best Red Enchilada Sauce recipe?

You will have to try  this Red Enchilada Sauce to find out!

I’ve tasted many enchilada sauce recipes, including many popular ones on Pinterest.  Personally, I find this Red Enchilada Sauce recipe to be simple and somehow more refined and tasty than others.

How Much Time to Make Red Enchilada Sauce?

You can prepare this Red Enchilada Sauce in less than an hour.

How Many Servings Does this Recipe Make?

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Leek Quiche with Wild Garlic

Leek Quiche with Wild Garlic

How to turn a basic Leek Quiche recipe into a special Springtime dish
On Easter Monday four generations of my Belgian family gathered at my niece’s house for an afternoon pot-luck spread and egg hunt for the kids.  Everyone brought a dish.  There were cakes, pies, brownies, tartes al Djote (a local specialty pie from Nivelles, Belgium), flammekeuche, chocolate truffles presented in a cake-pop style, a raspberry Charlotte, and other goodies.  I brought a vegetarian Leek Quiche with Wild Garlic, which was easy to make and quite tasty.

When I make a quiche, I follow a basic formula of 3 eggs …

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Matzo Brei: Passover or Anytime

Matzo Brei:  Passover or Anytime

Why not make Matzo Brei for breakfast all year round?
It’s the first morning of Passover so of course I made a simple version of Matzo Brei.  As Matzo Brei is made by mixing eggs with matzo, much in the same way as you mix eggs with bread to make French Toast, it is a simple dish to prepare for breakfast or brunch.

The number of possible additions and variations for this otherwise very straightforward dish is endless.  I opted, however, to start off with a basic recipe with a small addition of wild garlic, which is in season and in abundance in my local area at this time of year.

Feel f…

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