Spring is in the air

The kids always associate beach with the sun and the summer. When we left for the beach this sunday Seppe insisted on taking his swimsuite and flip-flops. Fortunately he was wise enough not to wear them on the beach. Despite the temperature it was a beautiful day at the beach. It even felt a little bit like spring is on its way.


Hotspot Maastricht: Kantine Brandweerkazerne

This weekend my mom and I discoverd this great breakfast/lunch/dinner place in my hometown Maastricht, the Brandweer (The Fire station). As the name suggests it’s located in the canteen of the former fire station near the city center. I love it when these kind of vacant industrial buildings get a totaly new function instead of breaking it down. Especially when they keep some of the old atmosphere and mix it with a scandinavian vintage style. You still find the tiles of the canteen on the walls and they kept the old canteen floor. The huge glass front reminds me of the garage doors of the fire station. You can just imagine the firetrucks riding into the building. Not to forget, they serve some delicious pie from one of the best bakeries in Maastricht. And most of the ingredients they use are organic. So when you are in Maastricht it’s really worthwile going a little bit out of the direction of the city center. When you park your car at the former Van Gend en Loos area you will probably pass by the Fire station on your way to the city center.



Flavio Salsano

The great thing about Instagram is that it allows you to see exactly what inspires people and how creativity is drawn from their everyday life. And it makes you discover great creative artists who probably you might never found out about. Since a few months I follow the bearded Flavio Salsano. His daily funny and catchy illustrations make me smile every day. About two weeks ago he just give a way some of his artworks through Instagram, and I was one of the lucky ones to receive one of his great illustrations. Thank you so much Flavio, I am very happy to be the owner of this original Flavio. Take a look at his website or Instagram to see more of his work.

Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies

These soft and chewy homemade oatmeal cookies without sugar taste delicious and are really easy to make. All you need is:

- 2 bananas, mashed
- 100 gr oats
- a handful of raisins
- 2 or 3 figs, cut in pieces
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 20 gr coconut oil

Preheat te oven at 180 degree. Put the oats in a blender or food processor and blend until oats become the consistency of flour; it doesn’t need to be perfectly ground. In a large bowl combine mashed banana with oats until smooth. And add the raisins, figs and cinnamon. You can also choose to add some other of your favourite add ins, such as: cocoa nibs, walnuts, almonds, coconut flakes or dates. 

Drop the dough with a large tablespoons onto cookie sheet; you can flatten the cookies a bit with the back of a tablespoon. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cookies are set.


Oatmeal pancakes

On the last day of our Christmas holiday we made some delicious oatmeal pancakes with apples, raisins and one of our most favourite spices cinnamon.

- 150 oats (or 75 gr oats and 75 gr spelt flour)
- 180 ml milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs cinnamon

- 2 apples cut in slices
- 1 handful of raisins 

First put the oats in a blender and pulse it until finely ground. Put the oats in a large bowl together with the milk and egg. Whisk in the mixture until combined, and smooth. Set a small frying-pan over medium heat for 1 minute. Add some coconut oil to the pan. And add about ¼ cup of pancake batter to the pan for each pancake. Cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on one side, and 1-2 minutes on the other.

In the meanwhile put the apple slices, raisins and cinnamon in a saucepan and heat gently for about 5 minutes, or until the apples start to break down slightly.


The first day of a bright new year

I hope you all had a beautiful new year’s eve. After an evening full of oliebollen (dutch sort of deep-fried fritter), apple fritters, gluhwein and champagne we really needed to get some fresh air at the beach. Well the kids thought differently about that. The minute they got out of the car, they started crying because of the cold and the wind. So we didn’t get any further than 100 meters and run inside Tyn Akersloot. Not bad either. Fortunately we could convince them to go outside and enjoy the wind and the beach.

Coffee lovers

You can’t buy happiness but you can buy coffee and that’s pretty close.
Van lekkere koffie worden we hier altijd heel erg blij, dus toen Elqava mij vroeg of ik een selectie van hun koffie wilde proberen zei ik daar natuurlijk geen nee tegen. Bij Elqava koop je niet zo maar lekkere koffie, maar het leuke is dat je ook een abonnement kunt nemen op hun fair trade koffie, zodat je elke maand een andere doos samengesteld met drie verschillende soorten koffiebonen ontvangt. Alle bonen zijn slow roasted. Dit betekent dat de bonen op lage temperaturen langzaam gebrand worden, waardoor de aroma’s en unieke smaken zich optimaal kunnen vormen.

In het mooi verpakte pakketje zaten drie verschillende soorten koffie; Sidamo roasted by Schot, Gourmet roasted by Cuba en Burundi Dukorerikawa roasted by Loft sixty one. Stuk voor stuk erg lekker. De Gourmet met een karamelachtige smaak en de smaak van geroosterde noten is mijn favoriet.