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Empresses and Architecture

On 12 May 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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For as long as I can remember, the movie Sissi has been a Christmas special on television here. I've spent quite a few Christmases at my grandma's and as she's a big fan of all things &...Read more

Wicked Wednesday #9

On 04 May 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Wicked weather this way comes... and we've decided we should spend more time at the beach/in the dunes. We live so close to it, we really have no excuse! ...Read more

Behind the Scenes

On 01 May 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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The NUC Mini PC has returned after rigorous testing and so far so good! Which means I'm doing some testing myself, trying out Photoshop Lightroom vs. Corel® PaintShop® Pro X8. Maybe also Photos...Read more

Eat Your Veggies

On 24 Apr 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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I have once before broached the subject of my seemingly chronic veggie impulse buying. It appears to be a habit that I cannot kick and time and again I find myself confronted with shopping bags full o...Read more

Wicked Wednesday #8

On 20 Apr 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Crazy cat lady edition ;-) The first (and thus far only, if I'm correct) Dutch cat cafe opened last year in April. At cafe Kopjes (which translates into 'rubs') you can enjoy coffee/te...Read more

Blue Screen & Going Nuts

On 15 Apr 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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I'd just gotten back into a nice blogging routine... and then an unplanned hiatus happened. The sad part is that it was caused by E's attempt to upgrade my computer (both hardware and softwa...Read more

Wicked Wednesday #7

On 06 Apr 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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I often get the comment that my meals are so colorful. In many ways my food is similar to my clothing, it's all about color, texture, and prints. The more color my food has, the happier it makes ...Read more

The Highest Tea

On 03 Apr 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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For my birthday my parents gave me a gift card for the highest tea in the Netherlands. Which just so happened to be a stone's throw away from where we are living! So yesterday we hopped on a trai...Read more

Wicked Wednesday #6

On 30 Mar 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Last year my parents gave me a very special kind of calendar. Instead of featuring 12 pages (one for every month), it has 31 pages (one for every day of the month). Next to each day there is room to j...Read more

Happy Easter!

On 27 Mar 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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I went to a chocolate making workshop last Thursday with a friend and we made chocolate Easter eggs ^^

Wicked Wednesday #5

On 23 Mar 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Let's talk flowers. Pretty pink flowers. My hopelessly romantic better half has been giving me flowers for as long as I can remember. At work the ladies swoon when I tell them he loves to buy me...Read more

Amsterdam Coffee Festival 2016

On 20 Mar 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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From a chocolate festival to a coffee festival... this year is already starting off way better than last year, and we're only 3 months into it ;-) So yesterday my sister and I checked out the Ams...Read more

Wicked Wednesday #4

On 16 Mar 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Today there's only one thing on my mind: Nanaimo bars! I mean seriously, I DID NOT want to bring these to work. I wanted to guzzle myself a heart-attack on them. Gah, they were so frickin' ...Read more

31

On 15 Mar 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Ready or not, here I come, can't hide from 31! You know you're turning old when teens start addressing you with 'ma’am'. And when your boyfriend tells you how much he loves that ...Read more

Golden Dip

On 13 Mar 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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I can't take credit for this amazing dip... but I'm so glad that I came across it on An Edible Mosaic! I've always loved garlic. To the point that I'm pretty much without friends ;...Read more

Wicked Wednesday #3

On 09 Mar 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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It's Wicked Wednesday! I'm starting to sound like that guy on the radio in the movie Groundhog Day ;-) I just love that movie! Anyway, back to WW and one of my wicked creations: Which is al...Read more

Beautiful Blood Orange Curd

On 06 Mar 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Blood oranges, such a scary name for such a beautiful thing. Although, admittedly, it brings to mind a scene from the opening of Dexter where he slashes up a blood orange and juices it. How unfortunat...Read more

Wicked Wednesday #2

On 02 Mar 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Hurray! It's Wicked Wednesday ^^ And there's a short story as well. One time for our ladies potluck lunch at work, a Moroccan colleague brought these wonderful pancakes. They were spongy and...Read more

Dia de los muertos

On 28 Feb 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Sticking to the Mexican and happiness topic of my Alegria post, I thought it would be nice to share some picas from the 'Dia de los muertos' themed party we hosted on October 31st last year....Read more

Wicked Wednesday #1

On 24 Feb 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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I photograph a lot of stuff. About 90% of it is food related, surprise! Not everything makes it onto my blog, because there is no recipe behind it to share and sometimes not even a story. Yet somethin...Read more

Happiness

On 20 Feb 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Happiness, it cannot be bought, but it can be made. Quite literally, stacks of it: Alegria means ´happiness´ in Spanish, but it is also the name of a Mexican sweet snack made from popped amaranth s...Read more

Mad Chocolate Part Two

On 13 Feb 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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In my previous post I wrote about my experience at Chocoa, the yearly chocolate festival in Amsterdam. Last year I was rather disappointed after my visit, but this year there were exciting workshops a...Read more

Mad Chocolate

On 07 Feb 2016, posted in: blogs by maisha
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I'm not even going to begin to explain my 6 month absence from this space. What happened? Life happened! With a lot of downs and some ups, leaving me at a loss for words. I started typing a post ...Read more

2Canada

On 01 Sep 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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I haven't been around here for a while. It seems to have become 'a thing'. I've had all kinds of fun photos and stories lined up for you guys. Such as my Oma turning 96(!!!): And ...Read more

This Girl Does Not One Cookie Baketh

On 19 Jul 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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This weekend I channeled my inner cookie monster and went on a cookie baking frenzy. From bakery style peanut butter cookies to homemade Oreo's and Anzac biscuits, this girl just couldn't de...Read more

Easy Stove-top Spiced Honey-Tamari Almonds

On 12 Jul 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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At our Saturday market we like to buy nuts from Bas & Bastian Boer. These guys cater to everyone's needs. Looking for raw nuts? They've got it. Looking for roasted unsalted nuts? No prob...Read more

Space Time Conundrum

On 11 Jul 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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I have been dealing with a space time conundrum, albeit of a different kind than that which physicists are scratching their heads over. You see, I seem to never have the time to sit down and update my...Read more

Demise of the Giants

On 07 Jun 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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The supermarket I frequent the most is the Lidl, a discount supermarket. And not just because it's cheap, but because they offer fantastic value for money! I especially love their themed weeks. O...Read more

Get Your Sprout(s) On!

On 25 May 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Now that the temps are rising and we finally have our balcony back (after months of ongoing painting maintenance to our flat), we've taken to sprouting stuff. Both inside and outside. After overw...Read more

Cycling Through the Dutch Polders

On 14 May 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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By chance I stumbled upon the fact that today, ascension day, is also Polder day (polder = reclaimed land) here. I was surfing the internet for some nice walking trails, when I came across this bit ...Read more

Happy 30!

On 10 May 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Look who crossed over to the dark side ;-) And after 10 years, I finally perfected my lightened-up no-bake cheesecake (from scratch) recipe. No need to pull out a bowl and spoon, this cake actually h...Read more

40 Years & A Family Reunion

On 07 May 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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A long, long, time ago, 40 years to be precise, the two most precious people in my world committed to each other in this register office (Campina Grande, Brazil): From Brazil to Tanzania to Zimbabwe ...Read more

Fabulous In My 30's

On 12 Apr 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Almost one month ago I turned the big THREE-OH. I decided to celebrate this on my last day in my twenties by arranging a high tea for my family at Lof der Zoetheid in Rotterdam. A venue which came re...Read more

Let It Snow

On 22 Feb 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Gosh, has it been one month already since my last post?! That just goes to show how crazy busy it's been around here. But today I'm here to let it snow... one giant Nutella snowflake. I t...Read more

Best Date EVER!

On 18 Jan 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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The best date ever is a coffee date. Covered in chocolate and with some macadamia/cashew butter sandwiched in between. When I was in London, my bigger-than-my-stomach eyes tricked me into buying a fe...Read more

Poor Man's Silver Dollar Pancakes

On 17 Jan 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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When I was on holiday in Suriname, I mistakenly bought a packet of bitter apricot kernels, thinking they were almonds. Imagine my surprise when I hungrily popped a few of them in my mouth and chewed.....Read more

2015

On 10 Jan 2015, posted in: blogs by maisha
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This is how we ended 2014: A glass of Merlino, a cheese platter with homemade pan de higo (Spanish fig bread), homemade whole grain focaccia with EVOO and olive tapenade, grapes, smoked almonds, and ...Read more

The Year 2014

On 30 Dec 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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The end of 2014 is nearing and while it would seem the entire universe is recapping it through Facebook, I'm doing it very 'old school'. After all, I'm nearly thirty! ;-) So let�...Read more

Market Finds

On 29 Dec 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Of course I couldn't go to London without visiting Borough Market! I was hoping to pick up a dozen flaxjacks or so to take home. I discovered these delicious bars when I visited Borough market wi...Read more

A Taste of East End

On 28 Dec 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Believe it or not, it was actually E that came up with the East End Food Tour when we were brainstorming what to do during our London speedcation. It came so highly rated on tripadvisor that we decide...Read more

Eating Our Way Through the East End

On 25 Dec 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Merry Christmas everyone! We spent ours very sober and light, food-wise, since we've had an indulgent three days in London leading up to Christmas. I've tasted so much (unusual) food, that I...Read more

This & That

On 14 Dec 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Yesterday E and I checked out the Foodhallen in Amsterdam, the first indoor food market in the Netherlands, which is located in a renovated tramshed from the 1800's. I'd been wanting to go f...Read more

What's In The Box???

On 23 Nov 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Every week I play a little game with my lunch buddies. It's called 'What's in the box?'. Or more specifically, what's in my lunchbox. They are ever so curious every time I tak...Read more

Four Weddings & One New Uncle

On 17 Nov 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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This whole wedding business must be viral or something ;-) I attended four weddings this year! But dare I say I saved the best wedding for last?! The fourth and last wedding of this year (unless one o...Read more

I Had a Party Once...

On 03 Nov 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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I <3 Grumpy Cat! For those who are unfamiliar with Grump Cat (shame on you!), let me introduce him: So when E tried to convince me to throw a party for our 10th anniversary, I said: 'Fine, bu...Read more

Parsnip Here, Parsnip There, Parsnip Everywhere

On 28 Oct 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Are you getting tired of parsnip yet? We sure as hell are! ;-) I mean, there's only so much parsnip dishes we can tolerate over the course of two weeks... So in an attempt to rid myself of the la...Read more

To Kill a Parsnip

On 26 Oct 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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When a colleague asked me if I wanted some homegrown parsnips, I couldn't refuse. So a 2 kilos worth of parsnip it was :-O 'What are you going to do with them?', another colleague asked...Read more

If Chocolate Is the Answer

On 24 Oct 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Surfing the web for chocolate-related quotes will get you a gazillion fun results. My favorite find of today: "If chocolate is the answer, the question is irrelevant!" Did you ever wonder wh...Read more

A Decade of Adventures

On 20 Oct 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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Today E and I celebrate our 10th anniversary, imagine, a decade of adventures together! Our last being a visit to the Wadden island Vlieland to attend its first ever Cranberry Week, during which the i...Read more

Savory Veggie Cakes

On 11 Oct 2014, posted in: blogs by maisha
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So often I get asked how I create my recipes, how I decide on which dish to make. The inquirer is most often left with an unsatisfactory answer. Usually something along the lines of: 'Uhm. I don&...Read more

 

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