vegetarian chickpea lasagna bolognese

Back when I posted the cauliflower pesto recipe, I mentioned that my mom’s spaghetti Bolognese was my favorite dish, well one of many. While I don’t miss eating meat, I do really miss my mom’s cooking. And one of the things she did best was a  lasagna Bolognese, obviously very similar to spaghetti Bolognese, but with a lot more cheese.

vegetarian chickpea lasagna bolognese

Every layer in her lasagna was perfection – she was absolutely picky when it came to meat and so the Bolognese was always amazing, the béchamel was creamy without any lumps, the pasta layered just perfectly and she never got skimpy with cheese. And the best part was that she always made a lasagna so big, plenty was left for later. And honestly, leftover lasagna quickly heated in the oven or microwave tastes divine, although I also always stole a few bites while it was still cold too.

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savory pancakes with fried egg and spinach

If my life was a cartoon and I was a cartoon character my skin would be green right now, a consequence of the amount of spinach I eat. Kind of like how Violet turned into a blueberry in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But, as you know, spinach is in season right now and I’m taking full advantage of it. And it goes so well with these savory pancakes, I’m telling you right now you need to make them ASAP.

savory pancakes with fried egg and spinach

When it comes to pancakes, I prefer my pancakes sweet. Nothing wrong with savory versions AT ALL, but pancakes I want to eat with Nutella and whipped cream or mixed with fruit. Rok, on the other hand, has his limits with sugar, especially when it’s time for breakfast. And so I decided to make the best savory pancakes I can. Something we can enjoy for brunch or have as dinner, because having breakfast for dinner sounds so damn good. Doesn’t it?

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kiwi lime loaf cake with yogurt I brought half of this kiwi lime loaf cake to my grandparents on my last visit and now I regret not giving them the whole loaf. I knew at the time I’d be making it again soon anyway, but felt a whole loaf might be too much in case they didn’t like it. Because here’s the thing with my grandparents. They are both in their 70s, insanely stubborn and creatures of habit. My Oma even more than my grandfather. She has her way of doing things and does not move away from it. She also likes to say she doesn’t eat or even like sugar. Which is not true.

kiwi lime loaf cake

As I’ve said, they are creatures of habit. My grandfather wakes up around 5 AM, Oma on the other hand has always had trouble with waking up early and she always gets up around 8.30. I don’t think that’s really late, but people often say the elderly don’t need much sleep, which is not the case with my grandmother. I don’t really know when they find the time to have breakfast as they’re done with lunch by 11.30, 12 at the latest and that includes doing the dishes. And while they don’t eat the same lunch every day, the base is usually meat and potatoes, beef stock soup and a bowl of salad. That’s their comfort zone.

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March bits and bobs

April 2, 2015

spring

March was a lovely month, although I’m happy it’s over, because we’ve finally switched to summer time and the days are now longer. I’m not really a fan of the whole “sleeping one hour less” situation, but I do love the fact that it doesn’t get dark till after 7 in the evening. I feel much more productive than I do during the winter. The cats haven’t behaved differently so far, which is great. These time changes do sometimes affect their waking up patterns. Although I wouldn’t mind it if Kim woke up an hour or two later. Right now she’s up at 5-6 AM every day, which is early and at times very annoying. But cats will be cats. They are pretty adorable though and they’ve all definitely been loving the sunny days.

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