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Dairy-Free Cooking: Fruit Sorbet in Champagne
Dairy-free cooking: Sorbet ice in a champagne bath with a hint of mint

After successfully completing our first two courses while still having smiles on the faces of our guests, we could see the finish line of our very first dairy-free dinner party. One more thing: dessert! What about a fresh fruit sorbet in a champagne bath with a hint of mint? Sorbets are a simple combination of fresh or frozen fruit with sugar. They’re also the perfect dairy-free alternative for ice. We’ve chosen honey strawberry sorbet with a touch of mint.  Here’s what you need to feed eight little dessert fans: – 1 kg of frozen raspberries – 1 cup of sugar – 1 cup of water – 2 tea spoons honey – a handful of mint – 2-3 leafs of galantine – 1 bottle champagne  About one kilo of fruit is perfect to make one liter of sorbet. A little more or less is fine. Puree the raspberries, add two tea spoons of honey and a handful of mint, chopped into small pieces. Finally you add a little sugar, and that’s already everything that needs to be done.  The easiest way to add sugar is to make a simple sugar syrup upfront. Cook one cup of sugar and water together until the sugar is dissolved and let it cool. Remember, though, that freezing dulls sweet flavors, so you want the base to taste slightly too sweet before freezing it. Last but not least: put the sorbet in the freezer and let it cool for some hours before serving. For the bath of champagne, all you need to do is to fill one bottle of champagne in a bowl and mix it with two to three leafs of galantine. Stir until the galantine has dissolved. Then divide the champagne evenly in your serving glasses and let them cool for 3-4 hours in the fridge to get a more solid mass.  Before serving, cut balls of sorbet and place them carefully on your champagne bath. Add a mint leaf, maybe even a small piece of dark chocolate, et voilà. Smakelijk! Guten Appetit!

Dairy-Free Cooking: Cucumber Lasagne
Dairy-Free Cooking: Cucumber Lasagne

Since Jeroen found out he has a pretty nasty lactose intolerance (he’s allergic to milk products) we started to become experts in cooking dairy-free. For one of our dairy-free dinner parties we made this delicious starter that we discovered in the ‘Vegan for Youth’-book from Attila Hildmann. Here’s all you need to put it on a plate yourself: Cucumber lasagne with a paprika cashew paste with avocado filling What you need for two as a main course (times two in our case as a starter for eight): – 1/2 cucumber – 1 tablespoon walnut oil – a pinch of seasalt For the paprika cashew paste: – 100g red paprika – 1/4 chili pepper – 180g unsalted cashews – a pinch of kurkuma – seasalt – black pepper For the avocado filling: – 2 avocados – 1 tablespoon of chopped dill – 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice – 1 tablespoon walnut oil – seasalt – black pepper For decoration: – some dill – roasted pine nuts How to? Wash the cucumber and cut in thin slices (around 2mm thick). Put walnut oil and seasalt on it. Wash the paprika and chili. Remove pits. Next, put all ingredients for the paprika cashew paste in a blender. Mix till you get a creamy paste and spice it up with salt and pepper. Slice the avocados in half. Remove pit and cut the avocado in small cubes. Add the other ingredients for the filling and add salt and pepper. Now start building your little lasagne tower! Place cucumber slices on the plate, cover it with some of the paprika cashew paste, put cucumber slices on top and cover that again with some of the avocado filling, … you know the drill. At the end: decorate with a bit of dill and roasted pine nuts (we like to put a LOT of them on top). Finish! Bon appétit!

SMS Audio BioSport Headphones are tracking your heart rate.
The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel
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Usually going for a run with your music in-ear? Well, these biometric headphones bring your running to a whole new level: they are monitoring your heart rate. Discover the SMS Audio BioSport Headphones. SMS Audio has recently launched their sports collection. But now they are going to introduce the SMS Audio’s BioSport In-Ear Headphones. These headphones are a collaboration between Intel and SMS Audio, which was founded by the rapper 50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson. 50 Cent's aim was to create headphones with top-quality audio, style, fit and functionality. A Headphone is a headphone? Not these ones. The SMS Audio BioSport Headphones have sensors to measure the heart rate of the user. There is no need to wear a chest strap or a wearable and there are no batteries required. The headphones take their energy from a smartphone or MP3 player through an audio jack. Open the box, put them in your ears, plug them in your phone and it just works. “With the introduction of the SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel, we’re now the first to provide this level of integrated, seamless and helpful biometric information to inspire customers to advance their fitness experiences.” said Brian M. Nohe, president of SMS Audio, in a press release. To us this is a product we are now really waiting on to be released. It is easy to use and creates an extra value due to heart rate monitoring. Waiting to see what the pairing of SMS Audio and Intel will bring in the future. From what we know today, the headphones will work together with the popular fitness app RunKeeper for Android and iOS. It will be water resisdent, it will be available in the fourth quarter this year and the price should be around $150 according to the German newspaper Handelsblatt(approx. €112). JafJaf!

Yummy! Selfmade German cinnamon rolls “Franzbrötchen”.
Selfmade Cinnamon rolls Franzbrötchen recipe
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One of the many things Germans are good at: delicious selfmade cake and pastries. Esspecially in the northern part the so called 'Franzbrötchen', comparable with swedish cinnamon rolls, are a yummy specialty.  Back from Berlin we needed to try our very own receipe. YumYum. This is what you need for about 12 pieces: For the baking sheet: baking paper Yeast dough: 250 ml milk 70 g butter 500 g of wheat flour 1 pack.  Dry Yeast 70 g sugar 2 tsp vanilla sugar 1 egg (size M) a touch of salt Filling: 100 g soft butter 100 g sugar 3 tsp. cinnamon To glaze: about 2 tablespoons of milk And here is your manual: 1.Preparing: Heat the milk in a small saucepan and melt the butter in it. 2. Yeast dough: Fill the flour and yeast in a mixing bowl. Then add all other ingredients including  the warm milk-butter mixture and mix everything with a mixer (dough hook). Start shortly to mix on the lowest level, then process at the highest level in about 5 min until the dough is smooth. Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place until it has grown visibly. (around 30 min) 3. Preheat the oven. Top / bottom heat: about 180 ° C Hot air: about 160 ° C 4. Filling: Blend the butter, sugar and cinnamon with a mixer (stirring rods). Knead the dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out to a rectangle (about 70 x 25 cm). Afterwards spread out the cinanamon filling evenly and roll everything up from the longer side. Finally cut the role in about 12 equal trapeze-shaped cuts. Now place the cuts with the elongated side down on the baking sheet and press with a wooden spoon handle from the top to the narrow edge.. Let the rolls stay for another 10 min. 5. Sprinkle the buns with milk and then bake them. Oven inset: center Baking time: about 20 min. When finished, let the 'Franzbrötchen'  cool down on a wire rack or serve them warm. Enjoy your freshly, selfmade 'Franzbrötchen'. JafJaf!

A Summer walk in the Netherlands.
Summer walk in the Netherlands
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Did you know that J from JAF is actually half Belgian, half Dutch? Now you do. Since his mom is originally from the Zeeland area, he's quite familiar with the nice places to go there. Today you'll benefit from that since we're giving away one of them. On the same Sunday as we did the Antwerp 10 Miles-run, we got up early to clear our heads while going for a nice family walk. An ideal location for that is 'het Veerse meer' in Zeeland, not far from the Dutch border.   During Summer, this lake is ideal for surfing since there's -surprise surprise- mostly a good wind in the Netherlands. Directly next to it, there's a grass beach to lay down and to get a tan or for having a cosy picknick. There are even some picknick tables available. In Spring, this spot is perfect for a nice walk, inline skating or jogging. When we're visiting Antwerp, we always like to take the dog and go here for an hour or two. Luna always loves to run around on the paths, sniff the grass, to then jump in the water and run around again. Sometimes even in a different order.  

Summer-dish: Tomato mozzarella with avocado dip.
Summer dish: tomato mozzarella

Da der Frühling mit Temperaturen daherkommt, bei denen man auch schon Abends einmal auf dem Balkon denieren kann, sind wir zur Tat geschritten und haben eines unserer Lieblingsrezepte gemacht. So einfach und schnell das jeder es hinbekommt: Büffelmozarella mit Tomaten und dazu Baguette mit Avocadocreme. (more…)

Go green.
Go green smoothie

  F speaking. Now that the move to Düsseldorf is more or less done, I took the opportunity to try my new KitchenAid Blender. I have read so much about all these green smoothies that I felt like doing it by myself, instead of paying a small fortune in a shop. And see: it is quick, easy and healthy. Exactly what I was looking for. It is the bitter substances in the raw green salads and vegetables wich you barely find in food today. Everything tastes sweet or salty, and when you think about it there is some truth in it, no? The greens stimulate your digestion and only with a good functioning digestive system, all the nutrients and viral substances can reach every cell of your body.  But enough talking, let's see what you need to start the day green. :-) For a basic green smoothie you need the following: (2 glasses) spinach leaves or green salad leaves of a carrot bundle Broccoli Lemon Juice 1 Banana 1/2 Mango Water Now I just put everything in my KitchenAid Blender and fill it up with one glass of water. Then I close the blender with the cover and start it for about one minute. Finished.    In general the fruits are only used to neutralize the bitterness. So you can vary with the fruits you want to use and the amount. Other possibilities are e.g. pineapple, pears or a sweeter sort of apple. For the greens you have a wide range of what you can use: rocket salad, chicory, radicchio, endives or broccoli, cauliflower and even more.   As you can see, this is very easy and it is up to all of us to experiment and find our personal favorite green smoothie. There is no need to follow strict rules and measurements of how much of each ingredient is needed. Already on your way to get your blender from the basement? ;-) Have fun, and go green. JafJaf!

Spring? Time to shape up.
Spring? Time to shape up.

Sun is up, move your body. When Spring arrives, it's always good to get those heavy legs from the couch and to get started on that Summer body. No need to starve yourself, just move your lazy ass! :-) We got back to our 30min interval work-out that trains your entire upper body on a high intensity. And so can you! Get rrrrready to let your muscles burn from pleasure with these 3 x 4 exercises, combined with a nasty little run. And keep in mind: DON'T STOP! TRAININGSPLAN:+ 1 Minute push-ups+ 1 Minute burpees+ 1 Minute plank+ 1 Minute switching side stretch plank+ 2 Minutes running, as fast as possible.+ 1 Minute pause (don't forget to drink!) Do this full routine, including running, 3 times. First you'll hate us, later onwards you'll regret not meeting us earlier. See you at the beach! JafJaf!