11.23.2014

Foodies' Fun

11.23.2014









Unfortunately, I have not been able to post a Foodies' Fun last week as I was revising my thesis for one last check-up by my supervisor before the official deadline. Nonetheless, Foodies' Fun is back up again including some photos of the last weeks so enjoy!
  • Breakfast: Egg on toast
  • Dinner: Noodles made by my sister including including some delicious prawns
  • Dinner: Salade, chicken roulade, and some potato slices
  • Treat: Carrot cake!
  • Dinner: Homemade sushi with baked banana, and a coconut corn salad
  • Breakfast: Toast with peanut butter, banana, and honey
  • Lunch/Dinner: Chili con carne
  • Breakfast: "healthy" baguette with chicken, lettuce, cucumber, and cheese
  • Snack: Tortilla with guacamole dip 
  • Treat: A delicious piece of Dutch flan to celebrate my brother's birthday
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11.20.2014

Autumn & Winter Lipsticks│Rimmel Collection

11.20.2014
For some time I have been pondering on making a post about my go to lip colours for Autumn and Winter until I funnily realized as I was swatching my Rimmel lipsticks that these were the perfect colours for this time of year. Let me introduce you to my Rimmel lipstick collection: 105, 107, 120, and 128!



From left to right: 105, 107, 120, and 128
105 and 107 - unfortunately no names - are part of the Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte collection for Rimmel. It was the infamous 107 that attracted me to this entire range of lipsticks to be honest as it is quite a raved about product in the beauty blogging/vlogging world. A deep bourdeaux red that suits a lot of different skin tones. A definite statement maker that is absolutely suitable for Autumn and Winter to vamp up your look. On the complete other end of the scale there is 105, a easy to wear nude fitting right in with the trends. This has been my go to lipstick for work. I love it!

105
107
Next there is 120 Cutting Edge, and 128 Starry-Eyed belonging to the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick range. The former is a darker purple lipstick whilst the latter is is more the colour of an eggplant - darker purple but with a lot of warmth and red and brown in it if that makes any sense. Both colours that again fit in with the usually mentioned lip colours during the colder months of the year.

120
128
The collection by Kate Moss are, as stated, matte and although have a slight creaminess to it for applying are drying on the lips. If you have dry or patched lips or just want to protect your lips and have a nice finish then make sure to exfoliate and apply a lip balm to your lips to prep your lips. The Rimmel Lasting Finish ones are on the other hand a lot creamier but do not give an obvious sheen which I like. It also does not include any shimmer and since I love matte lips these fit right in.


Clock-wise: 105, 107, 120, 128

Here one last look at my collection of Rimmel lipsticks once applied to the lips and a full face of make up. Although I do love the coziness of these months it has a bloggers' downside, so little hours of full daylight. Still, the colours are pretty visible. I hope you liked this post! Any colours you would recommend of this range? Let me know!

Xx

11.12.2014

How To Make: Pizza Dough

11.12.2014
If you have seen any of my Foodies' Fun posts where I basically share photos I took of the food and drinks I had during the week, you know I am - among other things - a pizza lover. Something about the combination of a thin crispy or even thick and fluffy dough topped with whatever combination that is fresh and warm from the oven warms my heart and tummy. Next to ordering pizza or getting pizzas from the supermarket, we also like to bake and create our own pizzas at home. This usually ends up in getting one of those packets that exists of a little glass jar of tomato sauce as your base as well as a roll of pre-made pizza dough. Our pizzas usually don't follow any recipe; we just put a lot of stuff together and it somehow always tastes good. Still it is not completely "our own" as we cheat with the base of the pizza...that was until one day when we ran into a problem. Not so long ago, my mom and I were in a pizza making and baking mode but when the purchased pre-made roll of pizza dough turned out to be for a small pizza instead of the one we usually get to create two massive ones for the five and sometimes six of us at home, there was a moment of panic. The pizzas were going to be for dinner and with no time to head back to the shops it was time to make some pizza dough. From scratch. I have never done it in my life. Google was my friend and the first recipe I found seemed easy enough to try. Dare I say it? It worked like a charm. Want to know how? Then continue reading...

The recipe is in Dutch which can be found here by a website conveniently called "pizza dough making" and whilst they offer two lists of ingredients - one for a thin pizza base and one for a thick one - it all comes down to just a difference in the amounts that you will need of the ingredients. We opted for the list of the "thick" pizza base consisting of:

25 gram fresh yeast or 1,5 teaspoon of dry yeast
300 ml lukewarm water
450 gram pizzaflour - we used all-purpose flour and this worked out just as great
0,5 teaspoon of salt
optional: 1 teaspoon of extra vergine olive oil - we included the olive oil

Step 1: Dissolving the yeast
Add your yeast and 100 ml of the lukewarm water into a small bowl and stir until the yeast is dissolved. Set to rest for 10 minutes with a damp tea towel over it.




Step 2: Creating the dough
Now you can go the  way as described on the website which is more traditional I suppose - creating a sort of bowl with the flour and add all the ingredients in to mix and knead. Since it was my first time, I safely opted for a bowl and continued adding all the ingredients in there. You want to add in the flour and the salt after which you add the dissolved yeast, the rest of the lukewarm water, as well as the olive oil and slowly start mixing it all together by using a fork. This isn't your sloppy dough to bake (cup)cakes and  brownies, but a thick dough that has to be kneaded by hand.



Step 3: Kneading
Oh yes, the essential part of creating this pizza dough. Kneading for 10 minutes long with your clean hands until it becomes an elastic, non-sticky whole. This was quite a work-out. I am not a sport-type person. I hardly excercise and if I had to say what was stronger, my arms or my legs, I definitely would say my legs. This kneading work-out proved that. Nonetheless, it was a nice thing to unwind a bit from the hustle and bustle in life and when you feel it slowly turning into the dough it is supposed to be you are delighted, trust me. If you do this, then well done! Give yourself a pat on the shoulder. You deserve it.



Step 4:  Let it rest
After the entire process of being a distangled mess of ingredients and transforming into one whole, the dough, like you, will need to rest. In order for the dough to rise properly, let it rest for a minimum of 2 hours in a bowl covered with a damp tea towel.



Step 5: Rolling out the dough
We could have had it aaaaaaaaall....Rolling out the douuuuugggghhh... Just had to do it (sorrynotsorry). Okay, the website continues with an extra step of seperating the dough into two and to put one part back to rise even further but as we were getting hungry and soon everyone would be coming home, we skipped this part. Next to this it doesn't actually say what the purpose of this step is as it continues to rolling out the dough. Don't forget to apply a layer of flour on the surface your are working on as well as on your rolling pin or else the dough might stick and fall apart as you are rolling it out. Once the desired shape, size, and thickness is reached, transfer the pizza dough onto your baking tray that is lined with greaseproof paper.

See that indent? I just had to poke the fluffy dough
Way too big to fit on our baking tray

Step 6: Creating the pizza
Time to get your toppings out and get crafty! Cheese galore? Going fishy? Hawaii? Or all together? The possibilities are endless and the choice is yours.



Next to the pizza we already made that included a lot of different vegetables, this one was a mix of fish/sea life and cheese. What we used: feta, mozzarella, grated cheese, shrimps, mussels, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, pineapple, olives, tuna, and salami. What combination of toppings do you think are the best on a pizza? Let me know in the comments below!
Xx

11.09.2014

Foodies' Fun

11.09.2014






  • Treat: Autumn means the annual autumn fair and I couldn't walk through the city of Heerlen without treating myself with this delicious "bananenbol," a different take on the Dutch "oliebol", a doughnut-like texture with raisins. This one thus didn't include raisins but banana. 
  • Drink: Tried one drink of this brand before with carrots and it was so good I was delighted to come across different flavours at the discount shop Action. Definitely will head back and get more. 
  • Dinner: My sister and her boyfriend made these fish burgers for themselves one time and we decided we wanted to try them as well at home. A nice - and let me tell you - delicious change up of your average burger. 
  • Lunch: Tomato soup. I'm at a point where I don't like tomatoes, but tomato soup is still my favourite soup. Ever. 
  • Treat: Vanilla waffles! I was in desperate need of waffles and got myself this pack.
Xx

11.03.2014

Monthly Music

11.03.2014

October has ended! The weather is still deciding whether it wants to go full autumnal or not with days that felt like summer but also days with a lot of wind and rain. Ready to hear what songs I have listened to most in this month? Then keep on reading and don't forget to press play...

The xx - Crystalised
The 1975 - Chocolate 
The Jungle Giants - Come and Be Alone With Me
Hozier - Work Song
James Bay - Hear Your Heart
Body Language - Well Absolutely
Sam Smith - I've Told You Now
Coldplay - Clocks
Death Cab For Cutie - Bixby Canyon Bridge
Chris Coco - My Desire (Synkro Remix) 

As always, let me know in the comments below what song(s) you are loving at the moment. I hope you enjoyed the playlist and until next time!

Xx

11.02.2014

Foodies' Fun

11.02.2014






  • Drink: A berry smoothie to get those daily vitamins
  • Snack: Cheez Dipper by La Vache qui rit
  • Dinner: A traditional Dutch dish - endive stew with a homemade meatball and gravy
  • Treat: Came across these at the Marks&Spencer's in Amsterdam and couldn't resist.
  • Drink: A hot chocolate with with whipped cream, marshmallows, and sprinkles. Yes, going all out! Conveniently in my Christmas mug which is the perfect mug for this elaborate drink. A bit too early? Nah!
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