My Birthday Surprise – Pics Or It Didn’t Happen

IMG_1543.JPG“In love I am.”

On A LEGO SAFARI… IMG_1545.JPG

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THE WORLD IN LEGO… 

IMG_1572.JPGStudying how it’s done…

BERLIN IN LEGOIMG_1571.JPG

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AMSTERDAM IN LEGOIMG_1584.JPG

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VENICE IN LEGOIMG_1575.JPG

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It was awesome!!! 

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Thank you my sweetheart, for this wonderful birthday surprise!

Ribs On A Roll

I love the taste of pork meat, but I’m really not a big fan of it. It makes my face break out terribly. So I should probably say; “I am a big fan of it, however my skin apparently isn’t.” But once in a blue moon I get this uncontrollable enormous craving for spare ribs. Yum!!!
So then I just tell myself that I will not care what my face will look like the next day and go for it! After all, I have a great concealer and who doesn’t love a good rack of ribs?!

My boyfriend and I love the ones delivered by The Spare Rib Express, here in Amsterdam. He likes the hot ribs (well, duh, ’cause he’s hot) and I therefore choose the sweet ribs (get it?). It is sooo freakin’ delicious, and such a generous portion! I can never eat the whole meal!
And the best tip I can give you about take-out and delivery meals is; order a little extra for the next day! Like cold pizza for breakfast! Come on, we’ve all been there.
Well, in this case I didn’t have to order anything extra, we had two whole leftover racks. So I came up with the following lunch idea for the next day:

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RIBS ON A ROLL

Ingredients:
left-over spare-ribs meat, shredded off the bone & reheated in a frying pan or wok
2 hard rolls (we prefer wholeweat, but you can pick any kind)
cilantro leaves to cover one side of each roll
1 tablespoon of store-bought Atjar Ketimoen*
*) Atjar Ketimoen is an Asian sweet & sour salad side dish consisting of pickled cucumber, onion and red bell pepper.

Spicy Mayo
:
2 tablespoons of store-bought mayonnaise
1.5 teaspoon of store-bought Sambal (or a finely sliced red chili pepper, unseeded or with the seeds if you can stand the heat)
salt & pepper to taste

Variations:
Instead of the Atjar, you can also add fresh veggies to the roll, but make sure it doesn’t get too soggy when you do.
I used the sweet ribs because they were left over this time, but of course you can use any kind of leftover meat.

Directions:
Heat the rolls in the oven as directed on the packaging, coat one side with the spicy mayo, and cover it entirely with cilantro leaves. Be generous! Add the warm shredded leftover pork and lastly the Atjar.
And there you have it! A very easy, tasty lunch meal and so yummy for your tummy!!!

~love & smiles~

Vicky

 

My Boyfriend’s Favorite Dinner Salad

The recipe for the salad below is for two people and it is a complete lunch or dinner meal, but feel free to add some bread on the side if you feel necessary.
I made this for my boyfriend last night and he absolutely loved it!
And we all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so let me share my recipe with you:

MICHAËL’S FAVORITE DINNER SALAD 

Ingredients:
100 gram arugula, chopped to bitesize
100 gram butter or romaine lettuce, chopped to bitesize
50 gram cilantro leaves
500 gram cherry tomatoes, sliced in four
200 gram crispy sweet corn kernels
1 ripe avocado, peeled and chopped into small dices
100 gram feta cheese sliced or crumbled finely
250 gram diced or sliced thick-cut bacon, fried until crispy*
*) Frying bacon takes about 12-15 minutes, so I would start by putting the bacon on some middle heat, before slicing the veggies.

Dressing
:
1.5 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
the juice of 1 lime
salt & pepper to taste

Variations:
You can also add cucumber to this salad, but make sure the salad doesn’t get too soggy when you do. Instead of bacon, you can add some cooked or grilled chicken breast as well. Or leave out the meat completely for a vegetarian option. If you can’t find feta cheese, use a firm piece of goat’s cheese and then swap the lime juice for some honey! And if you like the salad to be even more filling, throw in some ‘al dente’ pasta!  The variety is endless…

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Directions:
Add all the ingredients into a large bowl. I personally like to stick to the above order as well, because I love how the feta cheese melts a little bit when you add the fried bacon on top of it… Yum!
Lastly drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss well.
And there you have it! A very healthy, fast meal and so yummy for your tummy!!!

~love & smiles~

Vicky

I live in my own little world… But that's ok. They know me here.

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