Happy 2015!

It’s been almost a year since my last post on WordPress, wow!

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This wasn’t really my plan. I’ve been travelling an I had some setbacks to deal with. On the other hand, 2014 also brought me good news, a new job!
I’m currently working as a recruitment consultant in a temporary work agency called Synergie, and I love it!

What have you established in 2014? Tell me all about it!
PS: I wish you guys a jolly, happy and successful 2015!
Kisses, Young Palooka.

Bapao broodjes vegamel style :)

Looks yummy! Eager to try this recipe from blogger ‘vegamel’!

vegamel

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Voor het deeg ben je nodig:

(1 senseo-kopje)
2 ¾ kopjes bloem
snufje zout

2/3 kopje warm water

2 eetlepels suiker

1 ½ eetlepel gist

Doe de bloem met een snufje zout in een grote kom.

In een kleine kom doe je het water, de gist en de suiker. Goed roeren en 5 minuten wegzetten.

Als de 5 minuten om zijn giet je het water- gist mengsel bij de bloem en kneed het tot een zachte deeg. Maak er een bal van en wrijf klein beetje olie over de deegbal. Zet 45 minuten weg op een warme plek.

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In de tussentijd maak je de vulling. 

Voor mijn vulling ben je nodig:

1 ½ kopje gepureerde zoete aardappel- rode linzen soep

http://vegamel.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/zoete-aardappel-rode-linzen-soep/

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beetje olie
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Nightlife in Budapest

Heya!

I’ve been to Budapest 2 weeks ago and I really had the time of my life! I stayed in a youth hostel, met awesome (crazy) people, went shopping, danced and drank yummy cocktails in the coolest bars in the city. In fact, one bar left such an impression on me that I had the urge to share it with the rest of the world.

I present you: Szimpla

AfbeeldingAt first sight, this doesn’t really look like a trendy bar but locals are used to this kind of nightlife (cabdriver told me, must be true). These bars are called ‘ruin pubs‘ and are very common in Budapest.

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Entrance room. Drinks can be bought at the bar when you go right, when you would look left there is a food stand with pizza and other fastfood. In almost every pub in Budapest they have food stands, awesome isn’t it?! I call this the ‘entrance room’ because this place can be compared to a house. When you take the stairs, there are several rooms with different kinds of music, at the back there is a garden, etc.

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One of the many rooms. As you can see the place looks really chaotic but it definitely has it’s charms. The owners used tons of second hand stuff and junkyard material to decorate the rooms.

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 Another room in Szimpla. There are live bands performing every day at 8pm. Image you being here with good music, cool company and fairly cheap drinks. This place is a little piece of heaven!

>>If you ever consider visiting this place, make sure you go there early, finding seats is hard!<<

Liebster award

I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award by Tiffany (thanks!)

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What is a Liebster Award?
It’s an award made by and for bloggers who have less than 200 followers. This award is purposed to help these blogs a little hand and to discover other cool blogs around the world.

These are the rules:

– name the one who nominated you
– answer the 11 questions you were given
– nominate 5 bloggers (with less than 200 followers)
– ask these bloggers 11 questions
– make sure the nominees know they’re nominated

Tiffany’s 11 questions

1. Will you regret things you have(n’t) done in your life when you die?
I don’t think so. Obviously not everything in your life works out perfectly, but I think the most important thing is to live for the moment,
don’t regret anything and give everything you really want to achieve a try. That way you can’t blame yourself you’ve never tried and you won’t be asking yourself questions as ‘what if?’.

2. Which song are you listening to a lot these days?
Christina Aguilera – Genie in a bottle

3. What’s your philosophy of life?
Read question one 😀

4. What’s your favorite food?
I really really really love vol-au-vent (a kind of chicken stew) made by my boyfriend’s mom.

5. Do people in your near area know you’re blogging? What do they think?
Most of my best friends know. Almost everyone is very supportive and they actually really like my recipes!

6. What date brings up memories?
11 november (’13), armistice. That day my dog laid down his weapons and died. Most painful day of my life.

7. Which subject would you like Tiffany to write about?
I actually want to know more about her education and her future plans.

8. When was the last time you cried? Why?
Last week when I had an arguement with my boyfriend.

9. What’s your idea of happiness?
Having nothing to worry about. Also: reading a good book in the sun.

10. What’s your favorite series?
I really liked this Belgian series called ‘Eigen kweek’. My all time favorite is Catfish.

11. What’s your favorite quote?
Break me down, I’ll rise back up.

My nominees are:

Mirjam
Arieta
Manon
Eline
Nanda & Sabrine

My 11 questions:

1. Which movie makes you cry?
2. What kind of name do you like for a dog?
3. What’s your favorite day of the week?
4. What do you keep on postponing?
5. Who is your best friend? Why?
6. What would you like to achieve in 2014?
7. What animal do you compare yourself with?
8. What do you hate about blogging?
9. Are you a skirt/dress person or do you prefer wearing pants? Why?
10. When was the last time you roared with laughter? Why?
11. What was the last dream you can remember?

Succes!

Quick and healthy high carb snack

Today I’m revealing one of my healthy pleasures, a high carb snack that I eat before or after working out.
If you’re planning on going on a diet, this recipe might help you forget about those tempting sweets.

You need:
a banana
2 tablespoons of peanut butter

Here we go!

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2. Smear some peanut butter on one side (I used chunky peanut butter)

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3. Place another piece of banana on top

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4. You can eat them instantly or you can put them in the freezer for an hour to get a harder texture (like Oufti)

That’s it!

What do I like about this recipe so much?
Preparing only takes 5 minutes
Low-cost
Doesn’t dirty any pots or pans
Only 194 calories
Contains a lot of fibres, 4 gr.!
Doesn’t feel like you’re eating healthy
It’s yummy for the tummy!

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Do you know a recipe for a healthy snack? Please share!

Sunday semi-Asian leftover soup

Hi there! 

Today was a lazy sunday so I wasn’t really in the mood to cook something big.
After some cleaning and watching TV, I decided to get my lazy butt off the couch to start making a soup.

Because I didn’t provide any fresh veggies, I just took some vegetable leftovers out of the freezer and improvised the rest, using some Asian (but also European) herbs and other additions to give it a special foreign touch! 

This recipe is child’s play!

Ingredients:

0.5kg turnip-rooted celery (I used a bag of pre-chopped cubes out of the freezer)
2 leeks (pre-chopped, out of the freezer)
1 big onion, chopped in big pieces
2 paprikas: 1 yellow, 1 red (pre-chopped, out of the freezer)
1 cucumber, chopped in big pieces
4 mandarins
1 sweet apple, peeled and chopped in pieces
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
3 chicken fillets

Herbs:

2 vegetable stock cubes 
1 chicken stock cube
1/2 teaspoon of ginger (powder)
1 tsp of coriander
1/2 tsp of chili flakes or powder
2 tsp of curry
1/2 tsp of pepper
1 tsp of salt

Here we go!

1. put the vegetables, the apple and the whole chicken fillets in a big cooking pot, add enough water to cover everything
2. squeeze the mandarins but don’t add the juice yet
3. when boiling, add the stocking cubes, the herbs and the peanut butter
4. let it boil for about 20 minutes on high
5. take out the chicken fillets and blend the soup
6. add the pieces of chicken and the mandarin juice to the soup
7. let everything boil gently for another 10 minutes over a low fire

 

 

Bon appétit

 

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Sleek MakeUp Brow Kit tutorial/review

Hi!

As some of y’all may have seen on my fb or instagram profile, I was planning on making a review/tutorial about Sleek MakeUp. Today I’ll be talking about the brow kit (in light) because 2013 was all about fabulous eyebrows!

ImageCara Delevingne rocked her bushy eyebrows on several catwalks past year (photo source: Swide.com)

 

Unfortunately not everyone has these thick, darker hairs. I myself have very thin, light blonde eyebrows so I really need some filling up!
For years I’ve been using a Bourgeois browpencil (which wasn’t bad at all!) but a few weeks ago a friend introduced me to Sleek MakeUp and so I got seduced by this brow kit on their website.

 

Before starting off I recommend to watch this plucking tutorial and shape your eyebrows if needed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vownjqtP7H8

Ok, now we’re totally ready for takeoff!

ImageFor starters, you should know that this kit contains a wax for modelling (left) and a setting powder for the perfect finish (right).

When applying the wax, the wide side of the angled brush should be used on the wider side of the brow and for the thinner end of the eyebrow you just turn the brush 90° and use the ‘cornerside’.
When applying the powder, you’ll have to use the rounded brush in the same way as the angled one. Make sure the powder gets blended in well with the underlying wax and fills in any sparse areas.

 

The result (for blondes) should be similar to this:

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PROS:
Includes big mirror
Very affordable (9.99€)
Wax does not smudge
Low cost shipping (2.80€)
Exists in 4 shades
Pretty packaging
Highly pigmentated
Comes with tweezers and brushes

CONS:
Sleek MakeUp did not respect delivery terms
Handles of brushes are too short and therefore unhandy
Lightest color is too dark for blondes in my view

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I am not sponsored by this brand, I’m just a makeup fanatic.
If you want to know more about Sleek MakeUp’s eyeshadow palettes or compact powders, ask me!
http://www.sleekmakeup.com/

 

2 minutes “cake in a cup”

A while ago I’ve been browsing on the web to find the perfect recipe for a “cake in a cup”. I quickly discovered that there were a variety of ways to make this. So I’ve tried some recipes out and this one worked best for me (I had to add some changes to the recipe though).

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You need:

a mug
a fork and a tablespoon
a microwave

4 tablespoons of self-raising flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons of arachis oil or another vegetable oil -don’t use olive oil-
(optional: vanilla sugar)

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Add the dry ingredients to your cup or mug and give it a stir

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Add the egg and mix thoroughly with a fork

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Pour the oil in and give it a quick mix

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Put the mug in the microwave and cook for about 2 minutes on high

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Well done! This is what your cake should look like.

My opinion:

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Easy to make
Doesn’t require expensive ingredients or ingredients you usually don’t have in your kitchen
You’re not dirtying too much pots or pans (so no dishes!)
Quick recipe for a yummy snack
Doesn’t stick to the mug


It smells a lot like egg
You can not expect the same texture as an oven cooked cake
It quickly overcooks and gets dry because of microwave use
Quite heavy on the stomach

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I’m sorry for the dark pictures, my kitchen doesn’t catch the best light.
Thanks for reading!