Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lemon cake and hazelnut, walnut, almond apple cake

Hello Dudes out there,

today I post two delicious cake recipes. The first one is a yummy lemon cake, which I baked now 4 times and which gets always good feedback, so I want to share it with you. The second one is a hazelnut, walnut, almond apple cake. It is a recipe from my mom which I have modified a little. Enough talking -  lets preheat your oven and get started!




Lemon zest cake

PREP:  20 min
BAKING: 45 min at 180°C
LEVEL: easy


Butter /  150 g
Peanut oil / 100 g
Sugar / 200 g
Eggs / 4
Vanilla / 1 bean
Lemon zest and juice / 2 organic lemons
Baking powder / big teaspoon
Ground almonds / 50 g
Wheat flower / 280 g
Salt / 0.5 teaspoon

For the frosting you need

Icing sugar
Limone juice and zest / 1 organic lemon
Water / 50 ml
Sugar / 2 tablespoons




Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 180 ° C. Use an approx.  25 cm long baking tin with baking paper covering the bottom.

2. Grate the zest off two lemons and squeeze out the juice. Grab a big pot, add butter, oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and mix it with a hand mixer. At the end add lemon juice and lemon zest. Now add the flour, almonds, salt and baking soda. Mix until all ingredients have blended together. 

3. Grease the baking tin and cover the bottom with the baking paper. Fill the mixture into the baking tin and bake it for 45 min at 180°C. At the end check with a wooden skewer if the cake is ready. Open the oven, push a wood skewer inside the batter and take it out gently. If there is no trace of the mixture on the skewer, then the cake is ready. If more baking is required, you have to check after another ten minutes. It is important because over-baking is leading to a dry cake.

4. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool down. The cooling to room temperature typically takes about one to two hours. 

5. Meanwhile remove the zest from one lemon with a sharp knife and cut it in fine stripes. Bring it together with 50 ml water and 2 tablespoons sugar to a boil. Put it aside and let it cool down. Prepare the frosting with the juice of one lemon and mix with icing sugar until the mixture is thick. Take a pastry brush and spread the frosting over the cake. Decorate with the lemon zest strips. 


Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee. 



Hazelnut, walnut, almond apple cake

PREP:  15 min
BAKING: 60 min at 180°C
LEVEL: easy


Butter /  150 g
Peanut oil / 100 g
Sugar / 250 g
Eggs / 4
Vanilla / 1 bean
Baking powder / 16 g
Ground almonds / 50 g
Ground hazelnuts / 30 g
Ground walnuts /45 g 
Wheat flower / 250 g
Cinnamon / 1 tablespoon
Apples / 4 big




Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 180 ° C. Use an approx.  25 cm long or round baking tin with baking paper covering the bottom.

2. Peel the apples and cut them in small cubes of 1x1 cm. Grab a big pot, add butter, oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and mix it with a hand mixer. Now add the flour, almonds,, hazelnuts, walnuts, cinnamon and baking soda. Mix until all ingredients have blended together. Add the apple cubes and mix it with a spoon together with the cake dough. 

3. Grease the baking tin and cover the bottom with the baking paper. Fill the mixture into the baking tin and bake it for 45 min at 180°C. At the end check with a wooden skewer if the cake is ready. Open the oven, push a wood skewer inside the batter and take it out gently. If there is no trace of the mixture on the skewer, then the cake is ready. If more baking is required, you have to check after another ten minutes. It is important because over-baking is leading to a dry cake.

4. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool down. The cooling to room temperature typically takes about one to two hours. 


Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee. 






Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spaghetti with white beans and paprika

Hi Dudes,

today was the first sunny and warm day in 2015 in Amsterdam - spring is definitely coming! Will be the last spring we spend in our flat in the beautiful de Pijp. Our landlords are moving back in and so we have to move out pretty soon. Therefore we are looking for a new apartment to rent in Amsterdam. If you know somebody, who might know somebody just send me a message.

The dish today is a real stay-at-home-dude girlfriend classic! Its our own creation and we prepared it so many times, but I never shared it. Try to get some fresh squid spaghetti if possible, so you can enjoy the real flavor! We have a nice fresh pasta place called "Il Pastificio" around the corner. It offers one of the best pastas I have ever tasted. If you are living in Amsterdam this is a must! This time they did not had any squid pasta, therefore we bought normal spaghetti. Serve the dish with dry Verdejo white wine and enjoy. Tastes like sun!



For 2 people you need:

PREP:  5
COOK: 20 min
LEVEL: easy



Fresh (squid) spaghetti /  250 g
Large white beans / 1 can 
Canned tomatoes / 1 can, high quality
Green paprika /  1
Red onion / 1 medium
Garlic / 1 clove

Olive oil / 3 tablespoons
Sea salt / a pinch
Pepper / a pinch

Optional: 
Fresh flat parsley / 2 tablespoons
Parmesan



Preparation:

1. Bring 3 - 4  liter salted water to a boil in a large pot. 

2. Meanwhile chop the onions and garlic and cut the green paprika in 1 x 1cm large squares. Strain the white beans. 

3. Take a large pan, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and brown the paprika together with the onions for 5 min at medium heat.  Add garlic, the canned tomatoes and the large white beans. Let it simmer for another 10 min at low heat. Spice the sauce with pepper and sea salt. 

4. Cook the spaghetti in the large pot al dente and strain them. 

5. Take two large plates, add the spaghetti and cover it with sauce. Decorate with flat parsley 

Serve and Enjoy!

Your stay-at-home-dude.




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Freeletics Amsterdam

Hi Dudes,

last month I started to do#freeletics again, after a longer break. After the first exercises, I already regret to ever stopped to work out. But at the same time I can also feel my strength and endurance coming back. A big motivation is our new Amsterdam Freeletics group. We started with three people and now more and more people are joining the movement and our training.


At the moment we train on two training sites. One is located in the west of Amsterdam and the other one in the Sarphatipark in the area de Pijp. If you want to join our training just sign up for our Facebook Amsterdam Freeletics group and you can see our training schedule.

If you want to follow me in the #freeletics app you can add the following link:

https://www.freeletics.com/en/users/108951/feed

Here are some impressions from our training. It is a lot of fun to workout together and a great motivation! It is also a easy way to share knowledge and get some feedback.
RULE #1 - BE A FAMILY

Your Stay-at-home-dude








Sunday, March 15, 2015

Green cabbage with chickpeas, beetroot and bulgur

Hi Dudes,

today I paid another visit to our Bilder & De Clercq shop around the corner and discovered a nice vegetarian recipe, which I want to share with you today. This dish gets it's typical flavour from a spice mix called "Ras el hanout", which is originally from North-Africa. 





For 2 people you need:

PREP:  15
COOK: 20 min
LEVEL: easy



Bulgur /  100 g
Green cabbage / 0.5  
Chickpeas / 1 can
Feta / 150 g
Beetroot / 2 pre-cooked

Olive oil / 2 tablespoons
Ras el hanout / 1 teaspoon

Walnut oil / 4 tablespoons
Garlic / 1 clove
Red wine vinegar / 1 teaspoon
Sea salt / a pinch
Pepper / a pinch





Preparation:

1. Bring 1 liter water to a boil in a small pot, add bulgur and cook for 15 min. 

2. Meanwhile cut the cabbage and the beetroot in 1 cm thin slices.

3. Chop the garlic very fine and add it to a small bowl. Add the walnut oil, vinegar and spice up with salt and pepper. We will use this as a seasoning.

3. Take a large pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of water and stew the cabbage for 10 min at high heat. During the first 5 min cover the pan with a lid. The cabbage is ready, if it is tender and starts to get brown.  

4. Strain the bulgur and the chickpeas and add them to the pan with the cabbage.

5. Spice with pepper, salt and Ras el hanout. 

6. Take two soup plates and add the cabbage mixture from the pan and decorate with beetroot slices. Sprinkle with the seasoning and crumble the feta over it.

Enjoy!






Friday, February 27, 2015

Tandoori salmon with yogurt and Naan bread

Hi Dudes,

I am still alive and today I will post a new fresh recipe for all dudes out there! During the last months I was not thrilled about blogging anymore, and therefore I stopped. I also startet to work for three months full-time and went on a trip to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia together with my girlfriend. Therefore I spent many hours not staying-at-home anymore.

In January I continued to work part-time for an Australian company here in Amsterdam and started my own small business. Now I can spent again more of my lifetime based on my own priorities and decision. It feels good to be back at home and blog again. I also started to do freeletics again, but this is worth a different post and you are probably already starving. Here is a fine Bollywood-inspired recipe you and your girlfriend will like!



For 2 people you need:

PREP:  15
COOK: 6 min
LEVEL: easy



Salomon / 300 g
Naan bread / 2 

Greek yogurt / 250 g
Cucumber / 1 small
Tandoori paste / 2 - 3 teaspoons 
Red chili / 1
Coriander / 1 bunch
Lemon / 1
Olive oil / 4 tablespoons
Sea salt / a pinch
Pepper / a pinch





Preparation:

0. Preheat the oven by 180 °C. 

1. Cut the salmon in 6 pieces each 1cm thick and marinate with the tandoori paste.

2. Cut the cucumber in half. Get rid of the inner part with the seeds and cut the rest in small cubes. The inner part contains a lot of water and we do not want this water in the yogurt. Also remove the seeds from the chili and cut it in thin slices. Separate the coriander leaves from the stalk and put them aside

3. Add 2/3 of the chili and the cucumber cubes in a bowl to the yogurt. Spice up with salt, pepper and lemon juice.

4. Bake the Naan bread in the oven for 5 to 6 min. At the end preheat 2 plates in the oven.

5. Meanwhile Grab a big pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and brown the salmon for 1,5 min at medium to high heat on each side.

6. Cut the lemon in small slices. Place the bread on the preheated plates, add a little bit of olive oil, add yogurt, salmon pieces and decorate with coriander leaves, rest of the chili and lemon slices.

Enjoy!






Monday, May 12, 2014

Spaghetti with fennel and shrimps

Hi Dudes,

now I am back again in Amsterdam and I am proud to present a new easy recipe for you. Fresh ingredients - healthy and delicious! Now let's get started.



For 2 people you need:

PREP:  10
COOK: 15 min
LEVEL: easy



Spaghetti / 250 g
Prawns / 200 g 
Red chili / 1
Garlic / 3 gloves
Fennel / 1
Lemon / 1 organic
Olive oil / 4 tablespoons
Salt / a pinch
Pepper / a pinch
Vegetable bouillon / 30 ml
Flat parsley / 1 bunch







Preparation:

1. Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile slice the fennel, garlic and chili (remove the chili seeds if you don't like it spicy). Chop the flat parsley and grate some lemon zest.

2. Cook the spaghetti 3 min less than shown on the packing for al dente. Heat up the bouillon and put it aside.

3. Grab a big pan with olive oil and brown the fennel for 2 min at medium heat. Add chili, garlic and fry for another 2 min. At the end add shrimps and lemon zest at high heat.

4. Add the spaghetti to the pan and deglaze with bouillon. Wait a minute until the water has been soaked by the pasta and spice up with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Add parsley at the end.

Eet smakelijk!




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Freeletics: Strength guide, sore muscles and app

Hello Dudes,

I just started with my second freeletics training guide and I want update you about my latest training. My new guide focusses on strength and I think this will help me to shape and form more muscles. The results of the first guide were good and so I am ready and motivated to continue. After I finished my cardio & strength guide I took a break of 4 weeks. It was nice to hang out and to relax a little, but I also felt, that I was missing the training. It incredible how much effect sports has on your mood and how it helps you to think positive.



Now I just have made it trough the first week of my guide and the first lessons were all about collecting training data. I did several pull-up, push-up and squats max exercises. The results you submit are important for the digital coach to adapt the workouts to your actual fitness. I am curious how my first workouts will look like. Finally the digital coach has made it into the app. Thats a huge improvement and helps me to keep to my training plan, when I am training outside.

Now I would like to share some of my training experience about sore muscles. During the first weeks I had huge problems with this. What helped me was to use a warming cream called Finalgon. The cream preheats your muscles and this is perfect when you are training outside or doing pull- and push-ups. You have to be careful not to put on too much because the effect is pretty strong. When I am training I apply the cream on my shoulders and thighs before I go jogging.  Give me feedback what you do against sore muscles.


In the future I will expand my blog activity and talk about cooking, sports and gadgets for stay-at-home-dudes. Therefore I have designed three logos which represent the topics I am blogging about. Let me know what you think about my idea.




Monday, March 3, 2014

Fried rice noodles with prawns


Hi Dudes,

this recipe is inspired by Uli, who has taken his stay-at-home-dude kitchen apron all the way long to Shanghai. He visited a market and had dinner in a local restaurant. Thanks to Uli stay-at-home-dude now has the possibility to get abroad from time to time and be inspired by exotic dishes and recipes. The journey has just begun...













For 2 people you need:

PREP:  15
COOK: 10 min
LEVEL: easy



Sticky rice noodles / 250 g
Prawns / 200 g 
Tofu / 150 g           
Eggs / 2
                                  
Garlic / 2 gloves
Tamarind sauce / 4 tablespoons
peanut oil / 5 tablespoons
Fish sauce / 2 tablespoons
Soy sauce / 1 tablespoon 
Salt / a pinch
Pepper / a pinch
Bean sprouts / handful
Chilli pepper / 1 large
Lime / 1



Preparation:

1. Read how to prepare the noodles on the package. Some noodles have to soak in water first. 

2. Cut the tofu in small cubes and fry it with 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok until they are golden brown. Remove them from the wok. 

3. Add 2 tablespoon of oil and stir fry the eggs. Add the prawns together with copped garlic and soya sauce.

4. Now add the noodles, rest of the oil and put the tofu back in the wok. Add tamarind and fish sauce and salt and pepper. Mix everything and check the flavor. The tamarind sauce has a sour taste. The noodles should absorb all the sauce and be ready after 3 - 4 min. At the end of the cooking time add bean sprouts and mix them with the noodles.

5. Serve with slices of lime and chili pepper and enjoy!