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Am I the only person in the world who does not own a Crock Pot? Maybeso?

You gotta get you one! Christmas is coming up. (Actually, though, I probably use my pressure cooker more often than the crock pot.)

We had Greek style stuffed red peppers and zucchinis tonight. Delicious, and I figured since it had rice, veggies, meat and cheese I didn't have to mess with sides. DP gave it an A +

I've started using red peppers more since my doctor told me they're the best food you can eat, full of anti-oxidents.

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Erwtensoep, traditional Dutch pea soup with smoked sausage and pork chops. A delicious and very nutricious meal-replacing soup for our wet and cold winters. It's so thick a spoon should be able to stay upright in it.

Here's a pic of what it looks like: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_-1tqrsseXpA/R2lvtqvV-KI/AAAAAAAAApE/19SPuMnpyxo/s320/erwtensoep.jpg

True, it looks like it has been eaten already, but the taste is great ^_^

Recipe:

500 g of split peas

400 g of pork chops, preferably still on the bones

4 gluten-free stock cubes, beef or vegetable flavour

1 bay leaf

freshly ground black pepper

3 onions

1 large carrot (300 g)

1 small celeriac (400 g)

1 large leek

5 sprigs of leaf celery, finely chopped

1 rookworst (smoked sausage) or 400 g of large frankenfurters (won't taste the same, try to get a rookworst if you can)

Tools: large kettle with lid, wooden spoon and slotted spoon

Preparation:

Erwtensoep is best when prepared a day in advance so the flavours can settle. Cook the soup, let it cool and store it in the fridge for a day.

Wash the split peas in a sieve and put them in a large kettle. Add the pork chops (still on the bones) and add 2 liters of water. Bring to the boil. Use a slotted spoon to remove the foam that floats to the top.

Add stock cubes, chopped celery leaves, bay leaf and pepper and gently cook for 30 minutes with the lid on. Occasionally stir with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking.

In the meantime, cut the vegetables. The carrot and celeriac are best chopped up into small cubes. Slice the leek and the onion finely. Take the pork chops our of the soup and cut the meat from the bone. Cut the meat into small cubes and the rookworst into slices. Add the vegetables and the meat to the soup and let simmer for 15 minutes.

As said above, the soup is best prepared a day in advance.

Eet smakelijk! (Pronounced as: ate smah-kuh-luck).

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Leftover roast beef, probably smashed potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and maybe some leftover carrot fries and I am going to attempt to make my husband mac n cheese with the Tinkyada elbows and extra sharp white cheddar cheese and no cows milk, lucky I love him because I have a feeling it will take a while to get right.

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Ellie, your soup looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Thanks :) Next time I'll post another recipe for an absolute Dutch classic: hutspot. Hutspot is a dish made from potatoes, carrots and onions, traditionally served with either stewed beef or meatballs. I love winter in NL: simple yet hearty meals that really drive the cold away. People on a diet might want to skip these recipies, but I always say that one diet is more than enough for me :P I just excercise and don't snack a lot, so I stay slim.

I've had enough potatoes for this week, so today we'll have steamed rice with cooked green beans and orientally marinated bacon. My BF will want his rice with a sauce, so I'll add a curry sauce for him. Like most Dutch he prefers his potato/veg/meat, in whatever combination possible. This is so well-known in NL that we simply call it the AGV-combination.

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I"m totally new to gluten free eating, so i browned up some steak in my new cast iron frying pan with butter. Threw it in the crock pot with some potatoes, carrots, an onions. The potatoes an carrots should be good an the broth should have a nice flavor. Due to healing i wont be having any steak, but it sure smelled good :)

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Back from our FABULOUS holiday to Croatia and Italy! I have a month of posts to catch up on (later). I made for tonight:

Pulled Pork

gluten-free Flatbread with Rosemary and Fleur de Sel

Crudites with Green Goddess Dip

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Back from our FABULOUS holiday to Croatia and Italy! I have a month of posts to catch up on (later). I made for tonight:

Pulled Pork

gluten-free Flatbread with Rosemary and Fleur de Sel

Crudites with Green Goddess Dip

Welcome back! So glad you had a wonderful time. We've missed you!

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Welcome back! So glad you had a wonderful time. We've missed you!

Sylvia, thanks! It feels good to be back with my gluten-free family! It is also nice to be missed. :D

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We're having a friend over for dinner, so I'll do my BF a favour and make an oven dish with cheese. (I don't like most cheeses.)

What I'm making today once happened as an accident. I tried to make a dish called Jachtschotel (hunting dish). This is a dish which needs red cabbage, but I accidentally bought red beets. I just used that and it turned out even better. I'll open a recipe topic with traditional Dutch recipes, the Dutch kitchen uses a lot of fresh ingredients which are naturally gluten-free.

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Lamb meatballs tonight. Lamb mince with ginger, garlic, gluten-free soya sauce, parsley and egg yolk. Cooked in stock, dry sherry, more soya sauce, garlic and then spring onions. Not sure yet what I'm serving with it.

Sounds lovely! I adore lamb. It is under utilized/appreciated in my opinion.

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Roasted Tomato and Onion Soup with Orange Creme Fraiche

gluten-free Flatbread I made yesterday with my homemade fig jam and local fresh sheep cheese

Pear and Vanilla Bean Crisp sans ice cream

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Roast chicken, a bit of fabulous thick peppercorn salami, and warm homemade applesuce (Pink Lady apples with cinnamon & cardamon pod.) I'm pretty sure it was a cardamon pod, if not, it was some obscure spice that wasn't labeled from the Indian Grocer. The mystery applesauce was fabulous. DP loved it, but he grew up on applesauce out of a jar. <_<

I think I'll use leftover chicken for a pizza with roasted red peppers, chicken, calamata olives, onion and feta cheese tomorrow night.

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Tonight is pub night with my buddies, so I might as well have some fries and chicken nuggets :) Last week I've been to a gluten-free convention with a friend of mine. Such conventions are great to find products that local stores don't have. I found chicken nuggets, hamburger buns, ice cream cones with vanilla and chocolate, a traditional "amandelstaaf": a roll of puff pastry filled with almond paste. As if this wasn't great enough: the university of Wageningen showed their latest results: they developed a new kind of bread made from gluten-free oats. These oats have been grown on a field where no wheat has been planted on or near for several years. The bread is deliciously soft, fluffy and tastes just like the bread I remember :)

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More of my Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Onion Soup - this time reduced some white wine to a syrup and added that to it.

More Flatbread but I also made Roasted Carrot Hummus this afternoon which goes nicely with it.

Tomorrow we are going to Thailand (well, in the kitchen, that is...).

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I didn't get around to roasting the peppers, but we had pizza with chicken, salami triangles, sliced sweet red and yellow peepers, onion and garlic with mozzarella, asiago and parmesan cheese. I made the sauce from an Allrecipes pizza sauce recipe, and it turned out great!

And LOL I'm still not sure what spice I put it that applesauce yesterday, but it was even better today. I'm planning to make more this weekend!

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