Monday, May 7, 2012

Colorful Cooking

One thing that many "trailing spouses" have is too much free time, especially those with teenagers (mine prefers that I stay as far away from his school as possible)! I went from being too busy in California to being not busy enough in Brussels. What helped me a tremendous amount was joining a great book club, taking a course about Belgium, traveling, visiting more museums than I thought possible, watching every episode of Dexter and The Big Bang Theory, and just recently, enrolling in cooking classes. It turns out cooking classes were fun, educational and... colorful! Where else could I prepare and eat healthy food, socialize, drink during the day, and re-learn the metric system? But with just a few days left in Brussels, I still have so many activities yet to do: catch-up on my summer reading, try yoga, become fluent in French, prepare for the Brussels Marathon, and visit the other 85 museums in town ;-)

Today's class was titled 5-Ingredient Meals

Slicing the palmiers

Sun-Dried Tomato & Chili Palmiers and Baked Chicken Goujons

Ingredients for our Turkey Larp Kha Gai

Delicious Cod with Chorizo and Beans

Japanese Duck and Rice Salad

Australian Cream Scones


  1. YUM!!! Try making those scones here :D

    1. Can you believe it's just flour, cream & 7up? We can make them when I get home!

  2. Dear Janice,

    My name is Laurence Van Liedekerke and I work for the VRT, the Flemish Broadcasting Company.I'm currently researching a new tv-program, Fans of Flanders, that will go live mid-september.The idea is to make a television program about Flanders for all the expats living here in order to let them know just how wonderfully quirky this little piece of Belgium can actually be. Together with the program, we are also working on a website that will go live mid-september as well… that is, if we can find some expats who would like to blog for us about their life in Flanders. And that's why I'm knocking on your virtual door…

    Seen as your blog caught my eye, I wondered if you would be interested to blog for us on a regular basis (like for instance once or twice a month (but more often is possible if you would want to)). What you blog about, would be up to you… whether it's about the good, the bad, the bold, the ugly, the delicious or the unexpected; we want to know your views about it all, as long as it's about your life in Flanders!

    We plan to put the blogs on a specific page on our website (as well as on the homepage when first published), where all entries will be kept and links to your own blog will appear with your blog post if you want. In other words: we can offer you fame, but alas no fortune.

    If you could let me know if you're interested to work with us, I would very much appreciate it, because we are putting together the blogteam as we speak :)

    And if you need any more information about Fans of Flanders, who we are or what we do, please feel free to contact me (you will find my contact information below).

    Kind regards and hope to hear from you soon!

    Laurence Van Liedekerke
    Editor Fans of Flanders
    VRT – Boondoggle - Borgerhoff & Lamberigts TV