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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jambalaya Chicken

Jambalaya Chicken

Alright everybody...since Jambalaya is a famous dish, it needed to be on my blog. I love cooking and since all the recipes I post here I also actually cooked. So, feel free to ask any questions you might have ;)

I'll try keeping it simple :) 

Ingredients for four:
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 1green pepper
- 1 zucchini
- 1 leek
- 200g chorizo
- 200g ham
- 2 celery sticks
- 2 onions
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 red chili
- 400g canned/chopped tomatoes 
- 600ml chicken stock
- 1-3 spoons of hot pepper sauce
- oregano

Ready? Great! First, heat up the oil in a pan and cook the chicken, which you previously cut into bite-sized small pieces. Cook until the chicken get a white-yellow color. Then add the ham (cut into small cubes) and the chorizo (similarly cut into bite-sized pieces) and cook until sealed. Put the chicken, the ham and the chorizo aside, thus remove them from the pan and instead add the onions, the garlic, the leek (cut very small), the celery stick and the chili and cook them until softened.
Then, we add to the vegetables...some more: 
- The zucchini, which you have to cut in small cubes beforehand.
- The green pepper, again cut it :) 
- the canned tomatoes.

Now, you have all your vegetables in the frying pan. Add the 600ml chicken stock and the 1-3 spoons of hot pepper sauce, depending on how spicy you actually want your Jambalaya ;)

Bring everything to boil, then reduce the heat and add the the chicken, the ham and the chorizo back into the pan. Cook for appox. 30min. 

You can eat it with noodels, rice or a nice fresh salade. 




Yummmmmmmmmi! :D

Friday, October 26, 2012

Istanbul

Summer of 2012! This summer I went to Istanbul!! This huge city everybody told me to visit, so this summer I did. I was there for a week and since I like site-seeing I covered pretty much the entire touristic area...Well if you are asking why I didn't adventure to non-touristic parts...what can I say, as much as I love adventure I was a bit afraid, to be honest. But, no reason not to get a pick at those areas, if you see fit.


You have to know that I had HUGE expectations of Istanbul. I wanted to go there for so long and I was really eager when I saw the city in fornt. I took this trip with my brother and we were driving to Istanbul and when we finally entered the city...we were stuck. We covered those 15-20km to the center of Istanbul in 3hrs!! I swear I have never seen such a traffic jam...and funny thing...a traffic jam with all sorts of transportation modes: cars, carts a couple of sheep now and then. Finally we arrived at the hotel... and that was a bliss!



That being said I was very enthusiastic about the food...which didn't disappoint at all ;) The people are very nice and helpful, and somehow they seem to know all possible languages, especially the vendors. 



In my post about Vancouver (http://busyblouse.blogspot.nl/2012/10/vancouver-my-love.html) I made a top 10 of things that I liked best there. I think I'll do the same here...it's easier to keep track of everything this way. So, top 5 of ISTANBUL!


So...there it goes:

5. Grand Bazar

The Grand Bazar is typically for tourists. I didn't really like it, but since you're in Istanbul and well... it's one of the most famous attractions...it's also on my top 5 list :) 



 


4. The Food: Baklava

DELICIOUS!!!

 






3. Sultanahmed & Hagia Sofia


2. Palace Topkapi


 Palace Topkapi is really a great touristic attraction. The architecture is amazing...and let's face it...where else can you see a HAREM? :D
Schedule a day for the palace, especially if you are interested in its history as well. 









1. The Bosporus

To see the Bosporus you have to take a small ferry. It's absolutely fabulous! The houses...Oh I wish I could live there! Aaaaand the sea...its color...Just have a look at the picutures below and you'll see what I mean :) Enjoy!







What did you like most about Istanbul? Let me know! Xx

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Yellow Autumn

§ Yellow Autumn §

Yesterday we had this great weather in Rotterdam, which doesn't really happen that often, considering it's October and I'm in the Netherlands. But, there it was no fog, no clouds, but sun and a lot of yellow and orange leaves. So, I went outside with a friend and took a couple of pictures. 

I was wearing a yellow Bandolera dress with flowery print and an olive NTS jacket and yellow-violet pumps accessorized with broze and olive bracelets.  









There it is <3

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween is coming up!

Hi Lovelies!

Halloween is coming up and I thought hard and long about what costume I might wear to this year's Halloween Party. 

I came up with this: Be an Angel (at least one time a year :P). The whole outfit is very simple.White dress: CHECK. Wings: CHECK. Add a tiara in case people are too drunk to see your wings, in which instance you will pass as a princess. It's as simple as that. Why did I chose to go as an Angle. Well, to be frank I try to avoid going year after year after year to Halloween parties as a witch or a dead bride or as a orange big-sized pumpkin, so I thought somebody needs to represent 'the good side of the force' as well. Don't judge...I was watching Star Wars the other night :)

So...here it is:







Dress: H&M
Bag: H&M
Earrings: Accessorize
Tiara: Clair's 

What will your Halloween outfit look like this year? 
Xx

Sunday, October 21, 2012

English Walk


- English Walk - 

Dress: marine blue with ducks and light brown. Blazer: Mango, Caro dark brown blazer.


This morning I went for a walk in the park and I opted for a stylish vintage autumn dress with my favorite blazer and a blue bow hair bend. I love girly outfits with a touch of Oxford flavor  so it seemed just perfect for feeding the ducks at the lake and enjoying a warm autumn morning.





I was wearing:

Dress: Vintage 
Belt: Vero Moda
Blazer: Mango
Vintage Bag 
Hair Bend: Clair's
Shoes: Marco Tozzi






Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vancouver - My love ♡

Vancouver - My love ♡


To be honest, I never expected Vancouver to grow on me so much. 

Since May 2012 I am missing that city like crazy! Have you ever been to Vancouver? I'd love to know all your opinions! :) 

I was in Vancouver during a study trip. Next to amazingly nice and friendly people, I had the occasion to visit the city...and I officially fell in love. Now, you have to understand that whilst living in the Netherlands...it's not that easy to pick up your stuff and just go do Canada for a week. So, everything was carefully planned and organized. 

After a 10 hrs flight...THERE IT WAS: VANCOUVER

Here, I would like to post a top 10 of the things I loved in Vancouver. Let me know if you think something else deserves to be in my list :) 


10. Burnaby Village Museum



The Burnaby Village Museum is a great attraction if you want to experience the 20th century way of living. Houses and shops are decorate as they used to be at that time and actors give life to characters of that period. You learn how news papers were printed, how mechanics worked and how normal people were living back in the old days. 

For more info, just visit their website: 

http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/index.html

9. Jericho Beach


If you adore nature, then this place is incredible. You have a beach, the sea and far off the mountains  I mean, all in one spot, can it get any better? 

8. China Town



Now, I have to admit that I am obsessed with Asian food, the spices, the recipes, the taste, I simply can't image not visiting the China Town in Vancouver. Have a look at the small shops and everything they are selling and since you're already there...TRY OUT THE FOOD! :) 
7. Restaurants - Sushiiiiiii (Just had to be here!! :D )



Personally, as much as I like all kinds of food, I love sushi! And my favorites are the california roles and the unagi maki. There is this great place in Vancouver called MOMO SUSHI were I ate almost every day...Great food, great price and very very very fresh ingredients ;) 
6. Whale Watching



From Steveston you have the opportunity to go on a Whale Watching tour. Make sure however you go during those periods when there are actually any whales to see. Don't get me wrong, the view actually the entire trip was great and the nature is just beautiful, but you do pay to see whales...and the price is not quite cheap. After not seeing any whales at all...it does feel a bit disappointing. Nonetheless, if you have the money and the time and are a bird-watcher or you just adore nature...then definitely go for it (although there might be cheaper alternatives)! 
5. Canada Place


When you are here you have this amazing view! My favorite view!

4. Stanley Park



Huge! Huge! Huge! You just can't get bored here. Get a bike or walk...just if you go to Vancouver just plan a day for Stanley Park!

3. Japadog



Ok, haha maybe I am a little bit of a food addict, but those Japadogs! Those Japados!!! Maybe it was just me...but mine tasted like sushi :))

2. Gas Town


The Old Steam Clock, beautiful cafes. What I liked was that this is the only not-modern place in Vancouver. If you want a taste of vintage... Go to Gas Town ;) 

1. Capilano Suspension Bridge



Well, I think the most breath-taking turist attraction in Vancouver is the Capilano suspension bridge and the rain forest around it. I was amazed by now big those trees are. It makes you wonder why we keep cutting trees. The air was so fresh and cold at the same time. Just refreshing! 

This is what I loved most about Vancouver. 
Have a great night darlings! 

Broccoli Soup

Hi Loves!

Let's go green today! So what do you say of a nice broccoli soup for a chilly autumn dinner?



Here it goes ;)

Ingredients for two:

200g Broccoli
1 onion
4-5 potatoes
2TL butter
1l vegetable stock
salt
pepper
chili

To serve with: sour cream and rasped cheese

         
1. Clean and cut the broccoli into pieces.
2. Peal the potatoes and cut the into small cubes.
3. Chop the onion.
4. Heat the butter in a pan and add the onions. Keep until fragrant. Then add the broccoli and potatoes pieces.
5. Add the vegetable stock and kook until the broccoli and the potatoes are soft (approx. 25min)
6. Use your mixer and shuffle until you get a green paste.
7. Take off from the fire. Salt and pepper your soup.
8. My personal secret ingredient is a hint of chili for a sharp taste! ;)

9. Serve in a bowl with sour cream  and rasped cheese!

Bon appetite darlings! <3


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hello Loves!!

Hello Loves !

So, today is the day I am officially starting my blog!!

Why so? Well, I never got to it before and at some point you just want to finally DO something from that bucket list of yours. If you are wondering what this blog will be about it's easy... life, well not just life or the miracle of it, but rather a series of events and amazing people and places I got to know and would love to share with you. 

If you're busy with too many things, if you still hope to tick off at least one of your New Years resolutions, then love, start posting here ;)

What's the one thing that you didn't dare to do this year? When was the last time you went out in that little black dress you love so much? Well, this is what my blog is about...inspiring fashion, lovable foods and fun!

Greets!
BusyBlouse