Book review: Pierogi + giveaway

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 13.16.42 Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 13.16.13Happy New Year!

And what better way to start 2015 than with a nive giveaway!

A few months ago I met 2 young girls, Zosia and Jo, at Krachtvoer, a food festival in Belgium. They were selling selfmade pierogi to promote their first book. So we ordered a portion and then another one, and another, and so on…

Now what are pierogi? They are a typical Polish dish, and you can compare them to dumplings stuffed with some kind of filling.

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Best of 2014

Ok so December has not been the best month for this blog. I decided to switch hosts, which resulted in an offline blog. I’m now online again, lay-out wise not yet there, but this will take a few more days…

And since it’s almost the end of year, instead of posting a new recipe I decided to post a ‘Best of 2014′. Even though it is more of a most read in 2014, because some of these post were published in 2013.

1. By far the most read post is: Quinoa pasta  {vegan, gluten-free}

Quinoa Pasta - A pinch of meMore than half of my first time visitors come from this post, probably because the pictures have been pinned on Pinterest more than 100.000 times! I should thank Stijn Van Minnebruggen who took the pictures for this and Buzzfeed who featured them in one of their posts.

2. Soba noodles with ginger tahini and greens {vegan, gluten-free}

Soba noodles with ginger tahini and greens {vegan, gluten-free} - A pinch of me

This actually one of my all time favourites. The asian kitchen is something I don’t really now a lot about, so this was really an experiment. But since then I have repeated it numerous times and I’m even making a variation of it tonight.

3. Crunchy Crackers {vegan, gluten-free}

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And last but not least, the healthy version of crackers. And that is something I noticed when looking at the different posts and the statistics. My readers are not only looking for healthy food, but are also willing to make these from scratch. Which is fun for me, because this will only improve my cooking skills as well!

So enjoy the Holidays and thank you very much for being a part of this blog. And I will see you again in 2015. On January 1st Pinch of Me will exist for 3 years, so expect something special!

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Tomato chickpea soup {vegan, gluten-free}

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Okay so I’m having a really hard time with photographing soup. I understand this is a first world problem, but for me it is an issue. After making this soup I made 20+ pictures and I’m only using one for this blogpost. So if anyone has any tips on making these pictures more attractive, please help.

Anyway, enough about the pictures. Normally when you want to thicken your soup, you use a starchy vegetable like potatoes. This time I used chickpeas which has the same effect, but has a slightly different taste.

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Ibiza & Formentera

Ah Ibiza, the party island.

Not for us. We went for the sun, the beaches, the fantastic food and quality time with friends.

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Ginger tea + a boozy rum version {vegan, gluten-free}

Ginger tea + a boozy rum version  {vegan, gluten-free}

If you search for ginger tea on Google there are two types of links you will find: one the health benefits and second all kind of different recipes.

I will not go in to detail about the health benefits, but let’s say this is the perfect Fall/Winter drink.

About the recipes, you will find numerous versions. Some with just water and ginger, while others have a long list of different ingredients. My version is just that, my version. So feel free to add ingredients, or leave some out. Also the quantities are adjustable, if you like ginger a lot, add some more, if not…

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Grilled potato and vegetable salad {vegan, gluten-free}

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Potatoes must be one of the least popular vegetables I know. Most people I know avoid them or eat them in really small portions. Probably because in Belgium – and a lot of other countries – potatoes used to be the main ingredient of a typical dinner. You had potatoes, meat and vegetables. Day after day after day. But I love potatoes. I guess because we didn’t have them at home so often, so for me there is still something special about it.

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