My life in Utrecht has turned into a nerdy one. I spend all of my time reading reading and reading. I think about my moot court course on the International Criminal Court like my first teenage crush. Combine that and the terrible weather here in the Netherlands for the past few weeks, life has been really slow and dragging for me. The only hobbies that I have continued doing are going to the supermarket and discovering new food to cook. My favorite searches on Google contain the words “quick, easy, recipes”

So I figured, why not write an entire post on my new found obsession, likewise helping my newly wed friends with their new adventures in the kitchen. I am not an expert cook, and like them, I have no time to spare in the kitchen. I lovingly dedicate this post to them. Therese, para sa yo to!

CREAMY SPINACH PASTA- a yummy vegetarian dish, but I dont really think it’s a diet meal coz of all the cream…


3/4 cup butter
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp. chopped onion
3/4 lb. fresh or frozen spinach, drained and coarsely chopped
1 lb. green or white fettucine noodles
1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup heavy cream


1. In a medium-sized skillet, melt half the butter and add the garlic and onion. Cook until golden but not browned. Add the spinach and partially cover the pan until the spinach had heated through.
2. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Toss it with the remaining butter, the spinach mixture, cheese, and cream until all are blended and heated through. Makes 6 servings.

chicken and mushroom risotto1

MUSHROOM RISOTTO (actual finished product above)

from Recipezaar

2 onions, finely chopped
200 g mushrooms, chopped (or more if you like them)
2 cups arborio rice
1 liter chicken stock (or vegetable if you wish)
1 cup parmesan cheese

Heat oil in pan, add onions and mushrooms.

  1. Cook until onions are soft.
  2. Add rice, stir until combined.
  3. Put stock in another pan and boil.
  4. Stir in 2/3 cup stock to the rice.
  5. Stir until all absorbed.
  6. Continue adding stock in small amounts in this fashion until all used.
  7. When this process is finished, add cheese.
  8. Serve.


Burger Steak with Mushroom Gravy And Mashed Potatoes

Now this one didn’t come from the net from a tried and tested recipe from home.

 Burger Steak

1/2 kilo ground beef

1/2 kilo ground pork

1 onion chopped and sauteed till golden brown

1 egg

1 slice of bread soaked in milk

salt and pepper to taste

Mix together and form into small patties. Fry and serve.

Mushroom Gravy

oil drippings



salt and pepper to taste

sliced mushrooms

Dissolve flour in oil over medium heat. Mix water, season to taste.

 Add mushrooms. Pour over burger patties


Boil peeled potatoes until cooked. Set aside to cool and mash well.

Then add melted butter and milk in small quantities, mixing well until a fluffy consistency is achieved. Season to taste.

BANANA BREAD – now, this is really easy.



3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed

  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour

No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

(to be continued…)


  1. Therese says:

    Love it!! Thanks for the recipe! I actually have baking classes with Minik. She’ll teach me how to do Blue Berry cheese cake. I’m asking kasi for an oven for our new house. Edward said I can get it if at least I know how to cook several dishes…kung hindi naman ako matuto….MAG TAKE OUT NALANG DAW KAMI! Sayang lang daw ang oven! PRESSURE!

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