Monthly Archives: September 2012

Organic food and health



It’s been a while since I’ve read an interesting article.

Since I buy organic vegetables, I found this topic particularly interesting.

According to Stanford University in United States, organic food is not healthier than a regular food. The director of Dutch Louis Bolk Institute, Mr. Jan Willem Erisman, didn’t agree and responded that above 90% from 237 researches has been concentrating on just a few components such as vitamins or proteins. He underlined that many other components, which obviously have also important role in human health, were not inspected yet. Summarising, according to Mr. Erisman, effects on human health have not been fully researched yet and it is too early to make a general final statement about organic food and its health effects [1].

Louis Bolk Institute has performed many researches, i.e. on effects of conventional vs. organic dairy products on children. Together with Maastricht University in the Netherlands and Swedish Paracelsus Hospital, came to a conclusion that women who ate organic dairy products in their lactation period, produced more favourable fatty acids than the ones who ate conventional dairy products. Further, the first group had less trans fats. It was stated that up to 30% of two years old children had less eczema than kids eating conventional, regular milk products [2]. This is just one of many examples.

There are speculations that lack of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in organic food is the reason of making organic food healthier. Still, making a statement that organic food is healthier than the regular one, can lead to overuse in marketing [3] and it requires further research [1].

You may ask: “Am I healthier by eating organic food?” I would say: it doesn’t really matter. It is not only that you eat organic vs. conventional food. People who eat organic are more interested in eating healthy and being healthy. I doubt if you see many people buying organic and then drinking an excessive amounts of sodas, alcohol, eating fast foods, sweets, or smoking. Many of them are so self-conscious and have healthier lifestyle. Sport is one of the factors to be healthy.

So… don’t think too much about what you should eat and what you shouldn’t. Why don’t you go just now and do some simple exercises for a couple of minutes?!?!?!?

It’s a good start …:)


Anna **


[1] “Voeding Nu”, Te vroeg voor conclusies over effecten biologisch voedsel,, 5 September 2012

[2] Louis Bolk Instituut, Biologisch-dynamisch melk gezonder,, 22 September 2011

[3] Louis Bolk Instituut, Koala: onderzoek naar biologisch gezonder,

Black lentil soup



It’s a great starter… I like it solo, with macaroni or with toasts. As decoration, I decided for French cheese. Any other cheese like mild Gouda would taste great as well.

Ingredients (for 4 people):

– One liter of water

– 100g black lentils

– 1 1/2 onion

– 2 small carrots

– 1/2 tsp. salt to taste

– 1/2 jar tomato in vinegar

– 1 big garlic clove

– 4tsp. sour crème

– 100-150g tagliolini or any other macaroni can be substituted with toasted bread for example with Philadelphia white cheese spread and garlic

– French cheese


  1. Boil 1 liter of water.
  2. Soak lentils for half an hour and rinse with water.
  3. Add black lentils, chopped onion and peeled carrots to boiling water.
  4. Add salt and tomatoes; cook for 20 minutes. Then blend all ingredients.
  5. Press 1 garlic clove and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. In the meantime cook macaroni or toast bread.
  7. Add chili powder to make it spicier. Salt and pepper for seasoning if still needed.
  8. Once your soup is done, cool it down for couple of minutes and add 4tsp of sour crème. One teaspoon per bowl.
  9. Decorate with cheese.


Enjoy your meal!


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Memories of Spain



Some of you may have already noticed that I like to share with you interesting dishes. Two weeks ago I was in Spain. Today I want to show you a bit of Spanish cuisine that I ate during my holiday at Costa del Maresme, in Catalonia.

Due to Spain’s maritime roots you can get really good quality seafood. Spain is not only known from that but also from Jamón Serrano, chorizo, lentils, paellas, churros and many more…

During my holiday I concentrated on 1-3-ingredient meat or seafood dishes.

Things that caught my attention were:

Jamón Serrano

Fried calamari rings

Baked octopus with potato


Less-known sangria blanca, delicious…

Grilled chicken with tomato onion salad and toasts

Great atmosphere in a cosy restaurant in Calella

Spanish blue tiles

Not mine but… 🙂

Last but not least, yummy Oreo ice cream from Ferretti

What is the favourite dish you have eaten recently?

See you next week 🙂


Anna **