August 2018 Cook’n & Crusin’n The Canals of Belgium!

Well, folks, I’m back in wifi and thought I’d get August post ready to roll. We said farewell to Terri and began our 2-day trip to Ghent. We took a 2-hour ride through a small canal that basically drove through the backyards of some of the most elegant homes in Belgium.

We ended our day in Beernem a very cool harbor with an exceptional restaurant and a lounge for watching the end of the soccer tournament. Plus they had a washer and dry, which we were in desperate need of.

This harbor was so nice we decided to stay for a week and enjoyed touring the area by bike and checking out more castles and museums.

After a week of lounging in Beernem, we made our way along the canal and landed in Ghent before 3 pm. We choose the inner city harbor which was perfect and so well maintained. Brand new bathrooms and showers, yeah for us (Terri eat your heart out)!

Ghent is a great city filled with museums, shops, and food! One impressive thing about Ghent is the care to which this city takes in maintaining original facades of the homes and shops. They are so detailed and beautiful.

In addition, many of the unused churches, which there happen to be tons of, are used as art museums.

One super thrill was a 4-day visit from Lutz’s oldest son, Philip and his wife Anne and their two amazing boys, Fredrick 3 years old and Alexander 1-year-old. It was so great to have them on board. Super visit and great horsedrawn buggy tour around Ghent. It was sad to see them go.

We headed to Niewpoort, Belgium and did some cleaning and washing and of course a bike ride to the sea, just to check on my dad! He died in 2000 and his ashes were spread in the sea in Del Mar Beach in California where he was the Captain of the Lifeguards since 1965. At every new river, sea, lake, steam I have a chat with him about the water and his travels.

Then we took a 2-day trip to Diksmeide, Belgium with some friends, Marcus and Annelisa, from Kaiserslautern who happen to be nearby. We stayed in the harbor for a couple days after they left us and took a tour in the museum which was 22 stories high and housed relics and had an amazing digital history of the war between 1914-1918.

You can see our boat from the top floor. We are the fifth boat from the left. Diksmuide played a heroic part in stopping the Germans advance by opening all the canals and flooding the area.

Back to Niewpoort for a few days to collect groceries and wash, then off we went to Veurne, Belgium. A Very beautiful little town with more museums of the war and a quaint center of town that overnight turned into a circus…literally! The two-night stay was enough for us.

Then it was off to Brugge! Where the homes and facades in the city greatly resembled Ghent but less tourist. Plus, my wonderful husband surprised me with an herb garden for our anniversary. He’s no fool, he knows where his next meal is coming from! If there is a will there is a way and so I am finding my way in the kitchen with a mighty will. 

Oh yes, for sure I’ve been cooking! One thing I’ve got to say is that if I can create these yummy meals using a toaster oven and an emersion blender, with the attachments, you can manage these recipes in a snap with your fancy gadgets and real ovens (which I also have at home)! I needed a rolling pin for one recipe and ingeniously came up with my own bright idea…yes a bottle of wine, full is better but if all you have is an empty one, fill it with water and roll away. Pretty cool trick right? 

So as a farewell to Belgium I’m posting three of my delicious raspberry roll recipes that I created in this beautiful country. Remember, if I can do this with minimum tools and appliances I know your creation will be just as delicious or better!

Raspberry Medieval Compote
Raspberry Belgium Sweetie
Raspberry Cassava Crapes

Resources and More:
One more amazing site to share with you. I made one of Sonia’s recipes from her last post…want to see which one?        Click here

Resources and More: The Healthy Foodie

I discovered Sonia’s site, The Healthy Foodie, when I first started out on this adventure in 2013 and even bought her cookbook, which I recommend highly: Paleo Home Cooking.

Sonia has branched off into other healthy food recipes adding a few organic dairy products here and there even a super decadent dessert site. All in all, I love to read her recipes.  She has some amazing ideas and when I received her last post for Chunky Tzatziki Sauce I knew I had to use my once a month dairy allotment to whipping this up.

I highly recommend you check out her site and especially this recipe if you’re experimenting with adding dairy back in your lifestyle. As I said, I will eat dairy maybe once a month but it causes too much inflammation for me. This one I just had to try and boy was it good! Maybe I’ll experiment with Kefir.

Resources and More: The Essential Thyroid Cookbook

I was asked to read their cookbook, The Essential Thyroid Cookbook and got more than I bargained for. This book has a plethora of concise, easy to understand research that makes SENSE! Plus Jill and Lisa are experts and have personal experiences in the healing power of food! Check out their site and be sure to read their chapter on gains and legumes…this will surprise you. It sure surprised me.

The Essential Thyroid Cookbook

July 2018 Cook’n & Cruise’n the Canals of Belgium

What a great month of traveling.  This month we had another guest along for a ride through Tournai, Belgium. Terri hopped on board and spent four super days exploring the area.

Together we cooked (cassava flour Flammkuchen)…

Toured (Tournai Castle)…

Almost bought a time share (Natural Forest of the Duke of Tournai Castle)…

Bathed (yes in the street)…

and relaxed (on Virus our boat)…

Oh yes, our captain, Lutz was with us all the way. Hated to see her leave but time moves on for us all.

We’ve landed in Gent and plan to tour the city. If you’ve been here before, send me a note as to what we should see, eat and do while here. I’m looking forward to this weekend. The Gent Jazz Festival is happening! Hope I have some good suggestions for your next music selection in my next months post.

By the way, July is upon us! It’s hot and sticky here but I’m not complaining. I’ve got my go to meal already while I’m off touring. Check out these two ridiculously easy 4th of July delights! Belgium Ribs in a Tub and Coconut Raspberry Lemon Cake.


Resources and more: Izabella Wentz

I’m asked a lot of questions from boaters, campers and friends ranging from cook’n to supplements. The one question that tends to pop up most is:
“Where can I read about thyroid and other autoimmune challenges? There’s so much on line it can be a nightmare to determine which sites are authentic and right for me.”

Today I’d like to share one of my favorite trustworthy sites. I’ll try to send a new resource with each monthly post based on the questions I receive from boaters, campers and friends. If you have any questions I would be happy to help you in your search for answers! (Remember Lupus, arthritis, hypothyroid and many more diseases are autoimmune reactions to a root cause).

Izabella Wentz, The Thyroid Pharmacist has a wonderful site with articles that address specific thyroid and autoimmune concerns. She has a very rejoicing story of her own to tell about how she placed herself in remission. Here are a few articles I have shared over the years with boaters, campers and friends: