a so, so good chickpea salad

I’ve made this chickpea salad last night and it was A) so, so good and B) it took about 10 minutes. So trust me on this one and take this shopping list with you when you’re headed to your local market this afternoon or the grocery store after work.

cilantro lime chickpea salad

Chickpea, lime and cilantro salad (I’ve made some small changes to the original recipe)

Yield 1 – 2 servings (so double it when you’re a family of 4)

– 1 regular can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
– 2 cups of fresh spinach
– 1 small sweet onion
– juice from 1/2 lime
– fresh cilantro
– 2 tsp of Dijon mustard
– 1 small garlic glove
– 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
– 1tsp of extra virgin olive oil
and some salt and ground pepper


Put the spinach in a food processor and pulse a few times until chopped very small and put in a bowl. Add the drained chickpeas and the chopped onion. Next in the food processor (no need to rinse the bowl!) add the lime juice, cilantro, mustard, garlic, cumin and olive oil. Process until smooth. Pour the dressing on top of the spinach/chickpea mixture and stir well. Add salt and pepper to taste and voila that’s it. We had some koftes to go with the salad that were bought at our local Turkish butcher, but if you like to make you’re own this is a great recipe too. Bon Appetit!

PS: Ik ben nog een beetje aan het zoeken met mijn blog wat betreft het schrijven in het Engels of Nederlands/Engels. Is er een voorkeur? Leest Engels prima weg of heeft ook in het Nederlands toch de voorkeur? Als je er ideeën over hebt, hoor ik deze natuurlijk graag, Bianca.



kid & coe

Ik weet het, de Zomervakantie is nog niet eens op zijn einde en ik begin al over de volgende. Maar voor je het weet is het Herfstvakantie en wil je misschien wel met je hele fam een lang weekend naar Barcelona of Cornwall en dan kun je er maar beter snel bij zijn. Onderstaande huizen kun je huren via Kid & Coe. Een vacation rental site, met als voordeel dat alle huizen geschikt zijn voor kinderen. Dus zijn er 1 of meer kinderkamers met speelgoed, een stapelbed of een ledikantje, is er een kinderstoel aanwezig en zijn vaak op loopafstand van allerlei bezienswaardigheden.

kid & coe barcelona

Yes I know, Summer hasn’t come to an end yet and here I am talking about the next vacation. But maybe you want to spend the Fall break with your family checking out the Segrada Familla in Barcelona or the Cornwall countryside and  you’re looking for a great place to stay. Insert: Kid & Coe. A brilliant site that curates family-friendly vacation rentals with everything you might need when traveling with kids.

kid & coe barcelona

kid & coe barcelona

A family apartment in Barcelona

kid & coe cornwall

kid & coe cornwall

kid & coe cornwall

kid & coe cornwall

An 18th century Cornish Cob cottage in Cornwall



teepee tent galore

This trend has been going on for a while now on Pinterest and Instagram and I think it’s a prefect addition for any kids room: a Teepee tent! What kid doesn’t love having a place where they can hide in to read books or play games? Loods 5 just added one to their collection that looks really nice and this one from Gray Label is pretty cool as well. Time to do some shopping.

teepee tent

teepee tent

teepee tent

teepee tent

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the crossroads of should and must

Make some time this Easter weekend to read this sensational essay written by Elle Luna. It will change how you’ll look at life forever.

The Crossroads of Should and Must


The crossroads of Should and Must

“There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose. Should is how others want us to show up in the world — how we’re supposedto think, what we ought to say, what we should or shouldn’t do. It’s the vast array of expectations that others layer upon us. When we choose Should the journey is smooth, the risk is small.

Must is different—there aren’t options and we don’t have a choice.

Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. It’s our instincts, our cravings and longings, the things and places and ideas we burn for, the intuition that swells up from somewhere deep inside of us. Must is what happens when we stop conforming to other people’s ideals and start connecting to our own. Because when we choose Must, we are no longer looking for inspiration out there. Instead, we are listening to our calling from within, from some luminous, mysterious place”.

Read the whole essay here.


flash sale gray label and little10days collection

Attention all shoppers: A Day with Kate is having a Flash Sale today.
20% discount on the entire Gray Label and Little10Days SS14 collection using this discount code: GLLD20%.

Gray Label is an Amsterdam based label designed by Emily Gray, for babies and kids aged zero-six. The collection consists of a year-round line of quality basics, that are contemporary yet timeless, with new designs added continuously. Gray Label only uses the softest organic fabrics available, to ensure everyday comfort and practicality.

gray label hooded sweater

gray label summer suit

Little10Days is also an Amsterdam based label designed for kids aged two-twelve. The collection is timeless, wearable, cool without overdoing it and all products are easy to combine.

little10days crewneck sweater



herschel supply co spring 2014 collection

The Herschel Supply Co Spring 2014 collection is a collaboration with Californian artist Kevin Butler: Rad Cars with Rad Surfboards on Them. A limited edition capsule collection inspired by the rad Californian lifestyle.

herschel 2014 spring collection

Kevin’s Rad Cars illustrations harken back to his Californian childhood of sun drenched days at San-O beach, fixing old cars with his dad and working at the surfboard factory. From an early age, Kevin recognized old cars and surfboards as functional art, seeing the romance behind their craftsmanship. Several decades later, Kevin has nostalgically translated these two loves into a new art form with Rad Cars, striking a chord with fans worldwide. Each of Kevin’s cars topped with surfboards reimagines the surfer’s blissful commute to and from the waves. The air smells of sunscreen and surf wax and the tarmac is awash with sun bleached pastels and glowing chrome.

herschel 2014 spring collection rad cars

The collection includes Herschel’s signature backpack  in hues inspired by Kevin’s illustrations and with the Rad Cars print as an inside liner.

herschel little america bone:synchro red

Little America Mid Volume Bone/Red/Blue backpack  

herschel little america bone-defender green

Little America Mid Volume Bone/Defender Green backpack  

herschel survey bone-synchro red

Survey Bone/Red/Blue backpack  

herschel survey bone-defender green 

Little America Mid Volume Bone/Defender Green backpack