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The Gebaksjuwelier

On the one hand it feels like I’ve only just left Groningen, on the other hand it feels like ages ago that I had a delicious treat in the glutenfree bakery. If there are two things I miss from Groningen it’s the delicious glutenfree pizza from Costa Viola and all the glutenfree baked goods from Toet.

Luckily there is a glutenfree paradise closer to home than Groningen! It is a store named the ‘Gebaksjuwelier’ which translates into the pastery-juweler. On a Friday afternoon my mother surprised me with a trip to this bakery. I was already following them for a while via facebook and often had the urge to eat my computer screen so visiting this shop was definitely high on my to-do list!

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Vacation – Czech republic

During our vacation we visited three countries, namely Austria, Croatia and the Czech republic. The glutenfree experiences vary so much between these three countries that I will devote a post to each. The last one will contain information on the Czech republic, specifically Liberec and Prague.

Before the vacation I did some (glutenf)research. For Croatia I had already visited Dubrovnik and knew that as long as you’re not vegetarian there usually are plenty of options and that there is a lot of knowledge on the glutenfree diet. As I speak German fluently I also wasn’t too worried about visiting Austria. The Czech republic on the other hand… I couldn’t find a lot of positive news online. Mostly stories about how the glutenfree diet was not very well known yet and especially going out to dinner could be a real issue. Thus before leaving Croatia I re-stocked glutenfree supplies so that I had plenty of back-ups in case the food would indeed be difficult.

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Vacation – Croatia

During our vacation we visited three countries, namely Austria, Croatia and de Czech Republic, as the food is so different for each country I will write a separate blog for each. The second blog will be about Croatia, where this year we were mainly in Krk and the surrounding area.

This was my very first camping vacation ever and I don’t think it will be my last. It took a little getting used to but I definitely enjoyed it, especially being outside all the time! My only fear was to get a gluten-attack and not be able to make it to the toilet in time, but luckily this didn’t happen!

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Vacation – Austria

Last August the boyfriend and I went on vacation. Due to the vacation and updating my glutenfree world map the blog was a little quieter than usual.

During our vacation we visited three countries, namely Austria, Croatia and the Czech republic. The glutenfree experiences vary so much between these three countries that I will devote a post to each. The first one will contain information on Austria, specifically Villach and Vienna.

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Present tense, Past and Future; Using thesis writing to look back on my life

After six months my time in Groningen has almost come to an end. If it were not for the boyfriend I would love to stay here, if only for the great glutenfree food!

After six months of researching the gut microbiota, nutrition and the immune system, I am now 200% sure; I want to continue with this and am thus trying to get a PhD position. I simply cannot get enough!

Unfortunately I had the last lab day last week and I now have 3,5 weeks to write my report, with a defense the week after. And after that, then I finally have vacation! Come September I will work in a lab in Wageningen as a student assistant. Like I said, I simply cannot get enough of lab work 😀

I used to love writing, had no troubles with it, lay it on me! But now, now my enthusiasm is long gone. This is not only because I would much rather be doing lab-work than sitting behind a computer, but more so because of how it went the last two times…

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Gluten free world map

It has been two years since I found out I needed to eat glutenfree, and although I have found my way around in the area where I live, the biggest questions is always where to eat when I’m not familiar with a place.

I have been very lucky to have travelled to quite some places in the mean time, and my glutenfree sister has been to the USA numerous times and I thought it was time to share our knowledge.

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Concert at Sea

Recently I went to a festival in the Netherlands (Concert at Sea). The Dutch band Bløf created this festival and the boyfriend and I are big fans so we thought it was the perfect way to celebrate our five year anniversary. My parents have a small beach house nearby and I have been going there as long as I can remember. We usually don’t go the snackbar very often, unless we are here. The snackbar there has such great fries, and they are even glutenfree!
Every summer when we return something has changed, this year that was the re-vamp of the fish store. It is now a beautiful, modern store and the great news is that they now have a separate frier so they can make glutenfree baked fish! After having bought some glutenfree bread at the bakery the enjoyment could begin. For such a small place they have quite some glutenfree options 🙂 Even the pancake restaurant can make glutenfree pancakes!

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Gluten and lactose-free strawberry-rhubarb pie

Sometimes you have a cake you really want to make but just never get round to it. In my case this is a rhubarb pie. As one of my first projects I wanted to make rhubarb cupcakes, only to find out that the season for rhubarb had long passed.

Last week the boyfriend and I went to my parents for a BBQ as all of a sudden it was such gorgeous weather. As a surprise I wanted to bake something, they do so much for us and I thought it was a nice excuse to try out a new recipe 🙂

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Recipe for gluten free churro’s

Churro’s, I’ve had them once before at a festival three years ago. Half a year later I went glutenfree and they were forgotten for 1,5 years until we walked past a Churro’s stand in the zoo. Due to the delicious smell I could almost taste them! All of a sudden I had a huge churro’s craving this weekend and I made my first attempt to make them myself. Large dough sticks became bites, flour was replaced by Schär mix C and two burn blisters later I had a delicious result!

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Wabi Sabi 

There is this song: “it’s got to beeeeeeeee perfect”, and I sing it in my head a lot. I am not a perfectionist in the sense that I can keep trying until I succeed, far from it. If it ain’t working I get frustrated and walk away. But I have to be happy with something before I will send it in, if not it will feel not done, I will feel insecure about it and I will be less proud of my work. If something of mine is not perfect I can handle it, but I better have done my darn best!

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