Follow Them Friday: Jennifer of Empty the Fridge

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Our 45th “Follow them Friday” features Jennifer of Empty the Fridge blogging in Dutch.

When did you start blogging?

 

Almost 3 years ago. A friend of mine asked me to mail some recipes for inspiration in the kitchen. Since I work as a web designer it seemed a shame to just e-mail the recipes, so I set up a blog instead.

My love for creative cooking based on the contents of my refrigerator, made me decide to start a foodblog solely dedicated to cooking with leftovers, seasonal cooking and tips and tricks on the preservation and storage of food.

How did you decide on the name of your blog?

I used to work in a restaurant where on closing night all dishes that wouldn’t last another 2 days would be sold at a discount. When I decided to start my blog with only recipes made mostly from leftovers and ingredients lying around in my refrigerator it popped back into my head. The perfect match.

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What was the title of your first ever blog post?

Tomato salsa. A recipe for a fresh salsa made from leftover tomatoes and herbs.

Do you prefer eating in or eating out?

I like both equally. Eating in is for me a family thing. Sharing our favourite dishes, recalling memories and discussing day-to-day life over a glass of wine. A tradition that we honour every monday! On the other hand I eat out regularly with friends to discover new restaurants and cuisines.

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What is your favourite dessert?

An all time classic in our family: Palatschinken. An Eastern-European dessert. Pancakes with a batter with lemon zest are filled with a mix of cream cheese and raisins and then baked in the oven in a mix of milk, sugar and cinnamon. A perfect dessert for cold winter evenings.

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

A vegetable omelette with spicy sriracha sauce. And when I’m eating out and spot in on the menu… Eggs benedict!

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Was there a particular dish that got you into cooking?

No, not really. My grandmother and mother are enthusiastic cooks, so I learned the basics from them. The rest I learned during my student years, when I worked in a lot of different restaurants. I picked up bits and pieces from different cooks, ranging from classic Belgian cuisine, to Brazilian, Asian and everything in between.

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What has been your biggest recipe failure?

Onions filled with leftover meat and breadcrumbs. A recipe that I found in an old cookbook. Soft onions filled with a chewy mix of meat and soggy bread. Really not the best I ever produced.

How do you spend your time when you’re not blogging?

Having a good coffee in a local bar, working out, visiting friends or family abroad, and my 2 newest hobbies: surfing and my mini vegetable garden. Both works in progress.

Who are your favourite food bloggers?

Lately I follow a few bloggers that cook healthy food. I’m in a phase where I experiment a lot with ingredients like chia seeds and other superfoods.

http://www.mynewroots.org
http://lekkerensimpel.com/
http://ohsheglows.com
http://renskroes.com/

 

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