Eating Out in Ghent: Restaurant Brasserie Pakhuis

We are spending a great weekend in Belgium. I think Ghent is a very beautiful city: small, cosy, full of young people and a lot of interesting cafés, bars and restaurants. I like it very much.

There is this very good restaurant in Ghent that I have been reading about and I really wanted to go there: The Pakhuis. The restaurant is big, bright and open as it used to be a warehouse. The atmosphere is really unique.

Restaurant Pakhuis Top

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Homemade Pappardelle with mixed mushrooms and I want to go to Italy

Finally I made it to the farmer’s market on Saturday. There is a real nice one in our area and I haven’t been there for quite some time. I bought some real beautiful mushrooms for last night’s dinner. I wanted to make some homemade pasta with mixed mushrooms. I had this nice and simple receipe in mind from an oldschool Jamie Oliver book that I have. Everytime I pick this book from the shelf I am amused about the 1999 Hawaiian shirt that he wears on the cover. But the book gives a nice explanation on how to make pasta step by step.

homemade pappardelle with mushrooms
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Almost summer night and grilled oven vegetable bliss

I really enjoy having just grilled vegetables. And at the moment with the E. coli outbreak in Germany having salad and raw vegetables without a weird feeling is quite difficult. I was standing in the vegetables section last night starring at the super juicy tomatoes but still not feeling ready despite the rescindment of the official warning. I went for the aubergines and courgettes in the end.

grilled vegetables close up
grilled vegetables and candlelight

Today was a beautiful night and although I came back home quite late because of my Wednesday Mandarin class, I still wanted to make some food and sit outside. I guess it is really inspiring to see all the fully packed restaurants with people sitting outside when coming home.

Making oven vegetables is a quick and easy thing to do and it’s healthy and super yummy. My adivce is to use different fresh herbs based on availabilty and a lot of good quality olive oil. And give it up for GARLIC!

What you need for a pure vegetable bliss:

  • 1 aubergine
  • 2 peppers
  • Some garlic cloves
  • 3 small onions
  • Green olives
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Good quality olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Three easy steps:

  • Cut the veg into rough pieces and spread them on a baking tray
  • Add herbs, salt and pepper and a lot of olive oil
  • Put in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes on 180°C