Food travelling: Brussels, Belgium

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Food travelling: Brussels, Belgium

If you ask me, Brussels is synonymous with four things: Tintin, Manneken Pis, chocolates, waffles, and fries. Oh that's five things.

Now since this is a food blog, I'll leave the reporter and the peeing boy alone, and focus on food in Brussels! Wait, I'm going to leave the waffles out too, because I really couldn't say if one was better than the other - they're everywhere, and they all taste just as good, so go anywhere, and you'll be just fine.

Here are a few delicious recommendations for everything from moules frites to chocolate mousse.

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Recipe: Quick and easy chicken tikka

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Recipe: Quick and easy chicken tikka

Who doesn't love chicken tikka right? And there are so many different marinades to try out! Though nothing tastes as good as chicken tikka made in a tandoor (a traditional clay oven commonly used in India), a garden BBQ grill comes close, and an electric home oven isn't too bad.  Since this is a quick (if you exclude the marination time) and easy (but delicious) chicken tikka recipe, we'll use our kitchen oven.  

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A camping we will go

We've finally got sunshine on our shoulders and it is making me happy! Summer is all about long walks, picnics, camping, and cooking outdoors. It's also about a houseful of grass and mud from the garden, thanks to an overzealous and very demonstrative dog! But we're not going to get distracted by that right now.

Back to camping. We discovered a great love for it about three years ago when I set off on my maiden camping break with Dad, up in the Himalayas. Quite different to camping in the UK! When I returned to London, over the moon about that wonderful feeling of freedom and the stars and the great wide open and the glorious sunrises and sunsets, it didn't take Arunn too long to get his gear sorted, and very soon we were off camping in Wales. Then there was Northern Ireland. And then Norfolk, Cheddar, the South Downs, and Lincolnshire! We're hoping to make it to Cornwall next month, and then maybe round off the summer with a break in September.

One of the most fun things about camping has been the outdoor cooking experience. There is something very comforting about watching campfires dotting a field, as the sun starts to go down, while you're huddled over your own (blowing and coughing and sputtering, and fanning frantically. I just ruined the mood there didn't I? Sorry!). Over the last few years we've made our fair share of meals over a campfire and on our handy portable hob (purchased after much research. About as much as went into buying the cute camp cooking set and toaster!).

If you're a camping newbie, here are 5 really easy and tasty camping recipes.

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