Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 72,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

The End… is near !

keep-calm-and-celebrate-2012-toniteNo, you don’t need Mayan’s for this one, it’s the end of the Gregorian Calendar, which is the de facto international standard, and is used almost everywhere in the world for civil purposes. Of course there’s also a Chinese version, an Islamitic calendar, a Hindu one, or the Jewish version.

Looking back at 2012 lots has happened, to me, to people around me, the country, Europe and the rest of the world. I’m not going to sum them up, I hope you read papers [real and/or online ones] so you know what’s going on around you.

Now I can start a whole story about time, but I won’t do that. Tomorrow is just another day, a new leaf om said calendar.

Just celebrate tonite what has happened and look forward to what’s coming. See you around in 2013, which starts from my point of view in 8 hours and 45 minutes.

Peas Please

Really-Simplegemelli-pastaPeas and Pasta

Makes 8 servings

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 450 gr or 1 [16 ounce] package gemelli pasta
  • 60 ml or ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 pinch seasoned salt to taste (optional)
  • 425 gr or 1 [15 ounce] can sweet peas, with liquid
  • 1 bunch fresh basil, chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  2. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Stir in the green onions, and season with seasoned salt.
  5. Cook until green onions are golden brown.
  6. Mix in the peas with liquid and basil, and continue cooking until heated through.
  7. Toss with cooked pasta to serve.

Note 1: Use a white onion instead of the green.
Note 2: Use frozen instead of canned peas, and add some minced garlic.

erwten-largeENJOY !

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 293
Total Fat 8.1g
Saturated Fat 1.2g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 201mg
Potassium 153mg
Total Carbohydrates 46.8g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Protein 9.7g

PDF of this recipe: 20121230-Peas-and-Pasta

A Dogably PAWfect Day #79

Hi boyz and girlz, it’s me Julius! On special request another PAWfect Day contribution by me, myself and Peter.

See what my other four and two-legged friends are up to, go visit Ms Truvy, the Tramp and their human Sean @ Just A Jeep Guy,
Lucy, Sable and Rick @ It’s a Ruff Ruff World,
Sadie Mae and Ray @ Ray’s Cowboy [NSFW] and
Cubs + Buddy Bear @ One Step At A Time [NSFW] and join in all the doggy fun.

He’s Getting Old !

peekabooHello boyz and girlz, it’s me Julius. I think Peter is getting old. He forgot yesterday for the second time this week his house keys and had to travel the first time to his parents and yesterday ask for the spare ones at the neighbors. I’m not sure what’s going on in his head. It can’t be me!

I’ve been a good boy but Santa didn’t leave anything for me, so I left something for him in the middle of the living room. Peter of course cleaned up after me, he wasn’t cross or anything, just mumbled something of “getting old” and “that must be a friendship turd, because no matter what shit happens, you’ll always be my friend”. I hope I heard it correctly.

paw_juliusWoof to you later!

La Cucina #31 – Leftovers

Leftover Casserole

Makes 6 – 10 servings

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 270 gr or 2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • 225 gr or 1 [8 ounce] package elbow macaroni
  • 225 gr or 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 235 ml or 1 cup milk
  • 300 gr or 1 [10.75 ounce] can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 425 gr or 1 [15 ounce] can mixed vegetables, drained
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 175° C or 350° F
  2. Cook the macaroni in advance
  3. In a large bowl combine the ham or other leftover meat, macaroni, cheese, milk, soup, vegetables, salt and pepper and mix well.
  4. Spread mixture into a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Note 1: A great way to use leftover ham, chicken, turkey or beef. A creamy soup mixture of meat, pasta, cheese and veggies provides a great next day casserole.
Note 2: No chicken broth, use mushroom instead.


Amount Per Serving
Calories: 376
Total Fat 19.2g
Cholesterol 54mg
Sodium 989mg
Potassium 300mg
Total Carbohydrates 29.9g
Dietary Fiber 3.3g
Protein 20g

PDF of this recipe: 20121227-Leftover-Casserole

Best Of Amsterdam #52 – Save the best till last…

1BoAms2012Of course I had to save the best till the last week of the year! And the best thing is… for YOU to visit this wonderful town. The centre is on the World Heritage list, or as we know it, a free Open Air Museum.  Just enjoy our canals, and the glorious canal houses, or some of the museums. Like the Anne Frank House [buy your tickets online and it saves you waiting in line (for hours) to get in], take some time to discover the rest of Amsterdam’s 50+ museums – many of which offer free or discounted entrance with the I amsterdam City Card.

This city with over 780,000 inhabitants never feels over crowded, except on Queens Day [April 30] or the start of the Cultural Season aka Uitmarkt during the last weekend of August.

Just watch this 27 minute video and get inspired!

Just have fun!