Wednesday saw the start of mine and Lil’s look tour of Holland and Belgium, which came about after the the Dutch publishers, Scriptum, bought the rights to sell The Detox Kitchen Bible on the Dutch market. I have to say, it was a bit weird seeing the book translated into Dutch.
Wednesday, we checked into the achingly cool, INK hotel in Amsterdam. They had kindly agreed to host our press event the next day and were the most amazing hosts.
Next was onto Scheltema, Amsterdam’s most popular bookstore. Our workshop event pulled in a great crowd as we chatted about the benefits of eating healthily, whilst cooking avocado and broad bean smash, banana loaf and oat granola (all sugar-free and bursting with nutrients to nurture and heal your body from the inside out).
We were left a little free time to explore Amsterdam. Very cool and definitely returning. The health food scene is really starting to bubble over their and the locals are fully embracing the idea of eating delicious, unprocessed food as proven by the cafes we visited such as Coffee and Coconuts and Sla.
Thursday was our big press event with some of the leading Dutch press, Grazia, Women’s health as well as food and heath bloggers. It also turns out we have been put forward for a food and health book award!
Lily worked with the head chef, Tjitze at the hotel to create hybrid dishes using both her and his skills. Green juices were served alongside ginger and chilli seabass with pak choy and sous-vide aubergine with pomegranate and lemon yoghurt. Deliscious!
After interviews with the press we packed up and travelled to Antwerp.
Friday was another workshop and press event at the Antwerps kookhuis. More green juices were followed with banana bread and tabouhleh served with avocado and broad been salad. Again we met some great journalists including those from one of Belgium’s leading online magazines, Nina.
Lastly, I had to make a quick trip to one of Belgium’s many amazing chocolate shops for a few naughty treats! 80/20!
Try our aubergine recipe for yourself here.