Lentil Bolognese

Lentil Bolognese / hungryandconfused.com

Recently we’ve been trying to expand our vegetarian horizons. Over the past few weeks we’d become a bit set in our ways when it came to our dinner menus, regularly cooking the same dishes over again. As tasty as they may be, there’s only so often you can eat veggie fajitas without getting sick of them.

So, in an attempt to get a little more creative, as well as stretching our budget a bit further (because who doesn’t like saving money?) we’ve been trying new dishes. Luckily we still eat fish and seafood, so we’re not too restricted, but we have been trying to cut down on our dairy intake.

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Spaghetteria Amsterdam

Spaghetteria Amsterdam / hungryandconfused.com

For my birthday meal last week, Scott and I were craving Italian. We’ve eaten out for pizza several times since we moved here, but we had still to get a really good plate of pasta. Having cycled past Spaghetteria (the Jan Hanzenstraat location) close to our apartment several times and heard good things online, we decided to give it a go.

Now, here’s the deal with Spaghetteria: they only sell six pasta dishes, four different wines and two desserts. The menu changes daily, although three of the dishes are usually similar each night. The focus is on providing good value for money, decent portions and a not-too-overwhelming menu. After having watched many Kitchen Nightmares, I have a feeling that Gordon Ramsay would be pleased with that.

The atmosphere and decor is light and modern, kind of like a wine bar and expensive kitchen combined. The tables are long and communal and although this didn’t cause a problem for us on a Tuesday night (we had a long table to ourselves) I can imagine during the busy weekends that it can get a bit crowded and annoying having to sit right next to strangers while you dine.

Spaghetteria Amsterdam / hungryandconfused.com

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14 of the Ooziest Molten Lava Cakes and Desserts

14 of the Ooziest Molten Lava Cakes / hungryandconfused.com

I don’t know about you, but any dessert that has chocolate or a warm, liquid centre oozing out of it is guaranteed to be my sweet treat of choice. And as the weather is starting to turn, all I can think about is eating gooey-centred chocolate chip cookies, warm brownies and rice pudding.

Every year I watch contestants on Masterchef attempting chocolate lava cakes, only to leave them in the oven too long and get lambasted by the judges for the centre being too cakey and not liquid in the slightest. My heart goes out to those people, because it can be so tempting to think that something’s still slightly undercooked and leave it in the oven just a few minutes too long.

That hasn’t been a problem for these food-lovers though, who have concocted some of the most delicious and oozy molten lava cakes and puddings around. And I’ve collated them all into a pretty list for you to drool over. You’re welcome.

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Garlic Butter Pretzel Rolls

Garlic Butter Pretzel Rolls / Hungry and Confused

I celebrated my birthday this week. No, no, don’t worry, no congrulations or presents required. Unless, of course, you want to. Then, feel free ;)

Instead of baking a cake, which I always do for myself (I know, pretty sad, but I’m the baker of the house after all), I decided that I would simply bake some cinnamon rolls on the morning of my birthday, and that would be it.  This actually took the pressure off when it came to dessert, because I often find myself getting stressed in the kitchen on my birthday when a cake doesn’t quite work out how I’d expected. And then Scott has to just stand there looking guilty and concerned, not really knowing how to help the situation.

Garlic Butter Pretzel Rolls / Hungry and Confused

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