About

‘The Hungry Belgian’ came to America on a work assigment in late 1999 at the young age of… well… young. Let’s leave it at that. Alright?   

Born & raised in a small rural town in Flanders, Belgium – home of the mighty trifecta of waffles, chocolate & beer –  I currently reside in Southern California, with my beau and our beloved two furry people, aka ‘the selfish opportunists’. 

During the ordinary weekday, I disguise myself as a travel professional and send people from all over the world to various beautiful corners of the USA, all from my cubicle on the 6th floor of a high rise building. I’ve been told this is my full-time job, but it never quite feels as a job?!

On weekends, I enjoy foraging for food and can be found at farmers markets, blueberry groves, goat farms, apple orchards… or – plain and simple – in my small apartment kitchen.

I hope you enjoy my blog. It’s a pleasure to have you around!

Helga icecream

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21 Responses to “About”

  1. rosewithoutthorns July 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Hello! I found your blog via your facebook page! Very lovely! and the recipes are amazing! 🙂 Following you now!

    xoxo
    felicia
    http://dishbydish.net

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    • thehungrybelgian July 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

      Thank you for the gratuitous flattering, Felicia! You’re very welcome and I’m glad at least someone reads my blog posts! 😉

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  2. Tracy August 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    Love your blog!! My mother is Belgian, so naturally I found your site intriguing!

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    • thehungrybelgian August 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

      Thank you, Tracy! And please tell your mom I said hello… Or should I say “goeiedag”?! 😉

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  3. fabliss August 30, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    Great blog 🙂

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    • thehungrybelgian August 30, 2013 at 6:50 am #

      Thank you for the gratuitous flattery! I’m glad you like it. 🙂

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  4. Lynn De Smet November 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    My husband is from Duffel and I am Canadian we live in Massachusetts. I would love to get some Belgian recipes to surprise him.His Grandmother gave me a cookbook but it is in Dutch. Hard to surprise him with a meal if I have to have him translate the recipe:)

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    • thehungrybelgian November 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      Hi Lynn, look for “Flemish beef stew” or “blind finches” on here.. These are two very popular and truly authentic “vlaamse” (Flemish) recipes.
      Your husband will also like the Flemish beignets (oliebollen), they are a staple during the biggest fair in Antwerp, the “Sinksenfoor”… Good luck!

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    • thehungrybelgian November 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      Oh and, Lynn… I’d be happy to translate any recipe you find in your book. You can contact me at helgasblog@yahoo.com

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  5. Julia November 21, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    My husband and I have traveled to Belgium three times in the last few years. Love it!! We love Antwerp and Brussels. The food is enough to take the trip for!

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    • thehungrybelgian November 21, 2013 at 10:04 am #

      Thank you for the cheer, Julia. Needless to say, I love Belgian food too! 😉

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  6. Shawn February 8, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Hello. I am married to a Flemish man (born in Antwerp) for 8 years. We lived in Berlare, Belgium for 3 years, the UK for 5 years, and are now in the US temporarily (for a year). I noticed “mijn man” seems to be missing some of his native dishes, so I decided I would do Flemish rice pudding for desert today. I found your blog/site and HOORAY… the authentic “rijspap met saffron” recipe . What other traditional dishes do you think might cheer him up (he doesn’t like mussels:-) ) and where could I find them online? I do not have a Flemish cookbook with me at the moment. Many Thanks and Kind Regards! skv

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    • thehungrybelgian February 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

      Hello Shawn,
      My best friend is from Antwerp and I have many college memories from spending time on the ‘Linkeroever’ and in places like ‘Ulke Van Zurich’ and ‘De 9 Vaten’. Maybe some of those memories are not fit for publishing?! Hm? 😉
      He’s goin to be a BIG fan of the ‘Belgo-American Beef Tartare’ I have posted on my blog here. In Flemish this is called ‘Filet Americain’ and it’s wildly popular on sandwiches. He might alos like the chicken stew from my city (Ghent) called ‘waterzooi’ (also on my blog here), or ‘Blinde Vinken’. Go check them out, they’re all on my blog here. Also, if you scroll under the categories and go to ‘authentically Belgian’, you have a few to choose from! If he’s a fan of ‘advokaat’ (sort of like a spiked thick egg nog), I can get that recipe for him too.

      Thanks for stopping by and liking my blog!
      Helga

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    • FrankBE May 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

      Hi Shawn , Berlare is my place of birth and lived there until 2 years ago , then we moved to Thailand. If you’re looking for THE typical dish from Berlare : frogleggs ! Simple to make = season the legs with salt & pepper , toss them in a bag with flower to cover them a bit , fry in (a lot) real farm butter and at the end trow in some crushed garlic cloves and that’s it… TIP : do NOT let the garlic become brown (otherwise you’ll have a bitter taste) ! Enjoy…

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  7. FrankBE May 28, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

    And this one is to The Hungry Belgian himself : great blog you have here ! I found it by Pinterest.
    Being retired in Thailand , I have a lot of free time to do my hobby = cooking.
    And the misses love flemish food !
    Keep up the good work and … ENJOY !

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  8. Jackie Baugh June 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Just found your blog and looking forward to some leisure time to thoroughly read through it! My family (maternal grandparents) were from Ruddervoorde and I hope I’ll find some Belgian recipes that will remind me of my Grandma.

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    • thehungrybelgian June 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

      Jackie, so glad you found my wee little blog. I hope you like it and there will be another blog post soon. In the meantime, take a peek under the section “authentically Belgian”, and you’ll find a few very traditional recipes. Enjoy!

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  9. Amy Lippens February 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

    Dear Hungry Belgian,why on earth hadn’t I found your site earlier! You brought prepare back into our lives.We also immigrated to the US… from Lembeke,Oost-VL, in 2003 to be exact,to South Dakota….yep…the Dakotas…you heard me,lol. We would have visitors bring prepare-sauce for us…yeah,…that would not last long in our household.Low and behold…I find your.freaking awesome recipe,it’s spot on and love love loove it! I have to confess,it’s been on my menu at least once a day for the past 3 days! :-0

    Merci!

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    • thehungrybelgian February 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

      …and I’m so glad you did! Born in Aalst and raised in St. Gillis Dendermonde, also Oost-Vlaanderen. It’s still mind-boggling to my American family that I lived immediately behind a genuine medieval castle in my early twenties (‘s Gravensteen in Gent) and eat raw beef galore without blinking eye. Leve Vlaanderen! 😉 PS: I haven’t yet told them I’ve so eaten “water konijn” once or twice in a tiny village named Vlassenbroek.

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    • thehungrybelgian February 13, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

      PSS: it’s Feb and it’s 88F here in SoCal. I thought you’d get a kick out of that. 😉

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