Chicken Teriyaki with love

February 7th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

At home, I am the sweet tooth. Dutchie’s sweet spot is meat, and above all: chicken. I know I just can have him melt for a bucket of fried chicken or a good chicken Teriyaki.

Chicken Teriyaki
Fried chicken ain’t nothing for me and it might take some more years before I get to fry chicken.

Teriyaki is another story. It’s the Tarte Tatin to our chicken… Something between me and him.

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Spring lunch: Smoked trout, papaya and cucumber salad

March 15th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Walk up this morning with the melody of ‘love is in the air’ stuck into my head.

Petit Tom is laughing out loud while we are dancing and turning around the sunny garden at a crazy pace….

Spring is in the air, la la la lalala laaaa…

I’m feeling like putting the sun on my plate today….

Yep, there’s no doubt: spring is only a couple of steps away and it feels so good.

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Monday’s quickie special: roasted roots and sausage…

January 31st, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

On mondays, I like quickies… food-wise I mean. Uncomplicated food, comfy, and prep’ed in minutes. Something to rest from my weekend cooking frenzies. Something to start the week on a good bite.

Roasted root vegetables and sausage

I’m sure you enjoy them too, once in a while and probably more often that you dare to admit…

So, let me introduce a new style of recipes on the blog: the ‘Monday’s quickie specials’. No long stories, no fancy step by step recipes. Just ‘a little bit of this and a lot of that’ kind of cooking. Hope you like these quickies as much as we do 😉 !

Here we go…

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To a scrumptious new year!

January 2nd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

I wish you and your dearest a very happy and scrumptious new year 2011!
May it bring you a whole lot of happiness, love, health and many dreams come true!

Leonie's hen egg

Thank you all so much for hanging out in my kitchen in 2010! It meant a lot to me.

I am looking forward to sharing with you many moments of gourmandise in 2011.

‘Til then here’s to a pristine new start with this pristine little egg and this scrumptious Sunny side up, parsley pesto and wild mushroom sandwich…

Mirror egg and wild mushroom sandwich

Happy new year and bon appétit on my kitchen diaries!
The gourmande, M.

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Lovely ugly roots, part 2: old fashioned carrots and parsnip

December 14th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

It’s not a secret anymore, the gourmande loves the old roots

My latest discovery dates to a couple of months, at my favorite greengrocer: a whole collection of old fashioned carrots in all kinds of sizes and shades: white, yellow, black… you name it! I just couldn’t resist. I’ve tried them all.

The black ones were such fun with their deep purple color and their coral red hart. I made a french style veal and carrot stew with them. What a color feast! The white and yellow ones looked more fragile and fancy, so I decided to pair them with my beloved parsnip.

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To blog or not to blog…

August 13th, 2010 § 3 comments § permalink

I’ve had this conversation with my good friend, sexy blogger and peppy designer ‘A’ lately: Should you or should you not blog on your crappy days ?… these days when you feel bad and ugly and gloomy and you feel that maybe you shouldn’t just spill your guts on your readers who most probably have nothing to do with it???

I can’t or at least rarely. Not really out of noble consideration for you guys I must admit, but mostly ’cause on those crappy days, I do not feel like anything and certainly not like writing and if I try, it feels all I get out of me is so sad and bad and depressing and boooring. ‘A’ thinks it’s ok to share a couple of bad days and out your gloom on the web once in a while… It’s not as if only the good days make who you are, after all. Maybe ‘A’ is right… Maybe it’s only fair not to be happily cheesy all the time.

Blurred London Eye

What do you think… Is a little gloomy prose OK once in a while? If you won’t handle it, that’s ok too: you could skip the sad boring part and head straight down for the recipe and I can assure you, these sweet bites have cheered me up on many crappy days (at least those when the fridge was not empty!).

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These skirts who makes the world go round…

April 11th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

I’ve always loved that song from the French singer Alain Souchon “Sous les jupes des filles” (Under girls’ skirts… nothing naughty I swear!). It’s fresh like an early spring day with its -maybe cheesy but so poetically refreshing- message that as long as there are girls and women walking around the world with skirts there is a sparkle of light in the eyes of men when the breeze lift them up, hope for a better world!

Since I live in the Netherlands, Souchon is back whispering in my head every spring, when on the first warm sunny day, skirts blossom on all the terraces. The Dutch even have a name for that day. It’s “rokjesdag”, skirt day! It’s quite a big thing back here: They talk about it at work, on TV and in the newspapers. The true beginning of the Dutch Spring! And of course, the start for the girly magazine competition for the publication of the best miracle/no hassle/ecofriendly diet that will get you back in no time in those short little skirts without the fluffy protective winter layer accumulated through the Christmas period (and Easter)….

Luckily, no need to rush: I had to laugh when I discovered that some of the Dutch weather forecast websites even provide a skirt weather indicator, just as they have a UV or allergy indicator! Handy though, I must admit! My skirts and dresses are back in my wardrobe waiting impatiently for the next index 7 or 8 on the skirt weather index. In the mean time, I do my Pilates with dedication and I’ve got the perfect little salad to keep me waiting without guilt for the perfect skirt day while browsing through the new spring fashion in the magazines: It’s crunchy, it’s fresh and it smells and tastes like Spring! Perfect for your lunch basket, you can prepare it in advance and it will be a perfect match with steamed fish, smoked salmon or a chicken sandwich.

Fennel, celery and apple salad

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Chocolate crave remedy

December 8th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

After going public on my shopaholic and pumpkinaholic tendencies, it’s time to reveal you all about my chocolate craves… Yep, it seems that I’ve decided to indulge myself into a public mea culpa of my girly addictions before the end of this year.

Two weeks ago, while I was sharing with you the side effects of poached pears and warm chocolate sauce on my metabolism, I promised to come back to you with the recipe of a warm chocolate fondant. I know, the stakes are high: there are tons of delicious recipes out there for chocolate fondants (melt-in-your-mouth ), moelleux (moist, airy and tender), coulants (oozing lava cakes), macarons (I’ll come back on these ones soon enough) , cupcakes, muffins, cookies…. I must say, I’m not easy on the subject but given you come up to me with something very rich in high quality chocolate, not too sweet, and that will melt in my mouth, you might win my heart and stomach forever.

Chocolate addiction 1

The recipe I’m about to share with you is freely inspired from a french Elle A Table recipe. It won me over for the following reasons (apart from the above mentioned): it only takes a couple of ingredients, it’s ready in less than 15 minutes and it accommodates as well as a “fondant” or a “coulant”…. to sum up: the perfect chocolate crave remedy (and the perfect partner for poached pears).

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Not a cat person…

August 9th, 2009 § 4 comments § permalink

I thought I was.

You only get to know the truth about you being a catperson when you’ve gave a try at catsitting… and the truth is: I’m not!

Ok, It was a brave try: three cats at once that have just moved to a new three storey house and are not familiar with their new neighbourhood… So far so good for the cuddling. At least, I’ve done some exercise: playing hide and seek through the house and garden, running after them up and down the three flights of stairs a dozen time, crawling on the floor trying to get them out from under the sofa/bed and back into their dedicated room on the top floor… and finally falling asleep exhausted on the sofa at midnight while desperatly hoping that the damned adventurous one will finally deign coming back from his moonlight exploration of the neighbourhood rooftops and gardens so that I can finally go back to my own house and dive in my bed where my dutchie has long fallen into the arms of morpheus…

My friends are not due back before monday evening but luckily, this morning, there’s Louisa Carter, her fluffy comforting pancakes, and juicy blueberries to help me gather a little energy and comfort for my afternoon catsitting session!

Blueberry pancakes

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The almost grumpy, very sniffy, but lucky gourmande

May 1st, 2009 § 3 comments § permalink

After crying my eyes out for the last couple of weeks due to a newly declared hayfever (pfff… it seems that all they say it’s true: decline really starts after 30), I have caught my yearly spring cold, the one I catch every year after trying out the newest items of my summer garderobe on the first sunny days… Well, timing was far from ideal: with the swine flu spreading around the world and the newsreports , my colleagues started taking their distances, looking at me with a slightly suspicious look while innocently inquiring if I had by any chance been to Mexico lately…

Luckily, I’ve not! I won’t say that I didn’t kind of freaked out considering my red runny nose and feverish headache while watching the news… But well considering what hundreds of people are enduring around the world, I swallowed my grumpiness and spoiled kid complaints… I’m just a lucky bastard: It’s just my yearly spring cold, I’ve got a great new dress, and there’s plenty of spring greens full of vitamins around to pep me up. So, all feverish that I was, I got up from under the blankets and cooked myself a revigorating brunch: one “oeuf cocotte” with fresh herbs from my garden, my favourite eggs, and a silky peppery cress soup just like my mom used to do, with the leaves of the beautiful bunch of radish I got from the greengrocer. I feel better already!

Vitamine shots

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