Droolworthy… Balkan food

February 23rd, 2013 § 4 comments § permalink

Greek Braised Octopus with Short Pasta

Last weekend, I had my first Balkan food experience in the kitchen… Together with five other talented homecooks, we prepared a meal for 30 hungry expats and friends from the Legal Aliens. We pulled out a gargantuan menu that left no one hungry for at least the next week. Great food and great fun!

I must say, that until last week, my experience with Balkan food resumed to close to nothing [a trip to Greece some years ago and my weekly drool Marta’s blog]. So many countries involved, so many traditions and tastes. It was quite a challenge! My kind of challenge.
I came across some mouthwatering blogs along the way that I just have to share with you. If you are looking for tasty authentic balkan recipes (and a good read!) here’s my top 3 in blog world: » Read the rest of this entry «

On food moods, makeovers and sweet and sour homemade goodies

October 31st, 2012 § 5 comments § permalink

No, no, no, I haven’t deserted the kitchen due to a lack of dairy… I’m still here! Cooking more than ever and  back on dairy (Yes!) just like Petit Tom (Yes! Yes! Yes!).

I’ve got exciting news (old news though for my FB followers): I have started my own company this summer and it’s a complete carreer change…


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On clementine curd, design and letterpress…

February 25th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

An odd combi you might think. Anna wouldn’t.

She’d just wipe up some orange macarons and letterpress a cute card to go with it.

Clementine and vanilla curd

Anna is an ‘a la julia child’ food lover , a talented graphic designer and a charming entrepreneur who is going to revolution the letterpress market in NL.
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New year, new beginnings…

February 14th, 2012 § 4 comments § permalink


Februari already… I can’t even remember how long it’s been since i started this post. It was ages ago.

It’s been kind of busy lately.

Exhausting too at times.

A bit scary even.

Yet, i’ve never been so happy for all the new things in my life:
The new house, the new blog (yep this is finally it: www.mykitchendiaries.net! i hope you like it. ) and most of all…

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‘Lekker’* news and a sweet taste of Quirky Provence

August 17th, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

Culi-shoot Margriet - Behind the scenes

So much things to share, so little time…

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Quirky Provence dinner by la gourmande

August 2nd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

I’m so excited…

Guess who’s gonna be guest chef at the trendy Quirky cafe this friday in the Hague?

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Maastricht… Dutch capital of Gourmandise

July 10th, 2011 § 5 comments § permalink

It’s been a while since I’ve been willing to share with you my crush for the epicurean city.

Maastricht, with its eternal ‘Joie de vivre’ and its oozing Gourmandise will always have a special place in my heart… It’s a city of passion, and incidentally, the place where I met my dutchie for the first time.

Since, every single time, I fall in love with Maastricht…

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The ephemeral ‘Nachtrestaurant’: party and feast on leftovers!

March 2nd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Remember that terrifying movie ‘Taste the waste’ ? Well, this week, a group of dutch foodies and trendsetters are trying to do a little something about food waste… Their motto ‘fresh food belongs in your plate, not in the garbage!’. I like that.

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Chocolate and other addictions…

February 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Chocolaterie Van der Donk [1]

It’s been 30 days,

too many chewed lollipop sticks,

and supposedly 166.73 Euros spared,…

since I discovered my new chocolate heaven, the Chocolaterie from Pimm and Marcel van der Donk.

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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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