The best potato salad

July 21st, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Finally the new potatoes have made their comeback on the market stalls.
New potatoes are my favorite, with that super thin layer of skin still on. It gives them an almost nutty flavor.
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A soup for all moods and weathers: Beet and carrot soup

June 26th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Beet and carrot soup

Here’s a soup for this crazy summer.
One for the days when you don’t know where the weather will be taking you…
Heartwarming, fragrant and colourful.
Perfect chilled on a hot day or steaming hot when you need a cheer-up and wish it wasn’t cold and rainy again.
Petit Tom and I can’t have enough of it lately.
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Monday’s quickie: pasta with broad beans and farm egg

August 1st, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

Spring pasta with fresh broad beans and farm egg

Hurray, I’ve been swimming into the sea at last! Can you believe it’s the first time this year (and I’m just back from summer holiday).

‘Easy-peasy’ dinner tonight… a big plate of pasta and fresh greens, freshly grated parmegianno, al fresco of course!

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Sweet sunday bite: Rustic rhubarb tartlet

June 19th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Rhubarb and almond Tartlet

This is one of these sundays when there’s nothing better to do than dream about better days and bake: all cuddled up in a fleece blanket, with a warm cup of tea, I’m trying to forget the pouring rain outside.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not whining. I’m having the best flashbacks while the sweet smell of rhubarb, butter and cinnamon is slowly taking over the house… It was a couple of weekends ago, a warm evening in the middle of the Dutch countryside, in the ‘Achterhoek’…

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Farniente, pasta e rucola

August 8th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Ah, those lazy summer days, when it’s so damn nice outside that you do not care for the desperate calls of the kitchen and the empty bellys around. You just want to stay there on the terasse, ‘les pieds en eventail’, reading the latest girly magazine, with Pink Martini gently  whispering to you via your ipod… “Que sera, sera…”.

And then, a soft evening breeze is submerging you with the spicy, aromatic fragrance of the lavendel, mint, parsley and basil lavishly dancing with the breeze a few steps away from you. Suddenly you’re hungry too. No way, you’ll leave the terasse for more than three to five minutes though… Well, just long enough to pick a good handful of these addictive fresh herbs, and maybe some of these young rucola leaves too. Some water to boil, a handful of sea salt, spaghetti and olive oil… A sip of chilled rose, a couple of plates on the table outside, diner is ready!

Buon apetito.

Garden pasta

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Le temps de quelques framboises…

July 16th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

A bite of summer, une gourmandise, a quickie, juste en passant.
Pour une gourmande en particulier… and all the sweet teeth around.

Mini raspberry/almond bites

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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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April 4th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

The lazy gourmande has once again been hibernating for a while (and so has her kitchen diaries). But winter is over and it’s getting hungry again.

I hope you guys haven’t lost faith in seeing me again around the kitchen? I’ll try to make it up to you. To start with, something green, fresh, velvety and fragrant. Something like spring to cheer up your aperitif or a dish of fresh pasta with friends.


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Farniente and summer greens

August 16th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

I had big plans for my kitchen diaries this summer. Somehow I always tend to have big plans for everything and far too little time to realise them. As my mom says: my eyes are always bigger than my stomach! Unfortunately, I’ve kind of overdone it the last years and especially the last 8 months.

Now, there’s no choice, it’s time to recharge the batteries… From time to time I miss the rush of adrenaline I have when juggling with ten things at a time. But I must say, farniente is good… Sometimes lazyness is just necessary. Luckily there’s no better time than summer for a little farniente and I hope you’re allowing yourself a little bit of it too.

My kitchen is taking a little bit of rest too, although it still has to deal with my latest crave for sunny and summery greens. I’ve managed to save you a bite from our last barbecue: easy and sunny salads with a definite meditterranean touch… Here are two of them for a start*.
Enjoy and don’t forget to take it easy!


Morrocan greens
Salade de poivrons et tomates a la marocaine (recipe will come later), salade de courgettes a la menthe et carrotes au cumin et a la coriandre… had a hard time saving you a bite!

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Summer on the table

July 20th, 2008 § 2 comments § permalink

It’s raining again… Instead of biking in the dunes as I had planned, I’m squatting the couch under a thick plaid, enjoying my 4th cup of fuming mint tea while dreaming of the sun of my provence. 

No way I’m going to let this rotten weather get on my mood today! So here’s a simple fish dish full of sun and fragrant like a summer night in provence. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, there you are! Do you hear the song of the cigales, the friends playing jeu de boule while you’re sipping a pastis or a chilled rose, enjoying the sunset… That’s the spirit. Now hurry and serve everybody before it gets cold


Daurades royales en croute de sel
Summer on the table: Dorades royales en croute de sel anisee…


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