Turnip greens… Bite the seasons!

March 10th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Turnip greens

Last week, I had stocked my kitchen with all the early spring greens I could find at the market to test recipes for my Spring cooking workshop on 20 March and for this post*: Turnip greens, belgian endive, leeks, radishes and rhubarb… A real spring burst in the kitchen!

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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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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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A tricky spring feeling…

March 7th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

Ah, this beautiful bright sun outside, the first crocuses taking a peak at the sky… I walk up this morning with a butterfly feeling deep inside… would it be spring, at last?

After diving into my tiny city garden full of enthusiasm for the very first time this year (yep, I’m that kind of gardener), while my dutchie went for his first spring stroll on the bike, it didn’t take more than a couple of hours before all our extremities, from feet to ears, went deeply frozen. Many fuming cups of tea later, we came to the conclusion that maybe we shouldn’t have ignored the temperature forecast, maybe it was not just quite spring!

All in all, a perfect excuse for one more comforting winter dinner, tonight… Something spicy, colorful, and revigorating that will warm us up from the inside out. Never been a better time to give another try at the dutch classic red cabbage stew, with small chunks of cooking apple and a hint of five spice. A great meat-lover-proof winter vegetable stew (ask my dutchie… well, as long as there’s a little meat on the side too though) and a winning match with game and winter roasts.

Chou Rouge

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When Sinterklaas goes multicultural

December 5th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

In the Netherlands, tradition wants that Sinterklaas brings chocolate letters to everyone on 5 December. The inspector gadget among my friends, got me my initial, M, in Arabic calligraphy, made of chocolate of course! Pretty cool…

Chocolate Letter

Thanks B!

Perfect monday…

April 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Off early, coffee and a chat with a good girlfriend on the sunny terasse in the garden… followed with a couple of glasses of my favourite white cote du Rhone (a Mont Redon), a couple of calls and off we are for an impromptu dinner. A short trip to my local shopping street for a bunch of the best asperges around, a kilo of tiny new potatoes, a large cote de boeuf as tender as butter and the first strawberries of the season… More friends, a little bit of peeling, fresh herbs from the garden, a bit of salt and pepper, a drop of olive oil and a pinch of vanilla. No fuss, laughters and wine, satisfied smiles and full stomachs.

Today, I love mondays….

 

Asperges

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Un bol de soupe pour Sophie!

January 15th, 2009 § 3 comments § permalink

There’s nothing like a fuming cup of Erwtensoep (dutch pea soup) to warm you up from head to toe during the cold dutch winter days…

Ewrtensoep

My friend Sophie would definitely agree with me… Although, she might not be the most objective on that one: she likes it so much she would also ask for it when visiting me in april! She’s been begging for the recipe for years now… With the great tips provided by my butcher and the icy weather from the last couple of weeks I really didn’t have anymore excuses to keep her waiting any longer, so here it is…

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Paris for Sinterklaas…

December 2nd, 2008 § 1 comment § permalink

Still a few days before Sinterklaas!
It seems I’ve been a good girl this year: Sinterklaas is treating me with a getaway to Paris where I’ll go and see a friend’s play, visit a few exhibitions (Picasso, here I come) and eat a couple of Macarons from Pierre Herme… Not bad. Bedankt Sinterklaas!

Speculaasjes2

No way I could avoid baking the famous Speculaas, though… My batches are ready, awaiting quietly in their metal tin.
This year, I used fresh flour coming directly from the mill and aside from the typical wood mold shaped speculaas, I baked small square shapes, perfect with a cup of coffee. The result is crunchier than ever.

For those who still want to bake speculaas before friday, remember that the dough needs a little rest (count at least half a day although one night would be best) so… get baking!

You’ll find the recipe I posted last year for Sinterklaas eve right there. I have updated the recipe with some tips based on this year’s experience.

Bon Appetit and happy ‘Sinterklaas’!

'Shop for food in the Hague' special

June 27th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Today, I’ve got something for the foodlovers living in or around the Hague or visiting the Netherlands this summer: a complete update of the ‘Shop for food in NL’  section on my kitchen diaries!

I’ve been simmering this update for a while now with more mouthwatering addresses and a browsing menu to make your exploration easier. There will definitely be more to come in this section, so stay tuned for updates.

And last but not least, a special ‘thank you’ for the many comments and e-mails I’ve received from many of you, thanking me for putting this small register together and giving me some more tips on where to shop for delicious treats. It always makes my day!

Bon Appétit et bon shopping!

AfternoonFoodShopping1

‘Shop for food in the Hague’ special

June 27th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Today, I’ve got something for the foodlovers living in or around the Hague or visiting the Netherlands this summer: a complete update of the ‘Shop for food in NL’  section on my kitchen diaries!

I’ve been simmering this update for a while now with more mouthwatering addresses and a browsing menu to make your exploration easier. There will definitely be more to come in this section, so stay tuned for updates.

And last but not least, a special ‘thank you’ for the many comments and e-mails I’ve received from many of you, thanking me for putting this small register together and giving me some more tips on where to shop for delicious treats. It always makes my day!

Bon Appétit et bon shopping!

AfternoonFoodShopping1

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