A Christmas special: Chicken breast sous-vide, shiitake and sake sauce

December 16th, 2015 § 2 comments § permalink

Second opus of this year Christmas menu… The main, chicken. It’s a fun one and it will make an impression. We’re gonna cook sous-vide today.

Don’t be scared, it’s easy, I promise (and you don’t need fancy equipment to try it).

Chicken breast sous-vide, shiitake and sake sauce

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A Christmas special: Scallops with orange and preserved lemon

December 15th, 2015 § 3 comments § permalink

So, one toddler and a new old house later, I am back. For Christmas like in the song. With a Christmas menu.
Here’s the starter.. scallops with a Moroccan touch.

scallops, orange and preserved lemon

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Passion fruit… Bite the seasons!*

February 11th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Passion fruit Hearts


One more month to go before spring… I don’t know about you, but with all the love I’ve got for forgotten veggies and old roots, I’ve had my share for this winter. I am so craving for spring and all it’s green goodies.

Thank god for the tropical and other citrus fruit:

They are the suns of my winter!
Not exactly local I know, but relatively environmental friendly when shipped by boat or truck (energy category B in NL).

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Post Christmas goodies and a piece of lemon cake

December 28th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Be merry!
So, we’ve made it past Christmas and the world is still turning around.
I hope you had a grand time.
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On food romance, Italian zabaione, citrus, vanilla and pain d’epices

February 12th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Personal taste is a funny thing. While la gourmande’s idea of food romance lies in a plate of Linguine a la Vongole, it is spareribs that will rhyme with sexiness in the ears of her dutchie!

Citrus and vanilla zabaione with toasted gingerbread

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Joyeux Noel!

December 15th, 2010 § 3 comments § permalink

Just found a minute to escape from the Christmas preparations to wish you a happy and delicious Christmas with all your loved ones!

Moroccan almond cookies

Got a little present for you… these lovely mini snowball shaped Moroccan almond cookies, that will be ready in under an hour. The recipe is from the Morrocan pastry book ‘Patisserie Marocaine’ by Rachida Amhaouchi. I made these cute snowballs thinking of the very dear girlfriend who offered that book to me some time ago.

Joyeux Noel! 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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Pastry nostalgia

December 9th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

For a couple of weeks already, my sweet tooth is aching out of excitement… Yep, definitely, the winter celebrations’ season has begun!

It all started on a rainy Sunday morning at my favorite ‘patisserie’ in town when my 20 minutes of patient queuing were rewarded with warm fresh croissants, a couple of newly designed macarons and a taste of Chef Philippe’s Christmas creation: an elegant and delicate entremet layered with genoise, champagne mousse and peach… And there I was, down memory lane: Christmas 2007 and my first fancy pastry creation ever, an entremet with a thin almond biscuit, champagne sabayon mousse and a heart of white peach and lavender coulis!!! My presentation skills were far from Philippe’s back then, but still I couldn’t help but blushing with pride.

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Lovely ugly roots, part 1: Celeriac

November 13th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

These ugly underground veggies, these crooked roots, gnarled tubers and knotty bulbs…. celeriac, carrots, turnips, beets and other old fashioned parsnips, parsley roots, salsify and Jerusalem artichokes.

Don’t lie! I am pretty sure that at least once in your life you have looked at them with disdain at your local market or greengrocer, preferring them those shiny colorful imported zucchini and other asparagus…
Let’s face it, they look kind of drab, covered in clods of earth and mud, tainted with painful memories of hunger and poverty and war and ration cards.

Lovely Ugly Roots
This weekend’s market harvest… from top down: celeriac, white carrot, black carrot and parsnip.

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Seasonal fish on the Christmas table

December 21st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Last Saturday, while a frenzy of packing and last minute Christmas shopping was hitting my small household so that we could be ready to go for our flight to Morocco on Sunday, I had given up on publishing THE recipe I had wished to share with you before Christmas… That was without counting on the deep coat of snow that covered the Netherlands and neighboring countries on Sunday, plunging this part of Europe into chaos. No need to say that there was a long scary ride under the snow, a lot of queuing and waiting at the airport and of course no flight to Morocco or to about anywhere else that day.

Snow in Hoog Keppel (1)
Somewhere in Hoog Keppel, far, far away from the Moroccan sun…

Well we are still here in snowy Holland, but to see the things on the bright side: I had the occasion to enjoy a stroll in the untouched snow this morning, we managed to find another ticket for tomorrow (fingers crossed…), and I still get to share with you the perfect Christmas recipe for fish lovers. A fluffy fillet of monk fish*, my favorite fish, marinated in fresh herbs and wrapped in parma ham, roasted in the oven (inspired by a recipe from Masterchefs**) and served on a bed of red wine risotto.

Monkfish wrapped in prosciutto on a bed of red wine risotto

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