To a Tasty & Happy New Year

January 5th, 2014 § 1 comment § permalink


Real life is having the best of me lately…

I’ll be back soon!

In the mean time, wishing have a tasty and a happy new year,

A bientot,


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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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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Under the sun, at last!

May 12th, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

Sun in the netherlands is something you should not fail to enjoy… as it will not always be there! For the last 10 days, it has been sunny and warm and I did enjoy it, hence the lack of posts on this blog. The thermometer generously  exceeding the twenties, I finally found the courage to clean up my garden which had become more like a war field. After work, I could not avoid the sunny and crowded cafe terasses in the center of the city or at the beach for a rest in the sun and a white and fresh Hoegaarden while chatting lavishly with my friends. Then of course,there was the market, its fragrant and colourful vegetables and fresh fish, which filled me with idees and sudden urges for fresh spring and summery dishes. Let’s not also forget the call of our newly bought and still shiny barbecue… How could I find time to sit behind my computer outside of the working hours!But don’t worry, all good things have an end and bad weather is expected this weekend. I’ll surely find some time to blog after I clean the house. Or maybe I’ll just blog! Coming up on my kitchen diaries: oysters, sea bass, asperges and strawberries.In the mean time, the sun is still here and I had a light lunch on my terasse today…


Mini minut made gazpacho

1 pers. prep: 10 min

5 mini grape tomatoes
1 small cucumber (they are called turkish cucumber in Holland)
1 small red paprika
1 shallot
1 clove of fresh garlic
a small handful of fresh flat parsley
1 Tsp. balsamic vinegar (I used raspberry balsamic v.)
tabasco to taste
sea salt, pepper
6 ice cubes
Wash the vegetables and chop them roughly. Pour all ingredients in your food processor and mix until you get a smooth soup. Pour in a summey glass or bowl. Take a sit on your terasse or garden and enjoy your minute made gazpacho with fresh bread in the sun while reading your favourite magazine.Bon appétit!

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