‘La Terrine de legumes’ – An Easter brunch favorite

March 17th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Spring vegetable terrine | photo Geralda @ Spresso.nl
I’ve always loved Easter brunch.
And the egg hunt. Oh yes, the egg hunt… I still bother Dutchie and all my friends every year, begging for it like a 5 years old. Soon, it will be Petit Tom 😉
And then there is la Brioche (de papa) , et la Terrine de legumes (de Maman)… It’s ok. I’ll bake them.
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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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New year’s detox: ‘A fowl in the pot’

January 8th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Pintade 'au pot'

La poule au pot… One of the ultimate feel-good/comfort/healing foods in French households. A [huge] pot, a chicken [a hen originally], veggies and more veggies, water and not much more. [yes, chicken soup if you insist]

As a ‘true Francaise’ 😉 , I believe it to be a remedy against the cold, the flu, the broken hearts, the end of the year indigestions, etc.

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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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One last batch of asparagus for the road

June 11th, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

Quiche with green asparagus pesto and mozarella

Yes I know, the asparagus season is almost over!

I just can’t get enough of them.

Before it really is over, let me indulge with you into one more asparagus feast: a thin crispy savory tart with a pesto of green asparagus and almonds and a generous layer of mozarella buffala… All the tastes and flavors of spring, Provence and Italy in a bite!

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Leeks, butter and lemon…

January 16th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

A bunch of young leeks from the neighbor’s garden and a roast chicken, …

Leeks, butter and lemon [1]

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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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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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These skirts who makes the world go round…

April 11th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

I’ve always loved that song from the French singer Alain Souchon “Sous les jupes des filles” (Under girls’ skirts… nothing naughty I swear!). It’s fresh like an early spring day with its -maybe cheesy but so poetically refreshing- message that as long as there are girls and women walking around the world with skirts there is a sparkle of light in the eyes of men when the breeze lift them up, hope for a better world!

Since I live in the Netherlands, Souchon is back whispering in my head every spring, when on the first warm sunny day, skirts blossom on all the terraces. The Dutch even have a name for that day. It’s “rokjesdag”, skirt day! It’s quite a big thing back here: They talk about it at work, on TV and in the newspapers. The true beginning of the Dutch Spring! And of course, the start for the girly magazine competition for the publication of the best miracle/no hassle/ecofriendly diet that will get you back in no time in those short little skirts without the fluffy protective winter layer accumulated through the Christmas period (and Easter)….

Luckily, no need to rush: I had to laugh when I discovered that some of the Dutch weather forecast websites even provide a skirt weather indicator, just as they have a UV or allergy indicator! Handy though, I must admit! My skirts and dresses are back in my wardrobe waiting impatiently for the next index 7 or 8 on the skirt weather index. In the mean time, I do my Pilates with dedication and I’ve got the perfect little salad to keep me waiting without guilt for the perfect skirt day while browsing through the new spring fashion in the magazines: It’s crunchy, it’s fresh and it smells and tastes like Spring! Perfect for your lunch basket, you can prepare it in advance and it will be a perfect match with steamed fish, smoked salmon or a chicken sandwich.

Fennel, celery and apple salad

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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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