Sunday needs barbecueing and therefore I bring you a recipe! A vegetarian one today, just for the fun of it, and with a slightly unusual ingredient to spice things up: Halloumi. Halloumi is a small, elastical and crustless white cheese from the Middle East. It hardly melts and is therefore wonderful to prepare on the barbecue. Grilled Halloumi with a lemon-coriander-almond pesto. Ingredients...
Thai Beef Salad (Yum Nua)
I envy my sister in law. She has been to Thailand a few times and took a cooking class once where she learned how to carve pretty vegetable flowers. That is high on my to do list! Luckily she brought me some Thai food greeting cards. They have amazing recipes printed on the back with a pretty picture of the food in question on the front. I use them frequently, and one of them has become one of our...
Comfort [insert noun here]
Many things count as comforting. For me it ranges from a tasty cup of coffee (and I am very picky) to reading books with titles like “Enquire Within About Everyting 1890” (with the dazzling remark printed on the cover: over one million copies sold). I am not kidding - I spent some lovely evenings leafing through it, stumbling across sensible advice as: 376. Beat a Carpet on the wrong...
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.– Adelle Davis (1904 - 1974) That’s difficult to do, though, when my life at least, is programmed around doing it the other way around… I have more time to cook (and more of an appetite :-)) in the evening than in the morning. My opinion? As long as you listen to your body, enjoy what...
A club sandwich, also called a clubhouse sandwich or double-decker, is a...– from Wikipedia’s Club Sandwich page. A sandwich is a wonderful kind of food. It is easy to take somewhere, it is filling and you can put anything you fancy between those two slices of bread. But sandwiches are also easy to get tired of. I am always searching for nice new sandwich...
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Food in the Viking Age →
One of the culinary delights of the Viking Age: a stew. “The stew itself also looks rather scary; a thin crust of fat has formed over a brown liquid which is made up of boiled lamb bones, beans, peas, carrots and turnips.”
This weekend we made a blitz trip to Brussels. We wanted to see the Moomin exhibition in the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinée - a lovely Art Nouveau building. Brussels itself was a bit disappointing, though. It looked a bit faded and since I heard so much about the Art Nouveau tours and the wonderful architecture I was stunned to find tons of new, high, ugly buildings when we were driving to...
I love Mexican food with its bold flavours, the heat combined with the hearty meatiness and the creaminess of avocado or sour cream. It makes a wonderful combination. I do not always like the Mexican food you get in (at least) Dutch Mexican restaurants. They like to cover all their dishes in cheese and eveything basically tastes the same - like slightly spicy tomato sauce with cheese. What I do...
Dan Dan noodles
For this week we have some lovely menu plans: Miso marinated pork probably simply with some wokked pak choi and steamed rice - lovely! Zesty chilli tiger prawns, again simply with some steamed rice. Something with the inariage pouches I bought. Spicy beef with coriander dish But first tonight: Dan dan noodles. It’s a classic dish from the Chinese Sichuan area. Many versions exist, the...
One of my favourite foods is quiche. It is filling, easy to make, easy to take somewhere (for a picknick or a party) and - very important - easy to keep (and it gets even better when it’s kept in the fridge for a day or so). This is a lighter version, not because I am such a health freak, but because this version just tastes better, in my opinion. I never had a lot of quiche in my life. It...
We were never very much into France, I mean, it is a lovely country and everything but we always went to rough and wild Norway on holiday. Last year our parents in law invited us to their holiday home (with a swimming pool) near Bordeaux and since the prospect of a lovely sunny holiday with swimming sounded very appealing we went. We did not regret it. Immediately we loved the country, the...
Macarons are funny things. They look lovely and vibrant and very homemade. So homemade, in fact, you are tricked into thinking they must be easy - or at least doable - to make in the comfort of your own home. Alas, baking macarons is a very scientific process and you need to measure the temperatures very carefully to get that lovely, slightly chewy yet airy texture. Unfortunately I do not own a...