Walnut-Hazelnut Cookies

Walnut-Hazelnut Cookies

Research has shown that eating nuts on a regular basis is healthy. The best reason for baking these cookies however is that they are delicious! They are gluten free and dairy free, if that matters to you. Walnuts and hazelnuts are first toasted to boost their flavor, then they are ground with sugar, mixed with … Continue reading

Cajun Rabbit Sous-Vide

Cajun Rabbit Sous-Vide

After figuring out the best time and temperature to cook rabbit sous-vide, I wanted to put my new-found knowledge in practice to make a proper sous-vide rabbit dish. That’s when I remembered reading about cajun rabbit on REMCooks.com. As Richard’s recipes are always impeccable, I decided to make a sous-vide version of that. I did … Continue reading

Rabbit Sous-Vide Time and Temperature

Rabbit Sous-Vide Time and Temperature

Rabbit meat is very lean and easily becomes dry and/or tough. With sous-vide this can be fixed: the meat will be tender and succulent. So far I’ve been cooking rabbit sous-vide for 3 to 4 hours at 60ºC/140ºF. Sometimes it came out slightly overcooked. When cooking meat sous-vide, overcooked means that the meat loses its … Continue reading

Butternut-Parsnip Soup with Shrimp

Butternut-Parsnip Soup with Shrimp

There is a drawback of being a good cook — some friends tend to be intimidated by your prowess in the kitchen and don’t dare to invite you back over for dinner. And so I appreciate it a lot when someone does ask us to come to dinner. Like our friend Michiel, who made a very nice … Continue reading

Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day

Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s day! It’s an Irish-American tradition to eat corned beef with cabbage on St. Patrick’s day. I usually don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s day (most people in the Netherlands haven’t even heard of it), but when I came across a recipe for corned beef with cabbage I thought the cooking technique was very interesting. You … Continue reading

Layered Foie Gras, Smoked Eel, and Green Apple

Layered Foie Gras, Smoked Eel, and Green Apple

This decadent appetizer was inspired by the signature appetizer of Martín Berasategui, three Michelin star chef from San Sebastian (Spain), “Mille-feuille of smoked eel, foie-gras, spring onions and green apple”. The combination of foie gras with smoked eel and green apple is as amazing in this simplified rendition as it was at the restaurant. The combination of … Continue reading

Risotto with Braised Fennel and Whiting

Risotto with Braised Fennel and Whiting

Fennel develops a great flavor when it is braised slowly until it lightly caramelizes and becomes mushy, and it pairs well with fish.  In this case I chose whiting, and used the heads and bones of the fish to make a fish stock to make risotto. The fish is only just cooked through by adding … Continue reading

Seared Tuna: to Sous-Vide or Not to Sous-Vide

Seared Tuna: to Sous-Vide or Not to Sous-Vide

Recently we were on vacation in Cabo Verde, an archipelago off the coast of Senegal where the sun always shines. We were there for the weather, 25ºC/77ºF and sunny, not the food. There is an abundance of fresh fish, obviously, but a lack of refrigeration and knowing how to cook seafood. It was very hard … Continue reading

Easy Foolproof Flourless Chocolate Cake

Easy Foolproof Flourless Chocolate Cake

Do you like chocolate? Do you like to impress your guests with your skills in the kitchen? Do you find baking a bit intimidating? Then this is the perfect recipe for you! This flourless chocolate recipe is much easier than the recipe I posted before, and just as good. But, it is much easier. It … Continue reading

Fusilli with Smoked Eel and Celeriac

Fusilli with Smoked Eel and Celeriac

This pasta dish is quick and easy enough to serve for a weekday meal, and special and delicious enough for a dinner party. It takes less than half an hour to prepare, and only a few ingredients are required. The combination of smoked eel and celeriac is a classic one in the Netherlands, and in … Continue reading

Artichoke Ravioli (Ravioli con Carciofi)

Artichoke Ravioli (Ravioli con Carciofi)

There are three things I don’t like about artichokes: (1) it is a lot of work to clean them, (2) they don’t go well with wine, and (3) you can only eat a small part of them and have to throw away the rest. Simona solved the third issue by using the discarded parts to make artichoke … Continue reading

Jalapeños en Escabeche (Pickled Jalapeños)

Jalapeños en Escabeche (Pickled Jalapeños)

The first time I made Red Snapper Veracruz, I used the last of the pickled jalapeños that Richard had sent over. The Veracruz was so outstandingly good that I wanted to make it again, and so I had to make my own batch of pickled jalapeños. As Richard kindly provides the recipe on his wonderful … Continue reading

Homemade Bergamocello

Homemade Bergamocello

Do you like Earl Grey tea? Did you know that this tea is flavored with the essential oil from the skin of bergamot orange? My homemade limoncello is a very popular digestif with my dinner guests. When I saw bergamot oranges, I thought it would be nice to try to make bergamocello rather than limocello … Continue reading

Tortellini di Valeggio

Tortellini di Valeggio

Each region of Italy has its own pasta shapes and pasta recipes. Valeggio sul Mincio, a town near Lago di Garda and the city of Verona, is famous for its Tortellini di Valeggio, tortellini made of pasta as thin as a veil with a filling of beef, chicken, and pork. To make them extra delicate, … Continue reading

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

With our new ‘pet’, the sourdough starter that lives in our fridge and needs to be fed once a week, I’ve been baking sourdough bread and learning about it along the way. Before I started with this sourdough adventure, I was baking bread always the same according to recipes that I perfected over time: Italian … Continue reading

Piadina Romagnola

Piadina Romagnola

A piadina (plural: piadine) is a flatbread made from flour, lard, and milk or water, stuffed with salumi (prosciutto, mortadella, etc.), cheese and vegetables (such as arugula and tomatoes) and then toasted, from the region of Romagna. If you can find squacquerone, that is the regional cheese that is used for piadine. Without the stuffing, piadine are … Continue reading

Hare Loin with Brussels Sprouts

Hare Loin with Brussels Sprouts

This was the secondo of our Christmas dinner — yes I am running behind a little in posting as I also still have to post the primo — loin of hare with a sauce of port and amarena cherries and brussel sprouts with pancetta. The combination worked very well. The sprouts were very nice as I used small … Continue reading