Spaghetti Squash with Clams and Pancetta

Spaghetti Squash with Clams and Pancetta

Have you ever heard of spaghetti squash? I had not until I read about it on Shanna’s wonderful blog. Coincidence or not, this autumn for the first time I saw spaghetti squash in markets here. The name may sound strange, but when you look at the texture of the cooked squash it is clear where the … Continue reading

Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin Mousse

Recently, Mimi blogged about pumpkin mousse, a decadent mousse with mascarpone. I liked the idea of pumpkin mousse, and made my own version, leaving out the mascarpone. The result is feathery light with a good balance between the pumpkin flavor and the spices, and only mildly sweet. I’ve only used a bit of sugar, which … Continue reading

1000 Posts in 5 Years

Today exactly five years ago, I posted for the first time to announce the birth of this blog to the world. My mission was then and continues to be to “strive to share every single interesting experience with respect to food and wine” with you all. The blog hasn’t been just about sharing, but also for … Continue reading

Venison Shank Sous-Vide

Venison Shank Sous-Vide

There isn’t much wildlife in the Netherlands, but there is some. The nearby dunes that are used to filter the drinking water for the city of Amsterdam (Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen) have so much deer running around in them, that the authorities have decided that some have to be shot in order to prevent suffering from starvation. … Continue reading

Trout and Potatoes from the Oven

Trout and Potatoes from the Oven

Often simple preparations are the best. In this case a trout is wrapped in aluminum foil and baked in the oven, while potatoes are roasted in the same oven and with the same flavors (rosemary and garlic). The only tricky part is cooking the trout just right: too short and it will still be raw … Continue reading

Understanding Food Safety

Understanding Food Safety

After the trilogy of posts about understanding what happens to meat when you cook it in terms of juiciness, tenderness, succulence, flavor, and appearance, another important subject to cover is food safety. This post does not just apply to meat, but also to other animal-based foods such as seafood, and plant-based foods such as vegetables. … Continue reading

Crispy Chili Balls (Chili Bitterballen)

Crispy Chili Balls (Chili Bitterballen)

Some Dutch words are difficult to translate. Two important ones are gezellig and borrel. “Gezellig” means having a good time together with other people. It can be used as an adjective, as in “gezellige avond” (avond = evening), or as an adverb: “het is erg gezellig” (it is very gezellig). A “borrel” is getting together to have … Continue reading

Simple Shahi Salmon

Simple Shahi Salmon

I’ve just returned from a short business trip to Bombay in India. There wasn’t time for any specific food research, but I did enjoy the food immensely and even tried Indian wine for the first time (which was unexpectedly good). I posted photos of the food and wine I enjoyed in India on the Facebook … Continue reading

Smoked Duck Legs Sous-Vide

Smoked Duck Legs Sous-Vide

It is wonderful how much culinary inspiration I get from other bloggers and my followers. Today’s recipe was inspired by Cecil Brewer, a follower who e-mails me his ideas and recipes. Cecil uses a slightly different technique because he uses a brine instead of a dry rub and he smokes the duck legs much longer … Continue reading

Venison Pasta Sauce (Ragù di Cervo)

Venison Pasta Sauce (Ragù di Cervo)

Making traditional Italian venison pasta sauce is pretty straightforward, but it does require some patience because of the long cooking time involved. As you only have to stir every half hour or so, this is a perfect sauce to prepare during an autumnal (rainy) Sunday afternoon. It freezes well, so it makes sense to make a … Continue reading

Dining near Amsterdam: De Kruidfabriek by Lute

Dining near Amsterdam: De Kruidfabriek by Lute

De Kruidfabriek is the new restaurant by Peter Lute, known as one of the judges of the Dutch version of MasterChef. The name is a pun that works in Dutch only, because the restaurant is housed in a former gunpowder factory (kruiTfabriek), whereas now they grown their own herbs in a greenhouse (kruiDfabriek, which looks like … Continue reading

Hazelnut and Beet Cake

Hazelnut and Beet Cake

Yes, you’ve read it correctly, a cake that contains beets (also known as beetroot). When I saw this recipe on Polianthus’ blog, I was intrigued and knew I had to try it. I am glad that I did, because the beets combine very well with the toasted hazelnut and give the cake an earthy flavor. The … Continue reading

Shrimp, Pumpkin, and Almonds

Shrimp, Pumpkin, and Almonds

I always like it when I get requests for a dinner party, because it makes it easier to choose what to make. In this case, the request was something with shrimp and garlic. Because of the season I looked for autumn flavors that would work well with shrimp and garlic. As shrimp are earthy and … Continue reading

Leek Royale (Royale de Poireaux)

Leek Royale (Royale de Poireaux)

Many recipes tell you to use the white part of leeks, so my attention was caught at once when Elie wrote about Leek Royale on his blog Oven-Dried Tomatoes. Royale de Poireaux is a French side dish that is essentially a leek ‘custard’ made with eggs and cream. The green part of the leeks is … Continue reading

Bacon-Wrapped Scallop with Pumpkin

Bacon-Wrapped Scallop with Pumpkin

This a great appetizer for a dinner party, because it is delicious, looks great, and is quite easy to prepare. Only a few ingredients are needed to make a fantastic dish. Scallops and bacon are friends, so bacon-wrapped scallops are a classic. The trick is to cook them such that the bacon is slightly crispy … Continue reading

Risotto with Apple, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese

Risotto with Apple, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese

When we visited Estancia Piedra for a wine tasting, our charming host Mary suggested that a risotto with tart apple, mushrooms, and goat cheese would be outstanding with the Rueda Verdejo from Estancia Piedra. Although the wine did smell of apples, it was not a combination I would have thought of myself. And so I … Continue reading