Pork Tamales

Pork Tamales

As there aren’t many Mexican restaurants around here and those that are there are probably not very authentic, I don’t eat a lot of Mexican (or Tex-Mex) food that I don’t prepare myself. And so I had never before seen or tasted tamales. Ever since I saw the recipe on Richard’s blog, I wanted to make … Continue reading

Foie Gras Ice Cream

Foie Gras Ice Cream

We love foie gras and I was curious to try and make foie gras ice cream. I looked at some recipes on-line, but found none that made sense to me. Some even suggested to discard (!) or save for another use the fat rendered from the foie, and to replace it with butter?! That would … Continue reading

Lamb Korma

Lamb Korma

My recent short trip to India inspired me to try and cook some more Indian food. After the success of Shahi Salmon, I decided to try my hand at Lamb Korma. It is similar because it also has a creamy sauce made with yogurt and tomato. If you are new to Indian food, too, I … Continue reading

Pimientos de Padrón

Pimientos de Padrón

Pimientos de Padrón are green chilli peppers from Spain that are usually mild, but sometimes one of them can be very hot. They are very tasty, a bit like green bell pepper but better. To prepare them, you only need neutral oil with a high smoke point such as grapeseed oil. Then serve them with … Continue reading

Homemade Stroopwafels (Dutch Syrup Waffles)

Homemade Stroopwafels (Dutch Syrup Waffles)

Stroopwafels are a Dutch treat that is very popular both inside and outside the Netherlands. They are thin round waffles, filled with syrup that has a hint of cinnamon. They are very addictive! When a Dutchman wants to charm a foreigner, the best gift to bring is a box of these syrup-filled waffles. They can … Continue reading

Pasta with Calamari and Bell Peppers

Pasta with Calamari and Bell Peppers

Calamari and squid are both types of cuttlefish. You can use any type for this recipe. Squid can be cooked in two ways: either very short or very long. Something in between, and it will be tough. Since I was hungry when I was making this dish, I opted for the short method. But this … Continue reading

Lychee Ice Cream

Lychee Ice Cream

I wish you all a happy and healthy 2017 with delicious food and wine. As my first contribution to this, I present to you homemade lychee ice cream. Lychees are a  tropical fruit with a complex delicious aroma and flavor. When turned into ice cream, they become a very special treat. It is a bit of … Continue reading

Ravioli alla Genovese

Ravioli alla Genovese

For Christmas I wanted to make a traditional Italian dish that I had not prepared before, preferably something that involved stuffed pasta. As I’ve already made so many stuffed pasta dishes over the years, I wasn’t sure if I would succeed. But then I saw ravioli alla genovese on Enassar’s blog Oven-Dried Tomatoes, and I … Continue reading

Lentil, Fennel and Skyr Salad

Lentil, Fennel and Skyr Salad

This is the type of salad that I often eat for lunch during the weekend, and I will be posting a few more of them. It is low in fat and low in carbs as well as vegetarian, so perhaps a good choice after all the decadent food you’ve had over the holidays. If you … Continue reading

Dining in the Netherlands: Librije*** (2016)

Dining in the Netherlands: Librije*** (2016)

Every year we celebrate our anniversary at Librije, our favorite restaurant in the Netherlands and one of our favorite restaurants in the world. The restaurant run by chef Jonnie Boer (no relation) and his wife and sommelier/maitre Thérèse is located in Zwolle, about an hour from Amsterdam, in a historic building (a former prison for … Continue reading

Duck Breast with Mushrooms

Duck Breast with Mushrooms

Another niece turned 18 and so it was time for another bottle of the same 1998 Barolo, but this time for Dana. I thought it would be nice to cook something with duck breast for her, which already works with Barolo, but would work even more with some mushrooms added to the mix. And so … Continue reading

Caramelized Fennel and Gorgonzola Tartlets

Caramelized Fennel and Gorgonzola Tartlets

Sandra always publishes tasty recipes on her blog Please Pass The Recipe. Recently, her blue cheese tart with caramelized fennel caught my attention. I had never thought of combining caramelized fennel with blue cheese, but I love both of them and immediately understood the combination would be a winner. For a dinner party I made … Continue reading

Homemade Brioche Bread

Homemade Brioche Bread

Brioche is white bread enriched with eggs and butter, and thus perfect for the holidays. In this case I made one big loaf, but you can also make smaller loaves or buns. For the characteristic shiny top, braze the top with egg yolk after baking (when still hot). If you’re serious enough about baking to … Continue reading

Pairing Wild Game and Wine

Pairing Wild Game and Wine

Twice a year I organize themed wine pairing dinners (click here to read more about them). This fall’s theme was Wild Game and Wine. The same menu was repeated on three Saturdays for three different groups of friends, and on each night there were two different wines paired with each dish. And so I ended … Continue reading

Spiced Pear Ice Cream (Stoofperenijs)

Spiced Pear Ice Cream (Stoofperenijs)

This is the last post in a trilogy of posts with the recipes of the components for the dessert that I served at game & wine dinner parties over the last three Saturdays: marzipan mushrooms, almond madeleines, and in this final part: spiced pear ice cream. I wanted to serve something fitting for the autumn/winter, … Continue reading

Almond Madeleines

Almond Madeleines

Madeleines are classic French small cakes that have to be slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with a wonderful aroma of either vanilla, citrus zest, or, as in this case, almonds. They are not difficult to make, but you do need to have a special pan to give them their characteristic shape. … Continue reading

Homemade Marzipan Mushrooms

Homemade Marzipan Mushrooms

Marzipan and almond paste are pretty similar, as both are made by grinding almonds and sugar together. The differences are that marzipan is sweeter than almond paste (almond paste is 50% of almonds by weight, whereas marzipan is 35-45% almonds), and that marzipan has a smoother texture. Marzipan is often colored using food coloring and … Continue reading

Homemade Sauerkraut

Homemade Sauerkraut

Before we had refrigerators, airplanes, and greenhouses, fresh vegetables were hard to come by in winter. And so our ancestors developed many ways to preserve vegetables for the winter. Even though it is not a necessity anymore, we keep preserving vegetables because we like the flavors. An important example in Dutch (and other northern European) … Continue reading

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