Sea Bass Ceviche with Avocado

Sea Bass Ceviche with Avocado

It is always a treat when friends cooks for me. This simple but tasty dish is based on an appetizer that our friends Merel and Barthold served at a dinner party at their house. As usual with simple recipes, it all comes down to the best quality ingredients and good technique. Ceviche is a latin … Continue reading

Enoteca Pinchiorri***

Enoteca Pinchiorri***

If you go to Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence, Italy, you should go there for the wine. The name “enoteca” is already a big hint that this is the case, because it is an Italian word that means “wine library”. And not just any wine library, but one that is unique in the world and perhaps even the … Continue reading

Patatas Bravas

Patatas Bravas

“Bravo” is a Spanish word that can mean brave (as in courageous), but also wild, rough, or spirited, as in the name of the rough coastline near Barcelona (Costa Brava). And so Patatas Bravas could literally be translated as potatoes with spirit. This tapas dish of spicy potatoes is very popular, and there are many versions. The … Continue reading

Smoked Sardines (Sardinas Ahumadas)

Smoked Sardines (Sardinas Ahumadas)

In Spain we visited the city of Logroño, which is in the Rioja wine region but also famous for its tapas scene. One of my favorite tapas I tried there was smoked sardines (served on toast with roasted bell pepper). It turns out that it is pretty simple and quick to smoke sardines at home, and … Continue reading

Croquetas de Setas (Mushroom Croquettes)

Croquetas de Setas (Mushroom Croquettes)

During our trip to Spain last fall we gorged ourselves on researched many different types of tapas. One very popular kind of tapas that you see everywhere is croquettes with various fillings. They are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside and a great way to finish leftovers: simply mix with some béchamel … Continue reading

Frikandellen (Dutch Deep Fried Hot Dog)

Frikandellen (Dutch Deep Fried Hot Dog)

A frikandel is one of the most popular Dutch fast food items. They are usually produced from “mechanically separated meat”, which means any meat that can be obtained through mechanical means from a carcass after ‘regular’ butchering has finished. To make up for the lack of proper meat, a lot of spices are used as well … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Spiralized Zucchini

Spaghetti with Spiralized Zucchini

This is what I had for dinner tonight (followed by a secondo of chicken breast). Spiralized Zucchini (also known as zoodles) is so well known as substitute for real pasta, that we’d almost forget that it is also really good in combination with real pasta. If you remember my posts about how to choose a … Continue reading

How To Make Beurre Noisette (Brown Butter)

How To Make Beurre Noisette (Brown Butter)

Beurre noisette, literally hazelnut butter, is often used in French cooking and baking, and it is therefore good to know how to make it. The hazelnut doesn’t only refer to the color, but also to the nutty smell and taste of butter that has been treated this way. It can be used as a sauce … Continue reading

Erbazzone (Chard Pie)

Erbazzone (Chard Pie)

Erbazzone is a savory pie from the town of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy that is filled with chard (and sometimes also other greens, including spinach). I was reminded of it when Stefano posted his version of it. As usual with traditional Italian recipes, there are many versions. But for Erbazzone there seems to be … Continue reading

Sachertorte

Sachertorte

Sachertorte is a famous cake from Vienna that I had never made before. Thanks to CampariGirl’s post I was reminded of it. A Sachertorte is a chocolate cake with two layers, separated by a layer of apricot jam and finished with a chocolate glaze. It was invented in 1832 and is still served in the Sacher Hotel … Continue reading

Risotto with Shrimp, Zucchini, and Tomato

Risotto with Shrimp, Zucchini, and Tomato

The nice thing about buying shrimp with heads and shells is that you can make a very flavorful shrimp stock using those heads and shells. Together with zucchini and tomatoes, this makes for a very nice risotto. To have a fresh and light tomato flavor, I used fresh tomatoes for this risotto. The flavors blend … Continue reading

Chickpea Muffins with Sundried Tomatoes or Peas

Chickpea Muffins with Sundried Tomatoes or Peas

Lately I’ve been creating recipes to make snacks that keep well at room temperature, are nutritious, tasty, and easy to transport. These savory muffins made with chickpea flour (garbanzo bean flour) certainly fit the bill. Chickpea flour is very high in protein (22%) and fiber (10%). To flavor the muffins I use parmigiano reggiano, dried oregano, … Continue reading

Dining in France: L’Amaryllis*

Dining in France: L’Amaryllis*

L’Amaryllis is the restaurant of chef Cedric Burtin in the village of Saint-Rémy, near Chalon-sur-Saône in Burgundy, France. It is housed in an old watermill, le Moulin de Martorey. In the dining room the old cogwheels are still there, which makes for a very nice ambiance. We opted for the chef’s ‘surprise’ 8- course menu … Continue reading

Duivekater

Duivekater

Duivekater is a traditional festive bread that originates in Amsterdam and surroundings and is now still popular in the Zaanstreek where I grew up (and still live), just north of Amsterdam. There are sources as far back as the 16th century describing this bread, and it is depicted on paintings like this one from Dutch … Continue reading

Monkfish à l’Américaine (Lotte à l’Armoricaine)

Monkfish à l’Américaine (Lotte à l’Armoricaine)

I don’t prepare enough classic French dishes, but luckily Nadia of Maison Travers keeps posting recipes to inspire me to cook more of them. In this case monkfish with Américaine sauce. This sauce, originally named Armoricaine, doesn’t have anything to do with America but has instead been named after Armorica, the ancient name for the … Continue reading

Fresh Tagliolini with Sous-Vide Lamb Shank

Fresh Tagliolini with Sous-Vide Lamb Shank

This dish requires only seven ingredients: lamb shank, salt, pepper, thyme, flour, egg, and pecorino cheese. The lamb shank is cooked sous-vide, then shredded, and fresh homemade pasta is tossed with the shredded meat and the juices from the sous-vide bag. Finally it is served with freshly grated pecorino cheese. That’s it. For such a … Continue reading

Spinach Kofta in Tomato Gravy

Spinach Kofta in Tomato Gravy

Ladyredspecs aka Sandra has a great blog Please Pass The Recipe, which I have been following for years. Although geographically speaking India is about halfway between us, in terms of climate or familiarity with the cuisine, she is a lot closer to Indian cuisine than I am. Lately Sandra has been posting Indian vegetable recipes … Continue reading

Dining in Amsterdam: Librije’s Zusje** (2017)

Dining in Amsterdam: Librije’s Zusje** (2017)

Librije’s Zusje is the “little sister” of Librije in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Amsterdam, with two Michelin stars. Two years ago we had dinner there for the first time, and I concluded back then it was the best restaurant in Amsterdam. So now we were curious to try it again to see if it had evolved. … Continue reading

Boeuf Bourguignon Sous-Vide

Boeuf Bourguignon Sous-Vide

Boeuf Bourguignon is a famous beef stew from the French region of Burgundy. The beef is stewed with red wine and served with mushrooms and pearl onions in a rich beefy sauce. I’ve posted before how to make it on the stovetop or using a pressure cooker. It is delicious, if you succeed in stewing the beef … Continue reading

Carnitas Sous-Vide, Then Broiled

Carnitas Sous-Vide, Then Broiled

Carnitas is a Mexican recipe to prepare pork: slow cooked in lots of lard. This will make the pork tender and juicy on the inside, with some crisp edges on the outside. With sous-vide and a broiler you can get a similar result that is very tasty and does not require a bucket of lard. … Continue reading

Slow-Roasted Cauliflower Ravioli

Slow-Roasted Cauliflower Ravioli

Slow roasting is my favorite way to prepare cauliflower, and this time of the year I prepare it often (using this recipe or something similar). Slow roasting means it will take longer (90 minutes to 2 hours), but the cauliflower will have much greater depth of flavor compared to roasting it quickly in a hotter … Continue reading