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Cauliflower Coconut Soup with Ginger and Turmeric

Cauliflower Coconut Soup with Ginger and Turmeric

Suzanne of apuginthekitchen recently posted about a coconut cauliflower soup that looked great, and so I wanted to try making it as well. With roasted cauliflower, coconut milk, and Thai red curry paste it promised great depth of flavor. As Suzanne made the recipe as published and wasn’t completely happy, I decided to make some … Continue reading

Steak Temperature Chart for Sous-Vide

Steak Temperature Chart for Sous-Vide

When cooking sous-vide, you have perfect control over how done the meat is going to be. But it does require you to know what temperature corresponds with how you like your steak done. And so I prepared the above chart for you. You can look at what the meat will look like in the photo, … Continue reading

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

We love Mexican food and we love fish, so I wanted to make fish tacos. I looked at many recipes, but many did not appeal to me because the fish was breaded and/or served with a white sauce. But then I found Pati Jinich’s recipe for Rodrigo-Style Fish. That recipe seemed very nice because of … Continue reading

Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole

Guacamole is a dipping sauce that you are probably all familiar with. You get the best guacamole by making it at home from fresh ingredients rather than buying it in a store.As guacamole is an avocado-based sauce, it is the most important ingredient. Of course the avocado must be ripe. Luckily avocados are fruits that … Continue reading

Roasted Artichokes (Carciofi al Forno)

Roasted Artichokes (Carciofi al Forno)

I don’t prepare artichokes very often, because they are usually too expensive for what will be left after you clean them. This is what I commented when Jo of Frascati Cooking That’s Amore recently blogged about a recipe from Lombardia for oven-roasted artichokes with parmigiano, breadcrumbs, and mint. Lo and behold, just a few days … Continue reading

Grilled Swordfish with Ratatouille

Grilled Swordfish with Ratatouille

When I saw swordfish on sale at the market, I knew what we were going to have for dinner. I love swordfish, but it is often hard to get it fresh (frozen means it will be dry) and for a reasonable price. Swordfish is very meaty with a mild fish flavor. I served with ratatouille … Continue reading

Leek and Squash Tart

Leek and Squash Tart

When Paola presented this savory tart on her blog she suggested to make this quickly before Spring arrives, as this leek and squash tart is more suitable for Winter. I was intrigued by the combination of leeks and squash, as well as poppyseed, and so I followed her advice and prepared it right away. It … Continue reading

Pineapple & Coconut Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple & Coconut Upside-Down Cake

One of my favorite Italian food bloggers was Silva Rigobello. Unfortunately I have to write in past tense, as she passed away in 2015. I still prepare her recipes from time to time, and in this case it is a pineapple and coconut cake that is more American in origin than Italian. I wish she could … Continue reading

Mexican Shrimp Meatball Soup (Albóndigas de Camarón)

Mexican Shrimp Meatball Soup (Albóndigas de Camarón)

Following other blogs is a great way to discover new recipes. I saw a Mexican shrimp meatball soup on my blogging buddy’s Kathryn’s blog, Anotherfoodieblogger. Regular albóndigas from Spain are meatballs cooked in tomato sauce, but these shrimp balls are cooked in something that is more like a tomato soup. You should buy shrimp with heads and shells for … Continue reading

Pulled Pork Sous-Vide

Pulled Pork Sous-Vide

Pulled pork is a classic dish from the South of the United States. Purists may not agree with the method I present here, as they insist that pulled pork has to be made by tending a smoker for hours and hours, and that one has to worry about stuff like a ‘smoke ring’ and ‘bark’. … Continue reading

Split Pea Risotto with Hot Smoked Salmon

Split Pea Risotto with Hot Smoked Salmon

In summer there is ample choice of fresh produce to choose from, but in winter we have to make do with what is available, especially if you want to cook with local seasonal ingredients. Fresh peas are only available in summer, but dried split peas are available year round. In the Netherlands they are used … Continue reading

Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

Many people don’t make soup anymore. They just buy a can or a package of instant soup. Homemade soup is more flavorful, contains less salt, more actual chicken meat, and no chemical flavors and preservatives. The traditional way of making chicken soup is to boil a whole chicken in water with aromatic vegetables, and then … Continue reading

Blanquette de Veau Sous-Vide (Creamy Veal Stew)

Blanquette de Veau Sous-Vide (Creamy Veal Stew)

Blanquette de veau is a classic French dish that I was reminded of by Nadia. Visit her wonderful blog for a classic recipe. I’ve prepared a sous-vide version that turned out delicious. Blanc is French for white, and so everything but the parsley in this recipe is ‘white’: veal, mushrooms, pearl onions, white sauce, and … Continue reading

Celeriac Three Ways with Smoked Eel Ravioli

Celeriac Three Ways with Smoked Eel Ravioli

Celeriac and smoked eel work very well together, and I’ve posted recipes using them before. This time, I added hazelnuts to the mix and created a restaurant style appetizer. The celeriac is prepared in three ways: as a very smooth creamy puree, smoked cubes, and as a crispy chip. The smoked eel is used to … Continue reading

Salmon and Sea Bass Glued Together

Salmon and Sea Bass Glued Together

What you see in the photo above is the result of a bit of playfulness. Or silliness. It is salmon and sea bass, glued together, and then cooked sous-vide as if it is some kind of mutant fish with layers of orange-pink and white flesh. This is possible by using a (perfectly natural and harmless) … Continue reading

Apple and Goat Cheese Dessert

Apple and Goat Cheese Dessert

Recently we had green apple and goat cheese as dessert at Restaurant Jacob in Leiden. I have a few bottles of a wonderful late harvest Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre that I thought would work particularly well with that combination. And that is how I came up with this very simple but delicious dessert of green … Continue reading

Flank Steak Sous-Vide Temperature Experiment

Flank Steak Sous-Vide Temperature Experiment

After having cooked sous-vide for six years, I still discover some improvements now and then. Until recently, when cooking beef sous-vide I would usually choose as low a temperature as possible, and then cook long enough for the meat to become tender. This has as an advantage that the beef retains as much juices as possible, because … Continue reading

Sheet Pan Pizza (Pizza in Teglia)

Sheet Pan Pizza (Pizza in Teglia)

In Italy there are two kinds of pizza. Round and thin pizza, cooked for a couple of minutes in a very hot (wood-fired) oven, is available in pizzerias. That type of pizza is difficult to make at home with a domestic oven (but it is not impossible to get close, click here to find out … Continue reading

Tagliatelle with Sous-Vide Turkey Thigh

Tagliatelle with Sous-Vide Turkey Thigh

Can you make a delicious pasta dish using only four ingredients, counting salt and pepper as the first two? Yes, you can! Boneless and skinless turkey thigh becomes tender, flaky, juicy, and tasty after cooking it sous-vide for 24 hours at 74C/165F. It will release a lot of juices when cooked that way, but that … Continue reading

Crispy Egg with Smoked Eel (Failed Experiment)

Crispy Egg with Smoked Eel (Failed Experiment)

After the positive reactions to the report of my failure trying to make oyster sauce from fresh oysters, here is another experiment that didn’t turn out so well. The photo above is the “crispy egg” we got served for breakfast at Librije last December. It was amazing: a light and very crispy crust with a … Continue reading

Banana Oat Bran Quark Stevia Muffins

Banana Oat Bran Quark Stevia Muffins

For months now I’ve been making muffins for breakfast with oat bran, quark (or cottage cheese or skyr), eggs, and stevia as the base. I bake them every weekend to eat for breakfast during the week. These muffins are nutritious because they are high in protein and high in fiber, low in fat, and contain … Continue reading

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