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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

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

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

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

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

Blackberry Rose Water Sorbet

Blackberry Rose Water Sorbet

Rosenmuskateller is a rare dessert wine from Alto Adige/Südtirol, the German speaking north-east of Italy. It is made from the rare grape of the same name, related to other muscat grapes but with the distinctive quality that it smells of roses! I thought it would be great to pair this with a dessert that includes … Continue reading

Hummus

Hummus

Hummus, also spelled as houmous, is a middle eastern dip made from cooked chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Chickpeas are high in protein and hummus is great when used as a dip for raw vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, or celery. Hummus is easy to make … Continue reading

Chicken Satay (Saté Ajam)

Chicken Satay (Saté Ajam)

Recently I posted a recipe for goat satay, saté kambing, prepared sous-vide. This had turned out to so well that I wanted to make it again soon, but this time with chicken. Unlike goat (or lamb) shoulder, chicken meat is tender and does not need to be cooked sous-vide to become tender. This changes the recipe … Continue reading

Strawberry Tartlets

Strawberry Tartlets

Strawberries with pastry cream on a sweet shortcrust pastry crust are a classic. You could make a large tart, but it looks much better and is easier to serve when you make individual tartlets. There are some special techniques used in this recipe: the strawberries are covered with a thin layer of apricot jam to … Continue reading

Panzerotti

Panzerotti

Panzerotti are deep-fried calzone, i.e. deep-fried filled pizza! They are delicious street food from Puglia in the deep south of Italy. In Campania they are called calzoni fritti. The funny thing is that I did not get to know these from a visit to Puglia (when I was there I didn’t even see them), but … Continue reading

White Asparagus Ravioli

White Asparagus Ravioli

Apart from anything sous-vide, homemade ravioli could be considered to be my signature dish. Besides Italian classics I have developed many variations over the years. So many that it is getting hard to come up with something new. White asparagus are in season and I realized I had not posted a recipe for white asparagus … Continue reading

Soul Food, Part 4: Sweet Potato Pie

Soul Food, Part 4: Sweet Potato Pie

As the dessert for our soul food dinner, Selena suggested we bake a sweet potato pie. This is like pumpkin pie, but made with sweet potato. Of course we made the pastry crust from scratch, using the new method that guarantees a flaky crust (but with the regular amount of butter). The flavor of the … Continue reading

Introduction to Indian Cuisine

Introduction to Indian Cuisine

I’ve never been to India and I’ve never even eaten at an Indian restaurant. But I was curious about the cuisine, and so it was a great pleasure that two natives, Vinod and Seema, were willing to cook for me and show me how Indians cook at home. Of course India is a large country … Continue reading

Mushroom Lasagna (Lasagne ai Funghi)

Mushroom Lasagna (Lasagne ai Funghi)

Mushroom lasagna is a classic I’ve been making for years, but I noticed I had never published it on the blog yet. It is a great dish to indulge, rich yet elegant. Its components are fresh homemade spinach pasta, funghi trifolati (mushrooms sautéed in olive oil with garlic and parsley), white sauce, and plenty of … Continue reading

Traditional French Onion Soup

Traditional French Onion Soup

For this traditional French onion soup, I used the recipe of fellow blogger Stéphane of My French Heaven. Because I wholeheartedly agree with him that onion soup should be made from… onions! Of course we want to top it with a nice slice of toasted baguette with melted French cheese, but the ingredients of the … Continue reading

Ravioli with Gorgonzola in Foie Gras Sauce

Ravioli with Gorgonzola in Foie Gras Sauce

This dish is simple and decadent at the same time. Delicate fresh pasta is stuffed with pungent gorgonzola, and served with a creamy sauce of foie gras. The combination is delicious. Since we love foie gras and we love blue cheese, this was a winner. Once you get the hang of making ravioli from scratch, … Continue reading

Beetroot Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce

Beetroot Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce

This dish has been inspired by a dish we had at Le Calandre in Italy. The concept is very easy: beetroot juice is turned into jelly using agar, ravioli are filled with the beetroot jelly, and when the ravioli are cooked the beetroot turns liquid again. So when you bite into the ravioli, beetroot juice … Continue reading

Roze Koeken (Pink Glazed Cookies)

Roze Koeken (Pink Glazed Cookies)

Roze koeken are very popular at Dutch highschool as a snack after (or instead of) a lunchbox full of sandwiches. The pink glaze on top of store-bought roze koeken looks and tastes a bit chemical, and it is. But that doesn’t stop my countrymen from loving them and eating lots of them. Because it is … Continue reading

Ravioli al Prosciutto

Ravioli al Prosciutto

Homemade ravioli can be considered to be my signature dish. These delicate parcels of deliciousness are not that hard to make once you get the hang of them, and the possibilities are endless. Since I haven’t posted a new recipe in a while, here is a new variety: ravioli stuffed with prosciutto and ricotta. As … Continue reading

The Bitter Truth About Kaffir Limecello

The Bitter Truth About Kaffir Limecello

My mission statement for this blog is that “I strive to share every single interesting experience with respect to food and wine.” This also includes my failures in the kitchen, so that we can all benefit from them. I love making homemade limoncello, because it is so much better than store-bought. After the success of substituting … Continue reading

Kerupuk, Krupuk, Kroepoek (Shrimp Crackers)

Kerupuk, Krupuk, Kroepoek (Shrimp Crackers)

Because of our, euphemistically put, shared history, kroepoek (Indonesian shrimp crackers, the Indonesian spelling is kerupuk or krupuk) is very common and very popular in the Netherlands. You can buy it at every supermarket and ‘Chinese/Indonesian’ restaurants sell large rectangular sheets of kroepoek with their take-out food. Many of my countrymen are probably not even aware that … Continue reading

Easy Foolproof Béarnaise Sauce

Easy Foolproof Béarnaise Sauce

Béarnaise is one of the classic sauces from French cuisine and it is great with steak. The traditional way of preparing it au bain marie requires quite a bit of skill, as the sauces curdles easily. It also requires you to make clarified butter first. And even though you should make clarified butter to cook the steak … Continue reading