Tagged with potatoes

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

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

Vichyssoise (Cold Potato & Leek Soup)

Vichyssoise (Cold Potato & Leek Soup)

Stéphane of MyFrenchHeaven.com wrote so enthusiastically about Vichyssoise, which is a cold potato and leek soup, that I wanted to give it a try. I prepared it according to his recipe, and the result was a very elegant refreshing soup. The best recipes are usually the simple ones with only a few ingredients, and this … Continue reading

Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse is a classic fish soup from Marseille in France. The name comes from boiling (bouilla) over low (baisse) heat. Originally it was made from fish that fishermen had left over. Now there are so many versions that a group of restaurants in Marseille has published a charter to define what bouillabaisse should be. According … 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

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder

Anatoli wrote an interesting article about clam chowder on his great wine blog Talk-A-Vino. He explains that chowder is “a rich soup typically containing fish, clams, or corn with potatoes and onions” and that there are four types of clam chowder: New England Clam Chowder, with cream Manhattan Clam Chowder, with tomatoes Rhode Island Clam … Continue reading

Frico

Frico

Frico is a typical dish from the Italian region of Friuli in the North-East. It is made from potatoes and Montasio cheese. Sometimes also onions are included. I tried it the first time when Marina from Le Ricette di Baccos prepared it for us. And so of course I made it using her recipe. Grazie, … Continue reading

Zucchini Stuffed with Leftover Chicken

Zucchini Stuffed with Leftover Chicken

After the fava bean pods there were more leftovers to use up: the meat still attached to the bones from making chicken stock from what was left of the chicken whose legs we had with the fava beans. Although most of the flavor from the meat has ended up in the stock, I have always … Continue reading

Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day

Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s day! It’s an Irish-American tradition to eat corned beef with cabbage on St. Patrick’s day. I usually don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s day (most people in the Netherlands haven’t even heard of it), but when I came across a recipe for corned beef with cabbage I thought the cooking technique was very interesting. You … Continue reading

Wiener Erdäpfelsalat (Viennese Potato Salad)

Wiener Erdäpfelsalat (Viennese Potato Salad)

Last week I was in Vienna for the first time, on a business trip for a day. We went to a rather tacky restaurant that played Austrian waltz music but served decent food. I decided to order the most Austrian thing I could find on the menu: Wienerschnitzel mit Erdäpfelsalat. Erdäpfelsalat is the Austrian word … Continue reading

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

Home made potato gnocchi made from scratch are the best! They are so much better than chewy store-bought ones. I’ve only posted about potato gnocchi once before: gnocchi with gorgonzola was the first recipe I ever posted on this blog. The city of Sorrento is near the island of Capri, the island that gave its … Continue reading

Smoked Halibut ‘Pizza’

Smoked Halibut ‘Pizza’

The following I dish I prepared for the Sicilian dinner was very loosely based upon one of the appetizers at La Madia, the best restaurant in Sicily with two Michelin stars. This is what I wrote about this dish in my review of our dinner at La Madia: “We were thoroughly fooled by this pizza, … Continue reading

Trenette alla Genovese

Trenette alla Genovese

Each region of Italy has its own pasta dishes. The most famous foodstuff from Liguria is pesto, and the two typical pasta dishes from Liguria with pesto are Lasagne alla Genovese and Trenette alla Genovese. Both are best with pesto made from scratch using pestle and mortar. Trenette alla Genovese are trenette cooked with haricots verts … Continue reading

Home-made Belgian Fries

Belgian Fries (known as “Vlaamse friet” or simply “patat” in the Netherlands) are very popular in both Belgium and the Netherlands. The main difference with French fries is that they are thicker. Belgian fries should be freshly cut, fried twice, fluffy on the inside, crispy on the ouside, have a distinct potato taste, and are … Continue reading