Tagged with wine pairing

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

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

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

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

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

Venison Shank Sous-Vide

Venison Shank Sous-Vide

There isn’t much wildlife in the Netherlands, but there is some. The nearby dunes that are used to filter the drinking water for the city of Amsterdam (Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen) have so much deer running around in them, that the authorities have decided that some have to be shot in order to prevent suffering from starvation. … Continue reading

Simple Shahi Salmon

Simple Shahi Salmon

I’ve just returned from a short business trip to Bombay in India. There wasn’t time for any specific food research, but I did enjoy the food immensely and even tried Indian wine for the first time (which was unexpectedly good). I posted photos of the food and wine I enjoyed in India on the Facebook … Continue reading

Smoked Duck Legs Sous-Vide

Smoked Duck Legs Sous-Vide

It is wonderful how much culinary inspiration I get from other bloggers and my followers. Today’s recipe was inspired by Cecil Brewer, a follower who e-mails me his ideas and recipes. Cecil uses a slightly different technique because he uses a brine instead of a dry rub and he smokes the duck legs much longer … Continue reading

Venison Pasta Sauce (Ragù di Cervo)

Venison Pasta Sauce (Ragù di Cervo)

Making traditional Italian venison pasta sauce is pretty straightforward, but it does require some patience because of the long cooking time involved. As you only have to stir every half hour or so, this is a perfect sauce to prepare during an autumnal (rainy) Sunday afternoon. It freezes well, so it makes sense to make a … Continue reading

Hazelnut and Beet Cake

Hazelnut and Beet Cake

Yes, you’ve read it correctly, a cake that contains beets (also known as beetroot). When I saw this recipe on Polianthus’ blog, I was intrigued and knew I had to try it. I am glad that I did, because the beets combine very well with the toasted hazelnut and give the cake an earthy flavor. The … Continue reading

Shrimp, Pumpkin, and Almonds

Shrimp, Pumpkin, and Almonds

I always like it when I get requests for a dinner party, because it makes it easier to choose what to make. In this case, the request was something with shrimp and garlic. Because of the season I looked for autumn flavors that would work well with shrimp and garlic. As shrimp are earthy and … Continue reading

Bacon-Wrapped Scallop with Pumpkin

Bacon-Wrapped Scallop with Pumpkin

This a great appetizer for a dinner party, because it is delicious, looks great, and is quite easy to prepare. Only a few ingredients are needed to make a fantastic dish. Scallops and bacon are friends, so bacon-wrapped scallops are a classic. The trick is to cook them such that the bacon is slightly crispy … Continue reading

Risotto with Apple, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese

Risotto with Apple, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese

When we visited Estancia Piedra for a wine tasting, our charming host Mary suggested that a risotto with tart apple, mushrooms, and goat cheese would be outstanding with the Rueda Verdejo from Estancia Piedra. Although the wine did smell of apples, it was not a combination I would have thought of myself. And so I … Continue reading

Pasta with Roasted Carrots and Carrot Tops Pesto

Pasta with Roasted Carrots and Carrot Tops Pesto

I like using everything and reducing waste. When you buy a bunch of carrots, they come with the greens, but usually those are discarded or used to feed the rabbits if you have them. I’ve already posted recipes to use parts that are usually discarded, such as asparagus ends, the greens from radishes, or shrimp heads … Continue reading

Sole with Yogurt Remoulade Sauce

Sole with Yogurt Remoulade Sauce

Fried fish is really good with remoulade sauce, but that mayonnaise-based sauce is not the most healthy of options. And so I decided to try making a version with yogurt at its base, and tried it with baby sole, pan-fried in clarified butter. It was delicious! Clarified butter is much easier to use than regular … Continue reading

Grilled Sardines

Grilled Sardines

This blog is sometimes about fancy food or wine, but mostly it is about food prepared from scratch using high quality fresh ingredients, in such a way that the ingredients shine. During our travels I didn’t do a lot of cooking that was interesting enough to blog about, but these sardines were so fresh that … Continue reading