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Taco Sunday

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A book on how to spend your Sunday! How cool is that! Petra de Hamer, the co-founder of this site (see About for more info), is now an independent bookmaker and asked me to share my favorite Sunday recipes. Such a great assignment! Besides beautiful stories, road and city trips the book features my recipes for a Sunday Roast, Indonesian slow cooked Chicken Soup, a crumb free breakfast with Ricotta Pancakes for in bed, a festive sunny Clam Bake, Pasta della Nonna, these crispy fish tacos, and more. (more…)

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

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This is not my butcher. This is my husband preparing one of his favorite subs: Philly Cheesesteak. We had our first Philly Cheesesteak while living in the US and have been making it ever since. I know that people can be skeptical when it comes to preparing a good cheesesteak sandwich. They have discussions about what ought to be in it and what not. Well, mine is not traditional, that’s for sure, but (more…)

Apple-Hazelnut Upside-down Cake

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My grandparents own a vacation house in France in the Champagne-Ardenne. My family goes there usually during fall break. The house is in a tiny village made up of only one street. Whenever we’re there in the fall, we make sure to pick apples from the apple trees in the garden of an old lady who lived in the village her whole life. (more…)

Biscuits with Avocado & Egg

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Last summer, we spent a couple of days of our vacation in Brooklyn, New York. We had breakfast at this very nice place, Café Madeline. I had these biscuits (also called scones) with avocado and egg. They were delicious which is why I decided to make them for our Sunday morning breakfast and the blog. The biscuits are delicious with nasturtium, which is a plant that has edible leaves and flowers. The leaves taste a little like watercress. They are still blooming on our balcony and I think they make every dish look special. (more…)

The Hague Honey (Haagse Honing)

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I’m currently working on a city guide: 111 places in The Hague that you must not miss. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is. I feel like a tourist in my own town: I explore neighborhoods I hardly ever visited before, meet exceptional new people and fall deeper in love with my beautiful city every day. Last week, I learned about a secluded flower garden embraced by shrubs and trees at the end of my street where bees are being kept. (more…)

rose-hip bars

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In my previous post I made rose-hip jam. I wanted to make something special with it so I decided to make these rose-hip bars. You can make these bars with the rose-hip jam from my previous post (see here), but you can make them with any other jam as well.I went rose-hip picking together with my grandparents. My grandfather picked the most! (more…)

Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (map included!)

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This summer we traveled to our former country of residence, America. And it was good to be back! I realize I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to live in another country and culture for so many years. Living abroad broadens your horizon and eliminates prejudices. Like so many Europeans I once had a prejudice against American food. How wrong was I?! (more…)

Rose-hip jam

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I live about ten minutes away from the beach, where we go very often in the summer. To get to the beach, you have to walk through the dunes, where there are a lot of rose-hip plants blooming this time of year. I’ve always wanted to try making rose-hip jam so this year, I gave it a try. I love the idea of picking fruit in nature and turning it into something delicious. (more…)

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