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Dutch Chatterbox Cookies

These are old-fashioned Dutch cookies that I found in a cookbook that belonged to my great-grandmother. In Dutch, they are called Kletskopjes, which means chatterboxes. I think they are called chatterbox cookies, because you eat them at teatime, when you’re chatting with your friends. However, it could also be because they stop you from talking, since they are so yummy. (more…)

Dutch-Indonesian Spice Cake (spekkoek)

This cake originated during the Dutch-Indonesian colonial era. It probably gets its name from the fact that it resembles bacon, which is ‘spek’ in Dutch. Close to my house there is a very good Indonesian restaurant, called Didong, where I often go with my family. There, we always have spekkoek for dessert, which I love! That’s why I wanted to try making it myself. (more…)

Apple-Hazelnut Upside-down Cake

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

Last summer, we spent a couple of days of our vacation in Brooklyn, New York. We had breakfast at this very nice place, CafĂ© 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…)

rose-hip bars

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…)

Rose-hip jam

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…)

Lavender cookies

Finally, the flowers are blooming again! My favorite flower is lavender. They smell and taste so good, which is why I wanted to make cookies with them. These cookies are delicious and you can taste the lavender really well. They are also pretty easy to make. It is best to make these cookies with fresh lavender buds, because fresh lavender has more flavor. However, they are also delicious with dried lavender. (more…)

Tropical Truffles

The weather is finally starting to get a little better in The Netherlands! That’s why I decided to make these Tropical Truffles. These delicious truffles include all kinds of tropical flavors that make you think of the beach. Besides being delicious, they’re pretty healthy too! It is a very easy recipe that only has 5 ingredients. Basically all you have to do is combine the ingredients, make them into little balls and cover them with chocolate. And when you take a bite, it will feel like summer! (more…)

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