comfort food

Sauerkraut Casserole with Smoked Chicken

The world looks unrealistically bright, and soft, almost without color. Voices are smothered, cars seem to disappear, it feels quiet and serene outside. When there’s snow I’m always caught by the beauty of winter light. Winter, snow and sauerkraut…they belong together. Yesterday, I made this casserole with celeriac root and potato mash, leeks, red bell […]


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Moroccan Carrot Soup with lamb & freekeh

This is a perfect soup for Sundays! It’s an old recipe of mine that was inspired by a recipe of a Moroccan friend. She and her family always prepare this soup, also known as Harira, during the Ramadan. Well, I know it’s not the Ramadan, but on grayish days like today in The Hague, it’s […]


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Garlic Soup from the Dutch Garlic King

It’s true, we have a garlic king in The Hague! His name is Ton Oosterhout. Together with his wife Veronica he owns a teeny weeny shop in his former bike shed, called Vers uit de Gers (Fresh from the Gers). It’s full with imported purple garlic from Cadours, France, not far from where the couple […]


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Breakfast Burritos

The concept of ‘Breakfast All Day’ finally gets some attention in the Netherlands as well. And rightly so! I mean, what’s wrong with eating fried eggs with bacon and potatoes for dinner? Or having burritos for breakfast? When it comes to breakfast I’ve never been ‘the coffee with a croissant type’. It leaves me unsatisfied […]


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Rhubarb Tart

It’s practically a requirement to do something with rhubarb this time of year. When I lived in Washington, DC I harvested rhubarb from mid spring until late summer, but early spring ‘means’ rhubarb, so let’s make this delicious rhubarb-vanilla tart now! By coincidence, both our husbands were having their birthdays last weekend, so this is […]


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Pasta with ramp pesto

Ramps are only in season for several weeks, so I get really excited when I see them for the first time. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to forage ramps in the Netherlands! Ramps –daslook in Dutch- are protected here. Don’t ask me why, because ramps literally grow like weeds. When I was living in the […]


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Pumpkin, Lentil & Coconut Soup

For the Dutch publisher ‘Uitgeverij Snor’, Tal and I shot more than 50 food photos that will be published in a new cookbook. It’s called ‘Relax Mama’ and it contains over 50 recipes by mothers who want to cook healthy for their kids but without a lot of effort.


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quince apple crumble with star anise

Happiness on rainy November days: a warm and comforting crumble with fruit. Now is the time to cook with quinces. You can find them at farmers’ markets and the better grocery stores. Or maybe you are, like us, lucky enough to know someone with a quince tree in his or her backyard.


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