comfort food

Garden Pasta Pesto

Once, when I was still living in the Netherlands, I had a small vegetable garden. Each year, I planted and grew rhubarb, beets, zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, and pod peas. But because a vegetable garden needs a lot of care and attention, which I did not always have, the harvest was less successful than hoped […] Read more…

Caponata

This Italian Caponata is definitely summer to us. Because of the vinegar, capers, and olives, it’s fresher and more pungent than its French counterpart, ratatouille. You can eat it hot, as a side dish, or serve it the Sicilian way: at room temperature as an appetizer on a lazy evening in the sun. Btw: Caponata […] Read more…

Dutch Cheese Pancakes

Holland is not only famous for its cheese (Gouda!), but also for its greenhouse vegetables. Here in the States I come across Dutch red peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes quite often. Holland, tomato land…Who would have thought 50 years ago (certainly not my 95 year old Dutch grandma who never ate a raw tomato before she […] Read more…

Flammkuchen

I know, not everyone agrees, but yes, I find German a beautiful language. I love the many inventive words; one of my favorites is Feierabend, which signifies the time after work. Schöne Feierabend! You hear it a lot, sometimes already quite early in the afternoon. Celebrate this time of the day with a good beer […] Read more…

Suzanne’s Sweet Potato Soup

Suzanne Stougie (“eater of food, thinker of thoughts, writer of recipes”) has lived in Berlin-Neukölln since 2011, together with boyfriend Michiel and their twins Kalle and Lova. Looking out of her apartment, you can spot the Fernsehturm and Tempelhofer Freiheit, the former airport, where she owns a vegetable garden. Before living here, she lived for […] Read more…

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