fall

quinces + apples = quince apple tart (with cardamom)

Rock-hard and not easy to peel or work with. Nevertheless, I buy quinces whenever I see them at the market. They are super seasonal and have a beautiful floral aroma and flavor. They are lovely in combination with other fruits, such as apples, pears and lemons, and with spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, and star […] Read more…

Buckwheat Salad with Nieuw Tuinzight Grapes

The beautiful biodynamic grapes from Nieuw Tuinzight are great to use in a salad. Read about the grape nursery in my previous post: My kind of fruit! Biodynemic grapes from Nieuw Tuinzight. Bold flavors with a hint of sweetness, that’s what this salad is about. I’ve roasted the butternut squash and combined it with tarragon, […] Read more…

3 Easy Recipes With Fall Carrots

Carrots are somewhat underrated in my kitchen. Oh yes, I use carrots all the time. In my soffrito, the Italian vegetable base which I make with finely chopped carrots, onion, garlic, and celery. I use it as an indispensable ingredient in bouillon and often in a large mixed salad. But this beautiful sweet root vegetable […] Read more…

Curried Cauliflower Cashew soup

Rich, smooth, and creamy. This bright yellow soup with cauliflower, cashew nut butter, coconut milk, and curry flavors is just what I needed after a day of biking and hiking through the beautiful parks and streets of my green city, The Hague. Soup really tastes better the next day (or after several hours) so I […] Read more…

Sunday Night Pizza Night

On weekends, I am pretty much into homemade pizza, which my family doesn’t mind at all. Now that my daughters are (almost) grown up, we are way past Pizza Margherita and am I able to experiment with the toppings. This recipe of mine is also featured in ZO Zondag (So Sunday), a book full of […] Read more…

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 […] Read 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! […] Read more…

Samosas with Sweet Potato, Apple and Mint Raita

December! The time of year when I long for food with lots of spices to keep me warm, like these vegetarian Indian Samosas. I created this recipe for the Dutch culinary magazine Elle Eten (Elle Food) a while ago and it has been one of my favorite dishes ever since. Serve it with some panfried spinach […] Read 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 […] Read 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, 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. […] Read more…

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