healthy stuff

Veggie-Loaded Tacos with Roasted Chipotle Carrots

Everyone loves tacos! Well, we do. Especially on boring cold grey winter days, these colorful tasty tacos loaded with veggies bring sparkle and joy into our lifes. The somewhat long ingredient list might scare you off, but do not worry, it consists of several mini-recipes which you can prepare well in advance. Since I cannot […] 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…

Maple Syrup Granola

Every weekend, I make a large batch of this granola. Can’t do without it, because together with fruit and yoghurt it’s my start of the day. With strained yogurt, which we call ‘hangop’ in Dutch, literally ‘to hang up’, it’s even more of a treat. This creamy rich yogurt is an old-fashioned Dutch dessert, but […] 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…

Barcelona Beet Gazpacho

I recently got back from a trip to Barcelona that I took with my 19-year-old daughter. Food was obviously high on our list and we went to some great informal places for tapas. At one of these bars we were served a chilled beet gazpacho, which was a treat after a day of strolling through […] Read more…

Roasted Winter Roots with Walnut pesto

I’m always a little surprised how much weather and food are connected for me. It’s going to be a cold week here in the Netherlands, with temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, so I’m feeling like eating stews, soups, sauerkraut with smoked sausages, and so on. Comforting stuff. Who wants a salad for dinner right now? […] Read more…

Home-Smoked Sockeye Salmon with Beet Salad

Happy New Year! Eat thoughtfully, cook and live joyfully! This was our festive but simple New Year’s Day lunch: home-smoked wild Sockeye Salmon with a roasted beet-celery salad on top of a creamy hummus. It looks like a lengthy recipe, but in fact it consists of a couple of small make-ahead recipes, so no stress […] Read more…

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