summer

Quick & Easy Eggplant Parmesan

Local eggplants are still around and beautiful. At my farmers’ market they sell them in different sizes and shades of purple. When I think of eggplant, I immediately think of one of my favorite dishes: Melanzane alla Parmigiana, Eggplant Parmesan. Unfortunately, this traditional vegetarian oven dish isn’t ready in a flash, that’s why I often […] Read more…

Daikon & Radish Salad with Wild Herbs

Although I am a big fan of local markets, every now and then you cannot avoid the grocery store. Next to the ‘usual suspects’ in the vegetable aisle I found a little package of ‘Wildkräuter aus der Region’, herbs from the region. A lot of herbs most people in the Netherlands or the US hardly […] Read more…

Salade Niçoise

Of course, there’s nothing new about this Salad Niçoise, but I suddenly felt like making one while I was reading Delancey by Molly Wizenberg (author, among others of the successful blog Orangette). Delancey is a lovely book about the opening of her husband’s pizzeria with ditto name in Seattle (btw, a must-go address if you’re […] Read more…

Tomato Salad With ‘Swedish’ Yoghurtbollar

Supermarkets abroad are very hard to resist. Even if you don’t need any groceries, it’s worthwhile visiting them: enjoy the lovely packaging, new flavors, unknown products. If you go to Sweden, like I did this summer, buy pickled herring, other small canned fish, delicious mustard, and knäckebröd in many exciting varieties. Read more…

Red Rice Salad

Of course, we could have given the recipe of a Pasta Salad Caprese here. But because that somehow seems a little too obvious, we thought it would be nice and healthy to use red rice instead of pasta. We made this salad with freshly picked cherry tomatoes from our neighbor’s garden (thanks, Evan!). They are […] Read more…

Spaghetti Monte e Mare

Summer goes by too fast! We just got back from our wonderful trip along the coast of the Pacific Northwest. From one of our vacation rentals on the rugged coast of Oregon we had a stunning view of the ‘Proposal Rock’, a huge rock rising up out of the ocean at Neskovin. We prepared this […] Read more…

Pflaumen Streuselkuchen (Plum Streusel Cake)

August is prune time! It’s a beautiful time to take long walks through the lush and green fields of Brandenburg, the federal state that surrounds Berlin. When strolling through the fields you will be able to pick prunes and other fruits from the many fruit trees. Actually, it’s a favorite pastime of locals. They often […] Read more…

Apricot Apple Cake

I often make this easy cake when friends show up unannounced. Most ingredients I have readily available in my cupboard, and I make it with the fresh fruit I have on hand. You can even use frozen berries. I love the combination of apricots and apples, so now that fresh apricots are in season I […] Read more…

Red Fruit Breakfast

I know, it’s hardly a recipe, but I want to share it anyhow because it tastes really good! Just combine juicy watermelon with good quality goat cheese, some mint and red currants. That’s it. Drink it with freshly pressed citrus juice. Easy peasy but it looks great. Read more…

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