summer

Russian Okroshka

Spring in Berlin starts with the blooming of ten thousands of Japanese cherry blossom trees. The Japanese donated them after the Fall of the Wall in1989. Just a few days after they have started blooming, it rains pink leaves. And from one day to the other, Read more…

Jambalaya

It was a beautiful and warm fall night, so we decided to cook outside: Jambalaya. I think of Jambalaya as the Louisiana version of paella. Okay, the rice and spices are different, but I prepare both dishes more or less in the same way. I usually add chicken, chorizo and shrimp, but sometimes I replace […] Read more…

How to Dry Your Garden Herbs?

Now’s the time to dry your garden herbs and stock up for winter! The herbs in my garden in DC still look pretty good, so I try to pick as many branches as possible before the first night frost arrives. Thyme, oregano, marjoram, sage, lemon verbena (for tea!), tarragon, and rosemary can all be easily […] Read more…

At Mari Maris’ Table

Maris lives in France but is the successful Dutch author of a comprehesive book on vegetables: the Groentebijbel (The Vegetable Bible). Wish we had known her before! For apart from having a chambre d’hộte, she has, without our knowing about it, been serving wonderful French meals in her beautiful garden almost ‘around the corner’ from […] Read more…

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…

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