summer

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…

Pan con tomate & Tinto de Verano

This is summer at its easiest: a glass of Tinto de Verano and a platter full of toasted bread with ripe tomatoes and garlic, our mix of the classic Spanish Pan con Tomate and the Italian crostini with tomato. We are taking a short break from our Kitchen Tables and will post irregularly over the […] Read more…

Sandwich with Avocado & Nasturtium

We just came back from a mini break in The Netherlands. Holland is best in summer if you’d ask me: lush green fields and forests, happy bikers (due to the lack of rain…) and terraces everywhere. Of course we had lunch at the Veldkeuken , situated at an old estate near the city of Utrecht. […] Read more…

Salad with Peas, Dill & Feta

Yes, we are a little addicted to fresh peas, but it’s the season and we can’t resist them! If you can’t get hold of fresh peas: this salad is also tasty with frozen peas. Serve this salad for lunch or as a starter, or for dinner as a side with meat or fish. Read more…

Potluck Gazpacho with Avocado

Hurray for the potluck! Before I moved to the US 4 years ago, I had never heard of a potluck. The concept of everyone bringing food to an event or party has lately become more popular in The Netherlands as well, but it is not yet as incorporated as here. Well, I love it. A […] Read more…

2 Summer Salads

We must have made these simple salads over a thousand times, but they keep surprising friends and family. So here they are: one salad with watermelon and one with green veggies. Barbecue Season 2014 is now officially open. Read more…

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…

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Strawberry time! This frozen yogurt is one of our summer success recipes. Really, it’s sooo easy to make. Basically, all you need are sweet ripe strawberries, good quality yogurt, a lemon, and sugar. And an ice cream maker, but this doesn’t have to be a fancy expensive one. I once bought a cheap one and […] 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…

Soba Salad with Ginger Dressing

This salad with soba, Japanese buckwheat noodles, has just about everything: it’s vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and very, very healthy. If you need a midday energy boost, like me today, it’s a good salad for lunch. I like to give this salad a nice kick so I added quite a lot of lime juice and […] Read more…

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