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? Last night I served these winter veggies with a walnut pesto and a grilled steak. A perfect simple dinner for a cold winter day. (more…)

Kedgeree (the Dutch way)

What do I eat? I mean what do I really eat? What do I cook for my family after a day of work? Several years ago my eldest daughter Rosa had a blog about our daily food, called Rosa 365 Eats (it’s still in the air, just click on the link). For a year she posted what we had for dinner or lunch and took a picture of what was served at our kitchen table. (more…)

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

This is not my butcher. This is my husband preparing one of his favorite subs: Philly Cheesesteak. We had our first Philly Cheesesteak while living in the US and have been making it ever since. I know that people can be skeptical when it comes to preparing a good cheesesteak sandwich. They have discussions about what ought to be in it and what not. Well, mine is not traditional, that’s for sure, but (more…)

Pasta with ramp pesto

Ramps are only in season for several weeks, so I get really excited when I see them for the first time. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to forage ramps in the Netherlands! Ramps –daslook in Dutch- are protected here. Don’t ask me why, because ramps literally grow like weeds. When I was living in the US, I used to pick ramps in the wild and often made soup or this easy pesto with them. (more…)

Pumpkin, Lentil & Coconut Soup

For the Dutch publisher ‘Uitgeverij Snor’, Tal and I shot more than 50 food photos that will be published in a new cookbook. It’s called ‘Relax Mama’ and it contains over 50 recipes by mothers who want to cook healthy for their kids but without a lot of effort. (more…)

Easy Moroccan Chicken

I’ve been planning on posting this Moroccan recipe for months now, but never got to it. We’re very busy writing our upcoming Kitchen Table Food cookbook, which will be full of recipes inspired by our lives in Berlin and Washington, DC. It will be published this fall in the Netherlands (and hopefully soon in de US and Germany as well)! (more…)

Pasta e Ceci

There are days when we are just too busy to do some decent grocery shopping. On those days we open our fridge and closets and often end up making this Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas). I love this simple Italian dish: it’s easy to prepare and I almost always have the ingredients at hand. (more…)

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