weekend

quinces + apples = quince apple tart (with cardamom)

Rock-hard and not easy to peel or work with. Nevertheless, I buy quinces whenever I see them at the market. They are super seasonal and have a beautiful floral aroma and flavor. They are lovely in combination with other fruits, such as apples, pears and lemons, and with spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, and star […] 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…

Tamales with sweet potato and black beans

I think steamed tamales with their soft filling of masa is one of the best Mexican dishes, so this Sunday I kept myself busy with preparing tamales for dinner. It’s quite an elaborate process, especially when you’ve never made them before. But the result is very rewarding. This is my vegetarian version with a spicy […] Read more…

HP’s sourdough bread

For the last two years, HP, my husband, spent his Sunday mornings baking bread. I started it all. Inspired by a visit to Ghent, Belgium, and the local Superette bakery cookbook we picked up, I began developing a sourdough starter. Somehow, he took over from there. Based on the instructions he found in the Superette […] 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…

Gorgeous Gougères

These gougères are ideal for cocktail parties, if you ask me. I once had gougères served alongside a cocktail at the elegant No.9 Park in Boston. Since then I have been baking these sophisticated appetizers at home often. People adore them, especially when they are homemade. We are slowly getting into the Holiday spirit. Last […] Read more…

Sunday Night Pizza Night

On weekends, I am pretty much into homemade pizza, which my family doesn’t mind at all. Now that my daughters are (almost) grown up, we are way past Pizza Margherita and am I able to experiment with the toppings. This recipe of mine is also featured in ZO Zondag (So Sunday), a book full of […] Read more…

Dutch butter cake with lavender

What better way to celebrate summer than to bake something with flowers. The smell and taste of lavender really reminds me of summer. This is why I decided to make this Dutch butter cake with lavender buds in it, which is also the perfect way to start of my weekend trip to my grandparents’ house […] Read more…

Hazelnut cookies with orange flower water

You could make these cookies with your eyes shut! I wanted to bake something very easy after school, so I decided to make these hazelnut cookies. I added some flower water because it’s blossom time, the trees in my street are blooming abundantly. And because I love orange flower water! I used a little, because […] Read more…

Dutch Chatterbox Cookies

These are old-fashioned Dutch cookies that I found in a cookbook that belonged to my great-grandmother. In Dutch, they are called Kletskopjes, which means chatterboxes. I think they are called chatterbox cookies, because you eat them at teatime, when you’re chatting with your friends. However, it could also be because they stop you from talking, […] Read more…

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