weekend

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…

Dutch-Indonesian Spice Cake (spekkoek)

This cake originated during the Dutch-Indonesian colonial era. It probably gets its name from the fact that it resembles bacon, which is ‘spek’ in Dutch. Close to my house there is a very good Indonesian restaurant, called Didong, where I often go with my family. There, we always have spekkoek for dessert, which I love! […] Read more…

Home-Smoked Sockeye Salmon with Beet Salad

Happy New Year! Eat thoughtfully, cook and live joyfully! This was our festive but simple New Year’s Day lunch: home-smoked wild Sockeye Salmon with a roasted beet-celery salad on top of a creamy hummus. It looks like a lengthy recipe, but in fact it consists of a couple of small make-ahead recipes, so no stress […] Read more…

Samosas with Sweet Potato, Apple and Mint Raita

December! The time of year when I long for food with lots of spices to keep me warm, like these vegetarian Indian Samosas. I created this recipe for the Dutch culinary magazine Elle Eten (Elle Food) a while ago and it has been one of my favorite dishes ever since. Serve it with some panfried spinach […] Read more…

Taco Sunday

A book on how to spend your Sunday! How cool is that! Petra de Hamer, the co-founder of this site (see About for more info), is now an independent bookmaker and asked me to share my favorite Sunday recipes. Such a great assignment! Besides beautiful stories, road and city trips the book features my recipes for a […] Read more…

Apple-Hazelnut Upside-down Cake

My grandparents own a vacation house in France in the Champagne-Ardenne. My family goes there usually during fall break. The house is in a tiny village made up of only one street. Whenever we’re there in the fall, we make sure to pick apples from the apple trees in the garden of an old lady […] Read more…

Biscuits with Avocado & Egg

Last summer, we spent a couple of days of our vacation in Brooklyn, New York. We had breakfast at this very nice place, Café Madeline. I had these biscuits (also called scones) with avocado and egg. They were delicious which is why I decided to make them for our Sunday morning breakfast and the blog. […] Read more…

Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (map included!)

This summer we traveled to our former country of residence, America. And it was good to be back! I realize I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to live in another country and culture for so many years. Living abroad broadens your horizon and eliminates prejudices. Like so many Europeans I once had […] Read more…

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