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Pumpkin chili with dark chocolate

Yes, this easy vegetarian chili contains chocolate! I just add a very small amount of very dark chocolate to give this dish a deep flavor. My chili is rich, hearty, and robust, and it impresses even my meat eating friends and family. You can eat it any way you like. I love to serve it […] Read more…

Comforting Hot & Sour Soup

If you like to spice things up, this is your soup! This easy version of the classic Chinese dish is made with tofu, miso, mushrooms, and one of my favorite vegetables: pointed cabbage. There is not much more to tell about this soup, except that it’s very comforting. This recipe is a golden oldie of […] Read more…

My Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner

A year has gone by without me posting anything on this site… A lot has happened. I’ve been busy writing and shooting for my new city guide The 500 Hidden Secrets of the Hague, I started working as a freelance photographer for Ekoplaza, Netherlands’ largest organic grocery chain, and I’ve become fully vegetarian (Thus, from […] Read more…

Veggie-Loaded Tacos with Roasted Chipotle Carrots

Everyone loves tacos! Well, we do. Especially on boring cold grey winter days, these colorful tasty tacos loaded with veggies bring sparkle and joy into our lifes. The somewhat long ingredient list might scare you off, but do not worry, it consists of several mini-recipes which you can prepare well in advance. Since I cannot […] Read more…

Buckwheat Salad with Nieuw Tuinzight Grapes

The beautiful biodynamic grapes from Nieuw Tuinzight are great to use in a salad. Read about the grape nursery in my previous post: My kind of fruit! Biodynemic grapes from Nieuw Tuinzight. Bold flavors with a hint of sweetness, that’s what this salad is about. I’ve roasted the butternut squash and combined it with tarragon, […] 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…

Pizza with tomatoes and artichoke

This is one of my favorite summer pizzas. Instead of the familiar tomato sauce, I’ve used an artichoke spread, which is very easy to make. This recipe of mine was also featured in a Dutch book full of ideas on what to do on Sundays. Making pizza is definitely a good way to spend it. […] 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…

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…

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