Friday May 17 2013
Did you spoil your mom for mothers’ day? I had a little lack of inspiration this year, so I devoted my weekend to baking a cake for my mom. Oh well, a cake… More a giant banana bread (with whole wheat and dades) in the shape of a heart. For the recipe, check out the website of Albert Heijn, just use absolutely no more than half the indicated amount of sugar and syrup. I added a little game of Ruzzle on top, as my mom is kind of addicted to Ruzzle. I made the game of white marzipan, colored pink with a drop of red food coloring, and some choco letters on top.
Warning: you will most probably end up with your entire kitchen covered in melted chocolate… But we did enjoy eating it!
p.s. ja, ik weet het, de K en de D liggen op de foto’s nog verkeerd om!
Wednesday May 15 2013
What’s for dinner? Vietnamese spring rolls!
A couple of days ago, one of my friends came by, who hardly ever takes to to cook extensively. So whenever he comes by, I find it extra fun to try something new, with which he can help along.
This time I’d set my mind on a recipe in the Allerhande, the local supermarkets magazine: Vietnamese spring rolls! I can say a very successful and tasteful experiment it was. I didn’t know it was so easy to make these yourself. Spring rolls are really easy to make, and aside from the frying bit, quite slim as well. It’s great to experiment with some ingredients, adding for instance shrimp, chicken, egg, or bean sprouts. The perfect party snack indeed!
The recipe can be found on the website of the Albert Heijn, so that I will not repeat it here. But I will give you the necessary nutritional information of course. Bon appetit!
Thursday May 9 2013
What’s for dinner? 5-spices shrimpies!
When I ate at my girlfriends home a week ago, she made some very delicious shrimps. Shel told me then which ingredients she’d used, but hey, three glasses of some bad prosecco later… So last night I wanted to eat shrimps again, and kind of guessed how she’d made them so tasty. Here’s my recipe:
Cut the garlic, ginger, red pepper, red onion and cilantro and mix with the shrimp. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the shrimp and mix in a thick teaspoon of a mix of spices called Chinese five-spices powder. Just fry in a wok for a few minutes, and enjoy this super slim dish!
Don’t forget to add a little salad made of lettuce, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, radishes and a good balsamic vinegar. Nomnomnom!
Sunday March 31 2013
What’s for dinner? Easy peasy pizza buns!
Dinner this evening was pretty simple: pizza buns. Just toss it all together and even add some fresh herbs, mozzarella, mushrooms, pineapple etc. Place the pizza buns in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius (350 F) for 10 minutes, and you’re done.
Saturday July 7 2012
Do you know the feeling: you discover a new product that’s so great, you immediately want to share it with the rest of the world! In this case, I was at my local cheeseshop and discovered how creme fraiche is actually supposed to taste! And that is very different than the creme fraiche products you buy at the supermarket…
If you think creme fraiche is no more than a necessary evil to prepare an otherwise good recipe, think again and buy this Creme Fraiche D’Isigny, made in Normandy, France, the only cream in France to be protected by an Appellation d’Origine Controle. Made from the finest milks of the Bessin and Cotentin, and guaranteed not to contain any additives or coloring, this product will be a real eye-opener.
I used this creme to make Pear and Blue Cheese on Sourdough Toast, a recipe by At Down Under: delicious!
p.s. In the back is a freshly baked nuts-and-fruits-cake, a family recipe. It contains no eggs or butter and buttermilk instead of regular milk. Mix up 300 grams of self raising flour, 100 grams of dark brown sugar, dried dates, dried figs, raisins and walnuts and add approx. 400 ml buttermilk for a smooth batter. Bake in oven, preheated to 175 degrees Celsius for approx. one hour.
Tuesday April 17 2012
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