Cypriot Lamb Dish

Lamb-casserole-8A couple of weeks ago I decided to make this dish from Annabel Langbein, it was the first time for me to cook pastinak and it was perfect, according to my family maybe too much carrots, but I still think that it was good, I adapted a bit the ingredients and the quantity to make sure we had enough food to be able to eat twice, actually the second time taste even better, all the spices have done their extra work. (more…)

Pancakes from Leon

Pancakes-8American pancakes are one of our favorites to have for breakfast. We use to buy some packages in the international section from our supermarket, but since we discovered this recipe from Leon, no packages anymore! It is not very simple, according to the recipe is only 10 minutes preparation and 5 baking, but that’s not true, takes a bit more. It’s ok because meanwhile you wake up and you will enjoy a fantastic breakfast.  (more…)

Apple Pie

Appeltaart-8Apple Pie or Appeltaart, like we say in Holland, is one of the most traditional Dutch cakes. On the weekends after a walk in the dunes or at the beach, Dutch love to go to a terrace to have “koffie met appelgebak”. Of course not all apple pies are good, we have tried many times at home, even from those packages where you only add a couple of ingredients plus the apples, but still there were a bit disappointing, until I found this recipe in “Het Nederlands Bakboek” and this is heaven, the best home made apple pie ever.  (more…)

Lasagna

Lasagne-8Lasagna is one of those meals that I have tried many times, from books, magazines or websites, but somehow never seemed to work the way it should be, always just too moist. Finally after searching and testing I found my own way to get the perfect lasagna, the secret is just to cook the sauce as long as possible, that way the liquids will evaporate and you will get what you are looking for. So this is my recipe, of course you can change the ingredients to your own taste, just remember to make sure the sauce is not too runny. (more…)

Bruschetta Tomato Basil

Bruschetta-2Bruschetta is one of those breads that you can eat as a starter, side dish or even as appetizer. You can make all the combinations you want, serve with all kind of ingredients. The secret is to use good quality bread and the most fresh ingredients you can find, then of course you need very good herbs and sometimes spices, depend on the combination you choose.  (more…)

Dutch Ontbijtkoek

Ontbijtkoek-6Ontbijtkoek is a typical Dutch cake, if you translate means breakfast cookie. Well this one is my daughter’s favourite, normally you buy at the supermarket or the bakery, they are not expensive, but one day checking at the list of ingredients I realised how many unnecessary ones are in there, so I searched in my book “Het Nederlandse Bakboek” and I gave a try, I have made already many times, my daughter doesn’t want the one from the shop anymore, this is so fantastic and without ingredients that we can not even pronounce.  (more…)

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Appel_Cinnamon_Muffins_6I love muffins, specially with fruit or chocolate, I decided to make apple cinnamon muffins because I had a couple of apples that were getting a bit old just to eat like that, so a cake is one of the best ideas to avoid throwing away food. After checking in the internet in few websites I found the one I liked the most to try, the recipe you can find in here: http://carolinebrouwer.blogspot.nl/2010/10/appel-kaneelmuffins.html  It is in Dutch but there is a transaltion option. Delicious and very easy muffins. (more…)

Spanish Casserole

Spanish-Cassoulet-4After a couple of weeks off, finally life is starting to go to normal and I can get back into my cooking and then of course time to update my website. This Spanish Casserole I learned years ago from my mum, but every time I make is surprisingly delicious, I forget that something so simple and easy to make is just fantastic. The secret is the kind of meat you use and the freshness of all the ingredients, all natural flavors come together to a great meal. (more…)

Pasta with Sausages, Salad and Cakes

Pasta-with-Sausages-4Normally I don’t make the whole menu from the Jamie in 30 minutes meals, I think is too much, not only because it takes much longer than that but because you don’t need the dessert, you make a kind of healthy meal a bit unhealthy. But this time was on Sunday I had plenty time and on Sunday you can have a bit of extra cake, so I decided to make the whole menu. It was good, the pasta was fantastic, the cake was too much, as I expected, we were full, but the taste was great.  (more…)

Ossobuco alla Milanese

Ossobuco-alla-Milanese-9Of course being risotto one of our favorites at home and one of my specialties, the first recipe from Jamie’s “Comfort Food” that I would try had to be this one. I think one of the best meals I had in long time. It was a long elaborate meal, even that in the book says 2 hours and 30 minutes, in my case was 1 hour extra, but I really didn’t mind, neither my family, this risotto has turned out to be the favorite at home and I am going to make soon again, I challenge you to make it as well, it is worth!  (more…)

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