Summer Party Food Ideas

I love to throw summer parties. However, lately I have been so swamped with work that I haven't had the time to plan one for my friends. Nonetheless I do collect ideas for delicious bites and snacks at other events and parties which I can use or alter for my own parties at a later time. This week I had two business related occasions where they served the most delicious, - and not so difficult to make myself - summer bites. Moreover, I think they were worth sharing with you. After all, the summer … [Read more...]

4 Easy Barbecue Recipes

Summer is in full swing here in the Netherlands, so it's time to bring out the grill and barbecue until the wee hours. Yesterday I had a small gathering with friends and cooked up some simple and quick dishes. I would love to share them with you, so here goes. Appetizer: Small skewers of watermelon, feta cheese and mint As an appetizer I made these tiny skewers of watermelon, feta cheese and mint. I love the combination of the three flavours: sweet, fresh and salty. The perfect … [Read more...]

Summer salad: Mixed tomatoes, feta cheese and mackerel

In summer you'd ideally like to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. Barbecuing and quickly prepping a summer salad are much more preferred. The easiest, yet very tasty and healthy, salad full of vitamins is my mixed tomatoes, feta cheese and mackerel salad. I like to take it to work for lunch, to the beach, on a picnic or as a side dish for a barbecue. No lengthy recipe description required. It's just tomatoes, feta cheese, red onions and mackerel with a drizzle of olive oil. … [Read more...]

The day after: 3 leftover barbecue recipes starring fish

So you had that wonderful and delicious barbecue last night. But I bet you grilled too much and now have your fridge stacked with left overs. Not to worry, cause I've got 3 scrumptious recipes to put those remnants of the grilled king prawns, sardines, asparagus, and tomatoes from yesterday to good use. That's exactly what I did the other day: I packed all my left overs and had a most wonderful picnic at the lake. I savoured the summer with salads and bruschetta and a gorgeous sunset. So, … [Read more...]

Healthy barbecuing with fish, vegetables and fruit

The barbecue season is in full swing and I'm loving it. Barbecuing and eating outside is such a simple pleasure. It totally fits into the current trend of slow cooking and slow living: taking time for yourself daily and being more conscious about things and enjoying it better. Moreover, barbecuing is  also much healthier, especially if you grill mean meats, chicken, fish and vegetables and fruits. I leave out the sausages and hamburgers and rather opt for a balanced meal. Although most … [Read more...]

Bring out the Barbecue!

Temperatures are rising, and spring is officially here. It was about time! Time to bring out the barbecue. I found an amazing one that is compact, portable, versatile, colourful, and functional. What else can a girl wish for? It's called the Cobb and it's smokin' hot. The design is from South Africa, where they are known for their barbecues  The Cobb Premier and Pro work on both charcoal and on a special Cobb cobble stone. What I like about it, is that it remains cool on the outside. You can … [Read more...]