A Year in Cheese: a seasonal cheese cookbook

Cheese is one of those things I can't live without. Whether I go to France, Italy, Turkey, or Switzerland, I always take home a piece of the local cheese. And then there is Dutch cheese. When I was living in the United States, there was only one thing I missed, and that was my Dutch cheese. I use cheese in my cooking as well. So when I found out about this book I was delighted and had to have it. A Year in Cheese, a seasonal cheese cookbook by Alex and Leo Guarneri with recipes by Allessandro … [Read more...]

Savoury Pumpkin Crêpes

Crisp autumn evenings are best spent at home with family and friends. I love to entertain and prepare different foods, snacks and cheese platters for my guests. Collecting and mixing autumn flavours and seasonal products is for me a way to celebrate the season. That's how I came up with a recipe for savoury pumpkin crêpes. I think they make a perfect side dish for an autumnal dinner, but they are also perfect for lunch, a picnic, or as a snack during a board game night. Paired with other … [Read more...]

Unique dining experience on Vuurtoren Eiland (Lighthouse island)

Last week I had the most unique dining experience ever. I had a sunset dinner on Vuurtoren Eiland, which translates Lighthouse island. The deserted island is a one-hour boat ride from the Amsterdam shore, and exclusively for guests who booked this experience. There are limited spots available so it does take endurance and patience to score a ticket for this much coveted restaurant. The restaurant is only open in summer and organizes weekday dinners and Sunday lunches. The only way to get to the … [Read more...]

Spring recipe: Lavender and white chocolate cake

I have just the perfect recipe for coming Easter! What do you think about a lavender and white chocolate cake? I think lavender should be used more often in cooking because when done right it is so good! You might remember my other recipes like the lemon and lavender chicken, or the lavender syrup. Once you tried it once, and know how to cook with the fragrant flowers, you will start to appreciate it even more.  The cake is not to sweet and is perfect for an afternoon tea or as desert with a … [Read more...]

Book review: My Little French Kitchen

I'm overjoyed with my new cookbook by Rachel Khoo: My Little French Kitchen. If you have been following my blog from the start, you know that I also have her other cookbook and that I often use her recipes in my blog posts. The reason why I love her recipes is that they are not too difficult, they require common ingredients, and the food makes you feel like you are really in France. The flavours transport you to Paris, the France country and small French villages. Her new cookbook is no … [Read more...]

Feeling peachy

Don't you just love the stone fruit season? It's the season of transition from the sweet berries to the apples and pears harvest. Plums, peaches and nectarines are so tart and juicy that I can continue eating them one after another. And of course they are also excellent for baking cakes or roasting with meat. I decided however to make a salad with my loot of peaches. They all turned ripe quicker than expected and at the same time so I had to come up with a simple recipe. The sweetness of the … [Read more...]

Book review: A Suitcase and a Spatula

Yet another great cooking book by a blogger came out. This time it's by Tori Haschka, Sydney based writer of the popular blog Eatori. Her book A suitcase and a Spatula,  Recipes and stories from around the world captures the flavours and ingredients from Tori's many journeys. It's an exploration of cities and landscapes through food. "Nothing can transport me back to a place like taste", says Tori in her introductory chapter. "it's the food that keeps the journeys alive". I couldn't agree … [Read more...]