Recipe: Christmas Cranberry-Vanilla Cocktail

Last year's Christmas I created a cocktail that blew my guests away. I served the cocktail as a welcome aperitif as the guests dripped in for dinner. Because of the success I couldn't not share it with my readers this year. It's actually quite easy to make and you don't need professional cocktail utensils to make it. All you need is a shaker, prosecco, vanilla syrup, fresh limes, cranberry juice and vodka and crushed ice. It's a real winter cocktail yet not spicy or strong like most of the other … [Read more...]

Ombre Poached Pears in white wine and red port

ombre poached pears

What is December without poached pears? The juicy and plum fruits are just the perfect side dish with slow cooked meat, and even a better winter dessert. I like to combine them with vanilla, pecan or cinnamon ice cream, but they also pair well with chocolate cake or brownies, or with crepes. The possibilities are endless. This year I made ombre ones, poached in spiced white wine and coloured in red port. It looks very fancy but actually is quite easy to pull of. And the syrup you are left with … [Read more...]

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...]

Chocolate Cake with Figs jam and Pears Poached in Spiced Red Wine

chocolate cake with poached pears in red wine

Dark and gloomy days are always an incentive to start baking cakes. And with Christmas coming soon, I thought it would be nice to share a dessert recipe. I combined three flavours that are quintessentially winter essentials: chocolate, figs, and poached pears. There are so many good recipes for poached pears, e.g orange-spiced poached pears, or pears poached in cranberries. The best thing is that you can combine them with just about anything. Chocolate cake is also a winner, because who doesn't … [Read more...]

Pannacotta with warm honey-baked figs

It's figs season and I wish it was all year round. Figs are so healthy and have such a delicate flavour and structure. They are basically good at any time of day, for breakfast with porridge, in a lunch salad with prosciutto, for dinner with duck, and as dessert on a cheese platter. I was excited when I found a recipe on the blog Cook me Greek, where he used the figs in combination with a typical Italian dessert, pannacotta, but also gave it a Greek twist by using Greek yoghurt in the … [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...]

Book review: Persiana, recipes from the Middle East and beyond

Lately I have been cooking merely Middle Eastern recipes thanks to the cook book Persiana, recipes from the Middle East and beyond by Sabrina Ghayour. The recipes in this book are so simple yet so tasteful! I even gave this book as a birthday present to my best friend and she also has the cooking bug now. We frequently text message each other recommending a page we have tried. The best thing about this cook book is that most recipes use the same spices so once you have tried one, you have all … [Read more...]