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...]

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...]

Oscars Party ideas

The countdown to the Academy awards has begun. Only a few more hours and we are treated to the gorgeous gowns on the red carpet and another epic award show. I haven't seen all the movies yet, but from those I have seen, I already have a few favourites. Tonight I'm throwing a small Oscars viewing party for friends so I've made some simple snacks, and I have a themed snacks and drinks station so everyone can help themselves. Chocolate cake stars and popcorn Bake a basic chocolate cake … [Read more...]

Book review: Fräulein Klein lädt ein

During every festive day, whether it is Easter, Christmas or a birthday, I always turn to the books by Fräulein Klein. Her latest book Fräulein Klein lädt ein, published by Callwey, is yet another great resource to create special and pretty decorations and recipes. Like her two preceding books (see here and here) she shares with us seasonal and holiday recepices and DIY projects to present the food and drinks with allure and prettiness, or to spruce up your tablesetting. The book is divided in … [Read more...]

Cranberry, Walnuts and Orange Muffins

Imagine waking up to the smell of fresh muffins in the oven on Christmas morning. And while you open the presents still in your pyjamas, you indulge in the fresh bakes with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of milk. My cranberry, walnut and orange muffins are the best and also a healthy treat to bridge the hours between waking up and an extravagant Christmas brunch. The different flavours of the ingredients are warming: spicy cinnamon, earthy nuts, sour cranberries and sweet and zesty orange. … [Read more...]

5 x Sunday omelette

Sunday mornings are the best because Sundays are for elaborate and slow breakfasts with warm fresh croissants, blushing strawberries, oven baked bread, pancakes and omelettes. You don't have to rush out and you can walk around in your pajamas, read a magazine, or watch a classic movie.  I always try to deviate from the traditional ham and cheese omelette and add different ingredients to make it extra luxurious and special. So here are my 5 favourite omelette recipes to inspire you. I know you'll … [Read more...]

8 Favourite Summer Brunch Ideas

Jazz up your summer brunch with a floral frenzy. I went into the archives to find my favourite eight: Welcome your guests with a refreshing cocktail with pretty flowers. Make cute floral head crowns for the girls. As an appetizer serve a light summer salad with asparagus, grilled prawns and edible flowers. For the kids you make cooling popsicles with a pop of colour. Your guests will love a brioche with goatcheese, plums and lavender syrup. To keep the drinks cool, adorn the ice cubes … [Read more...]