O is for Olive Oil

My absolute, number one, favourite ingredient is for the letter O: Olive Oil. I prefer any type of oil over butter, but the Queen of oils is the one for me. With so many different olive variations, producing techniques and regions, there is an endless supply of this golden liquid. It all started an immense…

I is for Italian Food in 5 Pictures

A sneak preview of upcoming posts about my holiday in Rome! A food picture for every day that I have stayed and eaten in this beautiful city. Swordfish alla Siciliana Pasta Carbonara Spaghetti alla vongole Carpaccio   Scalloppini alla limone More on everything I ate plus tips on where to go in Rome are to come…

E is for Even More Crostini

Crostini might just be the best thing to have ever been created. I’m not kidding. A crunchy base of bread, infused with garlic and olive oil, topped off with whatever combination of fresh ingredients you can think of. You might’ve noticed the terms bruschetta and crostini being interchanged, although technically they are different. Crostini are typically round…

C is for Caprese

From the coast of Ipanema to the Island of Capri… And that’s where we’ll end our journey. The Island of Capri, located in the Mediterranean Sea on the western shore of the boot of Italy, is the birthplace of one of Italy’s most loved dishes. Well, actually Napels is, but the salad wasn’t named after…

A is for Arancini

The A-Z Challenge has begun! And day A already brings you so much greatness with these wonderful Arancini. These cuties are Sicilian rice balls. Filled rice balls, mind you. The name derives from the Italian word for oranges, which the rice balls definitely do resemble after you have deep fried them. Although nowadays most of the…

Homemade Spelt Bread Rolls

Warning: this post contains some real talk, but is followed by the most amazing bread roll recipe! (And yes, you can skip to that immediately if you want, I won’t judge, there’s a lot to read, I understand) For the last couple of years, I have been having some issues with my stomach. It was…

Quinoa Salad Bowl with Chickpeas and Pomegranate Seeds

It was just another one of those weeks when I was home alone, my parents being on a holiday to Dubai and Oman (as you do, not jealous at all). Unlike other times when I had to make dinner and eat it all by myself – I elaborated on this in my Tuna Salad post-…

Penne N’ Cheese with Brussels Sprouts

I’m going to be honest here. I’ve never actually had the famous American Mac N’ Cheese. Which isn’t really a weird thing since I’m Dutch and there’s lots of people here that have never had it nor heard of it. But as someone who has been quite obsessed with the US and its traditional cooking…

Stamppot – Mashed Potatoes with Kale and Sausage

First of all… HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Yay, I’m one year older. Again. I have got to admit, contrary to my past belief, I’m not that great at this getting older thing. Mainly because I still feel like a 9-year old sometimes. Funny story which will totally back this statement: yesterday, I accidentally took a…

Imam Bayildi – Stuffed Eggplant

Imam Bayildi is a Turkish recipe, that reminds me of those perfect days in the Mediterranean with the most beautiful dishes I’ve ever tasted. This stuffed eggplant is literally one of my favourite dishes. The easiness of the cooking process, the intense depth of the flavours, the simplicity of the ingredients; they all add up to…

Traditional Dutch Pea Soup

It’s cold. It’s windy. It’s slippery. Although I am a big fan of winter, it doesn’t seem like we have any proper ones in The Netherlands anymore. Sure, it’s colder than usual, but we haven’t had a decent pack of snow in years. The last time I was able to skate on natural ice was about 3…

Pizza con Verdure – The Easy Way

The title says it all. Although this recipe is a lot less fancy than it actually sounds in Italian. Basically, this is one of the pizzas I make after a long day of work when I’m way too tired and lazy to prepare anything. It’s not often that I use something ready made. But for…