Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ever since the dawn of time, the Dutch have boiled their Brussels sprouts. What people especially loved to do, is boil them into oblivion so you were left with a foul smelling green mush. Not great. I am fortunate enough to have two parents who know how to boil them to perfection so unlike many…

Italian Tomato Soup with Basil-Rocket Pesto

I’m pretty sure that it’s not a big secret that I love the Italian kitchen. I mean, I didn’t blog about it for one month straight for nothing. That is why I always try to make any staple dishes with an Italian twist. Mainly, this results in me adding tons of Italian herbs to my…

The Kitchen Takeover – Fusilli Gorgonzola di Papa

Absolute fantastic recipe for cheeselovers. It’s my dad’s signature dish that no one else ever cooks. I can do it, but it just never seems to taste the same as when he makes it. Honestly, this is a recipe that you might need to get used to. I’ve only been eating it for a year…

Honey Drizzled Toast with Dried Figs and Pecorino

I think the title says it all.¬†I wish I had made pictures when my mom had her first taste of this toast, sometimes pictures speak louder than words. I don’t think I can get across how divine this tasted in my writing. You are going to have to try this recipe for yourself.This is an…

Couscous with Roasted Pumpkin

How’s the weather where you live? Here in The Netherlands it’s quite strange actually. Just like the last couple of years, summer started late, so we’ve had a pretty warm September. Thankfully, there have been some colder days and I can wear my beloved sweaters again. I am so looking forward to a cold winter…

Honey Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt and Oregano

I remember the first time I ever ate sweet potatoes in my life. It was on a hot summer’s day while I was on a holiday with my parents in the US. More specifically, we were seated on the terrace of our hotel’s restaurant in Mackinac Island, Michigan, overlooking the magnificent Lake Huron. We were…

Broccoli Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

Summertime means salads. Light and fresh meals or side dishes that are quick to make and even quicker to eat (because they’re so delicious). One of my favourites is this Broccoli Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts.

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…

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…