Oh. My. God. I think I’ve never been more pleased with a dessert than this one. Maybe it’s because I don’t do a lot of desserts. Maybe it’s because there’s alcohol involved. Maybe it’s because there are strawberries involved. But… maybe it’s because this one took a lot of test rounds before it was blog worthy.
The most important thing I found out: Continue reading
What is a better combination with lamb than peas and mint? Uhm… nothing! Lamb, peas and mint are truly a match made in heaven!
So as a side dish for the Lamb stew with porcini I made these potato and peas rosettes. Because why would you serve just regular roasted potatoes or a mashed potatoes if you can make this more fun? Look how festive these rosettes are.
I didn’t had to think about it when I read about the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Of course I’m participating in this! Who doesn’t like cookies? I love every part of it: baking them, eating them (still warm out of the oven? yes please!) and handing them out to friends to surprise them.
And of course I’m participating in this cookie swap with some typical Dutch cookies! Continue reading
After a delicious first course we serve this Lamb stew with porcini as the main course for Christmas. It’s an easy recipe and it can easily be prepared the day before.
Earlier this year -back in Amsterdam- I bought lamb steaks. I thought. But it turned out to be lamb shoulder. And, as we all know, you can make some delicious stew with lamb shoulder.
So I did. I tossed some ingredients together and made a delicious lamb stew. If only I wrote down the recipe or remembered what ingredients I used to make this… Continue reading
Two weeks (and a little bit) until Christmas! Waaaah, time flies! This will be my first Christmas in LA and -even though it’s cold lately- the weather will never be as bad as in the Netherlands. Christmas and sun, that sounds like the perfect combination to me
This week I’m going to give you a full Christmas menu, first course, main course and dessert.
A while ago I promised myself to start cooking with ingredients I’ve never cooked before, like parsnip, Continue reading
Every weekday morning our alarm goes off at 8am. Some times I’m already awake but most times I’m still in a deep sleep. Between 8 and 8.30am I’m trying to wake up by reading the news, checking my Facebook time line, liking a lot of photos at my Instragram feed and reading my email, all on my iPhone.
At 8.30am I kick P out of bed; he will take a shower and I will also get out of bed and put on my bathrobe and slippers. I walk to the kitchen to make coffee and breakfast for P. Breakfast is a bowl of yogurt with fruit (at this moment pomegranate, oranges and grapefruit) and home made granola. I make it easy for myself because Continue reading
I published this recipe for home made chili oil yesterday on my Dutch blog but I also wanted to share this recipe with my non-Dutch readers.
Because be honest, wouldn’t this make a great holiday gift? Everybody likes food right?
This home made chili oil can be used to add some spice to dishes before serving but also for cooking. Continue reading
Last week we celebrated our first real Thanksgiving in the US. The first of many to follow It was great, we spent the day with friends and I made the turkey, the gravy and some delicious pumpkin pies.
I did a lot of reading to prep for this holiday, I bought some magazines and checked this BuzzFeed over and over again ‘Cause c’mon, this was my first turkey day! Continue reading
While we in the US are busy preparing for Thanksgiving my fellow Dutchies in the Netherlands are also preparing for a national holiday: Sinterklaas’ Birthday. Sinterklaas is a very old man, a very very old man. I mean like, hundreds of years old! Sinterklaas has a long white beard, wears a red robe and has a large golden walking stick. He also rides a white horse called ‘Amerigo’ and Amerigo likes to eat carrots. Every year at the end of November Sinterklaas arrives by boat in the Netherlands from Spain, where he lives. On board are also his hundreds of helpers, they are called Zwarte Piet (‘Black Pete’). Each Piet has his own task, like navigation, baking pepernoten, carrying around the Big Book of Sinterklaas or wrapping the gifts for all the children in the Netherlands.
Yay! Gifts and presents for all children in the Netherlands! Continue reading
So even though I live 5,555 miles (!!) apart from my family and friends we’re still in almost daily contact. Without outrageous phone costs for calling overseas or getting RSI of typing long emails. That’s because we use Whatsapp, a free mobile texting service.
With my mom, brother and sisters we have a group chat and also my 82-year old granddad is on Whatsapp! How great is that?
This way it doesn’t take much effort to say hi to each other, send pictures or share locations to let each other know where you are or what you’re doing. You can even send voice memos, wow I laughed my ass off when introducing these voice memos to my granddad! He was like: Continue reading