Thanks to Antonio Carluccio, delicious.nl, Donna Hay, Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, Yottam Ottolengi,…., and Christmas I have an impressive collection of books and magazines

Every day cooking, cooking for special occasions is so much more fun if you allow yourself to be inspired. It all started when I was a child, although I had to fight ( with mother)for years before being allowed as cook in her kitchen. She inspired me and later I know that I inspired her … More Thanks to Antonio Carluccio, delicious.nl, Donna Hay, Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, Yottam Ottolengi,…., and Christmas I have an impressive collection of books and magazines

Capres

Capres are in fact unopened flower buds of the Capparis spinosa. To conserve them they can be put on salt or in vinegar. Rinse 500 grams of cherry tomatoes. Halve them. Put in an oven dish. Add 4 chopped garlic cloves, a handful of chopped fresh basil, 1 chili, 3 table spoons of chopped drained … More Capres

Be creative with your pasta carbonara recipe

So many possibilities if you can think ‘out of the box’. Eggs, pancetta, cheese and pasta…. Let’s keep the eggs, the cheese and the pasta and empty our fridge instead ;-). Mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, courgettes, or whatever you may find in your fridge are prefect ingredients for this carbonara. Smoked salmon? Of course, ideal for … More Be creative with your pasta carbonara recipe

Cold and sunny weather ideal for a visit to Volterra in the afternoon, and what is better than an Italian meal to finish the day?

Before the trip cut an aubergine into  two perfect halves and make a grid-like incisions in the white flesh (be careful not to cut through the skin). Add some salt and leave in a colander (min 20 mins). After the nice afternoon rinse the aubergine and dry. Put in an oven dish and drizzle some … More Cold and sunny weather ideal for a visit to Volterra in the afternoon, and what is better than an Italian meal to finish the day?