Black gold

Yesterday we decided to allow Oskar, our super energetic puppy of almost 4 months, the entrance to the full garden which looks more like a desert for the moment. He explored it in every little corner and tasted everything. His nose was always pointed towards the ground. On a certain moment Iris saw him digging … More Black gold

Anchovies

Little cans of anchovies in olive oil are real flavor bombs. I often use them as the only protein supplier. Tonight’s dinner is probably, again, another variety on the same base, but we love it. For 2p, clean and chop 1 small romanesco, 1 fennel, 500 grams of potatoes, 4 garlic cloves, 1 fresh onion … More Anchovies

Ratatouille

We recently discovered rats 😨in the heating room. I’m trying really hard to convince myself that rats are cute, as in the lovely Disney movie. I’m trying…but in the meanwhile I hope that the ‘plastic boxes’ have done their job.1 large eggplant, 4 small courgettes, 1 red onion, 4 garlic cloves, 1 can of chopped … More Ratatouille

Some tomatoes, some cucumbers, some fresh basil, some burrata…let’s make some pasta

It’s the last evening before shopping, so I check my fridge and look what’s left.I definitely made a mistake in my planning, but, no problem, we’ll find something.Chop 2 smaller cucumbers, 400 grams of cherry tomatoes, 1 large red onion, 4 garlic cloves, 1 chili and 4 cm of fresh ginger. Put in an oven … More Some tomatoes, some cucumbers, some fresh basil, some burrata…let’s make some pasta

This is easy

If you would ask me, the best pizza dough is thin and crispy. If you don’t have time, and there is no pizzeria open, and still you are desperately craving for some crispy pizza, puff pastry is a perfect alternative for the dough. I tend to buy a rectangular piece. Prebake it in the oven … More This is easy

Straw asparagus

Fresh thin green asparagus is probably one of my beloved spring ingredients.Remove the hard part of 600 grams of green asparagus (don’t use a knife, but use your hands, the asparagus will split spontaneously on the right spot. Rinse and cut in smaller parts.Chop and fry 4 garlic cloves, 1-2 chili in a drizzle of … More Straw asparagus

Local shopping

I was used to shop weekly in the big supermarket in Siena and an occasional shopping in the local stores. Since the lock down I feel so lucky with 2 local grocery shops, fish is now frozen instead of fresh and the choice of vegetables and fruit is less abundant but fresh. Rectangular puff pastry … More Local shopping

A smooth apple pie

Start by putting the ingredients (3 eggs, 200 grams of yoghurt, 130 grams of butter) at room temperature. Melt the butter. Preheat the oven at 160°. Mix butter and sugar ( use a whisk and warm power, or use a kitchen robot with a dough hook). Add the eggs, one by one and 1 teaspoon … More A smooth apple pie

Chicory Italian style

The traditional Belgian oven recipe of chicory with smoked salmon instead of ham in a bechamel sauce is delicious. As you know, I daily try to cook something different. I read cookbooks to be inspired. The recipe of today is a real mixture of styles. My favorite audience will tell me whether it’s a success … More Chicory Italian style