A wish list

A few days before people are arriving I ask for a wish list for breakfast and dinner. Ingrid and Guido will be here in approximately 5h. Time enough to prepare a simple fennel soup, fresh bread and a stew with polpo. Boil 1,5 kilo of frozen polpo for 1h in plain water. Chop 1 large … More A wish list

A lovely dinner

Weekend dinners are always a bit more special. Tonight we’ll start with fresh artichokes. For 2p clean 3 babies by removing the stem, the harder outer leaves and the top. Slice thinly and put in cold water mixed with the juice of 2 lemons. Store cool. Drain and dry. Spread some arugula on the dishes. … More A lovely dinner

Vegetarian cakes

The word ‘burger’ can soon not be associated with ‘vegetarian’ anymore so I’ll try to find an appropriate alternative and in the meantime let’s use ‘cakes’ (although this could possible create another discussion in the European parliament). Anyway, let’s cook. Chop and fry 4 garlic cloves, 1 carrot, 1 small red onion and 1 chili … More Vegetarian cakes

Sweet clementine

Yvette van Boven, a cookbook writer who regularly publishes recipes in delicious.nl, loves to cook with fruit and I love her recipes. She manages to create a warm cosy vibe. Lentils, fish, clementines and black olives… Boil 150 grams of good quality lentils ( the ones of Castelluccio for example) in salted water with a … More Sweet clementine

My occasional meat

Chicken or Italian sausages are on my personal plate only occasionally. Beef, lamb, duck or any kind of other meat I don’t really miss although I won’t refuse if I’m eating in a restaurant or if I’m invited. Tonight’s recipe wouldn’t be the same without little meatballs ( Iris has her vegetarian substitute). Chop 500 … More My occasional meat

Harira

Certain people bet for money, other people for soup. One of those crazy soup-lovers is my mother in law who is one of our visitors. Harira is the typical soup during the Ramadan. My version is a vegetarian version. Chop and fry 2 onions and 4 garlic cloves in a drizzle of olive oil for … More Harira