La bellissima Sicilia

After two weeks in Sicily it’s about time to post something new. We had a wonderful time exploring the island. Sicily has so much to offer. We even passed by the little village Sambuca where Oskar, our 2year old doggie, came from. It was an emotional experience, for Oskar, for us and for the enthusiastic, … More La bellissima Sicilia

A Shepherd’s pie or hachis parmentier in a vegetarian version???

There is a major contradiction in the meaning of the original shepherd’s pie ( or hachis parmentier) and ‘vegetarian’ once you realize leftover meat should be the most important ingredient. So just ignore Wikipedia, and start making an oven dish with lots of vegetables and mashed potatoes. For 2 healthy people, wash 500 grams od … More A Shepherd’s pie or hachis parmentier in a vegetarian version???

One more

The first pumpkins are available. Although the original recipe uses a butternut, I use a a small local one which is probably a bit dryer. Heat the oven at 220°. Mix 1 sliced pumpkin with 2 sliced red onions, 4 chopped garlic cloves, a handful of sage leaves, salt, pepper and 2-3 table spoons of … More One more

Ladies night with a summer Ottolenghi buffet

Anria,  Diane and Iris are ‘sacrificing’ themselves for a series of lovely recipes from Ottolenghi’s cookbook Simple. To catch up with my readers, I will post a recipe every following day. I will start with a cold soup with cucumber and cauliflower. Parboil the little roses (+/-400 grams) of 1 small cauliflower in boiling water … More Ladies night with a summer Ottolenghi buffet

Fresh vine leaves

The bright green color of spring is gradually changing in a darker green. The vineleaves have grown already large enough to protect the future bunches of grapes against the burning sun. I really hope that I will not influence this precious process by stealing a few of those larger leaves for a try out recipe … More Fresh vine leaves

Fabulous salad

I love the real polpo, but often they are far too big for 2p although they shrink incredibly. Ask to cut the big ones ( approximately 2 kilo) in 2 equal pieces and store them in the freezer. It’s really important to boil the octopus long enough ( the process of freezing will help to … More Fabulous salad

Baba ganoush

The last cookbook of Donna Hay cannot get some rest on the shelf. The baba ganoush bowl is an awesome way to prepare eggplant. Cut 2 medium sized eggplants in halves. Make a few incisions in the flesh. Spread 4 sliced garlic cloves in the incisions. Put the eggplant halves on baking paper with the … More Baba ganoush