Friends for lunch

Every year a Belgian choir director organizes a music festival in Asciano. Although circumstances are not ideal, they decided to go ahead and we were happy to have our annual lunch with some Belgian friends in our garden. It’s hot, you only have 2 hours to spend together, what to prepare? Jamie Oliver, Ottolenghi and … More Friends for lunch

Our house doesn’t have ( or is it ‘cannot’😉) to be tied up to organise dinner evenings.

For certain guests I normally would prefer to have a clean and tidy house, but, as you know, that’s really impossible for the moment. Luckely the evenings are nice and warm outside. A cold soup is a perfect starter and needs to be prepared in advance. Chop 2 medium sized cucumber and put in the … More Our house doesn’t have ( or is it ‘cannot’😉) to be tied up to organise dinner evenings.

Cooking in advance

This weekend I’ll be having my counseling course in Florence. Although I know Iris can cook, I plan the weekend menu in order to have more quality time together tomorrow and Sunday evening. With a bit of delay I received the February and March editions of my favorite cooking magazine ‘Delicious.nl ‘. The gnocchi recipes … More Cooking in advance

Fresh baby artichokes

There are plenty of baby artichokes in the supermarket, so it’s time to prepare my favorite recipe again. This recipe is always a bit different and, although it could seem complicated while explaining, it’s super easy. Chop the end of the stems of 10 baby artichokes (quantity for 4p, = ideal as a starter). Wash … More Fresh baby artichokes

Dinner with friends

Talking about living in Italy with Italian friends is so much easier while eating ;-). My starter and dessert were finished before thinking about taking a picture, so those recipes will wait for a later occasion. The main dish is a perfect dish to prepare in advance. Fregola is a typical pasta from Sardegna and … More Dinner with friends

Marinated sardines

Fresh sardines are a delight, and this recipe is awesome. I love sardines. If you can persuade the fishmonker to prepare fillets, you have no excuse to try this really fantastic recipe. As a starter for 2p or as part of wonderful buffet 300 grams of fillets are approx 7-8 whole fishes which you can … More Marinated sardines

Pasta 4kids ;-)

If there are kids among your guests, either you try to ignore that they hardly eat, or you prepare ‘adapted’ food which often is also appreciated by their parents. Being less than 8 a buffet would be a bit ridiculous, only if you prefer to have lots of leftovers. Thus a short pasta, tomato sauce, … More Pasta 4kids 😉