To compensate the lack of personal contact, presents delivered by the postman or a courier are even more exciting. Iris has been spoiled by her family, not only with lots of books but also with the best canned crabmeat ever. The traditional starter at Iris’ family is an old fashioned crab cocktail. So, let’s have … More What a gift!
Fresh fish, fresh fruit and vegetables inspire me to prepare ceviche and a colorful salad. My first ceviche brings me back to 2008 in Ecuador, to Puerto Lopez ( where you can take a boat to the ‘small version island of the Galapagos’ and meet the blue footed boobies). Those 14 days of traveling through … More A fridge filled with fresh food
Here in Italy polpo is a very common ingredient. I tend to buy them fresh and put them immediately in the freezer. A frozen polpo is more quickly tender by boiling. Put the frozen polpo( 700grams for 2p) in a large pan. Add 150 ml of white wine, 2 bay leaves, 2 stems of celery, … More Polpo, fresh or frozen
Our airbnb appartment in Brussels is great, lots of light, a small terrace, a cosy living room with kitchen. My social day program is really busy. Iris has a lot of meetings at work. One evening home cooking in one week is a minimum. Chop 2 eggplants and 1 onion. Add a drizzle of olive … More No restaurant tonight
1h and 20 mins in the car and we are in Florence. We leave our car near Piazza Michelangelo, enjoy the amazing view and walk to the centre. After a few hours of walking, shopping and a visit to the impressive exposition of Marina Ambramovic we arrive back home late, but , no problem my … More After a lovely day in Florence
Spread burrata, tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil in a small oven dish. Put 10-15 mins in the oven at 240°. Simple and tasty cooking at its best.
Healthy cooking, tasty cooking-of course-, and colorful cooking are important, not only for special occasions, but for our daily menu. The real artistic presentation is not really one of my qualities, that’s more for outdoor eating. The purple red of red cabbage, the soft green of cucumber, the dark green of arugula, the bright red … More A rainbow dinner
Put 4 chopped garlic cloves, 1 chopped big fennel, 1 table spoon of dried basil, 1 spicy little pepper and a drizzle of olive oil in an oven dish. Bake at 180° for 20 mins and stir now and again. Add 300 grams of halved cherry tomatoes and bake for another 15 mins. Boil some … More Ready for pasta because ‘remember docV lives in Italy;-)’
I always try to respect the wishes of our guests. Elodie is staying here a few days and dislikes the whole cabbage family and squid, but loves eggplant and lentils, thus the following version of a moussaka will surely be a perfect menu for her last dinner this week. For 3p slice 1 kilo of … More Veggie moussaka
While babo Michel has some quality time with his daughter in Siena, I spend some quality time with my family in Belgium. He doesn’t like pasta or rice. Last visit in Siena he discovered gnocchi and he is a fan. Apart from gnocchi alla Romana I have a really bad experience making them. It ‘s … More Babo in Tuscan = daddy