Sensational salad

‘Savour’or ‘Sensational salads’ of Peter Gordon is one of my favorite cookbooks. The combination is quite unusual but flavor and color are guaranteed. Today’s dinner is an original brunch recipe, crispy baked wasabi mushrooms with spinach, tomatoes and oranges. Start with the mushrooms. Portobellos are ideal. Remove the little stem. Chop. Chop 4 garlic cloves … More Sensational salad

Budget cooking

Fish instead of meat, fresh vegetables and lots of fruit…it has an impact on your weekly budget. The impossibility of outdoor eating creates for sure an extra budget. In winter I’m fine with 1 shopping list, including market and grocery store. I probably invest more time preparing my list than shopping itself. First I check … More Budget cooking

Calamari

I’m a bit off schedule with my blogpost, but I have been busy for our guests. My parents in law are potato lovers. So this evening meal combines potatoes, green beans, tomatoes and calamari. Start with a chermoula. Mix 4 garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon, a handful of fresh parsley, 2 teaspoons of paprika powder, 2 … More Calamari

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

Lebanese food

You know that classical question : ‘What would you order in case it would be your last meal?’ I can only hope my appetite hasn’t gone by then, so I prefer not to wait until that day, but Middle Eastern food would be on my bucket list. The colors, the flavors, the mezze style, ..I … More Lebanese food

I have this – for certain people strange – habit that a day is only finished once you have enjoyed a ‘real’ dinner.

Since I’m able to decide my own life, I finish my evening with a candlelight dinner. All my friends seem to have accepted this ‘habit’ as nobody complains if I start cooking even if everybody is exhausted. I’m pretty sure they might think I’m obsessed, which probably I am. Iris and I live together for … More I have this – for certain people strange – habit that a day is only finished once you have enjoyed a ‘real’ dinner.

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