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


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

A vegetable stew from every country

French ratatouille and sauce provençale, italian caponata, and for today a Persian version of a vegetable stew by Sabrina Ghayour. Tomorrow I’ll have my online master course. So this stew prepared today, will be ideal for tomorrow evening. Those stews are always better the following day. Chop 2 smaller sized eggplants in cubes of approximately … More A vegetable stew from every country


We recently discovered rats 😨in the heating room. I’m trying really hard to convince myself that rats are cute, as in the lovely Disney movie. I’m trying…but in the meanwhile I hope that the ‘plastic boxes’ have done their job.1 large eggplant, 4 small courgettes, 1 red onion, 4 garlic cloves, 1 can of chopped … More Ratatouille