Yesterday I was cleaning my kitchen and noticed to have to many dried beans. 500 grams of dried white beans end in a pan with water to soak for 24 hours. During those 24 hours I will find a way to prepare them. Drain the beans. Put them back in new water, add some salt, … More Bean burgers
Green cabbage is a lovely ingredient. It is full of vitamins and low in kcal. In general cabbages here have a rather small size (800 grams). You can easily store them for more than a week in your fridge. My recent discovery ‘crescenza’ (cheese) with its delicate taste will take care of the protein part. … More Winter delight
Real winter fun smells like an open fire and grilled cheese. Although the sun is shining here and there is no snow in sight, today’s menu can already bring you in the right atmosphere. Rösti is a Swiss national dish originally served as a farmers breakfast but nowadays more as a side dish. Take 2 … More Imagine to be in a sunny, snowy environment
Who does not know minestrone? It is always intresting to search for the origin of words. ‘Minestra’ means soup in Italian and ‘Minestrone’ is literally a ‘big soup’ because of the quantity of ingredients. There is no real recipe, but in general you use seasonal vegetables or even real leftovers. So it is an ideal … More Minestra-Minestrone and another leftover recipe
The request for today is beetroot with lentils, and I will go for the easy way using canned lentils. Use a medium beetroot pp. and boil it for minimum 1 hour until it’s soft. Chop a red onion, some garlic, and a spicy little pepper. Marinate a piece of halloumi (also import from Belgium, not … More Real purple veggie day
Artichokes are almost always available in the local supermarket of Siena. They are smaller and thus don’t have the internal hairy part. Today I want to try a tajine with artichokes, potatoes and peas. Inspiration is given by the book by Ghillie Basan who mixes old Moroccan traditions with the contemporary kitchen. Clean the artichokes … More While Muslim nations are attacked by crazy Trump, let’s at least make them feel at home in our kitchen!
What can we prepare the day before going to the supermarket? Probably you will think that at the end of my week I only have vegetables in the freezer or in cans? Surely everybody knows tupperware : thé reason of choas in your kitchen cabinets. A while ago I bought those fairly large plastic boxes … More Inspection of the fridge and stock!
Wherever we stay, wherever I cook, my ideal partner in the kitchen is the oven for many good reasons. Especially in winter you can make a great variety of dishes. Timing of serving your meal is so easy and the cook can always join the guest while eating, which is so important (eating is sharing, … More My oven is my best kitchen friend
A nice day for a risotto. A cute cauliflower is looking at me, still very fresh and white. Even if I would use a cauliflower immediately after buying it, I would still try to find a well hidden cauliflower (extra protection) and I must admit that the vegetables here in Italy are always really fresh … More Cauliflower risotto in the oven
Before the trip cut an aubergine into two perfect halves and make a grid-like incisions in the white flesh (be careful not to cut through the skin). Add some salt and leave in a colander (min 20 mins). After the nice afternoon rinse the aubergine and dry. Put in an oven dish and drizzle some … More Cold and sunny weather ideal for a visit to Volterra in the afternoon, and what is better than an Italian meal to finish the day?