Main course

Veganize it, part two!

Last time I talked to you about substitutes for plant based feta. This time I want to show you alternatives for parmesan and ricotta cheese and eggs. Three important ingredients in Ottolenghi’s recipe for ‘Aubergine dumplings alla Parmigiana’

Superfood stir-fry recipe and its health benefits!

This dish consists of a stir-fry of kale, mushrooms, peas and leek and is served with ginger-turmeric-black pepper rice. Most of these ingredients are regarded as ‘Superfoods’. But what is it that makes a product a superfood? Below a short explanation and of course at the end the recipe to this delicious dish.

Spiced sweet potato and crispy tofu cubes

Are you stuck at home, bored to death, worried about gaining weight (because you can’t visit the place where you normally exercise) or simply looking for new healthy and super easy recipes during this corona crisis? You’ve come to the right place. Because the recipe I’m sharing with you today is very very easy, very…

Roasted buckwheat, Kasha, with oven roasted mushrooms!

Buckwheat actually is a deceiving name! It suggests being a wheat, which of course it is not. Buckwheat is a grain, instead of a grass, which makes it gluten-free and thus very suitable for people who suffer from gluten-allergy. It is a popular health food due to its high mineral and antioxidant content. It may…

Spicy lentils, grilled vegetables with tahini-tarragon dip!

Eating plant based always makes me feel good, but sometimes it makes me feel excellent! Especially when I start experimenting with new combinations and they turn out be a smashingly tasty match! This food is a perfect example of that. Grilled pumpkin, parsnip and green bell pepper seasoned with nothing but some sea salt, black…

Spicy tower of pumpkin and beetroot

As much as I am convinced I am doing the right thing by “showing” people how delicious and easy plantbased food can be, sometimes this little voice in the back of my mind tells me that it is all very insignificant. Obviously that is a very discouraging thought and it leaves me completely uninspired from…

Stuffed tomatoes with berberis, saffron, pistachios and coarse bulgur!!!!

This recipe requires a bit of time, but sooo worth it! It is as delicious as it looks. I was inspired by a recipe from my Vegarabia cookbook. You can replace the bulgur with any kind of grain, rice, einkorn wheat, two-grain spelt etcetera. Also make sure you buy the right tomatoes, like large vine…

Black rice, pumpkin with a orange-tahin dressing

Don’t you just love pumpkin? I do, in all its forms, baked, roasted, cooked, raw even, in soup etcetera, etcetera. And to think that a couple of years ago I did not even know that you could actually eat pumpkin! I thought that they just served decoration purposes. The fact that I did not know…

Nigella seed and cardemom spiced pumpkin with lemon-curry leaves rice

So, as promised earlier, this is what I served for main course for my friends birthday dinner. Pumpkin roasted in the oven spiced with nigella seed, cardamom and lots of other delicious spices. (thanks to Ottolenghi) What a terrific combination of flavors. An absolute treat! I served it with rice prepared with dried lime, lemon…

Oven roasted Chestnuts and Brussels sprouts, a real holiday treat!

November is well on its way and for many people around the globe that means the holiday season will soon begin. The holidays being of course Christmas, but preceded by Thanksgiving in the US and for instance Sinterklaas (5th of December) in the Netherlands, which these days is not just a day for presents but…

Vegetable curry in the desert.

One of the things we undertook while being in Israel was a Jeep trip in the Negev desert. This means driving around in the desert with a group of people/friends who share their love for their country and for 4×4 vehicles. Every now and then you stop and take a closer look to ruins of…

Falafel of Hazelnuts, chickpeas and favabeans

When you are a parent of teenagers, like I am, it can be a challenge sometimes to prepare a family dinner. Not only does each and every one of them prefer different kinds of food, they also have their own activities to go to. Like soccer practice, swimming practice, theater class, jobs etc. Usually those…

Mexican fiësta food: Chili sweet potato fries with eggplant-avocado-corn and lime salad!

The Dutch people experience an unprecedented September summer with local heatwaves. Temperatures can reach as far as 32 ℃. To me and my family that is something to celebrate, we relish the warmth and the sun. One of the type of foods that fits this kind of weather is definitely Mexican food! So we had…

30 minutes salad. Chard, baby kale leaves, roasted sweet potato with pomegranate seeds

Too warm today to spend much time in the kitchen? Prepare yourself this easy salad of chard and baby kale with a dressing of fresh lime juice, olive oil and black pepper. Add sweet potato chunks roasted with a mixture of mustard-, caraway- and fennel seeds. (if you really do not feel like too much…

Braised fennel with garlic, capers and olives sauce

I found this recipe in one of Ottolenghi’s cookbooks (Plenty more) and although it is a long list of ingredients and preparation instructions, I decided to give it a go. It was definitely well worth the effort and the amount of work was not at all to bad or of-putting. In fact I had enough…

Pearl couscous with vegetable tajine

I have been searching for pearl couscous for at least four months and finally last Saturday I walked into this tiny shop with al kinds of delicacies. There it was, a whole jar of pearl couscous. To tell you the truth I did not even know exactly what it was. I thought it was some…

Puy lentils with sticky dates

Recently I prepared Portobello mushrooms stuffed with a sticky dates mixture. I enjoyed that so much that I wanted to try and mix the sticky dates with something else. I figured Puy lentils would make a good combination and it did! Sticky dates of course is very sweet and the lentils kind of absorb that…

Baby kale leaves and fried mushrooms with a mango-ginger-lime dressing

In general I have a lot of self-criticism. There is always something I could have done better, I tend to be not easily pleased with myself. But not today, today I am extremely pleased about myself. The reason for this contentment is the food I prepared today. Baby kale leaves with a dressing of fresh…

Easy and quick holiday dinner

No matter how luxurious or basic, adventurous or conservative, far away or close to home, sunny and warm your holiday is, there is no place like your own place. In fact, one of the great things about traveling is going home! If you ask me my own bed, worn out mattress included, is the best….

Moroccan style sweet potato with fried parsley-mushrooms

I think everyone will agree that cooking in a kitchen that is not your own can be somewhat of a challenge. Cooking in a kitchen in a holiday home however, were the inhabitants change on a weekly basis if not more frequent, proofs to be even a bigger challenge. You have to deal with other…

Seasoned sweet potato from the oven with fresh chanterelles and a lemon-mustard dressing.

I have spent many summers in Sweden, in a house in the forest near to a lake. One of the great things about those summers was that we got to pick our own raspberries, blueberries but also chanterelles. Good firm chanterelles picked fresh taste so much better than the ones you buy in the supermarket!…

Seaweed-ginger-shiitake salad

When I opened the package of seaweed spaghetti I must confess I was a bit put off by the smell that came out of the bag! But I put my small disgust aside and boy oh boy was that a good decision! This salad is stunning! It is based on the original recipe of Ottolenghi…

Truffle risotto with stuffed Portobello and green asparagus

Who would have thought you would be doing something involved with cooking?” was my husbands remark yesterday over dinner. Nothing could be more true! While the kids were growing up these past years, I started thinking about “my career” other than being a mother. Those thoughts went in the direction of interior decorating, restoring old…