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’

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…

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…

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…

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….

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!…

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…