Salmon tartare

Salmon tartare

Not everyone likes the idea of eating raw meat. Even though we eat raw meat in the Netherlands (mostly on bread), the French steak tartare is something of a whole other level.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been eating my steak rare. Really rare, and it wasn’t uncommon for waiters to ask my parents if the six year old really wanted a steak that bloody…?
I was, and still am, one happy red meat eater (but then again, I eat just about anything). So I thought I’d be one happy steak tartare eater too. I can vividly remember the first time I ordered it, about ten years ago. The waitress noticed I was a tourist on a holiday in France and asked if I was sure, “C’est cru!” (It’s raw!). But yes, of course I was sure, I’d been eating very rare steaks ever since I was a little girl, right?

Shrimp salad

Dutch shrimp salad

In my childhood memories, shrimp cocktails were sort of obligatory at fancier dinner parties. In the eighties, no Christmas dinner was complete without shrimps in a pink sauce, decorated with tangerines. And I loved it. (My mother will read this, and call me to tell my memories are completely wrong, of course we didn’t eat shrimp cocktail every year! But that’s the way I remember it. Just like the yearly Vienetta ice cream cake for dessert.)

Panna cotta with red berry coulis

Panna cotta with red berry coulis

Mr in the Kitchen is a BIG panna cotta fan. Every day at the office he goes out to get some lunch, and 9 out of 10 times, he chooses a salad. That’s all too healthy, and so he compensates by ordering a panna cotta for dessert (he’s French, a dessert is almost obligatory here). You’d say he would get tired of the same dessert every day, but no, Mr in the Kitchen and his panna cotta love are stil going strong after all these years!

Grapefruit lemonade

Grapefruit lemonade

I am an addict.

There, I’ve said it. I am, or better said was, completely addicted to Diet Coke. I don’t drink coffee, and for me Diet Coke was a real pick-me-up. Especially on busy days at the office, or during long drives in the car, I heavily depended on the boost Coke gave me.

I had some rules to keep my addiction within, for me, acceptable limits. My rules were; never before noon and no more than 2 cans a day. The latter rule was often broken by the way, those two cans were just gone before I knew it!

Mini thyme and goat cheese quiche

Mini quiche with goat cheese and thyme

If you’re a regular visitor of this blog, you’ve probably noticed I like small portions, mini so to say. Now, that’s not because I’m mini (not that I’m very tall either, especially for a Dutch girl). Nor is it because I can’t eat large portions. Actually, I don’t have a good explanation, other than that I think most food looks cuter in small sizes. And I love the concept of bite sized portions. Because there’s always room for one more, right?

Scallops in miso butter with balsamic roasted vegetables

Scallops in miso butter with balsamic roasted vegetables

It’s july, so you’d expect hot weather and barbecues, but I’m writing this while rain is pouring down. It’s not cold, but even though I’m wearing shorts, summer vibes are far away. Never mind, I’m cocooning on my couch and turned on the oven to roast something!

In my local store I found turnips, potatoes and jerusalem artichokes (it’s not their season, but they felt firm and fresh nonetheless). I roasted the vegetables in some olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with a bit of coarse salt. To make sure the vegetables keep their own colour, I’ve used a white balsamic vinegar. You could also use the regular kind, I chose the white variant just for beauty reasons. I do admit that the jerusalem artichokes are no beauty queens, so trying to keep them ‘pretty’ was perhaps in vain. (But then again, I use anti-aging cream too, and we all know that is certainly in vain, wrinkles will come my way no matter what I do)

pasta bake 3

Creamy pasta bake

pasta bake Creamy pasta bake

I have some pretty exciting news that I haven’t shared here before. I’ve started a job as a food writer for a magazine! So happy about it! The magazine is called Dutch, and it’s published in Canada and the USA. And as you might have guessed, it focuses on everything Dutch. I’ve recently handed in my first recipes to be published in print. While I was thinking about how cool it is to be published, I suddenly remembered, this is not the first time to find one of my recipes in a magazine! Believe it or not, but my first ‘recipe’ was brought to the world when I was just 11 years old. In a magazine called ‘Hello You’, for Dutch kids learning English.

Quick apricot pie

Quick apricot pie

I know I posted my lazy people’s fruit pie recently, but I should have hold on to that title. Because this pie, is for truly lazy people.

Now, before you feel bad cause I’m calling you lazy, don’t. Remember, I am one of this lazy people too, and quite happy about it. There’s nothing wrong with a quick recipe, something to keep up your sleeve for when you’re time pressed. Even time pressed people deserve a nice pie, don’t they?