Eva in the Kitchen ;-)

A day in a Michelin star restaurant kitchen

I recently did something incredibly cool. Something I never expected to do, and that has changed my view of the restaurant business completely. I worked a day in restaurant kitchen. And not your ordinary restaurant, one with a Michelin star! At restaurant Niven in the Netherlands, where they work according to the 80/20 principle, 80% vegetables and 20% meat or fish. I had the time of my life,
Homemade goat milk ricotta

Homemade goat milk ricotta

A few years ago MrintheKitchen and I went on a holiday to Sardinia, the beautiful Italian island. We were there for a week and stayed at a fancy hotel were our breakfast and dinner were included. I was a bit hesitant in the beginning, not too happy with being 'convicted' to eating in the hotel every night. But I should have known better. It was a hotel run by French management and they don't think
Fresh coconut on the beach

Thailand

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know I've been on vacation. Two great weeks in Thailand, well worth the 12 hour flight. And let me tell you, being stuck between a family with a non-stop crying baby in front of me and the tall man (whose feet were somehow in front of my chair the whole time) behind me, was not very pleasant. But all that was forgotten once we landed in Bangkok,
Dutch sausage rolls

Dutch sausage rolls

Let me introduce you to one of the great loves of my life: the Dutch sausage roll. How I love the soft bread with a slightly crunch and hearty filling that has been a constant factor in my childhood. Wether served as part of a weekend lunch, or as a snack during the yearly carnival, the humble sausage roll fulfilled it's part with great succes. Sausage rolls are a real southern specialty. I
Homemade bonbons

Homemade bonbons

One thing the French do well, is kissing. And I'm not talking about the famous French kiss! I mean the average every day hey-how-are-you?-kiss. Let me tell you, they have mastered the art. French people kiss everyone, all the time. Or at least, that's how it looked to me at first. When we were visiting the in laws in the south of France for the first time, I was surprised by the ritual of goodnight
Heavy-loaded grilled cheese sandwich

Heavy-loaded grilled cheese sandwich

Grilled cheese sandwiches (in Dutch, a tosti) are a very popular lunch dish in the Netherlands, and a real crowd pleaser (who doesn't love melted cheese?). In spite of their popularity, I'm not a big fan of how tosti's are prepared in most Dutch places, in a special tosti-ijzer (grilled cheese maker) without the addition of any butter or oil. Which makes them pretty dry in my opinion (even with the
Pizza bianca

Pizza bianca

In France there's a supermarket chain that's highly popular, and where the only thing they sell is frozen food. There's nothing there that isn't frozen solid, and all you'll see are aisles full of freezers. Stocked with everything from frozen brioche to peas to frozen macarons. I'll admit, it's not my favourite store. Because for me, it kind of takes away the fun in cooking. Everything is already
Dutch bitterballs with sauerkraut

Dutch bitterballs with sauerkraut

In wintertime it can get pretty cold in the low lands. And when it's cold enough for all the canals to freeze, the whole country holds it's breath to see whether we'll have an elfstedentocht (the tour of eleven cities, a 200 km long skating tour over canals and lakes in Friesland, in the north part of the Netherlands) this year. It's a rare event (the last one happened in 1997!), as we need a long