Warming pumpkin soup

Warming pumpkin soup

I have complained to you about the lack of central heating in buildings in Paris before, and I'm going to do it again! We live in an apartment, and the heating of the whole building is centrally controlled, which means that it's October now, and I can't turn on the heating myself. Someone (no clue who that is) decides when the magic is going to happen for us. When this happened last year (on a random
Orange, almond and cardamom cake

Orange, almond and cardamom cake

I guess every nation has it's own quirks. Most of them will seem completely normal to you, as you've been accustomed to them. As I am used to Dutch habits (and find them completely normal), it can be annoying when someone else points them out. I suddenly find myself to be quite the patriot when foreigners comment on 'my' culture. With MrintheKitchen being French, I get a lot of comment on Dutch behaviour
Pork, apple and leek pies

Pork, apple and leek pies

Contrary to what you might think, I don't spend all of my days cooking and eating. I also have a day job, to pay the bills. And I happen to have quite a nice job, and I'm not just saying that because I know some of my colleagues are regular visitors of the blog (hi!!). I work in PR for retail, which can be summed up as doing a lot of talking and I visit shopping centres for a living, that doesn't sound
Tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese

Tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese

I recently discover the joy of tarte tatin. Now I hear you thinking, you live in France half the time, how could you have missed tarte tatin?? Well, I didn't miss it, I've ordered it many times for dessert when eating out. But, that's always a tarte tatin with apple. The classic so to say. A very tasty classic (they don't become classics for no reason!), but not a very interesting for me one as far
Crêpes from Brittany

Crêpes from Brittany

We like to go out for crêpes on sunday afternoon in Paris, the Minichef loves them, and to be honest, so do we. The crêpe business is a serious one in France, and it's no exception to see tables full of adults in a crêperie, without a single child. Contrary to pancake restaurants in the Netherlands, where pancakes are mostly seen as a treat for kids, not a restaurant to go to for adults (unless
Spelt waffles

Spelt waffles

A few weeks ago, I gave myself a present, a brand new waffle iron. This happened the way it usually does. One day I'll decide my life isn't complete without a ..... (fill in the blanks. In this case, a waffle iron) and so I told MrintheKitchen I'd put it on my Christmas list. But the next day, I went to the store (just to check what a waffle iron costs, you know, no intention of buying one, just
Pizza with caramelized pear, goat cheese and thyme

Pizza with caramelized pear, goat cheese and thyme

Do you have any food cravings? I do, not every day, but once in a while, I really need to eat certain food. And for some reason, the food I crave tends to be kind of heavy. Like a grilled cheese sandwich, a very rare steak or pizza. Boy, can I crave pizza! There will be months without eating pizza, and then, all of the sudden, I need to have it NOW. No need arguing or trying to convince me to go out
Salted caramel stroopkoeken

Stroopkoeken with salted caramel

The weekend is here again, and we all know what that means: there's finally enough time for some serious baking! I bet there are a lot of people baking right now, inspired by tv shows like the Great British Bake Off. I'll admit, there are only two things on tv I must see (so either I stay home or I record them); Great British Bake Off and the Dutch version, Heel Holland Bakt. Now that's great tv