Lamb chops with herb butter

Grilled lamb chops with homemade herb butter

I know what you're thinking. Lamb chops? In September?? Well, yes. I'm being bold and doing lamb chops in September. It's practically spring down under, and I know I have a lot of readers from Australia and New Zealand. And even over here there still in season (though late). Plus, I love lamb chops, and I know you do too. Especially with this lime herb butter. If you're still not convinced, bookmark
Breakfast smoothie with toasted quinoa

Breakfast smoothie with toasted quinoa

I'll admit I wasn't a big smoothie fan before. From my point of view, anything that wasn't meant to be chewed, wasn't meant to be called breakfast. In the morning, I needed a crunch, something to really set my teeth in and get the day started. That was until about a year ago and I had no intention of changing my opinion. Until I couldn't eat 'normal' food for a while and I had to resort to fluid
Tarte tatin with prunes

Tarte tatin with prunes

The bakery I usually go to in Paris is great. They opened about a year ago and I was instantly smitten with the open design that gives you a peek in the actual bakery. You can see the bakers work the dough, form croissants and prepare all those other good things they sell there. And even though it is a very busy place (around lunch time you'd better be prepared to stand in line with a lot of people
Flourless pancakes or sweet omelette

Flourless pancakes or sweet omelette

Anyone who ever visited France knows that Les Crêpes (pancakes) are serious business. I believe it is the most popular snack eaten for le goûter, the genius idea of a big snack around 16.00 o'clock, to keep the hunger pangs away until dinner. We cannot make the mini chef any happier, than buying her a crêpe au beurre salé at snack time. And regarding the amount of crêperies in Paris (and France
Coconut & peach crumble

Coconut peach crumble

I love doing groceries, truly. Making my list at home (yes, I'm a list-maker, first one for everything I want to eat/bake/cook the next couple of days and than a second one with all the ingredients I need), taking my big grocery bags and entering the store full of anticipation. Cause I'm also fully prepared to be persuaded into buying things not on my list, and who knows what they have in store (pun
Coffee kletskoppen

Coffee kletskoppen

Serving a cookie to go with a cup of coffee or tea, is a well established Dutch tradition. And one that I personally greatly appreciate. Whenever abroad, I can't help but wonder if the waiter forgot my cookie, only to be disappointed a few moments later, when I discover no one gets a cookie. For me, having a sweet treat, no matter how small, to go with your cappuccino or tea, is just mandatory. And
Two ingredients white chocolate mousse

Two ingredient white chocolate mousse

I'm still in denial, but I have to admit, summer is ending. Of course, everyone's hoping for an indian summer but chances are we'll be wearing wintercoats pretty quickly again. And although fall is officially my favourite season (The colours! Hot chocolate! Walks in the woods to come home and eat a hot soup or stew!) I'm having some trouble letting this year's summer go. Must be an age thing, when
Couscous salad with feta, chorizo and mint

Couscous salad with feta, chorizo and mint

I overheard a conversation in the Thalys (the high speed train that goes from Paris to Amsterdam), a French family was sitting next to me. Mother, father and a teenage daughter, my estimation is she was about 15 years old. The daughter was reading a book, and about half way through our train ride, she finished it. Her mother asked for the book and when she gave her mother the book, the teenage daughter