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
Terrine de canard, Atelier Vivanda

Paris restaurant tip: Atelier Vivanda

Every once in a while, I go out to have lunch with my Dutch friend E., who also lives in Paris. We usually go out to try a new restaurant, and as you all know, that can turn out good, bad or ugly. This time it turned out good, real good. We were both very happy with our pick this time, and when I came home I promised MrintheKitchen and the Minichef that we would go back so they could taste this
White chocolate pudding

White chocolate pudding

Pudding for dessert! That does sound a bit old fashioned, doesn't it? Or is it just me, who immediately thinks of Christmas in the eighties when we're talking about pudding*? Especially when I think of a traditional Dutch pudding called 'chipolata', made of custard, cookies and rum. I can remember my great uncle eating his pudding with satisfaction at the Christmas table, a happy smile on his face.
Roasted pork belly

Roasted pork belly, part deux

One thing I love about Paris, is going to the market. Luckily, this city still has a very strong market culture, and every neighborhood or town just outside of the city borders has it's own. Usually a few times a week, and frequently visited by the whole neighbourhood. Where we live, there's a market three times a week, conveniently located very near our apartment in a huge covered hall, designed
Chipolata sausage roast

Chipolata sausage roast

One of my Christmas presents (I was really spoiled!) was Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. A very thick book, without any pictures, covering all French classics, from casserole to crème brûlée. I'm reading it right now, and very amused by the long introductions and descriptions. I can't help but hearing Meryl Streep's voice in my head with her 'Julia Child' accent. (If you
Grilled vegetables quiche with blue cheese

Grilled vegetables quiche with blue cheese

Did you make any new year's resolutions? I made one, to drink more plain water. That's it. No other big changes or plans, because it will be challenging enough to keep this one (in fact, I'm pretty sure I will have completely forgotten about this resolution in 3 months, please remind me of it end of March). From what I've read on twitter and instagram, most of you decided to eat healthier, with
Turnip and jerusalem artichoke soup

Turnip and jerusalem artichoke soup

You learn something new every day, they say. And I think that's true. Just the other week, I learned that tying your shoelaces is a very old-fashioned thing to do. We were getting ready to go out and as I was putting on my sneakers, I heard the minichef (now 13 years old) holding her breath in disbelief. Was I really going to tie my shoelaces? Cause no one does that anymore, you do know that right?
Bacon cheese puffs

Bacon cheese puffs

Oh dear, haven't we hade enough snacks the last couple of weeks? Isn't it time for some healthier and lighter food? I completely understand if this is going through your mind when seeing these cheese puffs. But you see, they're here with a purpose. Even though we just had a few weeks filled with parties and celebrations, the party's not over. There's plenty more to celebrate! This recipe is for