Poached pears by Eva in the Kitchen

Poached pears

* Poached pears with porto wine and spices. Scroll down for the recipe* Being a Dutch girl in Paris I sometimes (well, most of the time) feel like an alien. When I walk down my street or go to le...
Potato-courgette gratin with Gouda

Potato-courgette gratin with Gouda

On sunday mornings in Paris, I like to go to the nearby park. There's a small coffeeshop that recently opened. The coffee isn't too great, but I want to support the couple who opened it. The kiosk has...
Fava beans with lemon and butter

Fava beans with lemon and butter

I would have loved to tell you spring has arrived and that I'm fully enjoying the sunshine. But the sad truth is that when I look out my window right now, rain is pouring down and temperatures are pretty low...
Warm salad with farro and brussel sprouts

Warm salad with farro and brussel sprouts

Brussel sprouts. How my mother has struggled to make me eat them when I was young. I truly hated them. And so did my two sisters. At one point my mother made a deal with us, we each had to eat as many...
Sweet roasted rainbow carrots

Sweet roasted rainbow carrots

I don't know about you, but I always have trouble deciding on what to serve when friends or family come over for dinner. And not because I have no idea what to make them. Quite the opposite, the minute I...
Halloumi peach skewers

Haloumi and peach skewers

Don't you just love summer? And the summer barbecues that come with it? Eating outside, with the smell of a good roast over an open fire, while sipping wine and talking for hours. Until you realize it's been...
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...
Grilled aubergine with pistachio crunch and feta

Grilled aubergine with pistachio crunch and feta

Aubergine, or eggplant, has a bad reputation. And not for being the bad boy of the vegetable aisle, that would be kind of cool, but for being boooooring. As my boyfriend and the mini chef say: ça n'a pas...
Middle eastern inspired mezze

A full table

A while ago I was in a restaurant that serves food inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine, where I had a wide range of different mezze, including some great flatbread with different dips. And there was one...
Grilled artichoke with homemade lime mayonnaise

Grilled artichoke with homemade lime mayonnaise

I don't prepare fresh artichokes very often. Because artichokes are not very common in the Netherlands, it's not easy to find them. I can't say the same about France, one of the major artichoke producing...
Bacon wrapped grilled asparagus

Bacon wrapped grilled asparagus

Now that we're more than halfway through the asparagus season, the collective asparagus madness is fading away. Magazines are no longer filled with asparagus recipes, and have moved on to strawberries and...
Dutch asparagus

Dutch white asparagus with baked potatoes

Asparagus season in the Netherlands is a serious thing. It starts half April and is over by the end of June, which gives us just two months to enjoy the white gold, as we Dutch call it. And during this...
Cheese soufflé by Eva in the Kitchen

Parmesan soufflé

If a soufflé was a person, I would describe him or her as overly sensitive, or even spoiled. They need to be treated ever so gently and with great care, or they will collapse. Not in a nervous breakdown kind...