National French Fry Day🍟🎉🎉

July 13 is marked in the calendar as National French Fry Day. Although they are called French, they are as Belgian as it gets. According to the folk tale- when tasted the delicacy, American soldiers started calling them French, since the French language used to be official communication channel of the Belgian army in the…

Comfort food ✨💫

This one is from my mum’s cook book. Minimal effort, but big, big flavors.  It’s a cross between a potato gratin and a crisp potato rosti, yet it’s way, way easier to make and no frying is involved. For an extra impact, it’s finished with some melted Brie 🧀. Pairs wonderfully with Crémant 🍾. You…

A day in Paris 🗼

There are many firsts in our life that leave a special mark on us and we remember them fondly like our first childhood crush, first car, first job and among my most treasured firsts – visiting Paris for the very first time. I just got a new job and a welcoming training took me to…

Zucchini rolls with smoked salmon and nori

Lately, you might have noticed that entertaining at home has made a huge comeback. When I was young my mom used to have friends and family over all the time, but then all of the sudden meeting at the restaurants and fancy bars came into fashion and only religious holidays were reserved for home visiting….

Consommé 🐣

‘One of the signs of great chef is the ability to make good consommé, which is beautifully clear, rich soup.’ Heston Blumenthal It’s incredible difficult to make and it takes a lot of equipment and technique that in the end you loose any desire, that is until I’ve red Heston’s book ‘Heston Blumenthal at home’,…

First day in Holland

We were on our way to Holland when it got me thinking about a book that I have read a while back by Bill Bryson and a particular part that stuck with me when he talked about a Dutch colleague that used to work with him for The Times, who after buying a house in…

Sacher Torte

The story of the Sacher Torte takes place in Vienna in the early eighteen hundreds. Prince Metternich was preparing for an exceptionally important visit and ordered a fitting dessert. The main chef was taken ill and his apprentice, the young and skillful Franc Sacher took the opportunity to prove himself to the Monarch and decided…

Barbados

Colors, seductive landscapes and blue ocean is first thing that pops in my mind when I think back about Barbados. It’s popular to visit during the dry season  (January-June), however, the year around average temperature is 30 degrees and only difference one can notice is occasional 30 minutes shower during wet season followed by sunny…

Thai Curry

For years we’ve been going to this little Thai restaurant in Leuven (Belgium) and we were obsessing over their chicken Thai curry.  Prepared to perfection, full of fresh ingredients and with gorgeous velvety texture. Years later we’ve decided to move and the owner gave us a farewell present — instructions and some tips about our favorite…

Chicken Meatballs

Stunning entree Ingredients for the meat balls: 300g chicken minced meat • 100 baked chicken or turkey breast • 10g pistachios • Chicken herbs • 1 mandarin Ingredients for the dipping sauce: 100g cranberries • 50g maple syrup • 1 lime and zest Preparation: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. In the mean time crush the pistachios to fine…

My go-to muffins

The following recipe makes 12 muffins, you can serve them straight from the oven or as a breakfast the next day.  Here is my tweaked version: Blackberry & banana muffins with almond/blueberry crumble. Dry ingredients: 1 cup rice flour • 1/2 tsp baking soda • 1/4 tsp baking powder • Pinch of fleur de sel •…