French toast brûlée

There is nothing ‘usual’ about this French toast, so I like to serve it to my overnight guests or when I host a beautiful brunch. I soak buttery brioche bread in egg and Mexican vanilla paste mixture and after a few minutes of baking — brûlée a thin layer of caster sugar on top making…

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…

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’,…

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…

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…

Madeleines

Buttery shell shaped delicacy became world wide famous, since Marcel Proust’s novel ‘In Remembrance of Things Past’. In the novel narrator dips ‘petites madeleines’ in a tea cup and as soon as the warm liquid with crumbs in it touches his palette, he is transported in time to his childhood. In the literature this became…