Spaghetti with a Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce

Squash is pretty versatile. Oven roasting, a mash, a hearty soup or as part of a risotto? Been there, done that. Using squash as a basis for a pasta sauce? A definite must-try!!

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Lentil and Root Vegetable Mash with Wine-Braised Shallots by Yotam Ottolenghi

Potato based stews are definitely a staple in Dutch cuisine (curly kale, endive, and sauerkraut are the most popular), but this stew made with root vegetables, lentils. The boozy shallots/gravy is absolutely incredible too. A must-try winter dish!  Continue reading “Lentil and Root Vegetable Mash with Wine-Braised Shallots by Yotam Ottolenghi”

Lasagna by Tom Kerridge

I was looking for a ragu bolognese in Tom Kerridge’s cookbook Best Ever Dishes and found this very interesting lasagna recipe. Continue reading “Lasagna by Tom Kerridge”

Oven Baked Meatballs with Brown Ale Gravy by Tom Kerridge

Served with mashed potatoes and minted peas and mushrooms. A rather British supper.

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Scotch Quail Eggs with Bois Boudran Dipping Sauce by Galton Blackiston

For Chantal’s birthday party, I made some Scotch eggs with a delicious herby dipping sauce. This is the meaty version, I will post the veggie one later this week.

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Orzo with Tomato, Red Bell Pepper, Grana Padano and Thyme Infused Oil

Moments after the kids started digging in, they paused and – almost in unison – said: “wow, this is good.” I spontaneously got a 9.5 out of 10 and the constructive feedback that “a 10 out of 10 was well within reach if I added more cheese”. Smartasses… Continue reading “Orzo with Tomato, Red Bell Pepper, Grana Padano and Thyme Infused Oil”

Mac ‘n Cheese by Marco Pierre White

When the grown-ups indulge in culinary experimentation, it’s always a challenge to make something easy and more suitable for the kids. This time they were quite vocal about it and demanded Mac ‘n Cheese! Luckily, I had this version by Marco Pierre White still in my culinary bucket list. Continue reading “Mac ‘n Cheese by Marco Pierre White”

Fusilli with Pancetta, Shiitake Mushrooms and Wilted Greens

When we returned from holidays, and we were still battling jetlag, we wanted some simple one-pot meals. This pasta dish recipe from Yasmin Fahr over at seriouseats.com only needed minimal shopping, cooking and washing up. A perfect fit.  Continue reading “Fusilli with Pancetta, Shiitake Mushrooms and Wilted Greens”

Confit Salmon with Spinach and Tomato by George Calombaris

A couple of weeks ago Koen and I had another cookout. We needed a starter that was relatively low maintenance, and I wanted to try something new with the sous vide. This recipe is from George Calombaris fit the bill nicely as I hadn’t cooked fish in it before.

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Grilled Encrusted Tuna Steak with Sautéed Spinach and Samphire

This coriander and basil encrusted tuna steak is based on a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s 2002 cookbook “The Naked Chef”  Continue reading “Grilled Encrusted Tuna Steak with Sautéed Spinach and Samphire”

Green Risotto with Mushrooms

I chose this recipe by J. Kenji López-Alt I found over at Serious Eats as it had an interesting take on how to cook risotto: it adds the stock in 2 batches instead of a ladle at the time.  Continue reading “Green Risotto with Mushrooms”

Scallops with Smoked White Bean Puree and Glazed Carrots

Another excuse to use the Smoking Gun… 🙂  Continue reading “Scallops with Smoked White Bean Puree and Glazed Carrots”