I don’t really know why, but Eton Mess was something that I wanted to make for quite a while, but for some reason I didn’t. And it can be so easy to make, especially when you have ready made merengue, so the lack of time could not be my excuse. But now, I finally tried to make it! And I even baked my own merengues for it!
Eton Mess is basically a layered dessert with cream, merengue and fruit and you can make many variations on this dessert. Because we all love red fruits the most in my family and it gives the dessert a nice and fresh look, I decided to make a raspberry Eton Mess. To give it some extra color, I topped it with some vibrant green pistachios. And I can tell you it was a crowd pleaser!
When I know spring is around the corner, I start looking for one of my favorite products of this season: rhubarb! I just love the pink and green stalks with their sweet and tangy flavor. Every year I like to make a new recipe with it, which is so easy, because rhubarb is a super versatile vegetable. You can use it in desserts, breakfasts, sauces, jams and of course in cakes! This year I decided to make a cake from the rhubarb, but not an ordinary one. I felt the need to use a new technique, so I decided to make a tarte tartin. This was something I had never made before and I figured it would give the rhubarb an extra dimension through the caramellising process that happens in the pan. Because a rhubarb crumble is such a classic, I wanted a to incorporate a crumble layer as well. But it is not on the rhubarb, but in the base of the cake. Sounds delicious right?
Even though the wheather doesn’t show signs of spring at the moment (it looks more like fall actually) spring is here and it is Easter in exactly one week already! That’s why I decided to make some cute Easter bird’s nest cupcakes on this rainy day. To get in the mood a bit already. These cupcakes are really easy to make, not too big, so you can easily enjoy them with a cup of coffee or tea and I bet they would look great on an Easter Brunch table as well.
Sometimes you feel like snacking on something and you just don’t want to take another piece of fruit, but you don’t want to take something that is as unhealthy as a candybar or potato chips either. You just need something that gives you the idea of snacking without feeling guilty about the snack you just ate. I have a couple of healthy and super tasty options for those moments for you! Lees verder
On the weekends, I always like to make something special for dinner. Last week, my brother and I decided to cook something together for our parents and as we were browsing through recipes we found a picture of a pie made of pasta. What could be more appropriate, considering my blog name, than making a pasta pie? I thought it was the most perfect thing and since we all like pasta bolognese it was a good choice for all of us. And anything is better when it is in a pie shape right? It is that fun twist on your regular pasta dish that makes it more of a special dinner. To go with it we made lovely chicken meatballs and a rocket salad. Lees verder
I tried to think of the English equivalent of bokkenpootjes, but I just could not think of anything. They are a bit like ladyfingers, except that bokkenpootjes are made with almond flour, consist of two cookies filled with cream and are coated with chocolate, so yeah, not quite the same. I guess it is just a typical Dutch cookie. They are crispy, yet chewy on the outside and have this delicious vanilla cream between the two layers. These are one of my favorite cookies, because the almond, cream and chocolate combine so wonderfully! I guess they got their name bokkenpootjes, because the look a bit like a goats’ foot (which is what bokkenpootjes means in Dutch). I wanted to make my own version of them so badly for a long time already, that I decided to just give it a try. These cookies are a bit more work than any regular cookie, because of the different components and they do require some more skills, but the taste was so amazing that it was definetely worth the work, so don’t let this scare you! Lees verder
A couple of months ago, I bought a quiche tin, because I had never made a quiche myself and I figured it would give me a good reason to finally make one. But with all of the amazing things I want to make and eat, the quiche kind of got into the background. Untill I was going through my Food Bucket list to search for something to make this weekend. I actually have a weekend that is crammed with activities, so I was looking for a recipe that didn’t take all day to prepare. And what could be easier than a quiche? You simply put everything in the tin and bake it and that’s all there is to it. I honestly don’t know why I have never made one before? I always love to eat quiche, it is a way to eat comfort food (a pie) and vegetables at the same time. What more could you want for the weekend!
I did want to make a quiche that would be meal-worthy, so with a lot of vegetables. Broccoli is always a favorite here, so that needed to be in it for sure. I always like bell peppers and onions for their flavors, so I added them as well. Some Boursin cuisine light for the creamyness and eggs and of course dough. I used premade dough for ‘hartige taart’ from Koopmans to prepare this quiche even faster. You could make your own if you want to of course. Lees verder
As soon as I read that Menno, the winner of ‘Heel Holland Bakt 2014’ would be creating a book with his best baking recipes, I just knew I needed this book in my life. ‘Heel Holland Bakt’ is the Dutch equivalent of ‘The Great British Bakeoff’ where bakers from around the country battle against each other with the most wonderful baked goods. I have been watching every episode in awe, seeing the most amazing breads, cakes, cookies, desserts and even pizza’s. Menno was definetely one of my favorite bakers from the first episode: he had the knowledge, was creative in the given challenges and made delicious things with a no-nonsense attitude. Almost all of his creations turned out so well, it was no surprise to me that he won the 2014 series. And having the opportunity to bake his recipes at home makes me all exited for his book! Lees verder
For Christmas, my grandparents gave me this Dapeppa jar that contains almost all of the ingredients to bake coffee cookies. They know how much I like to bake and they love to try the end results of all this baking, so they knew this present would be a succes. Little did they know I had been baking cookies as a Christmas gift for them! It was hilarious when we were unwrapping our presents, can you imagine! So funny! I must say I didn’t really bake much after Christmas, except for the carrot cake and apple pie for my birthday. But last sunday, I was in a cookie-baking-mood and rembered the Dapeppa jar in my cabinet. You only need to add 70 grams of butter and an egg, which I still had in storage as well, so I was ready to make these cookies with chocolate chunks and mocha beans. Dapeppa is a Dutch brand that uses only the finest ingredients for their cookie mixes, which made me curious to try this. Lees verder
What do you do when you have to have dinner alone? Nope, you don’t order pizza or some other takeout food, but you make something you always wanted to try that the others in your hosehold were not too keen on. Perfect occasion right? So I recently saw this seasoning mixture from Verstegen to make a chickpea burger. I love chickpeas in any way: in a salad, roasted from the oven and in hummus, but I had never tried them in a burger. So I searched for recipes and got inspired by this burger from Gewoon wat een studentje ’s avonds eet. I made some adaptations to my taste in the recipe though. This would have to be on my dinner for one menu. I decided some avocado and lettuce would be great on the burger as well. To accompany it, I thought of some kind of potato and since we don’t eat sweet potato often enough in my opinion, that would become the side dish. Because I would have half an avocado left from the burger, I figured dessert would have to be an avocado chocolate mousse, which I had never tried also. Lees verder