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Salmon, fennel, pomegranate and snow pea salad

The more color, the healthier. Or so I’m told. This salad with salmon, fennel, snow pea and pomegranate is a winner in any case! We have used salmon marinated in Gin & Tonic for a change, creating a very subtle sharpness and bitterness, but as the rest of the dish is filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, this little sin will certainly be forgiven. 🙂 Continue Reading

Beetroot, goat cheese and edible flower salad

Winter is the perfect season to prepare something with beetroot. Not just because they are easy to find then, but also because they add color to your dish, something we all can use when everything looks gray and dreary outside.

Next to that, we have decided to work with two other ingredients to get an extra summer boost. Salads and edible flowers make us eagerly look forward to spring. A real boost for the mind and for the taste buds, as edible flowers have in fact heaps of flavor and are therefore much more than just a decorative element. Therefore, you should definitely taste the flowers if you plan to use them in a dish. They can really make or break the whole experience, depending on the rest of the ingredients and whether they fit or not.

The third main element in our preparation is goat cheese. We have chosen a soft artisanal goat cheese from Holland made by De Bokkesprong. These cheese makers use the milk of goats from their own stable, trying to work as natural as possible.

“Now where is that recipe?” you will probably think. Well, there are not a lot of instructions for the preparation. Just add all elements together in a bowl and season everything. That’s it, really. 🙂 Below you will find the list of ingredients.

  • Mixed salad
  • Colored, cooked beets
  • Soft, fresh goat cheese to crumble
  • Edible flowers
  • CressOlive oil
  • Pepper and fleur de sel

Tip of the Day: Select a beautiful bowl and do not just keep it for special occasions. A simple salad like this one will taste extra delicious when presented beautifully. We have used a bowl from the Pure-collectie of Pascale Naessens for Serax.

Enjoy!

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Quiche with carrots, zucchini and eggplant

This vegetable swirl pie with carrot, zucchini and eggplant is guaranteed to impress, and with good reason, because cutting the veggies is not that easy. However, the satisfaction when the pie comes out of the oven will be even greater.
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Meliefste, Wolphaartsdijk

One of the most talked about things last year was restaurant Meliefste in the Dutch town of Wolphaartsdijk. The first Michelin star that many had predicted was unfortunately not obtained, but they did get a score of 16/20 at GaultMillau and numerous positive reviews. With the prospect of a weekend in Zeeland, it was of essence for us to visit Meliefste.
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Kruisherenrestaurant, Maastricht

Great food at the hotel you are staying at, that is killing two birds with one stone. It feels a bit like home, no need to go out and you can leave your car where it is parked. Of course you don’t have to stay in the hotel to be able to enjoy the food. 
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Spinach-purslane soup with cod and radish sprouts


You can do just about anything with soup. There are hearty, comfort food soups, healthy and even gastronomic bowls. You can decide for yourself in which category today’s soup belongs.  It’s up to you anyway, as most soups are super easy to tweak. With only a couple of small twists you can add your own style to a standard recipe. For example, try to vary with the quantity of potatoes to make your soup thicker or more liquid, or finish everything off with sumptuous fish or with sausages, all very tasty and fun. Soup away! 🙂
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Costes Downtown, Budapest

As the first ”starred” restaurant in Hungary, everyone in Budapest knows Costes. In 2015 this classic of the high-end dining trade gained a trendy sister, called Costes Downtown, in the centre of town. Within a year the youngest member of the Costes family had already pocketed a Michelin star. And rightly so, for of all the places we visited in Budapest this might just have been our favourite. Continue Reading

Pasta with truffle and mushrooms

It’s one of the classics of all classics in the Italian kitchen: pasta with truffle. A rich, creamy taste that fits nicely with earthly elements. No matter how simple this dish is, we just went loose when selecting the ingredients.
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Parsnip – celeriac soup with parsley coulis

During winter, you automatically fancy a nice hot bowl of soup, like a rich hearty soup full of flavor and with a firm texture. The typically forgotten winter vegetables like celeriac and parsnip are perfectly suited for this.

With this recipe, it suddenly doesn’t seem so bad anymore that it is dark early, that it is wet and that there is a cold wind blowing. Install yourself in front of the stove and enjoy every spoonful. You’ll definitely need a spoon, as this is a very thick soup and drinking it is not that handy. ☺

Ideally, this soup should be mixed until it is smooth. You can add crunch and extra flavor by baking or frying some celeriac or parsnip cubes and adding them later.

By finishing the rather crude soup with parsley coulis and some olive oil the plate will immediately look a lot more elegant. The fresh green coulis adds color and life to the pale soup. Parsley and ‘forgotten’ vegetables are a top notch combination by the way.  

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Ingredients

  • ½ celeriac
  • 4 parsnips
  • ½ potato (can be left out if you prefer your soup less thick)
  • 1 onion
  • White base of 1 leek
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 bouillon cubes
  • 1,5 liter of water
  • A bunch of curly leaf parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Pepper

Bereiding

  • Cut the vegetables and seasonings into cubes.
  • Keep aside some of the parsnip and/or celeriac and cut into thin strips.
  • Sauté the onion, the leek, the garlic, and the potato in olive oil.
  • Add the parsnip and celeriac. Allow to simmer for two to three minutes.
  • Add the water and the bouillon cubes. Allow to cook for about 20 minutes on low heat.
  • Meanwhile bake the pieces of celeriac and parsnip in olive oil.
  • Cook half a bunch of parsley in water. Add some baking soda to make sure that the parsley keeps its beautiful green color.
  • Remove the cooked parsley out of the water and put it in a blender or food processor with quite some olive oil. Mix on the highest speed until you get a parsley coulis.
  • Mix the soup using a blender or food processor at high speed to get a smooth texture. Do you prefer a soup with chunks?  Then use a plain mixer.
  • Serve the soup in a deep plate. Top it off with parsley coulis and some pieces of baked parsnip and/or celeriac. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Restaurante Choco, Córdoba

The Andalusian gastronomic scene is buzzing today like never before. About 30 chefs are committed to promote the local cuisine under the name of Gastroarte, where the fantastic regional products and traditional dishes are done justice by further refining and modernizing them and by developing creative interpretations. One of the highlights of this region is chef Kisko García, the man behind Restaurante Choco in Córdoba. We want to know more! Continue Reading

Black pasta with squid and samphire

Making fresh pasta requires quite some skill. Ink pasta, which gets its color by adding squid ink, is something for kitchen princes or princesses daring to go just one step further. As we would never dare to pretend that our homemade ink pasta would be better than the traditional artisans from Europe’s boot, our first stop today will be La Scoperta.
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Bye bye boring bread

Bye bye boring bread. Today we will make luxury sandwiches! Bread is in fact very tasty and it is a shame that we do not give it enough credit most of the time. The association with sweaty cheese between tasteless white supermarket bread in a dull lunch box is very quickly made, or we link it to prefabricated open-faced baguettes topped with salads mainly containing mayonnaise to compensate the dry structure of something that is supposed to be tuna.  But enough whining already. 🙂 It is now time to show how to make sandwiches with a minimum of efforts and a maximum of taste.
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Paris for foodies

Paris is the Mecca of gastronomy. All the same, it doesn’t always have to be fine dining by candle-light in the city of love and lights. Innumerable passionately enthusiastic craftsmen make a wide variety of delicious traditional products. There are masses of brasseries offering simple menus, a laid back atmosphere and attractive terraces, all serving tasty dishes. We dropped into a number of places many a foodie would be delighted with. We certainly were. 🙂
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Casa Piolas, Algarinejo

Food just tastes so much better when it is prepared with love.  Nothing beats the kitchen of el padre and la madre, especially when their cooking- and plating skills are of a gastronomic level and their dishes are full of creativity. It is just that what you can taste at Restaurante Casa Piolas in Algarinejo in Spain.
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