greek tuna fish starter

This was the first ever recipe I posted on my dutch blog “gerechtenweb“, back already in 2007. I rediscovered it recently, and decided to translate it in English also. Ingredients: 200 gr tuna (fresh is the best, canned is also ok) 4 pickles about 15 black stoned olives (green is also good, but black tastes…

bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts

Are you looking for a different kind of appetizer? An easy and surprising part of your main menu for Christmas or New Year? And of course, not too difficult and not too expensive? On Paleohacks, I found this surprising combination, fitting to all these requirements. Ingredients: Brussels sprouts bacon toothpicks nutmeg   Method: Preheat the…

Mango lassi with saffron and cardamom

Some time ago I made a mango-coconut cream, and someone asked me whether I could also give a recipe for mango lassi. A very good idea, and just as the malai kofta, it is one of the first things I enjoy when I go to Kathmandu. Normally this is the season for me to be…

avocado kiwi cocoa smoothie

Cocoa is always associated with sweet and unhealthy recipes causing a fat belly and bad teeth. But there is a different solution, in the form of a smoothie with for example avocado and kiwi. Ingredients: 1 avocado 2 kiwi 3 cups of milk (can be almond or vanilla milk) 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder some…

strawberry arugula summer salad

Though the hot summer days still have to come (at least, let up hope) this starter or easy lunch might compensate and bring the sun in the house. Ingredients: strawberries cherry tomatoes walnuts avocado arugula salad 30 ml honey vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil pepper, salt Method: Heat the vinegar and the olive oil in…

mini zucchini pizzas

I saw this easy and tasty recipe recently on pinterest. I decided to make it on New Year’s eve, and meanwhile it has already become some kind of standard for our festivities. Moreover, it is healthy and like with a real pizza, you can play with the recipes as you want. Below you will find…

turnip cabbage with carrots and sausage

Ingredients (4 persons): 2 turnip cabbages 500 gr carrots 2 paprikas 250 gr pickled sausages 2 eggs 2 gherkins 500 ml cream 4 tablespoons of curry (or to taste) 500 gr potatoes Method: Peel and slice the turnip cabbage and the carrots. Cook them in water with some salt to taste (10-15 minutes) Drain them…

fried chickpeas

As a Belgian, you have to fry your food from time to time to make sure you feel alive.  this time I chose fried chickpeas as an ‘healthy’ alternative to supermarket chips. Drain and rinse canned chickpeas.  Make sure they are dry, as the remaining moisture might ‘explode’ in the oil. Fry the chickpeas for…

asparagus-strawberry salad

Finally spring is there, so it is time to make an appetizer with seasonal ingredients: a sale with asparagus and strawberries.  The inspiration is coming from the german chefkoch.de website. Ingredients for 2 persons: – 100 gr rocket salad – 6 medium asparagus – 100 gr strawberries – parmesan – vinegar, pepper, salt, sugar –…

Waldorf towers

A Waldorf salad always reminds me of the famous TV-series Fawlty Towers with John Cleese.  I found another recipe building a tower out of it (probably as a reference to Fawlty Towers) Ingredients: – half a smoked chicken – a red and a green apple – walnuts – celery – 125 ml sour cream –…

date candies

I found this recipe a few years ago in an international cookbook. Something different, something I had to try, and still like to try 🙂 Ingredients for 4 people: – 150 grams of dried and pitted dates – 30 grams of raisins, soaked overnight in fresh orange juice – 50 grams of marzipan – 30…

smoked ham mousse

This is de first part of my Sylvester trilogy of this year. You can find the dutch version here. Ingredients (for 4 persons): – 200 gr smoked ham – 1 shallot – 1 clove garlic – 1 sprig of rosemary – 60 grams of cream – 2 tablespoons mayonnaise – 2 tablespoons dry sherry –…