Leek in Ham Gratin

Leek in Ham Gratin

Chicory or Belgian endives in ham gratin is a traditional Belgian dish. We Belgians love chicory, cooked or raw in a salad, we eat lots of it. Because chicory is a fairly bitter vegetable not many kids go crazy for it. Neither did my husband when he was a kid. So as mums sometimes do, his was flexible about it and made some rolls with leek instead of chicory. Follow

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Venezuelan Arepas or corn cakes

Venezuelan Arepas or corn cakes

Venezuela These corn cakes are a traditional recipe from Venezuela recommended by a lovely Venezuelan friend. She used to have them every day in Venezuela, just as I used to eat bread every day in Belgium.  ‘Arepa’ is simply the Spanish name for these corn cakes as used in most of South America. Follow

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Soaked Pancakes with Grapefruit and Blackberries

Soaked Pancakes with Grapefruit and Blackberries

    Pancake Day Pancake Day is coming up, so I want to share my latests favourite recipe for pancakes. Any excuse is good enough for pancakes for me, but which one is better than Pancake Day?? At the moment I love our soaked pancakes with grape fruit and blackberries. I make part of the batter on the night before I bake the pancakes, leave then to soak overnight and add the fruit in the morning. Follow

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Nutty Jammy Dodgers with Chia Jam

Nutty Jammy Dodgers with Chia Jam

Valentines Day So next week is Valentines Day!  Are you celebrating Valentines Day this year?  Maybe you have some time off next week with the kids and you have time to do some baking? Making these jammy dodgers will provide some fun entertainment for at least half a day, that is for sure. These heart shaped treats would also work great on a Alice in Wonderland themed party! Valentines Day is just another date in the calendar for me really, but this time…

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Apricot and Cashew Energy Bites

Apricot and Cashew Energy Bites

I first made these apricots and cashew energy bites last winter.  We had just one day where there was some snow here in Kent. It was rather pathetic, there was just a tiny little bit. Nevertheless, the kids were very excited and they were outside playing even before it was light. There was so little they used a hand brush and a dustpan to bring it together. They just managed to make a mini snowman! Follow

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Tangerines dipped in chocolate

Tangerines dipped in chocolate

Dear young chef, Aren’t these little gnomes cute? The only thing they lack still is a beard! They are very easy to make and good fun as well, especially if you like chocolate as much as I do… Making these tangerines dipped in chocolate is not difficult at all. Follow

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Marinated salmon cubes with stir fried green vegetables

Marinated salmon cubes with stir fried green vegetables

Marinated Salmon Cubes: The easy part These marinated salmon cubes are one of our favourite ways of eating fish at home at the moment. Soy sauce has always been popular, so we use it for all sorts of marinades: for chicken, for cod and also for salmon. We started to have these salmon cubes with stir fried noodles and veggies. Everybody loved them, especially the salmon cubes, they were always picked out first!   The marinade is made out of soy sauce,…

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Wholemeal Spaghetti with Rucola Pesto and cherry tomatoes

Wholemeal Spaghetti with Rucola Pesto and cherry tomatoes

Super quick dinner Spaghetti pesto is one of the most easy and quick dishes to get ready. It is so perfect for a busy weekday tea when there is no time for real cooking and especially when nobody had thought ahead about dinner at all. This really needs no more than the time for the pasta to cook. So what is that, 10 minutes, even less? You make the pesto while the pasta is cooking. This time I didn’t make…

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Linzer torte

Linzer torte

This little Linzer torte is what was left after our New Years Eve dinner.  I had never eaten this traditional Austrian cake before until just before Christmas when we were invited to a friend’s house. She is a wonderful cook anyway, but oh my, this was so delicious. I do have a sweet tooth, I know I do, but this was just so tasty! I immediately decided to make it for our New Years Eve dinner. It turned out Linzer torte…

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Granola with cinnamon and dried apricots

Granola with cinnamon and dried apricots

Happy 2017! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and fantastic New year just like I did. We had a great time! I have very much enjoyed the way celebrating and travelling becomes easier when the children grow up. It was just relaxing and fun this year. I wasn’t the zombie that I have been in the previous years. Short and endlessly interrupted nights didn’t make me the best company in the festive season in the past few years I am…

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