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Mushroom risotto with cavolo nero and hazelnuts

Mushroom risotto with cavolo nero and hazelnuts

This is where all the great earthy flavors come together. Mushrooms, palm cabbage, hazelnuts. With the counterpart of the fresh lemon and white wine. We often bring a meal to an elderly sweet man, Jos. He said this risotto is my favorite. Well, all is said with this one.

Pesto of palm cabbage (and much more of course)

Pesto of palm cabbage (and much more of course)

Well well well, one can use pesto for just about everything, right? For me, it’s the same as with hummus. A daily companion. On toast. In salads. Mixed in some vegetables. Or just a spoon of it, just like that. Because it’s so good. I made this variant with palm cabbage after I was inspired by Penny. And then of course it got me going à la Damaris style.

Exciting and unctuous orzo with kale, tomato and more…

Exciting and unctuous orzo with kale, tomato and more…

Somehow orzo always gives such a comfort food feeling. And especially if you can make a one-pan dish like this that has everything in it. The sensation of comfort food. An alternation of savory with a little sweet because of the cinnamon stick. Boost of health through the kale. And a bit of spiciness through the harissa. I said it already… it has everything in it.

Moroccan apple date pie

Moroccan apple date pie

The apples fell from the trees at the neighbors in the backyard and ended up in my kitchen via a basket over the fence. And some time later they played the leading role in this delicious Moroccan apple date pie.

Stuffed pointed pepper with spicy quinoa

Stuffed pointed pepper with spicy quinoa

This is a really spicy quinoa, well filled. You can also eat it like this. But it looks a lot more festive in a pointed pepper. You will probably have some leftover quinoa after filling. You can serve it separately and/or have it the next day. It is also very tasty cold.

Grilled artichoke hearts with za’atar aioli

Grilled artichoke hearts with za’atar aioli

Grilled artichoke hearts. Crispy right? And then with that delicious za’atar aioli. Well, it is a snack or a side that is ready quickly. A lovely addition on the table. Delicious as an appetizer. Lovely with a mezze. If you always have a few artichoke hearts in the freezer—just like me—you can put this surprising dish on the table in no time.

Labneh with figs and caramelized walnuts

Labneh with figs and caramelized walnuts

Figs are comfort food for me. I eat them with skin and all. I simply cannot get enough of them. I feel happy when I can gently squeeze a ripe fig. En dan als je ze openscheurt. Beautiful sight. I didn’t even mention the taste. The sweetness. The festive taste. Phew… and here with caramelized walnuts and yogurt. A true party.

Spiced celeriac from the oven

Spiced celeriac from the oven

I’ve been very successful with this recipe this summer. Celeriac. People are shy. Look at it. Yeah, looks nice but… Yeah, celeriac …. Do I dare or not? And if, after some encouragement, they do take a bite, and then it all takes off. There is no stopping it. Do I need to say more? No, thought so.

Full red saffron rice, fatteh and vegetables

Full red saffron rice, fatteh and vegetables

I try to make sure every dish has something to bite. You need a good bite. Super important for vegan dishes that often largely consist of vegetables. But good traditional classics, dishes that are originally vegan, have already thought of that themselves. Just like with this dish. I use red rice for this one. That in itself is a bit sturdier. But the signature element of fatteh is, of course, the crusty bread that is part of it. And it works perfectly together here. PS: do you see the cinnamon stick in the picture?

Roasted cauliflower with tahini and smoked paprika

Roasted cauliflower with tahini and smoked paprika

Cauliflower is undemanding. Easily surrenders to your preparation. Makes sure it’s always tasty. Surprisingly tasty even. Even people who solemnly declare that they do not like cauliflower, are nevertheless positively captivated by this delicious vegetable. This is also a way of preparing that is very popular with many.

Haricots verts salad with hazelnuts

Haricots verts salad with hazelnuts

Minimal effort, maximum result. Completely against my slow cooking nature, this is a nice and quick recipe. But one with a maximum surprise effect, so to speak. Which stays with you as much as possible. And that will amaze your guests at the table. Sometimes it’s nice to have a beautiful dish that you can serve at your table in no time.

Sweet potato in tomato-lime sauce and cardamom

Sweet potato in tomato-lime sauce and cardamom

I don’t like sweet potatoes. I often find it dull, tacky and not adding much. But this dish helped me get over my prejudice instantly. Super tasty, and exactly what you want at your table. In fact, you will regret it when you find out the pan or bowl is empty. Glad I threw my prejudice overboard and gave sweet potato another chance with this recipe.

Stewed leek in white wine with crispy strips

Stewed leek in white wine with crispy strips

If you read and make my recipes regularly, you know that I often mention using one secret ingredient to create an unforgettable dish. Or a special ingredient. In any case, an unexpected one. In this dish, these are the crispy strips I made from the dark green leek leaf. Try it. So nice to find a good use for the green leaves.

Beetroot in orange syrup

Beetroot in orange syrup

Caramelized beets are not to be missed. And if you use homemade orange syrup for this, it will make you even happier. At least, that’s how it works for me. It’s a nice sweet addition and it shows the extremely delicious side of red onions.

Spicy plantain, apple and coconut salad

Spicy plantain, apple and coconut salad

Baking plantain is a discovery of the last 2 years. Normally at breakfast, but here in a salad. Very nice discovery. The interplay with the herbs actually gives the sweet plantain something savory. The coconut adds bite. The apple the freshness. And the ginger some spicyness. This salad is a wonderful surprise. Make it on a beautiful summer day. You will not regret it.

Eggplant tomato dip with turmeric and garlic

Eggplant tomato dip with turmeric and garlic

Soft and crunchy. Garlic and smooth tomato puree. Nuts and eggplant. With or without bread. Tasteful, for sure. The aubergine is there but it blends seamlessly into the other flavors. The tomato is there but it blends seamlessly into the other flavors. The garlic is there but doesn’t take over all the other flavors. That kind of dip. Delicious.

Lima beans in spicy and fresh oil

Lima beans in spicy and fresh oil

Lima beans are the discovery of 2021 for me. So deliciously crunchy, so great at absorbing flavors without losing its authenticity. This is a great surprising dish with a fantastic layering of flavors. Delicious to dip with bread.

Grilled fig salad with Japanese influences

Grilled fig salad with Japanese influences

We associate figs with sweet, balsamic vinegar, for example. With this salad we take a completely different direction, a salty and savory direction. Surprisingly tasty, figs grilled in the oven. I really like figs anyway: from very pure to processed. From fresh from the tree to dried. This salad shows figs from a completely different surprising side.

Lima bean puree with garlic aioli

Lima bean puree with garlic aioli

Many people do not have positive thoughts when it comes to white beans. This even goes voor Lima beans. We do not, can not and will not understand that in this house. Lima beans are very tasty and very easy to prepare. Give them another chance. We beg of you. Just try to get rid of your memories in the past. In any case, this dish settles that in one go. It is a taste bomb, comfort food and surpising.

Grilled peach salad with string beans

Grilled peach salad with string beans

A typical and surprising combination for a summer day. Peaches that you give a tasty boost in the grill pan. And you do the same with the string beans. The roasted almond pieces give the salad a perfect bite. And the mint leaves add some spice. This dish scored a 10/10 this afternoon. Nothing less…

Pasta bil laban

Pasta bil laban

Warm yogurt, this is always almost too good to be true. Always so good. So gentle and soft. Bringing everything together in the ultimate comfort food dish. In this recipe, it contrasts perfectly with the deliciously crunchy breadcrumbs and the spicy pine nuts. Even though it is a pasta dish, the Palestinians have made a Middle Eastern version with the warm yogurt, crispy breadcrumbs and the spicy pine nuts. And the combination of herbs and spices.