This recipe is on heavy rotation in our house right now. I love the aniseed flavour of the fennel combined with the creamy butterbeans and the sour heat of the mustard drizzle. It tastes great cold too - so we keep the leftovers for lunch the next day. We normally double-up on the chicken in... Continue Reading →
Bobotie is made from a spiced minced beef and a savoury custard topping. Traditionally, dried fruit is added to the mince mix and I use raisins and grated apple apples. Usually bobotie contains bread soaked in milk, but I use mashed beans instead. Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients - it is very easy to make and you can easily make double the quantity to freeze for another day.
This recipe from BBC Good Food is my favourite quick meal. To make it even quicker, I don't put the pan in the oven, but instead put a lid on the frying pan and continue cooking on the stove on a low heat for 5 mins until the eggs are cooked. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/butter-bean-chorizo-spinach-baked-eggs
Spring in the Netherlands is glorious. The fertile land bursts into bloom in March, more than making up for the miserable dark winters. By April the bulb fields are at their peak with hyacinths, tulips and daffodils creating fields of colour. If you have never seen flowers grown as a crop, it is quite spectacular.... Continue Reading →
It's Easter and yesterday I had a strong craving for hot cross buns. These spiced fruit buns are common in the UK and traditionally eaten on Good Friday. This recipe creates a crusty hot cross bun, a bit different to the normal soft variety you buy in supermarkets across the UK, and more like the... Continue Reading →
Being British and living in the Netherlands, I make Thanksgiving Dinner every year for a group of Americans. Obviously. They don’t seem to mind that I have never celebrated Thanksgiving in the USA and that I have absolutely no idea what Thanksgiving dinner should consist of. Thankfully many of them have lived for a long... Continue Reading →
These cookies are moreish all year round but I associate them with winter because the mixed spice blend is the main spice used in Christmas cake in the UK. In this recipe the flavour is more subtle but I still like the hint of holidays in every bite. I adapted this recipe from a dutch... Continue Reading →
We all know that oats are good for us, and so are bananas. So what better excuse do you need to bake some of this lovely banana bread and put your feet up with a slice and cuppa? Top tip: put overripe bananas in the freezer and keep them to use next time you make this... Continue Reading →