17 December 2017
Start with the green curry. Sweat some shallot and garlic in olive oil. Add 2 dl fish (or chicken) stock plus some fresh ginger, lemon grass and the stems of coriander. Boil for 10 mins. Pass through a sieve. reheat the infused stock and add some cream (or coconut milk). Reduce till thick. Add coriander leaves and blitz,
Boil the samphire for 3 mins. Cut the fennel bulb very finely and marinate in olive oil en orange juice.
Fry the haddock for 5 mins, skin side down. Turn off the heat and turn the fish. The other side will be done in 2 mins.
(inspired by Bart Desmidt)
14 December 2017
28 August 2017
Sometimes recipes are so simple, like this one: how to get the chicken crispy without deep-frying?
Mix 50 gr flour with 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp white pepper and 10 gr salt.
Pre-heat the oven at 200C. Drag the chicken wings through the mix and make sure they are well covered. Put them on a baking tin and bake for 40 mins. Their own fat will do the job.
(Tip from Eva at www.eefkooktzo.nl )
24 August 2017
Preheat the oven to 200 C.
Sprinkle the halibut ( 150 gr fillet pp) on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large skillet with an ovenproof handle over medium-high heat until it begins to shimmer but is not smoking. Place the fillets skin side down in the hot oil and sear until the fish begins to turn color, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the fillets and add 1 tbsp lemon juice, 100 cl white wine and 3 tbsp butter to the pan. As soon as the butter melts and becomes foamy, add a tbsp rinsed capers and 12 halved cherry tomatoes and simmer until the tomatoes release some juices, about 1 minute.
Place the pan in the oven until the fish is cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes.
In the meantime fill a large pot about 3/4 full of water and bring to a boil. Stir in 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp lemon juice, dissolving the sugar. Gently place an ear of corn into boiling water, cover the pot, turn off the heat, and let the corn cook in the hot water until tender, about 10 minutes.
8 August 2017
Not one of the best looking dishes on this blog, but very, very simple and very tasty. Stir fry 300 gr shredded carrots for a minute or 2. Add 1 tsp cumin powder and half a tsp coriander powder. Then 400 gr of red lentils (from a can), 750 cl vegetable stock and 125 cl coconut milk. Bring gently to the boil
After 15 minutes you can use a stick blender to puree the soup.
Roast 2 tsp fennel seeds in a dey pan.
Serve with fresh coriander, Turkish yoghurt and the toasted seeds. Plus some warm naan or pita bread.
(A Janny van der Heijden recipe)
3 August 2017
Slice 3 garlic cloves very thinly.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok and first fry the garlic for 40 sec.
Add the tomatoes for another minute.
Add 200 cl coconut milk and 1 tbsp fish sauce and bring to the boil.
Then 12 big prawns (peeled). They'll be cooked in a minute or 3.
In the meantime slice 2 spring onions.
Add them to the mix and 200 gr pre-cooked noodles.
Now all you have to do is cut a lime and take 2 thin slices from each side
Grate the rest and add, finally, the juice
Serve with coriander
2 August 2017
Mix 50 gr mascarpone with 10 gr green Thai curry.
Slice a radish very, very thinly.
Finely cut 2 celery stalks, 1 shallot and 1 green apple into a brunoise. Gently sweat the mix.
In the meantime boil 150 gr quinoa in 225 cl chicken stock, for 8 minutes, lid on the pan. Then take off the lid. Kill the heat and leave for another 10 minutes till all the liquid is absorbed.
Boil some young asparagus tips for 3 minutes
Lightly oil the fillets of salmon trout and fry them, skin side down, in a DRY pan.
5 minutes should do it to give them a crispy skin.
In the meantime mix the quinoa with the veggies. Add a tbsp roasted sesame seeds and a tsp sesame oil
Turn off the heat under the fish and turn the fillets. The other side will be done when you've started plating.
(Recipe from Anne-Sophie Breysem)
14 July 2017
Mix 2 more tbsp horseradish with 2 tbsp creme fraiche, 2 tbsp cream, 1 tsp mustard and some pepper and salt.
Fry pp a fillet of mackerel in a lightly oiled pan , skin side down till the skin is nicely brown and crispy. Turn off the heat and turn the fish, It will be done in a minute and a half.
Serve as shown with watercress. I had some left over oyster mushrooms but that's not necessary.
(Inspiration: Dominic Chapman)
12 July 2017
Comfort food in 6 minutes.
Cut the tips of some green asparagus in half, slice a red onion, some shiitake, courgette and a garlic clove.
Wok the onion and garlic in a tbsp oil for about 2 mins, then add the other veggies.
After another 2 mins add a tsp rice vinegar, 3 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp ginger syrup and a tbsp soy sauce. And pre-cooked ramen (noodles).
Stir and after another minute or two dinner can be served.
Simple food? Yes. Looking good? Who cares as long as its mouthwatering.
4 July 2017
1 tbsp fresh ginger (cut into matchsticks of 1 cm long and 1 mm wide)
2 garlic cloves, sliced very thinly)
2 shallots (cut into rings)
1 tbsp lemongrass (sereh) from a pot
1 tbsp Nam Pla (fish sauce)
1 red chili (sliced)
110 ml coconut milk
Handfull of coriander
1 spring onion (sliced)
1 kg mussels
First fry the shallots, ginger, chili and garlic in some oil, till soft
Add the sereh, fishsfauce and coconutmilk, softly boil for about 5 mins
Add the mussels, stir well and put a lid on the pan. Boil for 5 mins or till all shells are open.
Serve with the spring onion and coriander
10 June 2017
Cut 200 gr smoked mackerel as fine as possible. Mix it with 50 gr cream cheese, 30 gr sour cream, the juice of 1/2 the lime lime and 2 tsp dill. Put in the fridge.
Toast bread on 2 sides. Use a pointed sharp knife to slide the bread carefully and horizontally through the middle, into that thin strip of uncooked bread, cut the crusts off and then cut into strips. Place the untoasted sides back under the grill and make sure you keep an eye on the them, they will toast and curl quite quickly
Take the mackerel pâté out from the fridge and spoon a healthy dollop on the ends of each Melba slice. Add some cranberry compote on top and then a pinch of sliced sushi ginger. Finish with chervil or bean sprouts
PS Next time I'll use small cubes of beetroot instead of the cranberry.
Recipe Food Urchin, Great British Chefs
photo: Busy at the beach
9 June 2017
Prepare any green vegetables you might have. I used sugar snaps, green asparagus, frozen peas, fresh broad beans and broccoli.
For the sauce bring 250 cl fish stock to the boil, with 150 cl Noilly Prat en 100 ml sweet dessert wine. Reduce to 20%. Add 50 cl cream. Then whisk it 100 gr of salted butter (bit by bit)
Preheat the oven at 160 C.
Brush the fish well with olive oil and fry for 4 mins. in a very hot but dry pan.
Then transfer the pan to the oven. For 6 mins.
In the meantime boil the greens for 3 to 4 mins. Drain well.
Cut each monkfish fillet in 3 pieces. Serve as shown. First the sauce, then the fish and then the veggies.
8 June 2017
Peel and boil 4 small potatoes pp. (first cut off the bottom so they can stand).
Make a sauce of 2/3 mayo and 1/3 horseradish (from a jar). Add some capers and finely cut dill.
Coat the cooked potatoes lightly with the sauce.
Put them (lukewarm) on a a plate and drape smoked salmon over them. Finish with some more sauce and some dill.
4 June 2017
Dukkah is a North-african mix of nuts and spices. Easy to make at home.
Mix 75gr hazelnuts, 150 gr almonds, 2 tbsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp coriander seeds, 1,5 tsp fennel seeds and 2 tsp black sesame seeds. Toast them in a dry hot pan till you can smell them, but do not burn.
Add a tsp sea salt and put the lot in the kichenmachine. Not too long or you'll end up with nutty butter.
Add 75 gr cooked bulgur and keep in a soup dish.
Then make a salad dressing of 40 ml lime juice, 60 ml olive oil, a pressed garlic clove and rings of a green pepper.
Instead of making a salad from just small (Lebanon) cucumbers and coriander leaves I added some leftover haricots verts and sugar snaps.
Beat 1 egg and put it in a soup dish.
Heat a frying pan with some oil. Turn down the heat.
Take the salmon fillets one by one and roll them trough the egg, then trough the spices and put them in the frying pan.
Bake each side for 2 mins, so 8 mins in total too keep the inside nice and pink.
Plate and decorate with bean sprouts.
(Inspiration Donna Hay)
3 June 2017
The sun was hot and my fishmonger had fresh sardines. A perfect combination.
All you have to to is to put them in a baking tin, cover them with some olive oil, crushed garlic, fennel seeds, lemon zest and pepper&salt. Add halved lemons and let the oven do the work (220C, 10 mins or so)
The lemons become sweeter. Serve with parsley and start ...working. Because sardines are lovely, but have a lot of tiny bones.
2 June 2017
For 4 persons you'll need:
4 small prepared squid pouches no longer than 15 cm
125g minced pork
Tentacles from the squid
50g peeled raw prawns
1cm fresh root ginger, finely grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp chopped coriander
¼ tsp caster sugar
1½ tsp sesame oil
½ tsp salt
Freshly ground Sichuan peppercorns
2 spring onions, chopped plus 1 spring onion finely shredded, to garnish
For the sauce:
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
Rinse out the squid pouches.
Roughly chop the tentacles and fins. Put them in a food processor with the prawns and minced pork. Blend to a coarse mixture. Or, like I did, just mix them with a fork. Scrape the mixture into a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients (except for the shredded spring onion and the sauce ingredients) and mix together well.
Spoon the stuffing into squid pouches. Secure the open ends with wooden toothpicks.
Set up a steamer with simmering water. Place the squid on a heatproof plate and put in a steamer when the water has boiled and turned down to a simmer. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and steam the squid for 20-25 minutes, until cooked through.
Meanwhile put the ingredients for the sauce into a small pan. Just before the squid are ready, warm the sauce through. Lift the squid on to a board and cut each one across into about 6 thin slices. Arrange squid on 4 warmed plates, spoon over some of the sauce and garnish with the spring onion shreds.
Recipe by Rick Stein
Because my fish were so small I also made a salad and used the mandoline to shave a fennel bulb very thinly and did the same with a red onion. Got the parts out of a juicy orange and made a dressing of 2 tbsp orange juice, 1 tsp Dijon mustard and olive oil. Decorated the salad with some fresh mint and the green of the fennel:
29 May 2017
The problem with rettich is that they are so big. The other day I used 5 cm and was stuck with the rest.
Today I thought of this solution and cut off another 12 cm. Peeled it and used the mandoline to make very thin slices. Put them in boiling water for 90 sec. to make them soft.
Fried some leftover gamba's from the freezer.
Wanted to use basil but didn't have any so used the blender and mesclun salad (plus some olive oil and salt) to make the green dressing that would go nicely with the mango.
The cut offs from the mango were used to make mango mayo (just some Hellmans mayo with the mango and a stick blender).
I made a cross of two rettich slices, put a gamba in the middle, a teaspoon of mangomayo on top and folded into a square little package. Bob's your uncle and he would love it.
For this you really homemade chicken stock. From there it's simple.
Mix 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger, 1 tbsp miso paste and 600 ml chicken stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 mins.
To glaze the chicken:
mix 2 tbsp miso paste with 2 tbsp Mirin and 2 tbsp olive oil. Whisk and use to cover 2 chicken breasts.
Fry the breasts in a bit of oil, 5 mins on each side
Boil some noodles (mine took 3 mins) and an egg for 6 mins.
Add some decorative mushrooms to the broth and cook for 2 mins.
Seve as shown, with some nori, Shichimi Togarashi (a Japanese orange/pepper mix) and some sprouts
Inspiration: Donna Hay
27 May 2017
Slice 4 cm fresh ginger and add to 1 litre of chicken stock, with 2 tbsp fish sauce, 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp lemon juice and the white of a lemon grass. Simmer for 15 mins.
In the meantime mix 50 gr of chia seeds (or black sesame seeds ) with a tsp of chili flakes.
Coat 2 chicken fillets with egg white and cover the fillets with the seed mix
Fry for about 5 mins on each side till golden brown and done.
Slice 100 gr of sugarsnaps lengthwise. Remove the ginger and lemongrass from the stock and add the sugarsnaps and a halved red chili. Simmer for 2 mins.
Cut the chicken breasts lengthwise in strips. Serve with small basil leaves, spring onion and lime.
26 May 2017
Toast 2 tbsp of black sesame seed in a dry pan. Crumble or cut 6 leaves of nori (mine were 5x7 cm) and mix with 2 tsp of sea salt and the sesame seeds.
Cover both sides of a piece (250 gr) of fresh tuna with the mix and press. Put the tuna in the fridge for about an hour.
In the meantime peel a 6 cm piece of rettich (daikon, or white radish) and cut into matchsticks.
Mix 3 tbsp of Mirin, 2 tbsp of lemon juice and 2 tsp of horseradish to make a dressing.
Cut the tuna, serve with the rettich, the small leaves of celery.
Pour the dressing over in and add a bit of sushi ginger,
<Christmassy with a few mini tomatoes?
(inspired by Donna Hay)
Mix 100 gr coarse salt (the cheap rock version, not the expensive sea salt) with 2 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp dill.
Ask you fishmonger for a salmon fillet of 400 gr (without the skin and the grey fatty stuff)
Cover the fillet on each side lightly with horseradish from a jar.
Put 2 sheets of clingfilm crosswise on a dish.
Put half the salt mix on it. then grated beetroot on top of it.
Then the salmon fillet.
Followed by more beetroot and finally the rest of the salt mix.
Pack tightly with the clingfilm.
Put something have on top and put in the fridge for 2 hours.
In the meantime mix 2 heaped tsp horseradish with 1/2 tsp Japanese rice vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil and some pepper and salt.
Cut a fennel bulb very thin and mix with the horseradish dressing.
Two hours later cut the salmon into thin strips. I used broccoli sprouts as finishing touch.
(Inspiration: Donna Hay)
Boil some rice. In the meantime remove the skin of the salmon filets if the fishmonger hasn't done that. If he did, but left the grey fat remove that with a sharp knife. Oil the filets and fry in a (dry but very hot) pan for just 1 min on each side. Turn off the heat and pour some ketjap or soy sauce on the fish. Shake and turn the filets quickly till covered with sauce. Then transfer them to a cutting board.
Time to cut the avocado into cubes, dribble with lemon juice to avoid them turning brown.
Open a pot of Japanese Sushi ginger and use a tea sieve to catch the liquid.
Mix 1 tbsp black sesame seed with 1 tsp of chili flakes and 1 tsp of coarse sea salt.
Start plating with the rice. Cut the salmon. Finish with the avocado, sea weed and ginger. Sprinkle with the sesame mix and spoon over the ginger liquid.
Inspiration: Donna Hay
14 May 2017
Start with the sauce: 1/3 gin (or sake), 1/3 Mirin and 1/3 soy sauce. Bring to the boil and reduce till half is left.
In the meantime put the griddle pan on.
First some thin slices of fennel go in, about 1 min. on each side, till nice and just soft enough.
Then the lightly oiled tuna for 2 mins.
Serve with a spoonful of hummus and some leek shoots.
13 May 2017
6 May 2017
Making this dish I remembered my lovely wife putting food on the table, muttering "Enjoy it, this will be the last day in my life I will cook!'. We did not believe her, but the next day the kids and I learned she was dead serious. I had to gather recipes and shop and start cooking the rest of my life. At one point I kindly asked here where I could find veal stock in the larder. Her answer: "If you did not make it yesterday there isn't any!'. Right. Years later, earlier this week, she surprised me by ordering fantastic veal stock, or Jus de Veau, from www.joostenpaul.nl. I decided to use this excellent product for the firs time with scallops.
First I made the mash and by adding lots of butter and milk turned it into a smoot mousseline. Then I cut a piece of leek into small strips and sweated them in butter. The Jus de Veau was easy as I only had to warm it up.
Then fried some good Serano ham in a dry pan, then using the same pan to fry the scallops.
3 May 2017
Bring 1 l chicken stock to the boil, with a quartered lime and 5 sprigs of tarragon. Poach 2 chicken breast for 5 mins. Then turn off the heat and put a lid on it. Leave the meat warm for another 10 mins.
In the meantime prepare the dressing: a heaped tsp Dyon mustard, the juice of half a red grapefruit, olive oil,salt and pepper.
Slice 2 small cucumbers lengthwise.
Mix watercress with some mint leaves .
Remove the skin of the chicken breasts and slice into strips. Serve as shown, with some smoked almonds and a slice of grapefruit.
Inspired by Donna Hay
2 May 2017
Don't try this at home -if you prefer your meat well done (or being vegan).
My butcher did not have any ribeye left so I was seduced to buy 300 gr of tenderloin.
At home I left it at room temperature and started with the dressing by reducing 50 ml gin (I did not have sake), 50 ml of Mirin and 50 ml of soy sauce till I had about 60% left. Let it cool down and added a good tbsp of lime juice.
Next came grating some fresh ginger (to have 1 tbsp).
Then cutting 4 radishes into matchsticks.
I panfried the beef about 1 min on each (of the 4) side and added some soy sauce before taking it of the gas. Rolled the beef in tinfoil to let it rest and avoid a (sorry!) bloody plate later on.
Toasted some sesame seeds.
Start plating with some taugé. Cut the beef and add. Follow by the radishes and various sprouts (I used broccoli and radish). Divide the grated ginger, sesame seeds and finally some coriander
(Inspired by Donna Hay)
30 April 2017
10 April 2017
Skordalia is Greek, a thick mash of potato and garlic.
Pre heat the oven at 160C.
Per person: 1 potato, 1 clove of garlic (but I used 2 cloves pp).
Use the point of a big kitchen knife to mix the garlic with some coarse sea salt. Then press and press and press to turn into a paste.
Boil the potatoes.
Fry the fish in butter for 2 mins on its white skin.
Turn and put in the oven for 12 mins.
Drain the potatoes. Add garlic, milk, the juice of half a lemon and a gluck of olive oil and mash.
One can serve it with a nice salad or roasted vegetables. If so inclined. But around the Mediterranean a potato is seen as a vegetable, so...
Boil 100 gr frozen peas for 4 mins. Drain. Add half a tbsp green curry paste and 125 ml coconut milk. When warm and dissolved use a blender to make into a thick sauce. Taste. Add some more curry paste if you want it spicier. Add some water if it's too thick.
Cut a ripe avocado in two, twist, open and take out the pit. Take out the pulp with a spoon.
Cut into slices
Oil 12 gambas and fry in a dry pan, max 2 mins on each side.
Serve as shown with some basil leaves.
Bring 250 ml fish stock and 250 ml sherry to the boil with some thyme. Add the zest of 1/4 orange. Reduce 50%.
Cut long, pointed paprikas (red, orange and yellow) in rings and boil softly in some sherry.
Peel white asparagus and boil them for 15 mins. After 10 mins add green asparagus.
Take the orange zest and thyme from the sauce. Add some cream and bring to the boil again.
Then whisk in about 50 gr of butter, bit by bit
Boil the samphire for 3 mins. Drain.
Lightly oil the fish and fry in a dry pan for 4 mins. Turn around and fry for 1 more min.
Serve as shown.
PS As you can see I forgot to use the orange strips. Oops...
29 March 2017
Preheat the oven at 200C. Peel some asparagus. Put frozen potatoes croquettes in the oven for 20 mins.
Boil some water for the veggies.
Get (per 2 pers.): 2 egg yolks, 3 tbsp lemon juice, 5 tbsp water, 100cc chicken stock, 2 full tsps Dyon mustard (at room temperature!)
Then its time to boil the carrots and asparagus for 15 mins.
In a sauce pan (on a low heat) whisk the egg yolks with the other ingredients till thick and frothy. Add some creme fraiche and whisk again. Turn off the heat and stir in 2 tbsp chopped dille and some pepper.
Now it's time to panfry the oiled halibut fillets: skin side down in a dry pan for about 5 mins till the skin it brown and crispy. Flip over and turn off the heat.
Serve as shown. I had some left over salmon mousse (recipe .18-3-2017) that went well with the asparagus
18 March 2017
Drain. Mix all ingredients and add enough chicken stock to make a nice thick soup, using a blender.
Then shred 100 grs smoked salmon pp with creme fraiche and a tbsp mayo. Use the blender to make the mousse. Add some finely chopped celery and chives.
Serve as shown at room temperature. Crumble a bit of dried fried onion on top. With some salad leaves or watercress for decoration..
Inspired by Racine Restaurant, Tillac, SW France
11 March 2017
Deep fry the asparagus (about 2-3 mins)
Serve as shown, the asparagus sprinkled with some sea salt and topped with salmon roe.
A Nobu recipe, who got the sauce from Dynasty star Linda Evans