Archive for the 'dinner' Category


De Zee – restaurant review

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

I went on a short vacation to Terschelling, one of the Dutch islands. Not only is it beautiful, but they’ve got some great fish, too. Our favorite restaurant was ‘De Zee’ (the sea), we ate there three nights in a row and we would have done five if they hadn’t been closed on Mondays and [...]

Carne de sol

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Carne de sol is one of my favorite Brazilian dishes. It’s made from salted, dried beef, cooked with onions and served here with rice, black beans and kale. I have no other words for it except ‘I want to go back, NOW’.

Quick spicy shrimp and noodle soup

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

An all pantry dinner: a quick stock made from dashi and some soy sauce, sesame oil, spicy sambal, crushed sesame and lime, some dried wakame seaweed, buckwheat noodles, cabbage and frozen shrimp. Very yummy!

Dining in Scotland

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

The Scottish can’t cook worth a damn, in my experience (and as you can probably tell from those beans) but this steak-and-ale pie was actually great. And what a lovely establishment it was…

Squid with persillade

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

This was probably the best squid I ever made. Chop your squid into pieces and add them to a mighty hot, oiled pan. Make sure the squid is dry before you toss it in, it will still release a lot of juice. Toss around until golden. You don’t want this process to take longer than [...]


Sunday, July 25th, 2010

One day, I was in the supermarket, very hungry, staring at prepackaged potato salads. I know they’re crap, but it’s a nostalgic thing, I used to love them as a kid. And I always get stuck on the bad-for-you-processed-food isles when I go shopping on an empty stomach. I managed to tear myself away, and [...]


Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Onigiri, Japanese rice balls, are a delicious snack or side dish. Simply make sticky rice, let it cool down and add a bit of rice vinegar/sugar mixture if you like. You can make them by hand, but I bought this cute tool that makes it even easier. Make balls and stuff them with pickled plum [...]

Asparagus & deviled eggs midnight snack

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

After a long day of cooking but not really eating (elaborate cooking often takes away my appetite) I decided to satisfy one last craving. I had some asparagus lying around and some leftover miso/mirin/rice vinegar/soy sauce mixture. So, I boiled up a couple of eggs, quickly deviled them (adding mayo, crushed sesame seeds and some [...]


Sunday, July 25th, 2010

As a special celebratory treat, we went to Yamazoto, the Japanese restaurant at the Okura hotel in Amsterdam. As far as I know, Yamazoto is the only Japanese restaurant in Europe with a Michelin star. It was actually my first time in any star restaurant, we weren’t quite sure what to expect here. Food-wise, it [...]