Apple compote

Autumn is here. You can feel it, you can see it and you can smell it. And everybody talks about it, some being ecstatic about it, going all crazy for plaid and pumpkin and others (like me) trying to find little things that would make it more cheerful, because what lays ahead are just dark mornings and cold. There is one good thing about autumn – apples and pears (and cuddling under the blanket with hot chocolate of course). Continue reading “Apple compote”

Fig tart with honey vanilla cream

Fig, this sticky, sweet, oddly looking, mythical fruit. Some suggest it’s even the “forbidden fruit” that caused Adam and Eve to be banished from the Garden of Eden. If that is the case, I can totally understand why they couldn’t resist them. Imagine this: it’s a nice sunny day, you are sitting under a fig tree, hidden in its shadow, a light breeze in the air is playing with the leaves and every once in a while there is a ray of sun gently passing your face.  When you look up, the branches are full of ripe figs, so full that are almost bursting open. You pick one and smell the sweetness in it before you even open it (except if you take one that is too ripe, than you smell fermentation). And then you eat it and it’s so good that you want more and before you know it, you ate so many that your belly hurts and you get stomach cramps, but it doesn’t matter, because it was worth it. Continue reading “Fig tart with honey vanilla cream”

Canned tomato sauce

As I mentioned in my previous post, my father grows delicious tomatoes. There are too many to eat, so every year we turn the excess in tomato sauce. Tomato sauce is one of the 5 mother sauces of classical French cooking, and rightly so. I think it should have a category of its own, the grandmother sauce. I can’t imagine my cooking without it. It goes into or onto everything, from pasta to pizza, from soups to stews. Continue reading “Canned tomato sauce”

Eggplant, tomato and mozzarella bake

firstYeeey, I am visiting home for 10 days. And it finally feels like real summer, it’s above 30°C and although many people complain, I am in my happy place. Things that I have scheduled are: beach, beach and beach and then some more beach. Oh and food. I miss food from home. I always gain weight when I’m home. I’m acting like it’s a zombie apocalipse, like I will never see that food again. I don’t think it will be much different this time, but ok lets be positive. Another good thing about food at home is that it’s much more organic, my father has a small farm and there is always something fresh on hand. Now there are this great, juicy, voluptuous tomatoes, that taste amazing. Continue reading “Eggplant, tomato and mozzarella bake”

Yogurt cake with berry compote

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_MG_2023fix02Even though summers in Belgium may not always be what you expect from summer to be, that being sunny and warm, these last couple of days have been exactly that. And warm sunny days are always accompanied with the smoky smell in the air as everybody takes out their grills and goes in full barbecue mode. This weekend we did just that, and as every meal needs a dessert I decided to make something lighter to complete a hard core meat overdose. The cake is an adapted version of the No-Bake Greek Yogurt & Berry Cheesecake from Bare Root Girl blog. Continue reading “Yogurt cake with berry compote”