Homemade gnocchi with beef goulash

You guys, it’s December! Say what!? Where did the year go? Is it only me who thinks that time flies waaaay too fast? I love Christmas time, but for me real Cristmas feeling starts only after the 6th of December, which is a special holiday in some places in Europe, I will tell more about that in my next post. So as I am not yet in full on holiday mode, today’s recipe is also not very festive, but it’s still comforting and cosy. Gnocchi with beef goulash was a dish that often appeared on my grandmother’s Sunday lunch menu. Continue reading “Homemade gnocchi with beef goulash”

Zwitserse preischotel (Swiss leek dish)

As I wrote in the title Zwitserse preischotel translates into Swiss leek dish. I don’t know if it’s really Swiss though, it’s how they call it here (if anyone has any idea about it, let me know). The first time I heard about this dish was 2 years ago. We just finished with furnishing the appartement and started inviting people over for dinner. The first ones were Laurens’ best friend and his parents. Continue reading “Zwitserse preischotel (Swiss leek dish)”

Spaghetti squash patties with brazil nuts and chickpea flakes

Spaghetti squash is not so easy to find here. Last year I managed to get my hands on no more than one. This year I was a bit more lucky and bought two so far, but I believe I’ll manage to get some more since they are more abundant in stores this year. I know that spaghetti squash is “supposed” to be eaten as a low-carb substitute for spaghetti, but I decided to use mine a little bit different, since the strands were a bit shorter and not resembling to spaghetti at all.  Continue reading “Spaghetti squash patties with brazil nuts and chickpea flakes”

Pizza with pumpkin and sage sauce, pancetta and blue cheese

Here it is, the pumpkin recipe post. It was bound to happen. Pumpkins are all around us, you have no other choice but to take advantage of this fact. And why wouldn’t you, they are delicious and healthy, packed with vitamin A, and many other good little molecules that do wonders in your body.  This will not be one of those pumpkin spice and everything nice dishes, this is something special. My pumpkin was not turned into a golden cariage (which makes sense since I am not Cinderella), or baked in something sweet, mine became a delicious pizza (or pasta if you want) sauce with sage, garlic and olive oil (health overdose alert). Continue reading “Pizza with pumpkin and sage sauce, pancetta and blue cheese”

Pasta with Tubby custard

My mother always worked on weekend mornings. Our, children’s, responsibility was then to clean the appartment and make sure we had lunch by the time she returned home. As the oldest (and the only one of three that really listened to my mother’s lecturing that happened if things were not done), I tried to do my best to always prepare something for lunch. I was 14 or 15 at the time, and not one of those kids that compete on Junior MasterChef (I guess they are even younger that 15). So you can imagine that my cooking abilities were scarce. I still did my best. Well on one of those weekends I found an old magazine with pasta recipes, flipped through the pages and chose the one that was the easiest to prepare.
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Bolognese sauce

Spaghetti with bolognese sauce, it’s a dish that everybody likes, call it a comfort food if you want. I loved it when I got it on my plate when I was little. I would put a spaghetti in my mouth and then twist my ears with both hands and suck the spaghetti as fast as I could which splashed the sauce all over my face (and clothes, which my mother probably didn’t like). I still get the urge to do that sometimes, but so far I have managed to resist it. Continue reading “Bolognese sauce”