Thursday, 6 December 2012

Nikolaus day lunch

The perfect Nikolaus day, snow behind the windows, two pots simmering slowly and some pumpkin ragout for lunch, with a little treat afterwards ;-)

Pumpkin Ragout

nikolaus lunch

Ingredients (for 4 portions)

olive oil
a large onion
two celery stalks
two large carrots
a cinnamon stick
some thyme and bay leaves
salt and pepper
a cup of white whine
a cup of tomato puree
a small hokkaido pumpkin
a teaspoon sweet paprika

Chop the onion, carrots and celery finely and let them soften in the olive oil with the cinnamon, thyme and bay leaves. Pour the whine and let it reduce, then add the tomato puree and let simmer a couple of minutes. Add the chopped pumpkin, the paprika and let simmer for 20 or 30 minutes. You can add some water if it turns out too dry.

You can serve it with some pasta or rice, or like me, with lots of melting cheese and a big chunk of baguette.

Let me tell you some other time about my new job, why I can't take decent pictures and how I am learning eating and dancing at the same time.


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Picnic lovers

This summer, every time we went to picnic, these guys were taking care for a nice atmosphere...

Well, the cake did also help! :-)


Monday, 10 September 2012


Did you notice that some days are yellow? 

Lunch for a yellow day
(inspired in this one from Nigella Lawson)


Ingredients (for one)

a little olive oil
a small yellow onion, finely chopped
a small yellow courgette, finely chopped
half a teaspoon turmeric
half a liter broth
a handful of yellow lentils
a handful basmati rice
some lemon juice
some yellow plums (for dessert)

Pour the olive oil in a pot and add the onion. Cook it until it's transparent and then add the courgette. Cook for a minute or two and add the turmeric, the broth, the lentils and the rice. Let cook on a medium heat for about 10 minutes and add some lemon juice for serving. 
Dessert can be some juicy sweet yellow plums :-) 


Sunday, 26 August 2012

Little green elves

Having visit from home at home is like having little green elves living with you. They clean the fridge, mop the floors, make laundry, sweep the leaves in our courtyard and stock up our pantry with mediterranean delicacies...
I miss them! :-)

Bacallà a la llauna (Pan-baked Saltcod)


Ingredients (for two people)

300/400 gr. salt cod filets
a spoonful of flour
a cup olive oil
two garlic cloves
some parsley
a tea spoon smoked paprika
300 gr. cooked white beans
tomatoes or salad to serve

Get your salt cod in water for 48 hours and change the water three or four times. Pat it dry and cover with the flour. Get your oil hot and fry the fish over a medium flame until opaque white inside and golden brown outside. Keep it apart in a ovenproof recipient on a bed of white beans and sprinkle it with the chopped parsley and paprika. Meanwhile fry in the same oil the fine sliced garlic cloves for a couple of minutes and immediately pour the hot oil over the filets and beans.
Serve with a green salad or sliced tomatoes and lots of bread to mop up the aromatic oil.


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Feels like home...

I was on a vacation that felt like home...

Some potato and egg salad and ice tea for lunch.

Water melon for dessert...
Some watermelon for dessert.

Later, at home, when I got the pictures from the lab, it felt like vacation again. :-)

Saturday, 7 July 2012


... for siesta, ice cream, barbecue and laughing... a lot of laughing!

Doralice by Stan Getz & João Gilberto on Grooveshark 21860009-1
Have a nice summer!

Sunday, 1 July 2012


First, you go to pick some flowers...


and then, you make this...

Elderflower Cordial

a taste of summer


25 elderflower heads
1 kg. sugar
1 liter water
25 gr. lemon juice
an orange, sliced
a lemon, sliced

Soak the elderflower heads in cold water to remove any insects. Cook a liter water with the lemon juice and sugar until thick and sirupy. Remove the pan from the stove and add the elderflower heads, the sliced orange and the lemon. Let it rest for about 3 days and fill it in sterilized bottles.

... and one day, when it is very hot outside, you will be very, very glad to have some of this with soda, ice and lemon slices, along with a pretty hand fan.

Have a nice summer!