Elderflower marmalade 🌱

Isn’t it great when you prepare something and – as a happy coincidence – create a nice by-product. This happened to me in course of making the elderflower tart with a meringue topping. By accident, there was elderflower marmalade. Add 8 g agar agar to 0.5 L elderflower syrup ready to drink and bring to…

Elderflower tart with meringue topping 🌱

I love experimental cooking – and baking, obviously. In particular, when the result turns out delicious. This vegan tart is a combination of the lately so popular crystal clear pumpkin pie and a very traditional lemon curd pie, with which I strongly associate a meringue topping. Crust: Blend 1.5 dl whole grain wheat flour, 1…

Elderflower syrup 🌱

The sun is shining and the sambucus is blooming – a perfect time to make elderflower syrup. Collect 15 fully opened, not browning elderflower blossoms. Remove the stems and any free passengers by shaking the blossoms. Don’t wash them, though, as this would cause loss of flavor. Place the blossoms, a thinly sliced lemon, 2…

Tuna • Passion fruit • Lime • Coriander

I’m a huge fan of sashimi, ceviche and tiradito. On the other hand, I love roast notes, as well. This is my combination thereof. Strain the pulp of two passion fruits through a sieve. Mix a dressing of lime zest and juice as well as olive oil, chopped chili and coriander. Fry the tuna in…

Berries • Vanilla • Verbena • Flowers

Spongy rose water cakes with a soft creamy filling and a fresh berry topping. That sounds delicious, right? My initial plan was to combine the pudding and berries with crunchy honey meringues, though. Mini pavlovas for dessert. Meringues need a long oven time, so I started preparing them early this morning. And left them in…

Fillet • Shrimp • Tomato • Butter

How do you pimp up fillet steak? You serve it with tender shrimps and an opulent sauce. Surf and turf at its finest. Surf: Season shrimps with salt and olive oil and grill for 10 minutes in 230°C. Turf: Simultaneously fry the fillet steaks in a hot pan for a couple of minutes each side….

Goat cheese • Nectarine • Honey • Rosemary

There’s a lot of varieties of goat cheese and a lot of ways to enjoy it. I like mine on a piece of bread instead of butter or hot on my salad. Or as a flan with fruit compote. Goat cheese flan: Bring 2.5 dl goat milk, 1 branch of rosemary, 5 branches of lemon…

Wedding anniversary dinner

Yesterday, Harry and Meghan swore each other eternal love. Today seven years ago, my boyfriend at that time and I did it too. To celebrate our decision to spend our lives together and the fact that we still do, we had our own little candlelight dinner at home. I hope the itch doesn’t start. Goat…

Minted honeydew melon soup 🌱

I once made a melon soup with what I though was a splash tequila. It was a bit more than a mere splash, though. And the soup turned inedible. My hubby still refers to that soup as the worst thing I’ve ever cooked with a smile on his face. And he’s absolutely right. Without tequila,…

Aubergine with lemon soy yoghurt and pomegranate seeds 🌱

A dear friend of mine once served a dish very similar to this one based on Italian eggplants. When I saw these beautiful tiny white and thin purple Chinese eggplants, I couldn’t resist trying them with a fresh yoghurt dip and sweet pomegranate seeds. Halve the aubergines lengthwise. Drizzle wit olive oil and salt and…

Duck in a rhubarb meadow

Did I already mention that I love cooking – or rather plating – with flowers? Because I truly do. This is another seasonal, low-carb recipe pimped up with an amazing floridity. Sous vide duck: Score a diamond pattern through the skin and fat of the duck breast with a sharp knife. Be careful not to…

Rhubarb bellini

My mother-in-law brought me own grown rhubarb yesterday. And by today, it transformed into a fizzy drink. Perfect on a sunny day like this. Salute! This drink consists of one part rhubarb syrup and two parts prosecco. Really simple, actually. If you want a high-end version, you can replace the prosecco with champagne. And if…