Gingerbread cookies

Because of the mixed heritage in our family (me being Czech and my husband being Dutch) our kids not only speak 2 languages, but they get to celebrate 2 major holidays every December. Since the good saint Sinterklaas has sailed…

Cauliflower soup with Gorgonzola and pickled pear relish

Much in cooking is about finding the right balance – the elusive point when all the components of a meal are complementing each other while none is overshadowing the others. Only then does a meal taste “just right”. But there…

Pickled pear relish

It seems a long time ago, but at midterm we went to England. The weather was much better than one is justified to hope for at the end of October and the skies were a brilliant blue most of the…

Fig confit and Marsala fig jelly

Yesterday I wrote an article about the 2011 season in the vegetable garden. So far, here in the Netherlands, we have experienced the warmest spring with the lowest rainfall in more than 100 years, followed by a cool and gloomy…

Belgian Endive and Radicchio Salad with Persimmons and Pecans

When my daughter made her top 10 fruit list, she decided that the number one had to be kaki, the Oriental persimmon. Not surprising: the scientific name of kaki “Diospyros” means “the food of the Gods” and others have admired…

Cranberry Lattice Tart

As someone born in central Europe and currently residing in the Netherlands, I hardly have a reason to celebrate Thanksgiving. However, that does not stop me from imagining what I would serve on this last Thursday of November, if I…