Recipes from a passionate home cook

Courgette and parmesan puff pastry tarts

This recipe for courgette and parmesan puff pastry tarts is great for a number of reasons. Firstly, they are full of flavour but require very little ingredients. Secondly, they feel kind of special but really take no time at all. But perhaps most importantly, they are really fun to make and completely scalable depending on the course or occasion! Looking for a fun canapé? Make small squares and top with one or two of zucchini slices. A delicious starter or side? The sizes used in the recipe ...

Oven-baked Tomato Eggs Recipe

Italian oven-baked tomato brunch eggs

If you are anything like me and live for Italian food, you will have no issue with some freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in the morning. I’m very into savoury breakfasts anyway, and also a longtime fan of oven-baked eggs, so this recipe for Italian-inspired oven-baked eggs in tomato is right up my street and a great vegetarian alternative to the ham and egg puff pastry tarts I shared with you previously. Anything oven-baked for breakfast or brunch somehow feels very special, ...

Chocolate and peanut clusters (Dutch: 'pindarotsjes') recipe

Chocolate peanut rocks

While I was born and raised in The Netherlands and, living in London, I often crave my favourite Dutch snacks, I don’t make traditional Dutch recipes that often. When it comes to full meals, Dutch cuisine is somewhat limited and has never been my favourite, but snacks and treats are a completely different story as my home country makes the very best! Previously I shared with you my recipe for Dutch apple and cinnamon pie, and one of my other favourite Dutch treats has to be these ...

Recipe for cherry tomato 'orzotto' orzo pasta

Cherry tomato orzotto

You already know I feel very passionate about orzo pasta, and today I want to talk to you about orzotto. And my cherry tomato orzotto recipe, in particular. While I’m a big fan of risotto, and do also often make these as an easy weeknight meal, the orzotto is even easier to prepare, and arguably just as delicious. Orzo pasta Orzo, risoni, or puntalette, is a rice-shaped pasta that is mostly used in Italian soups and broths, but because of its size and shape, is also perfect to use as ...

Chicken asar salad and dressing with egg on toast recipe

Chicken Caesar on toast

Caesar salads are awesome. Period. While I can really appreciate a classic and traditional, ultra-light version, simply made with some romaine lettuce, croutons and dressing, I also love the more modern, meatier and popular version with chicken and egg. This chicken Caesar salad on toast recipe includes all those ingredients. Whichever variation of a Caesar salad you enjoy most, the dressing will really make or break the outcome. The one below is an easy, simplified and uncomplicated ...

Honey and soy glazed aubergine skewers recipe

Honey and soy glazed aubergine skewers

Vegetable skewer recipes can be really hit or miss. Often, they lack flavour and texture and just aren’t as good as its meat or fish counterparts. These honey and soy glazed aubergine skewers, however, beat very many skewers I have made and tried and are definitely a new go-to Asian-inspired dish for me. You already know how much I love chicken satay (proof here and here) and this is my usual go-to Asian marinated food, but recently I toyed with the idea of making an Asian-inspired ...