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Blueberry Breakfast Cake
After eating delicious American breakfasts in NYC last week (pancakes, huevos rancheros, doughnuts, scones, bagels!) I came back inspired to spruce up our breakfasts a bit. Conveniently, I had pinned this buttermilk-blueberry breakfast cake on Pinterest a couple weeks ago so I already had in mind what I wanted to try first. Marlow and I ...
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Instant Apple Crumble
At the moment, mostly governed by the cold, dark nights, we feel like we deserve something nice and warm, and apple crumble is a firm favourite. I have developed a little technique about making a super easy apple crumble. We make a huge batch of crumble and then freeze most of it. Then it is ...
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A healthy and yummy start of the year, with brown rice and lentils
This recipe has it all: it's made from ingredients you can probably find in your pantry. Also, it's super healthy, it's extremely yummy (my kids love it!), and it's super easy to make (albeit not extremely quick, unfortunately). I made this for Courtney & co when they visited us in Amsterdam last month, and she has practically been begging me ...
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Fish Cakes, an easy recipe
I start the New Year every year with great resolutions, one of them being to always have a kitchen full of prepared, healthy, delicious food, so that I don't need to think about cooking from scratch in the evening when we walk through the door at 6.30pm on a cold winter night. I manage to ...
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CHRISTMAS RECIPES
Christmas recipes from the archives
We're going through flour, eggs and butter at an impressive rate here in our house right now. There are just so many yummy treats to make (and lots of little helpers around the house to help lick the spoons clean!). Here are some of our favourite Christmas treats from the archives... My mom's Butterhorns (cinnamon ...
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A Bag Full of Goodness, and hearty soups
It's the last day of school for the children here in Amsterdam before the holidays! I just took them there, it was still dark, and so stormy and cold and wet. In two days it will be the shortest day of the year here in the Northern hemispheres, and then, we'll be counting down again ...
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My Minestrone soup recipe
Minestrone soup is one of my favourite dishes for this time of year. It's not the fastest thing to make, as it involves lots of cutting, but I always make loads so I have enough to feed two families or I have plenty of leftover for another day. It's good to freeze portions as well! I ...
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Scones!
Last week I was thinking of something new for breakfast (the children had a few days off from school), and suddenly the idea of scones came to mind. Scones are not a traditional Dutch dish, but I've learned to appreciate a good scone in the years I lived in London. Here's the recipe I used (this BBC ...
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Peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate
Remember the super easy peanut butter cookies I blogged about a few months ago? The recipe with only three ingredients?! Well, last week I decided to add one more ingredient... and oh my goodness it was a good decision! I melted down some dark chocolate and dipped the cookies half way in. Yummmm !! x Courtney p.s. ...
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Blackberry season. Time for pie!
And just like that... it's blackberry season! In just the past week the blackberries on the island have ripened... and they are abundant! We've been picking blackberries daily and eating them for every meal.  Yummm. Last week the girls and I decided to make a blackberry pie. To be honest, Ivy decided she wanted to make a pie ...
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A yummy salad from green (Puy) lentils
We're currently staying in our family house in France, which is located in one of the most beautiful parts of France (if you ask me): the Cantal. Part of the Auvergne, it has a stunning nature, amazing architecture, and wonderful local food. I've been coming here for over 25 years, my husband for over 14 years, and now ...
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Apple Eve Pudding
Now I know the French are known for their fancy pastries and cakes, but the English are hard to beat at simple, wholesome, easy-to-make desserts. One of my favourites is Apple Eve Pudding, a variation on Apple Crumble. Instead of crumble you add a sponge batter on top of the apples. I love the way ...
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Simple Stone Fruit Tart
I stumbled upon this image on Pinterest a couple days ago and knew immediately what I wanted to do with the bowl full of peaches and nectarines on my kitchen counter and the ready-rolled puff pastry in my freezer. So easy! I quickly wrote down the  simple recipe and decided to make it that evening with ...
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A recipe for pickled cucumber -- so good!
My family has been making these pickled cucumber for as long as I remember. I used to LOVE them as a child, and now my kids (and all of our friends) eat them with relish too. They're great as a side dish for dinner, but also wonderful to serve at cocktail hour. Plus, a homemade jar of ...
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Simple tomato pasta
One of my favourite things about summer time is how much easier it is to make dinner! I'm not a very good planner, so in the winter time when you need time to make soups and stews, I often fail to get dinner made on time.  In the summer, with fresh produce on hand, it's ...
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Tarte à la tomate et à la moutarde
I recently got back in touch with a friend who I lost sight of for a few years, and in the meantime she divorced her Dutch husband and married a lovely French man, moved to another part of town, and is pregnant with their first (her second) baby. Things can change! Anyway, the reason I'm ...
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Fantastic food from Mikodesign
I've raved about the boundless creativity of my friend Erika from Mikodesign before. Her dolls are simply beautiful (and so fun to put together yourself if you like sewing). But the surprise food plates she creates for her two teenage daughters are something else! Check out the 'fast food' lunch above: with mango french fries, a peanut butter sandwich ...
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Frozen watermelon lollies
I saw an image of iced watermelon lollies on Pinterest last week and thought that was about the best idea ever! How simple and perfect for summer. Since we're having a 'mini' heat wave here in London this week, I decided to make them for the kids as an after-school snack.  The kids agree -- ...
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A simple recipe for Madeleines
I don't know if you are like me, but I sometimes have a favourite recipe that I make almost every day and then totally forget about it. I was recently tidying up a kitchen shelf and on it I found a long forgotten Madeleine pan! Violette and I got straight to work and the results ...
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World's easiest peanut butter cookies!
My mother-in-law made these peanut butter cookies for us when we were visiting over Easter, and I think I ate five in one go. They are delicious! So moist and chewy and crazily addictive. And the best bit? They consist of only THREE INGREDIENTS! How simple is that?! Just: -1 cup of peanut butter -1 ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Birthday party: Decorating cupcakes
One of my childhood friends always had the best cake at her birthday parties. Her mum would make (or buy?) the most ordinary cupcakes, and set the table with different sort of custards, frostings and toppings. I loved to pile up my plate with candy, and create the most enormous cupcake possible. For Sara's birthday ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
An 8th birthday party with a cooking theme
It was Pim's 7th birthday last Monday so I'm planning a little birthday party for him, and I realised that I never posted about the cooking party we had for Sara's birthday last year! Sara has enjoyed food since she was a baby, and she loves helping me in the kitchen. So it was no ...
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Ginger Biscuits
Ginger Biscuits (otherwise known as Ginger Nuts) must be the Irish equivalent to Esther's Pepernoten - spicey, really crunchy and perfect to dunk into a cup of tea. This is my grandmother's recipe and I have been eating these ever since I can remember! It makes up to 80 biscuits, but don't worry, they will disappear ...
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Æbleskiver recipe
Æbleskivers are a type of (delicious!) Danish pancake... and while I don't have any Danish roots, my family has been making Æbleskivers for as long as I can remember. My mom even remembers her grandmother making them for her. I believe they are traditionally eaten around Christmas time, but in my family we eat them ...
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