Tag: tomato

24th June 2014

A rice dish with eggplant, beef and raisins

A long time ago, I left my parents house to study at university in the big city of Amsterdam. My mother gave me a book of recipes as I had already showed signs that I would not be eating pizzas and French fries all the time but actually do some cooking. In my first student room – a rented room with a family in the […]

10th June 2014

Milan-style Ossobuco and ceps risotto

The other day I made a grilled chicken with lemon and did not feel like throwing the remains away so I turned it into a chicken stock. Then my wife suggested I made risotto and then I saw nice veal shank at the butcher’s. The ossobuco, “bone with a hole” can be made in advance and is even nicer when reheated. It also takes several […]

19th May 2014

Sesame chicken, peas with turnips

I often buy a small chicken called poussin on the market because it is sufficient for two people. Here I first braised the chicken in butter and oil and then completed the cooking in the oven with tomatoes and sesame seed. I served it with peas and turnips cooked in a chicken stock and some green salad in a reference to the classic French pea recipe […]

30th January 2014

My French oxtail soup

Here we have a culinary and national identity conundrum. Let’s start by saying that oxtail soup is a hearty winter dish using relatively cheap ingredients. Personally, I always associate oxtail soup with England, so my French version replaced the porto with a Banyuls and added some root vegetables that do not enter in the original recipe. But what is the original recipe?

13th November 2013

Vegetable Jalfrezi

The other day I made an Indian dish of vegetable Jalfrezi, using ingredients I could find on the market plus some special spices that are also available in some supermarkets as well as in specialised stores. Indian cuisine is not as widely available in France as in Britain and in Paris there is a relatively strong showing by the Pakistani neighbours and the almost ubiquitous Vietnamese […]

1st October 2013

I love this plaice – Plaice on the grill with vegetables

When I was young and lived in the Netherlands, my mother would sometimes serve us fried plaice. Apart from regular steamed mackerel, and rare moments with cooked eel, that is the only fish I can remember of my diet then. Nowadays she has branched out to Tilapia and other exotic fish species that are available in the Netherlands, but then you could mainly buy herring, […]

21st June 2013

Pasta, pesto and sausage for the Sopranos

The death in Rome of James Gandolfini, the American actor who played a leading role in the Sopranos series, gave me pause to think. At just 51, his demise was a reminder that a heart attack can strike anytime. Especially if you do not exercise regularly and do indulge in the pleasures of life. It also reminded me of the scenes in Mafia movies where […]

22nd May 2013

Grilled chicken breast, penne and fennel

I prefer to buy my ingredients straight from the producer even though in our modern supermarket world this is not very practical or economical. Most of the time I do my shopping at the local grocery store or on the outdoor market that is held three times a week in my town. But when I do encounter a producer, I fill up the freezer compartment. […]

15th May 2013

A vegetarian meal

I am not a vegetarian. In fact, I almost always eat meat or fish. But there is no reason even for passionate carnivores not to eat a meal from time to time without any meat, fish or eggs. With vegetables aplenty in Spring, I made this evening meal with carrots cooked with cumin seed (for taste), artichokes cooked with lemon (to prevent the chokes from […]

25th April 2013

Duckling legs with prunes, beans and tomatoes

Duck is widely used in France, especially in the south-west where they also stuff ducks for the liver. Duck meat is often tough and needs long cooking. On the market in Dieppe, I found a farmer who sold ‘canetton’, ducklings. Not the small birds with a soft down, but larger, almost half-size, birds. This meat is tender and the portion is sufficient for one person. […]