Nov 30, 2011

French Bread Woes

Filed under: Recipe Requests,Home,Recipes — Tags: , , — Kay @ 2:05 pm

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I like this photo so much, I think I might just hang a copy of it in my kitchen. But anyway…

I’m looking for a recipe and really hope you can help me out.¬†You see, very little makes me happier than French bread. I’m a carb junkie, it’s true.

Unfortunately I still haven’t found the perfect recipe. You know, the one where you end up with a crisp, crunchy crust and a slightly chewy center and a scent that is to die for? Yeah, that one.

I’ve tried several recipes over the past few years: some were inedible, others were tasty but not spectacular and somehow they all missed that little something that makes you want to sigh when you set your teeth into it.. like the bread in the photo.

How on earth do they do it? Like the Moroccan bakery where I buy my bread. Their bread is so amazing they have people coming from all corners of Gouda and beyond just to shop there.

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Slowly I’m finding out that making French bread really is an art. Unfortunately not one I’ve mastered yet.

Have you ever made French bread yourself? And if you did, would you mind sharing the recipe/method?

Nov 27, 2011

One-Pot Sausage Stew

Here’s one for when you get tired of my other sausage recipes (Lazy Sunday casserole or beef sausages & balsamic tomatoes). It’s every bit as good. Nothing fancy or extravagant: just a fast one-pot sausage stew that is perfect for a weeknight dinner and a breeze when you plan ahead. I used my Big Green Egg for it because I wanted to give it a hint of that wonderful smokey…

Nov 21, 2011

Bake me! I’m Yours!

The kid likes to bake so much that I secretly think he was switched at birth. Just my luck. So today was one of those days. We were tired of baking cookies, but we had chocolate chips and weren’t afraid to use them. Now bear in mind that these were supposed to be chocolate chip cupcakes with a white chocolate frosting. See intro shot. Sounds good, no? That’s what I…

Slices of Life

Filed under: Expressions,randomness,Home — Tags: , — Kay @ 1:52 pm

The photography and expressions sections of my site have stayed woefully quiet these past few weeks. Mainly because I don’t trust my ankle enough to take my camera outside with me, and well, you just don’t get a whole lot of excitement when you’re stuck at home. I really miss walking for hours on end in the park next to our house, that is now a fairytale world filled with…

Nov 18, 2011

Potato & Cauliflower Mash

Christmas (and Thanksgiving, but we don’t celebrate that here) is right around the corner. I’m still surprised how fast these Christmases come and go and how much changes over a year. Seems that the older I get, the more changes. Or maybe that’s just me? When I saw a basic recipe for cauliflower and potato mash in a supermarket magazine, I wondered what it would be like to mix that…

Nov 15, 2011

Austrian Goulash Soup

I found this recipe in one of my grandma’s cook books. You see, our Dutch food is the pretty straight-forward, no-nonsense and nourishing type of food. No light summer dishes or use of exotic spices. I love our Dutch food, but there’s a time and place for everything, so when autumn sets in that’s when I install myself on the couch with a huge pile of Dutch cook books and…

Nov 8, 2011

Autumn’s Harvest Stew

I had no idea what to call this new concoction. Someone hinted at ‘Autumn Meditation‘. I liked that. If anything, making a stew is really zen and meditative. It’s a slow process; the slower it’s cooked the better. Not to mention all the chopping involved. Now this is a fairly basic and straight-forward stew. In my world that means good-quality beef, an awful lot of fresh vegetables and eventually a…