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Tamarillo upside-down cake

Tamarillo upside-down cake

  The elegant tree tomato or tamarillo is the star of this tamarillo upside-down cake. I brought back a few of these egg-shaped red fruits from Madeira. It is such a power house of taste! I really fell in love with the somewhat confusing mix…

Butternut with cranberry topping

Butternut with cranberry topping

Butternut with cranberry topping is an easy recipe for baked butternut squash with zingy topping with berries and dill. A vegetarian main for Christmas.

cookbook of the year

cookbook of the year

My cookbook Dosia Plukt Bessen is a contender for the cookbook of the year. So just click on the picture and vote for me if you like my recipes! You will also find the recipe (in Dutch) of the beetroot in berry juice with burrata…

sloe gin

sloe gin

Sloe gin is made with the sloe berry. The sloe berry is not really a berry but a little wild plum. It is the fruit of the blackthorn: a shrub-like tree that you often find in the hedgerows between fields in the English countryside. Blackthorns…

Kohlrabi salad with grapes and tangerine dressing

Kohlrabi salad with grapes and tangerine dressing

I harvested some of these dashing purple beauties this morning to make a fresh kohlrabi salad with grapes and tangerine dressing. Boiled or baked kohlrabi is not really my favorite. But I love the fresh crunchiness of thin slices in a salad! I always ike…

grape picker sausages

grape picker sausages

These grape picker sausages roasted with grapes, onion and red wine make a super simple yet delicious classic Italian dish. It’s called ‘saliscie all’uva’ and is a traditional lunch for Italian grape pickers. The slightly caramelizedred winesauce goes so well with the sweet grapes and…