Author: Olilo

My Christmas cake
Sweet

My Christmas cake

Time for a serious confession: I’m a sucker for Christmas! I look forward to it every year , I can’t wait to put up the tree (here in the Netherlands, because another old, white-bearded fella is supposedly still in the country, you can only buy trees from December 5th!! The […]

Tonca bean panna cotta
Sweet

Tonca bean panna cotta

Panna cotta has become a very popular dessert. And what’s not to like? It’s delicious and great option for home cooking as it is an easy and tasty dessert. With this recipe I pull the panna cotta to the next level with some elements that will make it extra special: […]

Cod with potato and leak sauce
Fish

Cod with potato and leek sauce

I’m a big fan of the cookbook Heston Blumenthal Home. Whenever I make a Blumenthal recipe, as a rule of thumb, I hardly ever deviate from the directions given (something I do quite excessively with any other recipe) because they simply work. Everything is exactly right: the amounts, ingredients, timings, […]

Salmon skewers
Fish

Salmon skewers

Salmon is one of the most flavoursome fish out there. Smoked, baked or grilled, it’s always makes a great dish. In general, fish combines beautifully with sour flavours. A pinch of lemon or lime juice brings out the flavour of the fish. This dish combines salmon with sour flavours but […]

Potato pie with black beans
Vegetables

Potato pie with black beans

From time to time, I like to take a meat-based dish and try to create a vegetarian or plant-based version of it. This one is based on my potato pie recipe and 100% plant-based. Beans, in all shapes and colours, are perfect as a substitute for minced meat. They have […]

Causa stuffed with white beans
Vegetables

Causa stuffed with white beans

Right here is some Peruvian inspired goodness: stuffed causa. As mentioned in another recipe, causa is a traditional Peruvian dish made with mashed potatoes and flavoured with lime juice and aji amarillo or yellow chili paste. Causa is very commonly stuffed with tuna or chicken salad. As I like to […]

San Daniele ham with roquefort cream
Fruit, Meat

San Daniele ham with roquefort cream

Dried pork meats usually combine well with sweet flavours due to their saltiness (like ham with melon). In this recipe, I add another classic strong ingredient: blue cheese. A wonderful marriage of flavours that makes a perfect starter for your meals or a small bite for cocktail parties. I use […]

Venison with celeriac puree
Meat

Venison with celeriac puree

Speaking of a luscious, hearty, winter dish! From the very first time I tried this dish, I fell in love. The gamy taste of venison combined with dark chocolate and red wine sauce is truly wonderful! It makes the perfect main dish of your dinner parties. I have included two […]

Green risotto
Vegetables

Green risotto with mint oil

Green peas and ham are a classic combination as well as peas and mint. So why not bring them together? This risotto is favourite of mine. Fairly straight forward to make, looks vibrant on a plate and oh so good! One important tip: as soon as you add the peas […]

Duck breast
Meat

Duck breast with spicy honey

Duck breast is a wonderful piece of meat! The key is not to overcook it otherwise it will become dry. It should remain nice and pink. Preparing it is surprisingly simple and the method I use ensures it will be perfectly cooked every time. Duck meat in general combines really […]