Bought the wrong fish – now what –> Almond crusted rainbow trout

We usually buy our fish at the farmers’ market on Sunday, but sometimes when it’s discounted we resort to the supermarket. Because the label “discounted” was so large, I miserably failed to notice that what I thought was salmon was really a rainbow trout. When I found out that I had bought the wrong fish it was of course too late to return the fish. How was I going to cook this thing?! Because necessity is the mother of invention, I basically made up a recipe with what I fancied and what I had at home. And it turned out spectacular! … Continue reading Bought the wrong fish – now what –> Almond crusted rainbow trout

Chili bean shrimp bowl

Belgium has been spoiling us for a while now. We’ve had two months of sunny, warm weather, and even though we’ve had to postpone our holidays because there was more work than we expected we are enjoying our summer. One thing I noticed is that I have been craving lighter, fresher meals. We have a few favourites that we never say no to, but I have been wanting to experiment a little bit more and try something that can be eaten cold, or not necessarily steaming hot. I also wanted something that escaped the traditional categorisation of either “main” or … Continue reading Chili bean shrimp bowl

A very special pasta recipe

I am a very atypical Italian. I don’t drink coffee, or wine, and I don’t particularly like pasta. I have lived for years without feeling the need to have pasta: saying no to pizza and bread was harder, but pasta, I can live without. Well, since I married a pasta lover, and since love is compromise, we sometimes have pasta. Not very often though, and it’s got to be special. This pasta is special. It is meant to be eaten cold, and given the hot and sunny weather that Belgium is unexpectedly spoiling us with, I thought it would be … Continue reading A very special pasta recipe

Fish and pancetta roulade

Fish, ugh. It reminds us of the horrible, slimy, floppy, unspecified “white fish” we were served at our primary school canteen. Or the first thing that comes to mind might be how smelly your whole house is after you’ve cooked it. Or maybe you have been on a diet at some point in your life and you cannot for the life of you forget how sad that little fillet looked in your plate. Nope, none of that. In our house we eat mostly healthy, but we never, ever have food that we do not enjoy. Salmon is easy because, well, … Continue reading Fish and pancetta roulade

Less-than-5-ingredients meals for when you’re on the move

When we go to Strasbourg, we try to rent a flat for a week, instead of going to a hotel, mainly because that way we can cook our own food. The food scene in Strasbourg isn’t exactly exciting – the typical Alsatian cuisine they serve you here is one of the heaviest I’ve ever tried and everything is either bacon or cream based. The canteen at the Parliament has a penchant for using unprecedented quantities of butter on literally anything – ranging from salmon (!) to steaks to broccoli to green beans to carrots all the way to… you name … Continue reading Less-than-5-ingredients meals for when you’re on the move