Saturday morning. Waking up isn’t my favourite part of the day (thank you dark winter days), but this morning I’m nearly leaping out of bed and making my way downstairs. I’m pretty excited about the cinnamon rolls in the fridge that I prepped the previous night! My oven gets to do all the work while I take my time to wake up. The smell of cinnamon starts filling our home. I’m brewing some delicious coffee while the rest of the house wakes up. Breakfast is served! This is what Saturday morning dreams are made of.
Okay, truth be told: it’s not this perfect in real life. But it’s pretty close to it! And that’s mostly got to do with the fact that my 1,5 year old won’t sleep in that long anymore. The rest is pretty much accurate.
In my years working as a barista, I’ve made countless apple pies. I wish someone would’ve told me to start tally-ing them, because I would’ve been able to show you a pretty impressive number! I was even nicknamed the apple pie queen, ha! During those years, I refined and shaped my recipe until I got to this rustic Dutch apple pie I’m sharing with you today.
Nothing prepares you more for busy days, uninspired shopping trips or last minute guests than a stack of easy and trusty recipes to fall back on! Well, this recipe can be added to that stack – this caramelised onion tart is easy to throw together, hearty & delicious and it looks pretty good too!
For this post I’ve teamed up with Lindenhoff to share about their delicious, chef developed recipes for this Christmas.
Christmas dinners excite me – to cook something extra special to share with loved ones is just so rewarding! It gets my creativity flowing for sure. Every year, my aim is to serve delicious, seasonal food that is a little extra special and maybe a touch ‘cheffy’. I’m always on the look out for new inspiration too.
These dark, late autumn days ask for lots of comfort food in our home. Think of something comforting and we’ll be eating it: chilli, risotto, curry, Dutch stampot…and lots of seasonal produce that we’ll celebrate in these delicious roasted winter veg!
This simple recipe makes the most of some of the beautiful winter vegetables that are around at this time of the year – they are at their best now and there’s so many ways to use them. Roasting brings out all their intense, deep flavours. Perfect to add to your list of comfort foods!
We like our breakfasts in this household. And we like our eggs too! We go through different phases – there’s weeks where we always opt for poached (especially if we can get our hands on some super fresh eggs!), boiled or fried. And guess what, at the moment we’re in the scrambling phase!
Scrambled eggs – and I’m not talking about those tiny, dry overcooked egg pieces that you come across at hotel buffets. I mean the deliciously soft and silky eggs that melt in your mouth, creamy yet with some texture. The perfect topping on a piece of sourdough toast, and lovely even with just a little salt & pepper.
Over the last years there has been a little bit of a battle in our house. My husband grew up and lived in England for most of his life, and he was used to quite heavy style foods. In his mind, a salad for dinner was pretty much a non existent concept. Then there was myself; I loved a simple, quick to throw together dinner using whatever fresh produce I had lying around! Whenever I made a salad for dinner, he would look at me in a way that would tell me straight away it wouldn’t be his favourite. Ha.
Well we’ve come a long way and these days, most of the times I serve up a salad Daniel mentions he would be happy eating this more often. What happened you ask? Well, I learned to make those salads yummier and more filling as time went on and he learned to appreciate the freshness & ease of a dinner salad. I think we’ve arrived 🙂
Is there anyone who doesn’t love a good breakfast? This first meal of the day is by far my favourite, and I could eat breakfast foods at any time of the day. I don’t really understand people who skip breakfast – why would you miss an opportunity to eat yummy food? Ha.
In this transition time between winter and spring season, I am still yearning for hearty, warm comfort foods but slowly introducing some lighter meals too. This dish is perfect for this time of the year! Warming, rich french toast with the citrusy freshness of blood oranges that are still around at this time of year.
I might just have the answer to perfecting your weekend.
We love cinnamon rolls in our family. But since we have been cutting out a lot of processed sugar from our diet, regular recipes tend to be WAY too sweet for our (new) liking. So I started experimenting and found just what we needed. These rolls are somewhat of a middle road between the regular sugar laden recipes or the (too) healthy ones (that don’t really meet our cinnamon roll standards). To my surprise, I found these better than any other ones I have made so far – and I have made my fair share! Even my husband thinks they are the best he’s ever had. Bonus.
Fall and winter season equals soup season in our home. There’s not much more comforting than a big bowl of hot soup when it’s cold and grey outside. Especially when you get to snuggle up on the couch under a wool blanket while you eat it.
This soup is just perfect for this time of the year. It’s easy and quick to make, leaving you more time for the more important December chores (like walking around the neighbourhood to look at the lights or watching your fave Christmas movie). It’s nourishing & warming and will keep you satisfied for a while. That bit of spice will make the coldest nights a little warmer. It’s a cost-effective yet nutritious meal, making it perfect to feed a crowd – or hungry kids!You can use your favourite curry spice for this recipe, either store bought or homemade. Curry paste is also works well, go with what you like and what you have on hand. You can add some chilli if you like some extra heat. For vegetables, I used some carrots, but you could also use other hearty vegetables like pumpkin or (sweet) potatoes.