Soft and delicious raisin bread

I haven't got much experience baking bread (yet), but I like it a lot. Nothing nicer than kneading dough with your bare hands. Very relaxing, you should try it!;-) I first googled some different recipes and then decided to try out the one from Belgian TV-chef Piet Huysentruyt. The result turned...

36 hours in Copenhagen

When my wife and I were in Pretoria, South-Africa to adopt our oldest daughter (14 years ago already..., can you believe it?) we met a lovely Danish couple who were also adopting their first child at that time. We immediately bonded and they came over to Belgium to visit us and we...

Sweets for my sweet

For some reason it was stuck in my head that baking eclairs was a bit tricky and far too difficult for a newly-amateur baker such as myself. Until I read the following recipe in the 'Peper en zout'-magazine (Spar) for mini-eclairs which seemed surprisingly easy......

24 hours in Amsterdam

The best thing about going to a city you have visited numerous times before is that you don't feel the need to 'see all the sights'. Been there, done that, you know what I mean. Last week the wife and I decided to head for one of our favourite cities in the...

Delicious Ostend

A few weeks ago I was invited by the Ostend tourist board (Visit Oostende) to a lovely beer dinner. You first need to know that I absolutely love Ostend. Not only is it Belgium's only 'real city' by the sea, but there is always something new to discover....

Mmm Maltesers

    Today's recipe is based upon Lorraine Pascal's recipe. You first bake a chocolate cake by mixing all ingredients together and bake in a pre-heated oven at 175 degrees for about half an hour. I used a 24cm cake tin to do so. After the cake has had time...

Red roses in the snow

Yesterday, in the car on our way to the Winter Nights at Bokrijk, I was listening to Radio 2 's '1000 klassiekers', the radio station's annual list of the ultimate classic songs. And at number 546 there it was: the wonderful 1975 classic by Belgian singer Marva called 'Rode rozen in de sneeuw' (Red roses in the snow). My inspiration to bake these lovely apple roses. :-)...

Pavlova Heaven

I've been wanting to try and make a Pavlova for a really long time. The recipe I tried today I found on the Allerhande website and made me feel pretty confident. ;-) This website is always a good source to find easy recipes. I adjusted it slightly (meaning less sugar) and I added my own little touch (enter the lemon curd!)....

Up and away

Nothing nicer than to just pack up and head to the Dutch coast for the weekend. End of October, early November is always a wonderful time to just stroll along the sandy beaches, clear your head and hang around in a cosy coffee bar and eat 'poffertjes'. This time around we...