Author: Rohan

Brussels sprouts with browned butter and black garlic (from heaven)

I never imagined I would go for multiple helpings of brussels sprouts – especially when there were no bacon bits involved. This was so good we even debated over whether we should leave some for Oggie! Made a few substitutions – used fennel seeds because I didn’t have caraway seeds at home. Used dried thyme because I didn’t want to spend an eternity picking thyme leaves .

Ottolenghi’s pumpkin soup – any good?

The two other soup recipes I tried from Simple were amazing so I had high expectations of this pumpkin soup. The soup has flavourful ingredients like saffron, orange zest, coriander leaves but the end result tastes ordinary – almost like the flavors cancel each other out. But, this is an Ottolenghi recipe, so I’m inclined to blame the pumpkin for the disappointing result. I will try this recipe again just to make sure I wasn’t wrong to blame the pumpkin. The crunchy, sweet, spicy and salty toasted pumpkin seed topping though is awesome! #ottolenghi #ottolenghisimple #icookedottolenghi #soup #pumpkinsoup #glutenfree #vegetarian

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Hachee at Moeders, Amsterdam Hachee at Moeders, Amsterdam

Does real, traditional Dutch food suck?

If you live outside Europe, there’s a good chance that you haven’t heard of Dutch cuisine. Considering the Dutch have been world travellers since the medieval times it stands to reason that at least some of their dishes would be popular. It’s true that Gouda cheese is a popular export, Heineken is a well-known food-related brand and there is the occasional ‘Amsterdam chips‘ in Italy. Even touristy things like raw herring with onions and the stroopwafel (literally: syrup waffle) are semi-popular. But what is real Dutch food and is it worth going on a search for?


A view of Basel as we came down towards the water

A short trip to Basel

First off credit where it’s due: Rosa plans all our trips and I usually just go along. It’s an adventure not having a clue as to what you’re doing next. Also I’m lazy. That being said, this was very different from the city trips we usually do. We always travel by public transport and in Europe at least that’s not much of a problem for us. We’ve seen quite a few countries this way and none of us is really a car person, although truth be told: I’m lazy. Annnnnyyyhooo…

We spent the first night in Basel. Getting from the airport to the city is really easy, with a bus running every 7 minutes (we landed on a Wednesday morning). The city itself seemed rather staid to us. Fun fact: Basel is located at the borders of Switzerland, France and Germany and the city has suburbs that extend into these countries.


Finding Netherlands

“I’ve forgotten my residence permit”, Rosa said as I waited for her on my bike. “I’ll be right back.”

I was a bit worried about making it to the ceremony on time. We should have left five minutes ago. This was important, even ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ important, and with none of the hyperbole that so often goes with that phrase.