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?