Label: comfort food

Happy Saturday Evening Family Meal

Happy Saturday Evening Family Meal – the tomato soup

Happy Saturday Evening Family Meal started with tomato soup. Both our daughters decided to were home this weekend so we had a kind of family meal together. Our daughters love a cup of soup and a favourite is homemade tomato soup with meatballs. I started baking two onions and after they were caramelised I added four grated cloves of garlic. As soon as the garlic was coloured I added one big tablespoon of flower and after two minutes three liter of vegetable stock was added. Then a a tin chopped tomatoes, a 500 ml a pack of tomato pulp and a large ton of tomato paste was added. The soup was almost ready after a good stir. Now I had to make some meatballs. I decided to spice the meatballs with sweet chilisaus. The tomato soup was served with two sweet pointed peppers cut into small slices.

Happy Saturday Evening Family Meal

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Pumpkin Apple Cake

Pumpkin Apple Cake – the recipe

Pumpkin Apple Cake is made of a recipe I found in a free magazine from a supermarket. In this post I was telling about the recipe and the make of it last weekend. The cake was big enough to enjoy it for two days. I also gave my lovely neighbour a generous piece of the cake. How did the cake taste. I’ll have to say in my opinion that when we were eating it last night I liked it more then on Sunday evening. It seamed liked the flavours have been blending and that was a good development. The only thing I’ve changed is that I used rhubarb compote instead of apricot jam. I also used a golden reinette apple instead of an Elstar or Jona Gold. I had some pumpkin left and I decided to use that for the Monday evening meal.

Pumpkin Apple Cake Pumpkin Apple Cake

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Roasted sweet potato dish

Roasted sweet potato dish – the recipe

Roasted sweet potato dish is a mixture of vegetables and potato. A while ago I made this dish. We love sweet potato and I decided to use it this time in combination with cauliflower. You need one cauliflower, 500 grams sweet potato, 2 large carrots, 250 grams (frozen) green peas and 6 medium sizes potatoes. Clean all the vegetables and potatoes. Sometimes I prefer to leave the skin on the carrots and potatoes but this time I peeled them with the sweet potato. Cut the vegetables into equal sizes, besides the green peas. Transfer the vegetables (the green peas are added later) and potatoes on a baking sheet. Add fresh ground pepper and cumin. Drizzle olive oil over the mixture and mix. Put into a preheated oven (180-200℃) for about 30 to 35 minutes. Add the green peas after about 15 to 20 minutes to the dish.

Roasted sweet potato dish

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Sweet potato muffins

Sweet potato muffins is a recipe from Jamie’s Everyday Super Food book. I came across this recipe when my husband and I were drinking coffee in our favorite coffee bar. On one of the walls hangs a television screen showing cooking programs. Jamie Oliver was making muffins with cottage cheese. I love watching him. He is always so enthusiast when he is talking about food. When the muffins came out of the oven they looked most and fluffy and therefore I decided to see if I could find the recipe. The recipe was found on the internet and there was also the suggestion to use butternut instead of sweet potato. This was even better because I had a halve of butternut left when I made roasted vegetables two days earlier.

Sweet potato muffins

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Comfort food – kale with homemade sauce

IMG_3538Last Monday I was walking from A to B when I came across a vegetable garden with some Brussels sprouts and kale still standing there. The temperature was below zero. Both vegetables can be exposed to cold temperatures and will have effect on the flavor by increasing the sugar content and effectively eliminating the bitter taste. My husband likes kale specially when it’s made in the ‘traditional Dutch way’: a stew with kale, mashed potatoes, smoked sausage and meat sauce. The smoked sausage preferably from a certain brand.

I’m not so keen on the smoked sausage so I made it on one occasion with a homemade sauce. My husband really likes the sauce and I made lot’s of times so over the years. Last week we where eating kale made after a recipe I found in a magazine and my husband asked me if I could make the kale with my homemade sauce again. This week there’s snow in the Netherlands and time to treat yourself with comfort food. So what could be a greater treat for my husband to make for him my version of a stew with kale and homemade sauce.

Schermafbeelding 2016-01-20 om 17.44.37Homemade sauce is really easy to make. When the potatoes and kale are cooking you can start making the sauce. Start with melting some butter, add chopped leek or onions and cook them for 5 minutes. Add minced meat (beef, pig or both) and when brown and crumbly add a can of chopped tomatoes and chopped mushrooms. Add thyme, salt and pepper to your taste (some red pesto can be added too). Cook for fifteen minutes and hey presto your done. If you like you can add some chopped red bell pepper at last minute. Enjoy. 

Afgelopen maandag terwijl ik van A naar B liep kwam ik langs een moestuin met nog enkele spruitjes en boerenkool. De temperatuur was onder nul. Beide groenten kunnen worden blootgesteld aan lage temperaturen en de smaak wordt erdoor verbetert omdat de vorst ervoor zorgt dat het suikergehalte toeneemt en waardoor de bittere smaak afneemt. Mijn man houdt van boerenkool speciaal wanneer het is gemaakt in de ‘traditionele Nederlandse manier’: stampot boerenkool, aardappelpuree, gerookte worst en vlees saus. De rookworst bij voorkeur van een bepaald merk.

IMG_3552Ik ben niet zo’n fan van de rookworst, dus ik maakte het ooit eens met een zelfgemaakte saus. Mijn man vond de saus lekker en sindsdien heb ik het vaak gemaakte. Vorige week aten boerenkool gemaakt van een recept dat ik vond ik in een tijdschrift. Mijn man vroeg of ik de boerenkool met mijn saus weer eens kon maken. Deze week is er sneeuw in Nederland en de tijd voor een bord met comfort food. Tijd voor mijn versie van stampot boerenkool en zelfgemaakte saus.

Zelfgemaakte saus is heel makkelijk te maken. Zodra de aardappelen en boerenkool koken begin je met het maken van de saus. Begin met wat boter te smelten, voeg gesneden prei of gehakt uien toe en bak 5 minuten. Voeg gehakt toe (rund, varken of beide) en als bruin en kruimelig zijn doe er dan een blikje gehakte tomaten en fijngehakte champignons. Voeg tijm, zout en peper naar smaak toe (wat rode pesto kan ook). Kook vijftien minuten en je bent klaar. Als je wilt kun je nu wat gehakte rode paprika toevoegen. Eet smakelijk.