maandag 18 april 2011

Charred eggy bread with strawberries and honey

Chicken and the egg - wich comes first? That is our cooking theme for this week at IHCC. It really is an age old question! And in my eyes whe probably will never now the real answer to that question. Whe can only presume, like the other age old questions of al exsistance on earth. Every religion at least thinks to now the answers, but there are more books then i can count on this particulair subject. In all the simple things i do know the eggs first and then is the chicken...But where they really came from, i don't want to know because it will drive me grazy;)

recipe can be found here
serves: 4


• 2 eggs, preferably free-range or organic, beaten
• 50ml full-fat milk
• a good dash of limoncello
• 4 thick slices of stale sourdough or Italian bread
• 2 tablespoons caster sugar, plus a little extra
• 250g strawberries, halved
• 200g ricotta, sliced or crumbled
• runny honey
• grated lemon zest, to serve

Mix the beaten egg with the milk and a dash of limoncello in a shallow dish. Dip the bread slices into the mixture and shake off the excess. Sprinkle the slices with the caster sugar then cook on the barbecue for a couple of minutes on each side until golden.

Dust the strawberries with caster sugar and grill them really quickly, just until the sugar on the outside of them browns. Top the warm bread with ricotta and the grilled strawberries.

Drizzle with honey and decorate with lemon zest.

Notes: I did'nt used the barbecue but a grillpan one the stove and that worked just fine to make the bread. Left out the lemon zest(did'nt had any at home), but used a bigger splash of limoncello to compensade for that. All the flavours where amazing together, real threat! Great as a dessert after a barbecue or just for lunch.

zondag 17 april 2011

Blackened barbecued pork fillets for IHCC

April showers bring may flowers! is our cooking theme for this week over at I heart cooking clubs. I haven't been participating for two weeks at a row and meanwhile whe started cooking with Jamie Oliver. Feel free to come and join us whe will be cooking with Jamie Oliver for the next six months!

Our April is quit good, less rain then to expect usually in our country. so when whe bought our new outdoor kitchen/BBQ i knew i had to make something to try it out!
So the sun is shining and heat up the stove!!!


for the marinade
• ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
• 2 cloves
• 1 heaped tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
• zest and juice of 1 orange
• a small bunch of fresh thyme, leaves picked and very finely chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, peeled and very finely chopped
• 150ml/5½ fl oz Heinz organic tomato ketchup
• 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

• 4 x 400g/14oz pork fillets, preferably free-range or organic
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• a handful of fresh coriander, leaves picked and chopped
• juice of 1 lemon


Although it's hard to define what 'proper' American cooking is, I've been inspired by the food from the Deep South, where there is an incredible amount of smoking, salting, barbecuing and spit-roasting going on - really intelligent cooking. This is a recipe inspired by the kinds of flavours I tasted when I was in Texas.

Skewers are useful for this recipe. They hold the four fillets together, making it easier to turn over when on the barbecue or under the grill. It also makes serving slightly easier because when you come to slice the fillets up, you can do it between the skewers, giving you pork 'lollipops' of blackened meat, which is quite fun. But if you don't have them, you can just use your tongs.

When you've made this once, I guarantee you'll make it at least once a year as it's so damn good. Great with salad, spiced beans, corn on the cob or rice.

To make your marinade, crush up the cumin, fennel seeds and cloves in a pestle and mortar and mix with the paprika, orange zest and juice, thyme, garlic, ketchup and balsamic vinegar. Season the pork fillets with salt and pepper, then toss them in most of the marinade until completely coated. Feel free to marinate for half a day, but at least an hour. If you have metal or wooden skewers, lay the fillets side by side and skewer them together about 2.5cm/1 inch apart.

When you're ready to cook, simply put the meat on to a barbecue or under a hot grill for 15 to 20 minutes or until nicely charred. Every time you turn the meat, brush it generously with the leftover marinade so you build up a sticky, blackened glaze. When they're done, put the fillets on a big platter and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the meat between the skewers, or just slice each fillet in half, and sprinkle over some chopped coriander or squeeze over some lemon juice if you fancy.

• from Cook With Jamie

vrijdag 15 april 2011

Cocoa brownies with peanut butter chips

Peanut butter chips are not for sale in the dutch grocery stores, so last year when i bougt some stuff in an american online shop bought this chips two. But they where waiting and waiting to be used in my pantry. But now with our upcoming travel to the states our heads are all about eat, drink, sleep and live the american way! Whe really can't wait to go there again and whe where really craving for brownies, so i found this great recipe to finally use my peanut butter chips. Now i will have to take a lott of them home after our travel, because whe loved this chocolate brownie with the creamy texture of reese's peanut butter chips!

Recipe: as seen here

1 1/4 sticks of unsalted butter(1 stick is 113 grams)
1 1/3 cup of white sugar
3/4 cup Cacao
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour 1 cup of peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees(165 c) and make sure rack is in the lower third of the oven. Coat an 8 inch baking pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. In a large heat proof bowl, combine the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt. Set the bowl in a large skillet of water and simmer over medium low heat. Stir occasionally until the butter is melted and mixture is hot to the touch. The mixture will look slightly grainy. Remove from heat and cool until warm. Add vanilla and stir with a wooden spoon. Add the eggs one at a time mixing thoroughly after each one. When the batter looks well blended, smooth and shiny, slowly add the flour and stir until it's combined thoroughly, then stir vigorously for 30 strokes. Stir in the peanut butter chips. Pour into the baking pan and place a few more peanut butter chips on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely then lift up ends of the parchment paper (if used) and transfer brownies to a cutting board where you cut into bite sized pieces. Enjoy.

Notes: I baked the complete 25 minutes and the toothpick still did'nt came out clean, baked 10minutes (2x 5 minutes)longer then the original recipe called for. The brownies where really wonderfull after that!