spinach pancakes with lime butter

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One of my favourite cafe/restaurants in Haarlem is Spaarne66, it’s name comes from the canal “het Spaarne” next to which it is situated. It’s a great place to sit outside, to have a lunch, dinner or just cup of coffee or a glass of wine and on a sunny day  you will see dozens of boats go past.

I also love that they have a shelf with cooking books inside, which you can browse through. That is where I saw the Plenty cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi, a wonderful cookbook for vegetarians. I found these spinach pancakes with lime butter, which didn’t seem to difficult to make. And so, when I found the recipe online here, on the site of BON APPÉTIT, I decided to try them out myself.

The only thing I altered from this recipe was that I added cayenne pepper in the butter instead of chili flakes. Because of added whisked egg whites, the pancakes are nice and light and therefore perfect for a lunch.  For sure I’m gonna purchase this book soon!

Hopefully these photos inspire you to make them too 🙂  Enjoy!

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Figs with blueberries, walnuts, honey and cinnamon

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With the Figs I bought last week, I made this delicious  and very simply dessert.

The recipe is so simple that I could even display it in one image:

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The shoot I did on my stairs and for it I used an external flashlight (similar to this one), the very elegant plates I bought on an antique market a couple of weeks ago.

All in all, it gives these photos an extra light and simplicity look which made then pretty chic looking if you ask me 🙂

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This last photo was a bit over exposed, but I think it suits this image 🙂

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Praticing food photography; Figs and berries

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It’s fig season, or so I found out when I went to the market and a couple of minutes later walked away with a tray of 16 figs for 5,- and also just over a found of blueberries… I mean, why not! Only to think to myself; what am I gonna do with all these figs!

So first thing before eating them, take to opportunity for some food photography!

I had some weird looks when I cycled into the park with my little blue table. And when I was later on setting up the table with some fancy dishes and only fruits…., people just stopped and stared, with half a smile on their face. The great thing about shooting in a big open space is the light, which really worked well in this shoot!

Any tips, trick or feedback is of course more then welcome!!

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Practicing Food Photography: Mushrooms & Garlic

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I wanted to experiment with some more food photography, so I had a little photo shoot using some mushrooms & garlic.

I used a 50mm 1.8 Nikon lens for this, and I’m very pleased with the result.

But of course I would like your feedback on this, which one do you think is the best?

Thanks! Angela

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Cooking with sis ~ Indonesian corn cookies

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If you scroll through my blog, it’s clear that I have a love for food. This love definitely runs in the family, my sister is a sort of MacGyver, when it comes to cooking. I was amazed to see, one evening when me & my father turned up unannounced, she whipped up half a rice table in under half an hour and it was delicious! I have to admit that I’m pretty jealous when I see people, who make these things look so easy.

On several occasions my sister made these Indonesian corn cookies, which always makes me happy, they’re so yummy and because they’re bitesize they’re ideal for any occasion. Also these little they’re tasty either warm or cold, you can easily make these little snacks a day in advance.

So I invited her if she could teach me to make these, and honestly now that you know the recipe, you should make them too!

~ Here is what you need for about 20 little cookies:

1 egg 1 spring onion

2 cloves of garlic 1 can of sweetcorn

1 00 gram plain flower 1 teaspoon kurkuma – tumeric

1 teaspoon ketoembar – coriander powder

and vegetable oil to fry in

~ Mix all the ingredients in a bowl

Heat in a wok or a deep frying pan a layer of vegetable oil.

Take 2 spoon, use one to scoop some of the mixture, then use the second one to carefully drop the mixture in the oil. Be careful that the oil is not too hot, because it may spit.

Fry the cookies a couple of minutes on each side.

Serve with sweet chili sauce and ENJOY!

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Creamy risotto – Dinner with L. part II

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As promised in my previous post, a remake of the risotto and this time I took the time to take photos.

Ingredients: 1 packet of risotto rice, 1 glass of dry white wine, about 1 liter of fish stock, 2 shallots, some garlic, 2 bunches of turnip tops, 300 grams of cherry tomatoes, 200 grams fresh salmon filet per person, 3 tbs of mascarpone

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The risotto is made by frying the rice with challots & garlic when the rice is glossy add a generous splash of white wine, when that has dissolved finish the risotto with fish stock.

Just before the risotto is ready, add the turnip tops and finally a couple of tablespoons of mascarpone .

The tomatoes are covered in olive oil, ground pepper and sea salt, and are roasted in the oven for about 20 minutes.

Before serving add the fresh salmon, cut in slices.

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The salmon warms of the risotto & the salty tomatoes add a nice twist to this dish.

Enjoy!

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