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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Figs with berries, walnuts and honey

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

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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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Creamy Risotto - copyright LosAngelas

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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Creamy Risotto - copyright LosAngelas

My favorite and easiest pasta dish

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This is absolutely one of my favorite dishes, and for a number of reasons;

it’s quick , it’s easy, it’s healthy

and besides that is tastes delicious, it also looks yummy (see above).

Although this is probably more of a summery dish,  I eat it all year around, almost weekly and sometimes even more then that. Maybe it’s an addiction, but if you’ll understand once you try this.

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Here is what you need for one person:

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped 

1/3 courgette, chopped 

1 tomato

1 handful of peas, I use frozen biological garden peas

about a handful of fresh pasta

parmesan cheese, for topping 

Fry the garlic with the courgette on a medium heat. after a minute or so add the peas.

Then put the pasta in boiling water, because it’s fresh, it only needs to boil for a couple of minutes.

Drain the pasta, and add to the vegetables. Add some black pepper, and last add the tomatoes.

fry for another 30 secs, and voila!

Top with some parmesan cheese ( but, if you’re like me, you cover it completely with it, I absolutely love the stuff!)

And there you go, a delicious quick meal, enjoy!

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I’m not a expert, but this really says “Happy Meal”

Imperfect Scones


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After my time in Scotland I felt the need to make scones. I had a few, on one of the many tea breaks we had. I swear that some british people have tea running trough their veins, at least my mother in law has. To balance it out I drank about 2 liters of coffee on the day I came back.

As inspiration for my food photography my sister made me this creative display tray, perfect for this occasion

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 Anyway,  for the scones:

300 grams selfraising flower

1 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt 

55 grams cold butter cut in cubes

300 ml buttermilk

Mix the flower, the baking powder & salt, then add the butter cubes and with your fingers kneed the into crumbles.

Then add the buttermilk & sugar and mix into a dough. Put the dough on a flowered surface, and roll out till 2 cm thick.

Use a round cutter (flowered) to cut out the scones. Then bake in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes. 

Serve with cream and jam.

the dough part did not work out as well as planned, so my scones did not turn out perfect, but delicious nevertheless.

If you are interested in perfect scones, I found this video on YouTube, which shows how to make these perfectly.

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Apple turnovers, a quick fix when in need of something sweet.

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Sometimes you have a graving for something sweet. It doesn’t matter what it is, even a teaspoon of sugar would do at that moment. I had that feeling last week as I was walking through the city, then the idea of baklava popped in my head.

A couple of years ago I was on holiday in Crete and ate this almost every day, and thinking back of that I knew it, Baklava was the solution. There was one place that I knew at that time that sells this, but when I arrived there I was disapointed. They did not sell it anymore, cause of the change of season.

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This was not the time to find and try out a new recipe. So I went for a quick fix, an old favorite, Appleturnovers or appelflappen as we call them in Holland. I used to make these when I was a little girl with my mother and loved them.

All you need is some puffpastry, apple chopped, raisins, some lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar.

You don’t need to be Masterchef for this, but it does the trick when you’re in need of something sweet.

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spending an afternoon baking cookies

If you have a free afternoon or morning and you don’t know what to do,  then here is a tip for you. These happy cookies are easy to make, and at the end you have a huge moutain that you can surprise several friends and family members.

You can use different cookie shapes and colors for holiday themes.

For the cookies I used the recipe from the hummingbird cookbook, which can also be found online here:

I have used the following ingredients.

Cookie ingredients.                             icing ingredients

400 gr flower                                    300 gr icing

              275 sugar                                          1 eggwhite

                 1 egg                                             some lemon juice

           200 gram butter                           Food coloring (if you wish)

lemon juice                                          .

Vanilla extract                                          .

ENJOY!!!!

BBC Recipe App – Blueberry Lemon Cheesecakes

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Yes, my last post is a while ago, but that doesn’t mean that I have been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks. I will take this week to update with some posts, because I have been taking tons of photo‘s, probably the reason why I didn’t take the time to sort and adjust them….

Let me start with my new addiction: the BBC GoodFood Cake Recipes App for Iphone.

Besides the fact that the app works well, is easy to use and has well explained recipes with also nutrition information, it has amazing looking photo’s of all the deliciousness of the recipes it contains. So, whenever I find myself having some time, like sitting in the bus or when I can’t get to sleep, I browse through the yummy sweeties.

When I saw the recipe for “Blueberry Lemon Cakes With Cheesecake Topping” I knew I had to make these first. So, when we went over to a friend for an english sunday lunch, I decided to provide a sweet for my friends.

And I’m glad I did, these little cheesecakes with blueberry, have a fresh sweetness, which are a delight to anybody who you serve them to.

I bought some lamps to improve my (blog) photo’s, I made these great photo’s. So sorry if I just over-posted with photo’s but I just couldn’t choose.

For those of you who don’t have the App you can find the recipe here

Enjoy!!

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