Feest

Feest (means "party" in Dutch language). This blog is all about the world we live in, Food, Feasting and other Random Freakin Fabulous Funtage.

I recently set myself a challenge that will see me cook every single recipe from one of the many cookbooks I own. To keep it fun and economical I choose the recipes from the book "Homemade" at random.

Depending on what I have in my larder or what is being delivered in the organic box scheme, I aim for a new recipe every other day.

If you like to challenge me on my journey please suggest your recipe from the book and I will post you the results. I hope you enjoy my blog and temporary topic deviation.

Recipe #196 - Buttermilk Hangop with Caramel Sauce.

What originally attracted me to buy the book “homemade” was that it includes recipes I ate as a child. I also loved how they are presented in a new contemporary way putting some of the delights we eat in Holland on the culinary map.

Making hangop is as easy as 123 but rarely gets the recognition that Labneh does. Yet the Dutch cuisine has endless versions; savory and sweet. And so hangop seems to have a similar fate as with the Sauerkraut vs Kimchi debate.

Whilst Kimchi is celebrated by all the hipsters across the globe, Saurekraut seems deemed to be the poor cousin. Anyway I digress.

For this recipe you need to make some caramel sauce which is the only calorific and tricky bit. JeanMarc is often subjected to eat the dishes I cook at weird times and I made him eat this dessert for breakfast. He didn’t complain and pretty much wolved it down. Hurrah!

Recipe #195 - Rotolo with Lobster, Wild Spinach & Rosemary Beurre Blanc.

Ok so I draw the line at cooking a life creature and replaced the lobster with some organic sustainable salmon. This recipe is a bit faffy and I was really dim in placing the pasta onto paper as the whole lot got kinda stuck and I had to patch it up with left over pasta. This also meant that in some parts the Rotolo was a little thicker, pasta wise.

I ❤️Beurre Blanc and the whole dish just works so well together though I dread to think what it will do to my arteries and my waistline! Altogether I cannot wait to make it again as I know I will improve my technique. When all is said and done I would still give it a good 8 and would really enjoy eating this again.

Cucumber Salad.

Cucumber Salad.

Recipe #194 - Parisian Apple Tartlet(s)

I had been putting of making this recipe  for a long time as it appeared a little complicated to make at first. I should have made it a long time ago as it was really quite easy there are just a few components to it. 

My French lovely rated this 8.5 with his sweet palette but I actually thought it was really really good on the account that the apples retained texture and were nice and tart.

Recipe #194 - Parisian Apple Tartlet(s)

I had been putting of making this recipe for a long time as it appeared a little complicated to make at first. I should have made it a long time ago as it was really quite easy there are just a few components to it.

My French lovely rated this 8.5 with his sweet palette but I actually thought it was really really good on the account that the apples retained texture and were nice and tart.

Recipe #193 - Smoked Mackerel with Watercress, White Beans and Tasty Tomatoes

This dish is super easy to assemble and great to hold on to the the fast disappearing summer. For me the recipe lacked seasoning and I think that’s probably because mackerel in Holland has a much stronger smoked flavour to the one I bought in the UK.

Recipe #193 - Smoked Mackerel with Watercress, White Beans and Tasty Tomatoes

This dish is super easy to assemble and great to hold on to the the fast disappearing summer. For me the recipe lacked seasoning and I think that’s probably because mackerel in Holland has a much stronger smoked flavour to the one I bought in the UK.

Recipe #192 - Ketchup

Part of why this challenge has been taking as long as it has is because I try to use seasonal ingredients from the allotment. This recipe was made out of nearly three kg of yellow frying tomatoes. Mr Heinz can keep his version this one is delicious.

Recipe #191 - Chunky Chowder 

We ate this with my old friend Dawn from Dublin. Throughout the meal she did her best Nigella expression. I really like this. I replaced the ham with a smoked trout and added some prawns which really worked. When I asked Dawn to rate the chowder she said it was yum out of ten!

Recipe #191 - Chunky Chowder

We ate this with my old friend Dawn from Dublin. Throughout the meal she did her best Nigella expression. I really like this. I replaced the ham with a smoked trout and added some prawns which really worked. When I asked Dawn to rate the chowder she said it was yum out of ten!

Recipe #190 - Apple & Date Chutney

I fully intended to upload this one tomorrow. I made it to accompany some herby pork sausages on a barbecue /picnic with friends but I figured I would be to busy enjoying their company and so decided to give you a little preview of the picnic basket in its infancy. I will let you know how friends rate this easy recipe soon.

Recipe #190 - Apple & Date Chutney

I fully intended to upload this one tomorrow. I made it to accompany some herby pork sausages on a barbecue /picnic with friends but I figured I would be to busy enjoying their company and so decided to give you a little preview of the picnic basket in its infancy. I will let you know how friends rate this easy recipe soon.

Recipe #189 - Small Buns with Walnuts and Fennel Seeds in small Flower Pots

I did not have buttermilk and used ordinary which left my batter very sticky. I also did not have unglazed flower pots and used little terra cotta yoghurt pots instead.

I have just tasted these little beauties from the oven and they are moist yet crumbly but I do find them a little too sweet. Will serve them tomorrow with some blue cheese at the picnic.