Cuban garlic paste


Garlic is almighty. It is good for your health, might leave you with a stinky breath (no reason for not eating it!) and gives many dishes the final touch. Think about all those gorgeous Mediterranean dishes that would, at max, be only half as good without garlic. No spaghetti bolognese without garlic in the sauce,…

Couscous delight, your perfect dinner!


This is the ultimate dinner delight! If you like oriental flavors, then this one is for you. Basically, this couscous dish is an oven roast kind of meal which is great to prepare because you put it in the oven for 20-30min with a few preps beforehand and while you sip on your apero drink…

Exotic summer salad


Summer is on and we are enjoying it at full throttle. Sitting on the terrace for a late dinner while there is still light out there feels so good. Because I want to enjoy the long days as much as I can, I tend to make quick meals in the summer. Last week, I ended…

Seafood bolognese with sepia pasta


Living in Hamburg, I am getting used to eating good fish and on some occasions seafood. Little did I know for quite a long time that the fish shacks near Fischmarkt (on Grosse Elbstrasse) that do not look very inviting from the outside but make excellent fish rolls and traditional seafood dishes are an excellent…

Heavenly dinner starter: Paté


Ulalaa, a paté recipe is a fine delicacy. Although liver is not the most favourite food of many of us French foie gras, made of duck or goose liver, reigns the tables of gourmets. In my opinion, home-made liver beef or chicken paté is just as delicious. The inspiration for this recipe came to me on a…

Portuguese tomato jam (doce de tomate)


Tomato jam? Wouldn’t you normally use fruit to make jam? That is right and yet it is also what make this jam so fabulous. It’s my latest discovery from Portugal. I recently spent a weekend in Lisbon and Cristiana, a Portuguese friend of ours, told me to try it. I would have not imagined that ripe, caramelized…

Red soup (Asian inspired veggie soup)


Soups are always a good idea for a light meal. I like making soups for dinner. Also because they are perfect for throwing in any leftover veggies you find in the fridge. I can’t think of any vegetable soup combination that has not worked so far. Since I prepared the Assam Laksa dish the other…

Malaysian Assam Laksa


Malaysians like their laksa soup. We would most likely call it a  noodle soup, yet I would argue that laksa has a quite distinct taste because of the spices added to it. Little did I know that there were different types of laksa until I travelled to Borneo this winter. To me, the traditional laksa version…

Exotic lentils with baked shrimps & sausage


Holidays like Easter or Christmas are an excellent occasion to heat up the kitchen. This year I spent most of the Easter time outside but still found enough time for tasty creations in the evening. The recipe I want to share with you today is an adoption by Christian Rindfleisch, a chef from Hamburg. I…

Sunday is National roast day


Which day of the week fits a nice roast better than a Sunday? Probably none. At least, Sundays in Germany are the epitome of a lazy, chill out day. All stores are closed. Even some restaurants. What is left to do is either spending the day outside for some activity or staying inside in the…