Saint Nicholas peppernuts

Saint Nicholas peppernuts are cookies children make in Belgium and the Netherlands to please the holy man.

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Belgian blue cheese bacon waffles

Recently I have been puzzled when I read about an IBM Watson recipe “African style tiramisu with blue cheese”. I didn’t find this recipe, but I started reflecting about this combination. I had blue cheese and bacon at home, and decided to make my own “Watson style” waffle recipe.

mini cheeseburgers from Brussels sprouts

Just before the end of the winter season, I´d like to share this very special combination of Brussels sprouts, brie, onion marmelade and crispy bacon. And, above all, it is easy to make. The most complex part is to make the burgers at the end. I found the inspiration at delish. Ingredients: brussels sprouts (depending…

chicory salad with autumn fruits

I love chicory, and like asparagus, you have to eat it in the appropriate season, autumn and winter in this case. I made already many recipes with it, but this variation is a real recommendation for January, to compensate for the overload of calories you had in December. The goal of the recipe is to…

almond thins with mozzarella, fig compote and Ganda ham

We had this appetizer on New Years Eve with friends. The original of the recipe is posted on the website of the famous Belgian artisan cookies of Jules Destrooper. You can make it in many variations. Ingredients: Almond thins of Jules Destrooper buffel mozzarella some slices of Ganda ham 100 gr fresh figs 80 gr sugar…

bacon wrapped Brussels sprouts

Are you looking for a different kind of appetizer? An easy and surprising part of your main menu for Christmas or New Year? And of course, not too difficult and not too expensive? On Paleohacks, I found this surprising combination, fitting to all these requirements. Ingredients: Brussels sprouts bacon toothpicks nutmeg   Method: Preheat the…

blinde vink – slavink

I am not quite sure whether there is an English name for this recipe. When I was young, we often ate it when we visited my grandmother. The literal translation is “blind finch”, so I thought a long time we were eating poultry. I was a little surprised to read in Wikipedia recently that the…

fried chickpeas

As a Belgian, you have to fry your food from time to time to make sure you feel alive.  this time I chose fried chickpeas as an ‘healthy’ alternative to supermarket chips. Drain and rinse canned chickpeas.  Make sure they are dry, as the remaining moisture might ‘explode’ in the oil. Fry the chickpeas for…

belgian endives with meatballs

This is one of my favorite dishes in autumn: belgian endives (chicory) with meatballs. Ingredients (4 servings): 8 belgian endives 800 gr minced beef breadcrumbs of 3 slices of white bread 1 egg 2 onions 6 dl of beef broth flour butter nutmeg salt pepper Method Mix the minced meat with the breadcrumbs, the egg, pepper,…

brussels sprouts against cancer

I originally found this recipe in a booklet from “Kom op tegen kanker“, a flemish initiative to raise awareness funds against cancer. It is a typical flemish autumn dish, healthy and easy to make.  My original version in dutch can be found here. Ingredients (4 persons): 1 kg brussels sprouts 600gr potatoes 500gr minced poultry…