Pumpkin cake

I have been experimenting with a pumpkin cake recipe for two months now. My initial mistake was to use a store-bought pumpkin puree from a jar, which is easy, but not replicable. Then I realised that different pumpkins produce different results, as some contain more water than other. So I chose a butternut and continued…

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Quinoa salad with mango dressing

Autumn. Time to move away from cold salads and towards warming soups and comforting stews. But even October can surprise us sometimes with warm temperatures and sunny weather. Like yesterday. Last opportunity to have a salad that will transport you back into the summer. INGREDIENTS 200 g quinoa150 g baby carrots1 large broccoli150 g frozen…

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Tortilla de patatas

‘How about a tortilla?’ I hear at least once a week as a response to ‘What do you want for dinner?’ Tortilla is a very universal dish. Simple and refined at the same time. It’s simple, because the ingredients are simple: potatoes, onion, salt and eggs. Refined, because it does require some skill and feeling.…

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Al’s gazpacho

Everybody knows the ingredients in gazpacho: tomatoes, red pepper, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, salt. But the proportions? I used to make gazpacho by the book: that many grams of tomatoes, that many grams of cucumber… Only that vegetables do not come in neat 100 g packets. What am I going to do with a slice…

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Aquafaba chocolate mousse

I thought everybody was already familiar with the wonders of aquafaba and the chocolate mousse you can make with it. But a quizzical look from a colleague at work put me right. The mousse is lighter than the classic one with eggs, cream and butter, easy to make, and lends itself to numerous variations, to…

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Rogaliki (rugelach) with rose petal jam

Rose petal jam is for me a synonym of luxury, something you don’t find in every corner shop, something you buy in speciality shops on your travels or – as in my case – get as a gift from a friend. Who, by the way, makes the jam herself. What can you use rose petal…

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Bread

Just like many other people, during the pandemic I started making my own bread. I wanted to start making my own sourdough bread, but however I tried, whichever recipe I used, I never managed to create my own sourdough starter. Still, I wasn’t ready to give up. And I wanted something more complex than a…

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Creamy chestnut soup

Days are getting longer and sunnier, but the that sun can be deceptive. Mornings and evenings are still chilly; we have even had a hail storm recently. This is not a time for salads and cold bowls. This is a time for warming oatmeals and hearty soups. Like this creamy chestnut soup. INGREDIENTS 200 g…

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