It’s pretty chilly and cold in Amsterdam, time to gradually abandon the summery salads and pic-nics to warm up with soups and cook with the help of the dear oven instead. Lately, due to less work shifts and more spare time, I am preparing a lot of delicacies for dinner and cakes for daily breakfast, I have to be honest that I am having a lot of fun yet I am relaxing too.
The other day it was pouring outside, it was literaly raining cats and dogs (don’t be shocked, for us it is just normal dutch weather 😉 ) so I decided to surprise my boyfriend back from work with an appetizing roasted chicken with potatoes and onions. Well, it was simply delicious!
Roasted chicken with potatoes and onions
one small chicken or six large chicken legs
five large potatoes
salt, thyme, paprika, cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Clean the chicken, taking away fatty flesh and extra skin with the help of a knife. Cut in pieces and marinate with herbs. Chop the onions and the peeled potatoes, reduce them in large pieces. Take a baking tin and grease it with oil, gently arrange the meat with the veggies and season with herbs, mixing with your hands so all the flavours are well incorporated. Add garlic cloves, not peeled. Set in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
Since I moved to Amsterdam it happens to see the color orange everywhere, especially on 27th April, and it happens to be one of my favourite colours, besides red. Orange reminds me of autumn, falling leaves, rainy days when the only thing you want to do is cuddling your beloved in front of a film after you spent the whole afternoon baking cookies. Orange gives me a sense of tranquillity, warmth and nostalgic happiness. Feelings that also this easy soup evokes to me…
Carrot & onion soup
Ingredients : (2 servings)
2 cups of water
2 (very) large carrots
1 large onion
3 cloves of garlic
curcuma, white pepper, paprika, nutmeg
Wash accurately the carrots and chop them, without peeling. Chop the onion and garlic too.
Toss all the ingredients into a large pot and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Let it cook for 5 minutes. Add one cup of water and let it boil for 15 minutes. Reduce the veggies into a cream with a mixer and add the remaining water. Stir well. Boil for other 5 minutes, add the herbs and serve it.
One of my classic treat for the autumn season: the apple cake.
This time, instead of using a rectangular or an oval shaped tin, I’ve baked the cake into a loaf-shaped tin and the result looks amazing; I love how the apple slices are gently incorporated into the dough and how both cinnamom and chocolate give a sweet touch to this extremely simple recipe. Perfect for daily breakfast!
Apple cinnamon bread
15gr baking soda
120gr brown sugar (I have used basterdsuiker)
4 tablespoon apple juice
5 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 sweet apples, sliced
Preheat the oven at 180°C. Mix flour with sugar into a bowl, add baking soda and mix. Pour milk and apple juice, add the egg and mix until you get a soft and well incorporated dough. Add finally some pinches of cinnamon, chopped dark chocolate and half of the apple slices, stir the dough with a spatula and put it into a baking tin suitable for bread. Add the remaining apple slices into the top of the dough with the peel side facing out. Bake for 45 minutes at 180°C. Serve at room temperature.
Non sono sparita! 😀
In quest’ultimo periodo purtroppo non riesco a dedicarmi molto alla cucina e a pubblicare interessanti ricette sul blog perchè, ahimè, sono impegnata tra una ricerca di lavoro e l’altra (...choosy o no, c’è da rimboccarsi le maniche!) e mi sto dedicando principalmente a un altro mio hobby: il crafting, il fai da te o come si chiama. Ad esempio ieri sera nel giro di mezzora ho realizzato una serie di anelli seguendo questo tutorial… che dire?! Adorabili!
Poi mi godo un po’ la mia stagione preferita tra coperte, thè caldi, films, buona compagnia, libri e la mia gattona acciambellata sulle mie gambe. Adoro le stagioni fredde, l’autunno, l’inverno, quando fa notte presto e bisogna stringersi per scaldarsi a vicenda. ^__^
Spero di tornare presto con ricette e dolci sfiziosi da condividere con voi!