Recipes

It’s all about sharing, so here you go, my recipes to real food.

Homemade pepernoten recipe

Homemade pepernoten with only the good stuff, no nasties! Super easy to make, super fun too and your kitchen smells great!
There is a whole bunch of spices that make up the well known speculaas kruiden or rather speculaas spices as kruiden refer to herbs… anyway here’s how you can make this heartwarming mix at home!

Baking Pepernoten is almost therapeutical for kids during crazy December

Baking Pepernoten is like therapy for kids during crazy December

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Healthylicious

Saturday December 5th marks a special day, not only for the kids who believe in Sinterklaas but also for Oasean, who will be hosting Healthylicious, showcasing the smart, healthy and delicious options available on Curacao.

December 5th from 17:00 - 22:00

December 5th from 17:00 – 22:00

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A real Chef on real food

“It seems like we treat our kids to fast food meals and punish them by feeding real food: this has to change.”
Last week Friday I had the privilege to chat with Dutch Master Chef Dennis Kuipers. As a member of the Dutch Master Chef Guild, proud father of his 12 year old son and Executive Chef at the, Michelin star awarded, Restaurant Vinkeles, we spoke about the importance of real food, food education and living your dreams and how to keep focus.

I met with Dutch Master Chef Dennis Kuipers at the Avila Beach hotel

I met with Dutch Master Chef Dennis Kuipers at the Avila Beach hotel

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Pepernoten cheesecake

Only a few more sleeps before Sint and his crew arrive on Curacao! The kids can hardly wait. With so many cultures coming together on this island, I figured that we could have a blend of these in the workshops at school. Keeping the build up towards Sinterklaas and a touch of an American classic; here’s my recipe for pepernoten cheese cake (mini cheesecakes, but you can make a big one too… yummy)

The richly spiced pepernoten and the soft cream cheese is a win win combination

The richly spiced pepernoten and the soft cream cheese is a win win combination

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Granola dust

The Dutch Board of Health has just released the 2015 nutritional guidelines. What it basically comes down to is that we should eat more fruits and veggies (about 200 grams of each a day) less meat, less sugary drinks, lots of unsalted nuts (recommended 15 gr/ handful a day) and we should eat beans and fatty fish once a week. Oh and have 3x a cuppa a day (without sugar and milk that is) and no or very little alcohol. You can read the summarised version of the guidelines here.

I’ve been reading in Jamie Oliver’s latest book Everyday Super Food and came across the wonderful idea of making your own granola dust to replace the, with sugar overloaded, store bought breakfast cereals. I’ve given Jamie’s granola dust my own twist, as some ingredients are just not available here or come at a crazy price.
Here is my version of granola dust:

Roasting the oats and nuts releases warmth in this cereal mix

Roasting the oats and nuts releases warmth in this cereal mix

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Choc chip cupcakes

I’d made a pinky promise with Marcello and Jonas to make ‘something choc chip’ for the next workshop. It was the week before Halloween and so the chop chip cupcake became part of our workshop recipes. It’s a recipe from Nigella, I reduced the baking powder by just ½ teaspoon as I feel it’s a bit overpowering with 2.

I used some white choc chips in these.

I used some white choc chips in these.

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Halloween recipes

BOwahhaaah! I love a good scare! But please not too scary! Yeah I know I’m a bit picky when it comes to scary stuff… but I love to laugh when I get a fright 🙂 So, with Halloween just around the corner I’m going to share some good fun baking recipes with you:

Carving pumpkins is probably my favourite treat for Halloween!

Carving pumpkins is probably my favourite treat for Halloween!

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Goat sliders

At Flavors of Curacao we introduced these sliders: half goat mince, half beef mince, a dash of fresh herbs and spices, a fresh roll and some sauce (of course) makes for a lovely goat slider. I learnt about the long bean fries at one of the lovely workshops at SpiceGirl. They’re lovely, crispy and with a little salt a great alternative to the standard potato chips.

Half goat mince - half beef mince

Half goat mince – half beef mince

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