We spent two wonderful weeks on Sardinia, relaxing, reading, swimming and of course enjoying the culinary delights this Mediterranean beauty has to offer. We decided to concentrate on the Northern part of the island, discovering the provinces Olbia-Tempio, Sassari and Oristano.
Did you know that most of Italy’s Pecorino cheese is coming from Sardinia? Pecorino is a hard cheese made from sheep milk. It comes in various styles depending on the degree of maturity. We also had pecorino fresco, which is a soft, creamy pecorino, tasting absolutely divine – especially in combination with the local honey.
Of course we brought a big one home (picture below).
The first week we stayed a couple of nights at a great “agriturismo” called Li Pireddi on the countryside in the Gallura region. I wanted to stay at a calm place to relax and to taste the authentic local cuisine. The property is owned by Gabriele and his family, who also grow their own wine. We were lucky to enjoy fabulous food each night accompanied by their wine. I really recommend this place.
I have been craving semi-raw tuna plus salad for two weeks now. I have seen a picture of it in a food magazine and couldn’t stop thinking about it. As I am crazy about food this happens to me quite often actually. I can’t put food out of my head.
So today it was seared tuna with a super fresh sprouts salad. This dish has some kind of an asian appeal. Also because of the aromatic taste of roasted sesame, which I really like.
Hello food lovers. Yes, I have been absent for some time. I spent a wonderful holiday in Colombia, seeing friends from Uni. We had such a great time and Colombia is truly amazing. Beautiful landscape, friendly people and a great atmosphere in Bogotá. Of course I also returned with a lot of culinary inspiration.
Back home, I am making our balcony ready for the summer by putting the herb and veg pots outside. Finally! Tomatoes, zucchini, pepper, arugula and various herbs. This year’s urban gardening project is becoming huge.
I also stocked up on Marjoram, which I used today for a Marjoram soup with crayfish.
I made gravlax! I wanted to do that for a long time. On Friday night I thought this was going to be some kind of experiment but the gravlax turned out to be super good! It is actually not that difficult. And it is so fresh and tasty. A perfect Sunday delight.
Sicily is beautiful. We spend two great weeks, driving around the island, relaxing and having good food and wine. I really enjoyed the city of Marsala, the baroque villages in the Southeast and the “dolce vita” on the Aeolian Islands. Sicily has many facets and I wish we would have had more time to discover them.
We are spending a great weekend in Belgium. I think Ghent is a very beautiful city: small, cosy, full of young people and a lot of interesting cafés, bars and restaurants. I like it very much.
There is this very good restaurant in Ghent that I have been reading about and I really wanted to go there: The Pakhuis. The restaurant is big, bright and open as it used to be a warehouse. The atmosphere is really unique.
Tonight was a good opportunity to reactivate my bamboo steamer. I really love this thing and I believe that the food tastes much better than with using an electronic plastic steamer. It’s more fun anyways and it looks kind of cool. You can put it on any pot. The good thing with the two layer steamer which I have is that the flavours can circulate. This is especially interesting when mixing vegetables with meat or fish.