Monthly Archives: January 2013

winter in the kitchen

cabbage recipes

Earlier this week, I was delighted to discover a delicious, simple recipe for roasted cabbage. I enjoy cooking and experimenting with the produce that appears in the weekly box of CSA, but sometimes I’m at a loss for what to do with certain vegetables. Especially in the wintertime, it can be a bit difficult to muster up the creativity to cook with yet another head of cabbage.

In my pursuit for healthy, vegetarian recipes that are also packed with flavor, I have come across food blogs that constantly inspire me in the kitchen. It also doesn’t hurt to have a husband that loves cooking and is a master with spices. Below are a number of recipes that showcase the vegetables and fruits that are at their best in winter. For a (northern hemisphere) calendar of what’s in season, visit Eat Seasonably. Do you have any favorite winter recipes?

Cabbage recipes
1. Roasted cabbage wedge with rice from Casa Yellow (above left)
2. Cabbage salad from (above middle)
3. Rustic cabbage and white bean soup from 101 Cookbooks (above right)
4. Braised red cabbage from The Wednesday Chef
5. Sauerkraut and reasons to love it

cauliflower recipes

Cauliflower recipes
1. Roasted cauliflower with cumin & coriander butter from Seven Spoons (above left)
2. Roasted cauliflower and cheddar soup from Two Peas (above middle)
3. Spicy cauliflower with sesame from 101 Cookbooks (above right)

brussels sprouts recipes

Brussels Sprouts recipes
1. Brussels sprouts with vinegar-glazed onions from Martha Stewart (above left)
2. Braised chestnuts and Brussels sprouts from Roost (above middle)
3. Roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberries with barley from Cookie + Kate (above right)

carrot recipes

Carrot recipes
1. Charred carrots with griddled goat cheese from Casa Yellow (above left)
2. Ginger-roasted carrots with miso dressing from My New Roots (above middle)
3. Roasted carrot soup from Food52 (above right)

celery root recipes

Celery root recipes
1. Winter salad from Local Milk (above left)
2. Potato and celery root gratin from Delish (above middle)
2. Creamy curried celery root soup from The Minimalist (above right)

pear recipes

Pear recipes
1. Poached pears from The Daily Serge (above left)
2. Pear soup from Sweet Paul (above middle)
3. Pear, ricotta, and honey tart from Bella Eats (above right)
4. Spiced pear muffins from The Kitchn

2012 travels

It’s no secret that I love to travel. I can’t imagine a life that didn’t involve packing a suitcase every few months at least. Marcus and I even have promised ourselves to visit at least one new country each year. In 2012, I traveled to ten countries outside the Netherlands. Some of these trips took me back to familiar territory, others took me to unexplored areas of countries I’d visited before.

The two new countries this year were Wales and Morocco. Wales was my favorite. The sheep dotting the rolling hills, the climb up Mount Snowdon, the shepherd’s hut we stayed in, and eating one of my favorite meals of the year. Morocco, visited on a work trip, was the most novel and much too short. And our trip to Italy, for our honeymoon, was undoubtedly the most memorable.


Read more about: Florida, Belgium (Ghent, Brugge), Italy (Rome and the Amalfi Coast), Germany (Stuttgart and the East for summer and Christmas), France (Paris, Versailles, and Lille), Spain, Canada, Oregon (summer and fall), England (Bath, The Cotswolds, The Lake District, Gloucestershire), Wales, and Morocco.

weekend links

merino throw

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. I hope you enjoy them as well!

1. Reading Snow Fall, a interactive feature story by The New York Times about an avalanche at Stevens Pass, Washington. Amazing writing and multimedia components make this one of the most engaging stories I’ve seen in a while
2. Loving the hand knit merino throw from Loopy Mango (pictured above)
3. Viewing the amazing images from David Attenborough’s new BBC series (via)
4. Discovering a new collection of yoga videos, perfect for the new year
5. Reading an article on the evolving style of Michelle Obama
6. Wishing I were across the ocean on 19 January when Noma comes to Portland
7. Dreaming of Madeira (pictured below 1, 2)

Madeira coastline

Madeira mountains

happy 2013

2013 calendar

It’s 2013! A rainy morning in Amsterdam, the streets lined with the evidence of last night’s firecracker extravaganza. Marcus and I are usually in Portland or Berlin for New Year’s Eve and it was our first time celebrating in Amsterdam. In lieu of a party, we had a quiet celebration with cheese fondue, champagne, and an intense game of Scrabble. As the clock struck midnight, we stood together at the window, watching the fireworks bursting above and sang along with Sufjan Stevens’ Auld Lang Syne.

And now, on to the New Year. If you’re still looking for a calendar, I would recommend this one from aprons and birds, available in English and Spanish for the northern and southern hemispheres.

a quiet December


It has been a while since I blogged, but I felt like taking a moment to be quiet for a time. December is typically a busy time for most people. I love December and know that too many commitments and tasks in the name of celebration can easily blot out the joy the month brings.

True, I was sick with a severe cough for a surprising number of days, but I enjoyed my fair share of holiday parties, Christmas films, and boozy eggnog. I finished up a huge project at work and had time enough to send a special box of Christmas presents to my family in Oregon, as well as several packages to friends overseas. There was an epic date night one weekend, brunch with friends on another. All leading up to our trip to Germany where we spent Christmas with Marcus’ family. More to come on that later.

In the midst of the blog silence, I have also had time to think more about what I want to do here in this small space, how it reflects who I am and who I am becoming. Changes are afoot and, as we slip into the New Year (as the Germans say), I am excited to share the new with you. Thanks for reading!

A few images from my instagram: decorating for Christmas and a momentary snowfall in early December.