Monday, 26 November 2012


We have made a lot of snacks yesterday for our aperif with friends.  Here are some ideas.

Tulips from Amsterdam

Only for the patient chefs!

13 Large cherry tomatoes
14 Stalks of chives
200g Cottage cheese or other soft white cheese
1 Cucumber (optional)
½ Teaspoon dried basil (optional)

Salt and pepper

Tip: Use a piping bag (we didn't think of it)

Time consuming, buy de-stoned dades

We filled the dades with goat cheese and wrapped them in bacon.
About 15 minutes in the oven and you'll have a lovely bite.


The eggs were filled besides the egg yolk with red pesto and a mix of yoghurt and mayonaise.


Cherry tomatoes and black olives make really cute lady birds. Base is made up of sliced baguettes, cream cheese, smoked salmon and flat leafed parsley. Dots on body can be ground black pepper or cut pieces of olives and the eyes are dots of cream cheese.

Children like to help with this dish

Mix of brochettes (see marinades on this blog)

Marinade for Chinese chicken brochettes

I do like Asian food a lot, so this marinade for chicken goes well on it's own or as a side dish.

For the marinade:

A handfull of fresh coriander
2 cm of fresh ginger (to be grated)
6 Table spoons of soy sauce (Ketjap for the Dutch readers)
1 Tea spoon of honey
1 Tea spoon of mustard
1 Tea spoon of 5 herbs (you'll get this powder mixture in supermarkets)

2 Hours in the fridge

Marinade for Lemon Chicken

I have made the marinade for chicken, but you can use pork mignon as well.

For the marinade:
2 Lemons, use the juice and the zest
Little hand full of fresh thyme
8 Table spoons of olive oil
Salt and Pepper

2 Hours in the frigde.

Marinade for Salmon and Chorizo brochettes

Maybe a somewhat unusual combination salmon and chorizo together on a stick, but actually it works.

For the marinade:Juice of a lemon or lime
8 Tablespoons of olive oil
1 Teaspoon of Colombo* powder
Salt and Pepper

2 Hours in the fridge

If you -just like me- don't have 'Colombo powder', then these are the ingredients to make your own. Just take from everything a little bit and taste.

Cumin seeds
Coriander seeds
Mustard seeds pref. black
Black peppercorns
Fenugreek seeds
Whole cloves

Marinade for Langoustine and Tomatoe brochettes

Yesterday we had some friends over for an 'apéro' and we decided to marinade chicken and fish. So here is the first one.

For langoustines/crevettes and tomatoes:

Juice of 1 lemon
8 Table spoons of olive oil
4 Branches of basil
Salt and Pepper

The marinated brochettes need 1 hour in the fridge.