Food Science & Food History – Pasteurization

One of my favourite hobbies, as you might have discovered by now, is figuring out the science behind cooking and baking. Trying out recipes, explaining why they worked out, or why they didn’t… Nothing more fun than that to be honest. You’ll find a lot of posts on my website …

TaaiTaai – Dutch Winter Snack

In the Netherlands the 5th of December is one of the most exciting days in the year for kids. On this day Sinterklaas comes by all children and gives them presents. It’s similar to Santa Claus with Christmas, but our Sinterklaas arrives in the country 3 weeks before the 5th …

Crispy, crunchy pepernoten

Here in the Netherlands it is nearly Sinterklaas again, you might be asking yourselves, Sinterklaas, are you sure you don’t mean Santa Claus? But no, it’s sinterklaas, although I think sinterklaas and santa claus are somewhat related. Sinterklaas is a typical Dutch feast during which Sinterklaas, an old man, brings …

Making pies with short crust pastry

After my first real failure at making short crust pastry, I made more than 4 pies with short crust pastry within a week. Yes, I was in the short crust pastry mood and managed to find a recipe that worked pretty good for me! As a result I made a …

A blog on meringue… making Dutch ‘schuimpjes’

After ‘studying’ the ingredients you need to make a meringue, it was time to make some batches. See whether it could make sense out of it. I decided to go with a recipe from a cookbook as a first start, thinking that would be the ‘safest’ option. I chose a Dutch recipe, …

Infopgraphic Milk – The science of milk in one page

The science of food is fascinating. Whether it is while baking a cake or frying a steak, I keep on looking into the science of my food. In order to do that best, you should understand the science of your ingredients! Today we’ll be discussing milk using an infographic summarizing the …

Preventing a failed short crust pastry pie crust – American vs. European flour

By now I’ve managed to make perfectly crunchy, airy short crust pastry pie crust, ideal for making both savory as well as sweet (chocolate) pies. However, before I found a good recipe I’ve had quite a bit of failures, especially when following recipes made by bloggers from the US. Sometimes they …