>New Cookbook: Hip Kip


This cute little cookbook is sold by the Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn.
It’s all about chicken, which I love… I couldn’t pass up on it. Especially when they prized them down to only 1 euro!!! I can’t wait to try my first recipe!

>I confess….. (TWD)

>I’m a terrible TWD-slacker….. I haven’t made this weeks recipe yet…
Basically I have no other excuse than being busy: I’ve been very busy at work:
organising a seminar, for which I’m spending the next few days in Amsterdam.

I will try to catch up on the Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread as soon as I can!

>Sweet Potato Pizza with Onions and Rosemary (Vitatas)


This week I found one ingredient in my Vitatas that I have never cooked with: a sweet potato. Snooping around on the internet I found various interesting ideas on what to do with it: baking a pound cake, making fries, putting it in a quiche, making a delicious soup, covering it with marshmallows, making casserole (also topped with marshmallows) and the most appealing one to me: pizza!! (I warned you in my previous post about my love for Italian food…)

I only changed one thing in this recipe: I used red onion. Also I topped the pizza with about 150 grams of Gorgonzola Dolce after 15 minutes in the oven. Put it back in the oven for another 3 minuts, then sprinkle the grated cheese on top and another 1-2 minutes in the oven.

This is a great recipe that I will be making again: I loved the sweetness of the sweet potato and red onion combined with the saltiness of the Gorgonzola cheese. My dad came home very late and ate the leftovers, his verdict: 8+ out of 1o points.
Serves 4
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 (10-ounce) portions frozen pizza dough, thawed
6 small sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1/4 inch)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (or 2 teaspoons dried, crumbled)
150 gram Gorgonzola dolce (optional)
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Arrange oven racks in the lower and upper third of the oven. Heat the oven to 475° F.
Heat 4 tablespoons of the oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent and soft.
Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface to make two 8- x 16-inch rectangles or two 12-inch rounds and transfer to two ungreased baking sheets (or two 12-inch pizza pans). (I made one big pizza….)
Layer the dough with the sweet potato slices, overlapping them slightly and forming three rows (or in a circular pattern if making round pizzas). Top the potato slices with the onions and rosemary. Drizzle the pizza with the remaining olive oil and season well with salt and freshly ground pepper.
Bake pizzas 15 to 18 minutes, or until the edges of the pies are crisp and lightly browned and the sweet potatoes are soft. (After 15 minutes I added the Gorgonzola and popped the pizza back into the oven.) Top with Parmesan and return to oven 1 to 2 minutes, until cheese melts.

>Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallots (Vitatas #2)


Back in October 2008 I made my first recipe with Butternut Sqaush and loved it. So when I found a Butternut Squash in this weeks Vitatas I knew I would like it. I decided not to make the same recipe and went looking for another dish.

Those of you who know me well will probably not be very surprised that it´s another pasta dish. I love pastas, so when I saw this recipe I knew I found a winner. The taste was great, although I did miss a sauce….. The added brown sugar brought out the sweet taste of the velvety squash and the shallots were cooked to perfection.

I cooked the Butternut Squash by cutting the squash in half vertically and removing the seeds and fibers with a spoon. I then placed the halves, cut sides down, in a baking dish and added water to a depth of 2 centimeters. The two halves were baked at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes until tender and could be pierced easily with a fork.

The only thing I changed about the recipe is that I quartered the shallots instead of slicing them in halves.

3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
8 shallots, peeled and halved lengthwise (about 1/2 pound)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
4 ounces uncooked pappardelle (wide ribbon pasta) or fettuccine
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 475°.
Combine the squash, sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons oil, salt, pepper, and shallots in a jelly roll pan; toss well. Bake at 475° for 20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in sage.

While the squash mixture bakes, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Place cooked pasta in a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons oil; toss well. Serve the squash mixture over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese.

>Vitatas #2: Contents


So here’s what’s in this weeks Vitatas: sweet potato, butternut squash, white cabbage, edible burdock, apples, moro oranges and mandarins. I have no idea yet what to do with the burdock….. I gave the cabbage to my mom as I will be out of town for two days and therefor not eating or cooking at home.

Recipes that will definetely follow this week:
  • Sweet Potato Pizza with Onions, Rosemary and Gorgonzola
  • Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash and Shallots

>More new Toys


>Scorzonera (Vitatas #1)

One of the veggies in my first Vitatas were these strange looking sticks. At least, that’s what they look like: branches…. But in fact they are not branches, they are the roots of Scorzonera hispanica, also known as black salsify, Spanish salsify, black oyster plant, serpent root, viper’s herb or viper’s grass. (source: Wikipedia)

Here in Holland they are known as schorseneren, in nineteenth century Holland they were called ‘winter asparagus’ because they were only available from October to March and once peeled and cooked they look a lot like asparagus.

I used this recipe from Coquinaria, it was very tasty!! Just as I finished my last piece of scorzonera I remembered I forgot to take pictures…. OOPS!! Hahaha