Yesterday, we were fortunate enough to be the first people to make use of the beautiful new kitchen and dining space at Groot Kruivenstein, in Langbroek near Utrecht.

This location is perfect for dining and meetings, set over beautiful lush grounds away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The interior and furnishings have been tastefully planned and thought out, with a unique eye for detail. Jan Steengracht and his wife Maud have created something really special.

Jan, by trade, is a designer working with metal. Pieces of his work complement the spaces, from door handles in the kitchen to lighting. Maud has used her interior design skills to created a homely ambience with beautiful fabrics and pieces of furniture.

We were hosting a cooking workshop and lunch for a group of ladies who had come to celebrate a special birthday. We enjoyed an afternoon cooking delicious food with seasonal ingredients. Dishes included bruschetta with buratta and grilled courgette, bruschetta topped with veal sweetbreads fried in buerre noisette with capers, lemon and parsley. Main was a pan-fried sea bream anchovy dressing and roasted asparagus. Dessert was a rhubarb and strawberry Eton mess and caramelised lemon tart.

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