Courgette soup with fried aubergines and feta

This simple courgette soup is great for a  lunch or light evening dinner

Courgette Soup

  1. Main course
  2. Serves 2
  3. Vegetarian
  4. Ready in about 30 minutes

Equipment

- Chopping board

- Chef’s knife

- Pan

- Frying pan

- Vegetable peeler

- Stick blender

Pantry

- Olive oil (4 tablespoons)

- Salt

- Pepper

Ingredients

2 courgettes

1 aubergine

1 floury potato

1 pack flat leaf parsley

1 pack feta (75 gram)

1 vegetable stock cube

1 onion

1 clove garlic

Method

1

Finely chop the onion and garlic. Peel the potato and cut in cubes. Cut the courgettes into 2 cm cubes and dissolve the vegetable stock cube in 750 ml hot water.

2

Cut the aubergine into 1 cm cubes.

3

Heat a pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sweat the onion until soft. Add the garlic and fry for 1 minute. Add the courgette and potato and fry for 2 minutes, add the stock and simmer gently until the courgette is soft.

4

Heat a frying pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil and fry the aubergine cubes until golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. Crumble three-quarters of the feta into the soup and cook for 2 minutes. Finely chop the parsley and stir through the aubergine.

5

Puree the soup with a stick blender or blender. Season with salt and pepper. Divide between 2 bowls. Spoon the aubergine on top and crumble over the remaining feta. Serve with crispy bread.

 

Courgettesoep

1. Hoofdgerecht
2. Tweepersoons
3. Vegetarisch
4. Bereidingstijd: ca. 30 minuten

Benodigdheden

- Snijplank
- Koksmes
- Pan
- Koekenpan
- Dunschiller - Staafmixer

Voorraadkast

- Olijfolie (4 eetlepels) - Zout
- Peper

Ingrediënten

2 courgettes
1 aubergine
1 kruimige aardappel
1 pakje bladpeterselie (15 gram peterselie) 1 pakje feta (75 gram)
1 bio groentenbouillonblokje
1 ui
1 teentje knoflook

Bereiding

1
Snijd de ui en het knoflookteentje fijn. Schil de aardappel en snijd in blokjes. Snijd de courgette in blokjes van 2 cm. Los het bouillonblokje op in 750 ml warm water.
2
Snijd de aubergine in kleine blokjes van 1 cm.
3
Verwarm een pan met 2 eetlepels olijfolie en smoor de ui zacht. Voeg knoflook toe en bak 1 minuut. Voeg courgette en aardappel toe en bak alles 2 minuten, voeg dan bouillon toe en laat zachtjes koken tot courgette zacht is.
4
Verwarm een koekenpan met 2 eetlepels olijfolie en bak hierin de aubergineblokjes goudbruin, breng op smaak met zout en peper. Kruimel 3⁄4 van de feta toe aan soep en laat 2 minuten koken. Snijd de peterselie fijn en mix dit door de aubergine.
5

Pureer de soep met een staafmixer of in een blender, breng op smaak met zout en peper. Verdeel over 2 kommen, schep de aubergine er bovenop en kruimel de resterende feta er overheen. Serveer met wat brood.


Smoked Bacon and Tomato Spaghetti

Imagine a recipe for a quick dinner to get on the table during a busy week with ingredients that you most probably already have and one that's going to please the whole family? Well, here it is.....

Serves 4

Ingredients
400g pack spaghetti
175g smoked bacon
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 tins tomato cubes
75g grated Parmesan
75g rocket
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper

Method
Finely chop the onion and garlic. Cut the bacon into small strips. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil.

Heat a frying pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and fry the bacon for 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and fry for a further 4 minutes.

Add the garlic and smoked paprika and fry for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper and simmer gently for 10 minutes until the sauce has reduced by a third.

Add the spaghetti to the pan of boiling water and cook for 8-10 minutes until al dente. Reserve a cup of the cooking water and drain the spaghetti.

Dress the rocket with a little olive oil and salt. Mix the spaghetti through the tomato sauce and if necessary, thin the sauce down with some of the reserved pasta water. Divide the spaghetti between 4 plates, sprinkle over the grated Parmesan and top with the rocket.

 

Nederlands

voor 4 personen 

Ingrediënten
400gr spaghetti
175gr gerookte ontbijtspek
1 ui
2 teentjes knoflook
2 theelepels gerookte paprikapoeder
2 blikken tomaatblokjes
75gr geraspte Parmezaan
75gr rucola
4 eetlepels olijfolie
zout en peper

Bereiding
Snijd de ui en knoflook fijn. Snijd het ontbijtspek in kleine reepjes. Breng een pan water met zout aan de kook.

Verwarm een koekenpan op medium vuur met 2 eetlepels olijfolie en bak het ontbijtspek 2-3 minuten. Voeg de ui toe en bak nog eens 4 minuten.

Voeg de knoflook en gerookte paprikapoeder toe en bak 1 minuut. Voeg de tomaten, zout en peper toe en kook zachtjes 10 minuten. Kook 1/3  van de saus in.

Voeg de spaghetti toe aan de pan met kokend water en kook in 8-10 minuten beetgaar. Bewaar een kopje van het kookvocht en giet de spaghetti af.

Maak rucola aan met olijfolie naar smaak. Meng de spaghetti door de tomaten en verdun, indien nodig, met het bewaarde kookvocht. Verdeel de spaghetti over 4 borden, bestrooi met de geraspte Parmezaan en leg wat rucola bovenop.


Guinea Fowl with Hispi Cabbage

Guinea fowl is a much underrated protein. It's lean and full of flavour. Use it as a substitute for chicken. This recipes makes for a simple yet delicious dinner.

English 

Serves 2

Ingredients
2 guinea fowl breasts
1 hispi cabbage
1 shallot
125ml cream
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
50ml Noilly Prat
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper

Method
Preheat the oven to 180° C. Finely slice the cabbage and shallot.

Season the guinea fowl breasts with salt and pepper. Heat a frying pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and fry the guinea fowl on both sides until golden brown. Transfer to a roasting dish and roast for about 10 minutes in the oven.

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the same pan as you cooked the guinea fowl and fry the shallot for 2 minutes. Add the cabbage and fry for a further 5 minutes. Remove the guinea fowl from the oven and rest for 3-4 minutes. Add the curry powder to the cabbage and fry for 1 minute. Add 50 ml Noilly Prat and cook until mostly reduced. Add 125 ml cream and cook for a couple of minutes until slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide the cabbage between 2 plates. Slice the guinea fowl into 3 pieces, set on top of the cabbage and serve.

Nederlands

voor 2 personen

Ingrediënten
2 parelhoenfilets
1 spitskool
1 sjalot
125ml slagroom
1 theelepel milde currypoeder
50ml Noilly Prat
4 eetlepels olijfolie
zout en peper

Bereiding
Verwarm de oven voor op 180°C. Snijd de spitskool in dunne reepjes en snijd het sjalotje fijn.

Bestrooi de parelhoenfilets met zout en peper. Verwarm een koekenpan op medium vuur met 2 eetlepels olijfolie en bak de parelhoenfilets aan beide kanten goudbruin. Leg ze in een ovenschaaltje en zet ze in de oven voor ongeveer 10 minuten.

Voeg 2 eetlepels olijfolie toe aan de pan waarin de parelhoenfilets gebakken zijn en bak 2 minuten. Voeg de spitskool toe en bak nog eens 5 minuten. Haal de parelhoen uit de oven en laat 3-4 minuten rusten. Voeg de currypoeder toe aan de kool en bak nog 1 minuut. Voeg 50 ml Noilly Prat toe en kook licht in. Voeg de room toe en kook het 2 minuten in (room wordt wat dikker). Breng op smaak met zout en peper.

Verdeel de kool over 2 borden. Snijd de parelhoen schuin in 3 stukken en leg ze bovenop de kool.


Cod with Tahini

A great dinner combining cod which is readily available fish and tahini, which most of us have in our store cupboards.

Serves 2

Ingredients
1 onion
4 tomatoes
1 cod fillets of 150g each
1 red chilli
1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
60ml tahini
75g rocket
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper

Method
Preheat an oven to 220°C. Finely slice the onion and cut the tomatoes into chunky pieces. Finely chop the red chilli (add as much as you want). Place the onion and tomatoes on to a roasting tray with 2 tablespoons olive oil and roast in the oven for 15 minutes.

Grate the zest from the lemon. Season the cod fillets with salt, the chopped red chilli, lemon zest, fennel seeds and ground cumin.

Heat a frying pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and fry the fish for 2-3 minutes on each side, turning the fish gently when you do so. Place the cod in a roasting dish and spoon the roasted onion and tomato around.

Mix the tahini with 100 ml water, lemon juice to taste and salt. Pour over the fish and roast in the oven for 5-7 minutes.

Divide the fish and vegetables between 2 plates. Serve with the rocket salad dressed with a little olive oil, lemon juice and salt.


Quick Chilli Wraps

Serves 2

Ingredients
100g red pesto
1 red chilli
350g beef mince
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 beef or chicken stock cube
2 red peppers
1 tin kidney beans
1 small bunch coriander
4 tortillas
1 avocado
1 red onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
1 small tub sour cream

Method
Finely chop the red chilli. Cut the peppers into 1 cm cubes. Drain the liquid from the beans.

Heat a frying pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil and fry the beef for a few minutes with the cumin until lightly browned. Add the pesto to the pan.

Crumble the stock cube into the minced beef and add the cubed peppers. Half fill the empty tin from the beans with water and add to the pan. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

Remove the lid from the pan and add the kidney beans, simmer for a further 5 minutes until the liquid has reduced. Remove the pan from the heat. Finely chop the coriander and add to the chilli.

Peel the avocado and cut into slices. Halve the onion and slice into thin rings. Warm the tortillas in a frying pan for 1 minute on either side.

Serve the tortillas filled with the chilli, avocado, onion and a dollop of sour cream.


Breda-Amsterdam

Restaurant Breda, situated in the centre of Amsterdam, offers modern international cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. You can choose between 3 menus carefully compiled and executed by the chefs.

They have over 15 wines available to order by the glass, wine pairing with the menu and more than 60 wines on the list from all over the world.

The food is simple yet delicious with surprising combinations and attention to detail. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner which used the best and freshest of the season's ingredients. Also the prefect choice for lunch! A restaurant we wouldn't hesitate to return to.


Daalder in the Jordaan

At Daalder, situated on the Lindengracht in Amsterdam's vibrant Jordan district, you can expect fine, Michelin-quality cuisine in a down to earth environment. They serve either a 5-or 7- course menu, made with beautiful fresh ingredients, all hand picked by their head chef and co-owner from Paris, Dennis Huwaë.

His dishes are like works of art and with their many flavours and textures, his creations are a delight to the palate. They do things a little differently at Daalder. Their superb dishes are served with a smile in a joyful, unpretentious atmosphere.

The wine menu is created by Maitre Sommelier Tim Grashuis, who is also responsible for the widely acclaimed great service at Daalder.


Double-baked goat cheese Souffle

This is one of our go-to recipes for a light lunch of vegetarian main course. The beauty is that it can be made ahead of time and the last baking done just before serving. It's light and full of flavour.

 For 4-6 ramekin moulds

Ingredients
40g butter
40g flour
250ml warmed milk (1 cup)
250g soft goat cheese, crumbled
3 eggs, separated
250ml cream (1 cup)
6 Tbsp grated firm goat cheese

Method
Melt the butter, then stir in the flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in the warmed milk. Bring to the boil, still whisking. Remove from the heat and beat in the soft goat cheese. Beat in the egg yolks and seasoning to taste, then fold in the beaten egg whites.

Spoon into 4-6 well-buttered soufflé dishes and place in a baking pan of hot water. Bake at 220°C for 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in their moulds. To bake a second time, lift the cooled soufflés out of their dishes into a buttered baking dish. Pour over the cream and generously sprinkle with the grated goats cheese. Bake at 230°C for 10 minutes or until puffed and golden.

We like to serve our souffles with a roasted beetroot. Here's the recipe:

Roasted beetroot salad

Ingredients
2kg mixed beetroot, washed
olive oil
garlic cloves, skin on
sprigs of rosemary and thyme
coarse sea salt and black pepper

Method
Line a roasting tray with a double layer of aluminium foil, making show the there is an overhang on the sides. Lay the beetroot in. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with the olive oil. Scatter over the garlic cloves and herbs.

Gather the ends of the foil together making a parcel to enclose the beetroot. Ensure that it’s not too tight as the beetroot won’t cook.

Place in a 220°C oven for at least and hour, depending on the size of the beetroot, until tender. Allow to cool slightly. Peel the beetroot and slice into a bowl. Season with some more salt and pepper, a good quality olive oil and an aged balsamic vinegar. Add some chopped parsley or tarragon to finish. Serve with the goats cheese soufflé.


Partners Dinner

Amsterdam Flavours would not be what or where it is today without the support of our esteemed partners. ArcLinea, Smeg, Wusthof, Le Creuset, Magimix, Baden Baden Interior, Sonos, Leica and Quooker have teamed up with us to create an all-round culinary experience. And it shows at what we have managed to a put together at our new home at the Westergasfabriek.

As a thank you for their ongoing support, we hosted a dinner in their honour last week. A small way we can show our appreciation and how much they mean to us. It was a lovely informal evening with good food, good wine and good conversation. We have decided to make this a yearly event - isn't that what family's do?

A special thank you must go out to Cichi Dining Experience for the beautiful table settings.

 


Private Dining

If you are looking for a venue to host private and exclusive lunches and dinners for up to 50 people (for cocktail parties and walking dinners we can accommodate 90-100 people), our dining area is the perfect space. For a more homely atmosphere for up to 14 people, we can use the dining room at 180 Graden, a typical canal house in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district. For larger events, please contact us to discuss possibilities.

For more information, please contact Bernadette or Mischa.