White Chocolate Yoghurt with Berries

Thinking of giving your kids a 'healthy' treat? Don't be fooled by the picture. This is super-easy to make and your children can help too. This recipe is like a good pair of jeans; you can dress it up or down as you like.


Serves 3-4

500ml natural farmhouse yoghurt
150g white chocolate
1 punnet blueberries
1 punnet black berries
1 punnet raspberries
1/2 tablespoon sugar

Heat a pan of water over medium heat. Place the chocolate in a bowl and place the bowl over the pan of simmering water (the water must not boil). Let the chocolate melt gently.

Once the chocolate has melted, allow it to cool slightly. Add ½ cup yoghurt and mix well together. Add the remaining yoghurt and stir through.

Place the blue berries, blackberries and raspberries in a bowl and mix through ½ tablespoon sugar.

Divide the yoghurt between 3-4 glasses (or bowls).

Spoon the berries on top. Sprinkle over a little caster sugar and serve.



Voor 3-4 personen

500ml boerennaturel yoghurt
150g witte chocolade
1 bakje zwarte bessen
1 bakje bramen
1 bakje frambozen
1/2 eetlepel suiker

Verwarm een pannetje water op medium vuur. Doe de chocolade in een kommetje en zet dit op het pannetje met kokend water (water mag nu niet meer koken), laat zachtjes smelten.

Als de chocolade gesmolten is, laat deze licht afkoelen. Voeg dan ½ kopje yoghurt toe en meng het goed door elkaar. Voeg daarna de rest van de yoghurt toe.

Doe de zwarte bessen, bramen en frambozen in een kommetje en meng er ½ eetlepel suiker doorheen

Verdeel de yoghurt over 3-4 glazen (kommetjes.)

Lepel het bessenmengsel erop. Bestrooi eventueel met wat fijne suiker.

Home made granola

Granola is so easy to make and the best thing is you can put in ingredients you like. Here's our recipe, but feel free to play around with your own flavours.

Makes about 1kg

500g oats
100g hazelnuts, coarsley chopped
100g almonds, coarsley chopped
50g cashews
100g pecan nuts, coarsley chopped
25g sesame
25g sunflower seeds
25g pumpkin seeds
125g golden syrup
100g maple syrup
a good sprinkle of cinnamon
60g dried cranberries
60g raisins
60g dried apricots, roughly chopped.
60g prunes

Preheat an oven to 160 C.

Mix all the ingredients together, except for the dried fruit and divide between to oven trays which have been lined with baking paper. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until everything becomes evenly golden coloured. Give it a mix every 10 minutes or so.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool and mix in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container.

Delicious served over yoghurt with fresh or stewed fruit.

Lamb Cutlets with Lentils, Coriander & Mint dressing and Masala Yoghurt

A modern dish inspired by the flavours of India. Lightly spiced and complemented by coriander and mint, two of the best pairings with lamb.

Serves 4

2 lamb racks
olive oil
200 g beluga or puy lentils
2 shallots
3 sprigs thyme
1 bunch coriander
1 bunch mint
250 ml natural yoghurt
1-2 tablespoons garam masala
coriander cress, to garnish

Begin by making the coriander and mint dressing. Place the herbs in a blender. Add enough olive oil and blend to a dressing. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Finely chop the shallots. Heat a pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sweat the shallots for 5 minutes. Add the lentils and thyme and fry for a further minute. Add water to cover, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are cooked but still have a bite. Drain off the water, season with salt and pepper and about 2-3 tablespoons olive oil. Set aside.

Season the lamb cutlets with salt and pepper. Heat a frying pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and fry the lamb, fat side down until the fat has rendered down as much as possible and is golden brown. Turn over on to the meat side and fry for a further 1-2 minutes. Transfer to an oven tray and roast in a 200  oven for 15-17 minutes. Remove the lamb from the oven and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes lightly covered with a piece of aluminium foil.

Mix the natural yoghurt with garam masala to taste. Season with salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Slice the lamb racks into cutlets. Divide the lentils between 4 plates. Lay 3-4 cutlets on each plate. Spoon over the coriander & mint dressing, masala yoghurt and top with the coriander cress.


Bircher Muesli

If you want to enjoy this muesli for a delicious and healthy breakfast, you have to start it the night before.

250 g organic oats
30 g red quiona, toasted in a frying pan with a little sunflower oil
50 g dried apricots, chopped
50 g dates, pitted and chopped
500 ml -1 liter milk
250 g natural yoghurt
1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon demarara sugar
1 large apple, grated

Place the oats, quiona, chopped apricots, dates, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Add the milk and yoghurt and stir to combine.

Grate in the apple and mix it through immediately to prevent the apple from discolouring. Cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge overnight.

Before serving, give the muesli a good stir and add some extra milk to slacken it slightly. Serve in bowls with fresh berries, bananas, seeds or whatever else you like or have in the store cupboard.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours


Aubergine Salad with Yoghurt Dressing and Pickled Courgette

This combination takes the humble aubergine and courgette to a new level. At first glance, it may seem like a lot of ingredients but don't let that put you off. A lot of them are store cupboard staples. If you don't happen happen to have them at hand, they are easily available from your local market or supermarket. If you don't want to make the pickle, just use some flash fried thinly sliced courgette or finely shaved raw courgette dressed with some lemon juice and olive oil. This dish is delicious served as a salad or as an accompaniment to grilled lamb cutlets or fish.

Serves 4

3 aubergines
olive oil
salt and pepper
4 spring onions
1 red chilli
1 small bunch flat leaf parsley
1 small bunch basil
1 small bunch mint

Yoghurt dressing
200 g Greek yoghurt
1 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon water (or a little more if required)
salt and pepper

Pickled Courgette
1 large courgette
1 tablespoon salt
70 g demarara sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 small shallots
250 ml cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds

Begin with the courgette pickle. Slice the courgette and shallots as thinly as possible. If you have a mandolin, you can slice the courgette on that, but mind your fingers. Place the courgette and shallot in a bowl with the salt and leave to stand for 15 minutes. Toast the mustard and fennel seeds in a dry pan to release their aromas. Transfer to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Pour off any liquid from the courgette and shallots and place them in the pickling liquid. At least an hour in the pickle would be great before serving. These don't really keep for long and are best eaten on the day they are made.

Now on to the dressing; place the Greek yoghurt in a bowl and grate the zest of the lemon over. Add 3 tablespoons lemon juice (or to taste), 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon water. Whisk to a smooth dressing. It should have the consistency of thick pouring cream. If it's a little on the thick side, add a little extra water. Set aside.

Slice the aubergine lengthways into 1 cm thick slices. Heat a griddle pan over medium-high heat. Brush the aubergine slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill about 4-5 minutes on each side until tender and well marked from the grill. You'll probably have to do this in batches. Transfer the aubergine to a large plate.

Finely slice the spring onions diagonally, finely chop the chilli and pick the herbs off the stalks.

To finish the dish, place the aubergine on a serving platter and spoon over the yoghurt dressing. Scatter over the spring onions, chilli and herbs. Drain the courgettes and shallots from the pickling liquid and lay on top. Serve straight away.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours



Lamb Burgers

Serves 2

2 lamb burgers
1 small tub Greek yoghurt
small bunch mint
1/4 red cabbage, finely shredded
1/2 small red onion, finely sliced
1 lemon
2 pita breads
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
tortilla chips, to serve

Mix the shredded red cabbage and onion together with the juice from the lemon. Season with salt and pepper and allow to stand and marinate.

Finely chop the mint and mix through the yoghurt along with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Heat a frying pan or grill over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and fry the burgers for about 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Toast the pita breads in a toaster and slice in half.

Fill the pita breads with the red cabbage and burgers. Spoon some of the minted yoghurt in and serve with tortilla chips.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours