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French Fries

French Fries

French-fried potatoes were likely invented during the 18th century in the area that later became Belgium. The name “French” was applied to them in (American) English at the beginning of the 19th century. The straightforward explanation of the term is that it means potatoes fried in the French sense of the verb: “to fry” can mean either sauteing or deep-fat frying, while its French origin, frire, unambiguously means deep-frying : frites being its past participle used with a plural feminine substantive, as in pommes de terre frites (“deep-fried potatoes”). Thomas Jefferson, famous for serving French dishes, wrote exactly the latter French expression. In the early 20th century, the term “French fried” was being used for foods such as onion rings or chicken, apart from potatoes. The verb “to french”, though not attested until after “French fried potatoes” had appeared, can refer to “julienning” of vegetables as is acknowledged by some dictionaries while others only refer to trimming the meat off the shanks of chops.

Potato, Parmesan Baked

Potato, Parmesan Baked

Parmesan Baked Potato is to me a comfort food. But that’s with all potato 😉

Stoof Peertjes (Dutch)

Stoof Peertjes (Dutch)

It is about time I start to post some recipes of my child hood. Recipes of the food my mother used to cook for us and still does. The picture below shows some shots of her well used cookbook :).

If you are Dutch you know what this is. This is a typical Dutch dish. I had to improvise with this recipe for stoofpeertjes, because some ingredients are not available here, like ‘Gieser Wildeman Pears’, I used Bosc Pears. Bosbessensap is not available here neither. I came up with one of my own concoctions.

Ingredients

8 bosc pears (if you can get your hands on the Gieser Wildeman Pears use that)
2 tbsp sugar
1 (12oz) bag of berry blend berries
1 cups of Minute Maid Pomegranate blueberry juice
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Peel the pears, half them and take the core out. Put the bag of frozen berries in a pot and add the juice and sugar. Add the pears and the cinnamon stick. ( The original recipe says boil in water with the cinnamon stick, since I don’t have the same pears the color won’t be the same, if I just boil them in water so I changed it and cook them in berry juice). Bring to a boil then simmer for 2 hours. Take the pears out, press the berries through a sieve. If you like the juice thick add some diluted cornstarch to the juice. You can serve this as a side dish or use it for a dessert, add it to yoghurt or add the juice to griesmeel pudding another recipe from my Mom’s Dutch Cooking.

 

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It is about time I start to post some recipes of my child hood. Recipes of the food my mother used to cook for us and still does. The picture below shows some shots of her well used cookbook :).
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Recipe type: Side Dish and or Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch
Ingredients
  • 8 bosc pears (if you can get your hands on the Gieser Wildeman Pears use that)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 (12oz) bag of berry blend berries
  • 1 cups of Minute Maid Pomegranate blueberry juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Peel the pears, half them and take the core out. Put the bag of frozen berries in a pot and add the juice and sugar. Add the pears and the cinnamon stick. ( The original recipe says boil in water with the cinnamon stick, since I don't have the same pears the color won't be the same, if I just boil them in water so I changed it and cook them in berry juice). Bring to a boil then simmer for 2 hours. Take the pears out, press the berries through a sieve. If you like the juice thick add some diluted cornstarch to the juice. You can serve this as a side dish or use it for a dessert, add it to yoghurt or add the juice to griesmeel pudding another recipe from my Mom's Dutch Cooking.