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Salade liègeoise

1 Jul

Salade liègeoise

After tasting her salade liègeoise this evening, my older daughter remarked that what she likes best about trying recipes from different countries is recognising adaptations of familiar dishes.

“Like this salade liègeoise, for example – this is just a salade niçoise for people who don’t have tomatoes.”

She’s spot on, and it really brought home to me one of the reasons I cook the way I do. It a way of engaging with the world, of opening a window into different cultures – “dining table” travel, if you will. Continue reading

Steamed mussels in white wine

17 Jun

mussels and frites

I’ve always found the idea of cooking mussels a bit scary, but they were the obvious choice for our Belgian World Cup dinner. (Either that, or a jumbo box of Leonidas…) Turns out they were pretty straightforward and quick to prepare, even though I bought  twice as many as we needed – especially as Lyra ended up eating dinner at a friend’s house, and Nova ate only one…  Expecting to be tied up with the mussels, I opted for oven chips – which were a bit meh. Continue reading