Visit Ostend: my mackerel, homemade gnocchi with chervil pesto

Mackerel is a lovely fish and one of my favourite to cook whole in the oven. Simple is best I think but I love chervil with fish for some reason, I just love the combo more than dill. Chervil is bang in season now. A few weeks ago I was invited to join a group of talented bloggers, curious influencers, Flemish TV cook Sandra Bekari and renowned chefs in Ostend, Belgium and learn all about Belgian North Sea coast catch of the day and how to fillet fish.

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My 6 delicious bakes to inspire you this weekend

I have a real sweet tooth, I love cookies, cakes, pies, French patisseries, macaroons, galettes, … Wednesday I shared my chocolate mousse today I share more baking recipes both savoury and sweet. I really do enjoy the tasting and eating not sooo much the baking. I am not sure what it is that I feel is cumbersome to bake but maybe it is because things have to be measured and I tend to invent as I cook.  So my bakes are simple but super delish. Here 6 bakes to inspire you for the weekend.

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Belgian classics: Belgian chocolate mousse (5)

Belgian chocolate is THE best in the world hence is our chocolate mousse. I am not quite sure what makes it soooo great but we are blessed indeed. From our simple supermarket chocolate to our passionate chocolatiers, there is something for everyone. I am not one of those people who needs chocolate everyday but I truly admire the passion. As with everything I tend to like a certain chocolate in a certain shop. I always travel with chocolate to share with friends, colleagues, bosses or the very helpful and kind hotel concierge. It’s definitely a currency that opens doors and shows sincere gratitude. Here I share a classic chocolate mousse, sooo classic that I bet every Belgian has a food memory with this dish.

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6 simple cooking tips to steal from professional chefs

Whether you are a cautious beginner or more confident home cook, let me run a few cooking tips by you, they are really useful to improve your cooking skills. I may be a daughter of a Michelin star chef, but I learned most of my skills by trial and error ( a lot of errors!!) My dad never taught me how to cook so I took on the challenge to autodidact. When I was 12 I was convinced I could just bake a cake with a snap of my fingers. Remember back in the 90-ties barely any how-to videos existed online so I found a recipe in a book and dumped all the ingredients in a bowl, mixed and poured it into a cake tin. Baked ( burned) it and needless to say this was a disaster to the amusement of my dad, mom and brother. I didn’t give up, I made spaghetti bolognese  from scratch at a friends house with a recipe our cleaning lady gave me ( the lengths I went thru when I had a chef sitting right there).

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