A culinary journey through Europe

We like to treat you to alternative ways to travel in these bizarre times. This time you will need to get your chef's hat on and get to work in the kitchen. We have put together a list of 5 top European dishes for you. Tip: organise a cooking competition at home and let a carefully assembled jury decide who has cooked the best dishes. Entertainment guaranteed!
Mash pot with smoked sausages

1. Dutch stamppot – The Netherlands

Type: main course

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Mashed potatoes with kale and smoked sausage are the perfect dish to liven up any bleak autumn day. We like it best when it is prepared the traditional way, served with a big dollop of mustard. This recipe is very easy and will leave you with plenty of time to watch your favourite film. You only need 3 main ingredients: potatoes, kale and smoked sausage. Make sure you also have some milk, butter, salt and pepper at hand. Simply follow the recipe and serve up a bit of the Netherlands in your own home!

You can find the recipe of Dutch stamppot here >

Apple Strudel

2. Apple strudel – Austria

Type: dessert 

Preparation time: 60 minutes

Another deliciously warm recipe idea: apple strudel! It is up to you whether you serve your strudel with or without ice cream. You can have the apple strudel as an afternoon snack or as a dessert after your mashed potatoes with kale and smoked sausage. This pastry just oozes Austria... Put the strudel in the oven and let its delicious aroma permeate your home. Your family you will thank you for it, and so will your taste buds. Anyone who thought an apple strudel could only be made by a true pastry chef is mistaken. The recipe is surprisingly simple.

The recipe of apple strudel is available here >

Tarte flambée

3. Flammkuchen – Germany

Type: snack / main course

Preparation time: 25 minutes – 60 minutes to rise – 15 minutes in the oven

Don't be put off by the preparation of the dough: it is really easy to do! And if you don’t want to spend any time or effort on making the dough yourself, simply use a wrap as your base layer. There are many variations on this German 'pizza'. The classic version is topped with red onion, bacon bits and crème fraîche. It is perfect as a quick bite or as an appetizer with a delicious glass of white wine. Of course you can also go for different toppings, such as mushrooms or chicory.

The recipe for flammkuchen is available here >


4. Trifle - Great Britain

Type: dessert

Preparation time: 50 minutes

This typically British layered dessert is a great option for a dinner party. You can prepare all of it in advance. The classic recipe uses three layers that are repeated several times: sherry-drizzled cake, red fruit or peach, and custard. Nowadays there are many variants: some people like to replace the cake with biscuits, and some prefer amaretto or limoncello to sherry. Some even use mango in their trifle!

The recipe for trifle is available here >


5. Ratatouille - France

Type: side dish

Preparation time: 50 minutes

This French, vegan-friendly stew knows how to give your plate a vitamin boost. It always reminds us of better days in theProvence sun. Put a casserole on the hob and throw in the finely chopped onion, garlic, tomato, courgette, aubergine and bell pepper. Leave to simmer for a while and season with herbes de Provence. Serve with baked potatoes. And if you are keen on some meat to go with your stew: ratatouille is a delicious accompaniment to a perfectly cooked piece of meat or chicken.

The recipe for ratatouille is available here >