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Indische Biefburgers met Sambalsaus

Indische burgers met sambalsaus

Indische biefburgers met sambalsaus

De zomer is echt begonnen en dat betekent elke dag heerlijk buiten kunnen eten. Wij waren nooit zo’n BBQ’ers, maar sinds wij een Kamado-model BBQ hebben zijn wij echt fan geworden. De afgelopen weken hebben wij bijna elke dag wel de BBQ aangestoken. En om ervoor te zorgen dat het niet saai wordt proberen we ook steeds weer nieuwe grillgerechten te bedenken, zoals deze heerlijke Indische biefburgers met sambalsaus. read more

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Korean Chicken Skewers with spicy BBQ-sauce

Koreaanse Kipspiezen met pikante BBQ-saus

Seen the weather forecast for this weekend? It’s going to be sunny! Actually, more than sunny, we’re getting tropical temperatures. Not to everyone’s liking, I’m sure. But I think we can all agree on one thing: it will be perfect weather for a BBQ. Which means that our favourite is on rotation again: Korean Chicken Skewers.


Get an early start with marinating the meat. At least a couple of hours before cooking, though the meat will be at its best if you let it marinate overnight. It will become extremely tender. Instead of marinating in a bowl, I use a zip lock bag and press as much of the air our as possible, which definitely helps the process of marinating (the meat will soak up the flavours even more).

Tender meat

Not only the time the meat has to marinate will influence the tenderness, but also which cut you use. It’s perfectly fine to use chicken breast or chicken tenders, but they can dry out pretty fast during cooking. The best cut definitely is the chicken thigh fillet. Might be a bit more expensive sometimes, but definitely worth it.


The marinate is what makes the chicken skewers taste incredible. What makes it even better? Making a BBQ-sauce out of the marinade. Brush the skewers with the sauce during grilling and serve the rest as dip. For the chicken AND for dipping drowning your bread in it.


500 g chicken thigh fillet (or chicken breast/tenders)

For the marinade:

1 red onion

50 g light brown sugar

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

50 ml soy sauce

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 à 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce (or more if you like it hot)

For the BBQ-sauce:

The chicken marinade (after marinating)

1 tbsp light brown sugar

20 g tomato puree

2 tbsp soy sauce

25 ml water

Optional: extra Sriracha sauce to taste


Cut the chicken into strips or cubes and put in a zip lock bag.

Put all ingredients for the marinade into a food processor or blender.

Blend a couple of seconds, until there are no more large chunks.

Pour the marinade over the chicken.

Press as much air out as possible and close the bag.

Massage the chicken a bit and put the bag in the refrigerator.

Marinade maken en de kip marineren

Let marinate for a couple of hours, preferably even overnight.

Take the chicken out of the marinade and put on skewers. If you’re using wooden skewers, let them soak in water a bit before using them. They might otherwise burn during grilling.

Pour the remaining marinade into a sauce pan and add the other ingredients for the sauce.

Mix well and bring slowly to a boil.

Let simmer for a couple of minutes.

Taste whether the sauce is sweet and/or spicy enough. Add more sugar or Sriracha to taste.

Koreaanse BBQ-saus maken

Is the sauce too think, add a bit more water. Too thin? Add a bit of corn starch.

Brush the chicken skewers during grilling with a bit of BBQ-sauce.

Serve the rest of the sauce with the skewers.

Gegrilde Koreaanse Kipspiezen

Korean Chicken Skewers with spicy BBQ-sauce

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Artisan Bread – the ‘no knead’ method

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Artisan bread

Spring has finally arrived. More than that, we’ve reached summery this week! If you’re walking outside around dinner time, you can’t escape the smell of BBQ’s all around the area. We’re not huge BBQ-fans, but we love to eat outside. And with these warm temps, we like to move into the garden. We might fire up the BBQ this weekend, or we might settle for a quick and light meal. What I love in both cases?  Freshly baked bread on the side.

Easy to make at home

You can make sure to buy a fresh loaf at the bakery or the supermarket. Perfectly fine. Because baking brad at home is a tedious job. Right? Nope, it doesn’t have to be. With this recipe for artisan bread, anyone can bake fresh bread at home.

The ‘no knead’ method

You’ve probably heard of it before, no-knead bread. As in: bread you don’t have to knead. We’re making this bread already for a couple of years and I have tried several variations. Using another type of flour or adding extra ingredients. The bread is very popular all over the world. Once you’ve tried it yourself, you’ll understand why. Making your own artisan bread at home has never been this easy.


How can this ever work? By giving the dough enough time. The dough has to rise at least 8 hours. Preferably longer, up to 24 hours. So, it’s not a recipe you can make just before use. I prepare the dough just before going to sleep. That way it has enough time to rise. The next day, I can bake it any time I want to. It sounds so easy, right? Well, it is.


375 – 525 g (spelt)flour (see instructions)

1 tsp dry yeast

2 tsp salt

375 ml lukewarm water


First, mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. I’ve put a very wide margin for the flour in the recipe, as the exact amount of flour very much depends on the type of flour and even the brand you’re using. I’ve noticed that spelt flour is much heavier than regular flour. For a bread with regular AP flour, I used about 375 – 425 g of flour. With my last spelt bread, I used 525 g flour.

Start with the smallest amount of flour and add more as needed. The dough doesn’t have to reach a ‘dry’ state, where your hands don’t stick anymore. Sticky is fine, as you are not going to knead it.

Add the water and mix everything with a wooden spoon. Add more flour if it’s too wet.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Cover the bowl with cling film and put in a place where the dough can rest (I usually put it on the cupboard in the living room, out of reach of children and pets).

Let rise for at least 8 hours. Preferably longer, so it’s best to start it just before you go to sleep at night.

Put a piece of parchment paper on your workspace and dust it generously with flour. The dough is very sticky and thin and without the flour, it will stick to the paper.

‘Pour’ the dough on the dusted parchment paper (I use a dough scraper to get it out of the bowl). Try to shape it in a round form. Again, I use the dough scraper and kind of fold the edges.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Let the dough rest like that for about an hour.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 220°C.

Place, halfway the rising time, a cast iron pan/casserole in the oven. The pan needs to be really hot.

On the dough, you will see air bubbles have formed. That’s a good thing!

And now a dangerous job: take the pan out of the oven (don’t forget your oven mitts!), carefully lift the parchment paper with the dough and place it in the hot pan.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Put the lid on the pan, put the pan back in the oven and let it bake (lid closed) for 30 minutes.

Take the lid off the pan (again, don’t forget your oven mitts, because: HOT!) and let bake for another 15 minutes or until the top has reached a nice golden colour.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

Carefully take the bread out of the oven and let cool. Though hot bread, fresh from the oven… so good.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode

And your freshly baked, homemade bread is ready. This recipe can be made with different types of flour, even gluten free mixes (be sure to check whether these mixes are suitable for bread baking). You cabn also use whole wheat flour, but you’ll get a much denser bread (less air bubbles are formed in the dough). Well, in other words: start experimenting.

Artisanaal Brood - de 'no knead' methode


Artisan Bread - the 'no knead' method

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Fennel Salad with Apple & Smoked Chicken Breast

Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

Fennel salad

It was during our holiday at the farm last year, when I first made this salad. We had a BBQ with all the other guests at the farm and everybody had to bring something. I addition to the couscous salad with roasted vegetables, I made this deliciously fresh and crisp fennel salad.

Crisp and sweet

The fennel itself has a sweet, aniseed flavour. The crisp, tangy flavour of the apple and the smoky saltiness of the chicken match perfectly. You can make this of course completely vegetarian/vegan by omitting the chicken. This salad actually doesn’t really need it. Just the fennel with apple is such a great combination.


1 fennel bulb

1 green apple (Granny Smith)

1 smoked chicken breast (single)

1 shallot

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

3 tbsp vinegar

6 tbsp oil

A few drops liquid sweetener (optional)


Cut the shallot in very fine strips. You could use a mandolin for that.

Then cut the apple au julienne. No need to peel it.

Appel voor Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

First cut the green from the fennel and chop it up a bit. Set aside.

Cut the fennel bulb in half and remove the tough heart.

Thinly slice up the fennel. You can again use the mandolin to do that.

Venkelgroen voor Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

Venkel voor Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

Gesneden venkel voor Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

Make the dressing by mixing vinegar, oil, salt, pepper and a little bit of liquid sweetener. The sweetener is optional, but it lifts this dressing to the next level.

Mix the shallot and the fennel greens into the dressing.

Add the apple and the fennel and mix well. Let sit for about an hour.

Dressing voor Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

Just before serving, cut the smoked chicken breast into small pieces or slices and mix through the salad.

Gerookte kipfilet voor Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

This salad is delicious as a side to a BBQ, but it can also serve as a main along with some fresh bread.

Venkelsalade met Appel & Gerookte Kipfilet

Fennel Salad with Apple & Smoked Chicken Breast

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