Beef Satay Pastry

While at my neighbourhood bakery, Dutch Delicious, a few weeks ago, I was having a chat with the owner/baker Siebe Koopman. I was talking about how I do a recipe every day during Advent to honour the memory of my mother. The topic went to my sister-in-law and her Indonesian heritage. Siebe’s eyes lit up […]

Ferris Burger’s Day Off

Since its release in 1986, I probably have watched the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off over a thousand times. At least I lost count after a thousand and that was some time in the ’90s. I pretty much watch it alone because I’m *that* guy who talks word-for-word through the entire movie, quoting every line, […]

Algerian Mechoui Burger with Chakhchoukha

A few months ago I came up with a personal culinary research project. Explore every country on Earth with the internal filter: “How would this culture make a burger?” So I’d look for meat dishes that either use ground meat or if the culture is largely vegetarian, find flavourful non-meat alternatives and create it in […]

Kazakh Manti Burger with Sabzi Piez

Manti in Kazakhstan and across much of Central Asia is a type of meaty dumpling. Oftentimes the meat is lamb, but can also be chicken or horse meat. A vegetable component can also be worked into the meat besides the flavour base of onions, salt and pepper. I thought this meaty filling would make a […]

Patty Melt

When I first heard of the idea of a patty melt, I thought it was genius. The union of a grilled cheese sandwich and a burger. While conceptually, the idea seems easy, there are small details that can ruin it. If the bread is too thin, the burger makes the whole thing floppy. If the […]