French Lentil Soup

Not only lentils are excellent for your health, but there is very little preparation needed, count ~10 minutes to get everything ready and then it’s just cooking time! It’s also excellent without meat. What you need: A knife and a chopping board A big pot Ingredients for 4-6 persons: 250gr green lentils (1 cup) 3-5 leeks depending…

The Recipes We Loved in 2016

One year ago I started this blog and have been posting weekly a new recipe that anyone could do, resulting in a tasty and quick meal to prepare (most of the time!). 61 posts & 17,500 Facebook cooks later, I can’t wait for this new year to start! While I’ve always been using fresh ingredients and avoiding ready meals,…

Egg, Bacon and Avocado Quesadillas with a Side Salad

Quick lunch in mind? Try an Egg, Bacon and Avocado Quesadilla, you’ll love it! What you need: A knife and a chopping board A big pan A bowl with some paper kitchen towel Ingredients for 2 persons: For the quesadillas: 1 avocado 1/2 cup bacon (I used lardons) 2 eggs 1/4 cup grated cheese (I used Cheddar) 2 tortillas…

One Pot Grilled Chorizo & Vegetables

I’ve been experimenting with chorizo this year as it adds a nice flavor to every dish (see at the bottom of the page for some other recipes with Chorizo). And who doesn’t like grilled vegetables? They are healthy and so easy to prepare. Depending on the season or what you have on the fridge feel free to adjust…

Chorizo & Green Pea Risotto

You would never guess there is no creme fraiche in this dish as the risotto is so creamy! Ready in less than 25 minutes, it is one of my favorites, especially now the temperatures are dropping. What you need: A knife and a chopping board A big pan with a cover Ingredients for 2 persons: 125gr risotto…

Apple, Camembert Cheese & Bacon Tartines

I’ve spent last week in France, so I thought it would be nice to share a French recipe today… and eh… who doesn’t like melted cheese?? These tartines only take half an hour to prepare and can be served either as a starter if you keep it to 1 tartine per person or as a main. The…

Let’s celebrate 10,000 Facebook likes with our 10 most popular recipes!

The Beginner’s Cookbook Facebook page just reached 10 000 likes, so many cooking apprentices and passionates, thank you!! Let me take this opportunity to share the 10 recipes that got the most views so far: 1. Balsamic Chicken with Honey Sauce and Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms My most popular recipe by far! Very easy to do,…

Pork Filet Mignon with White Bean Mash

Another recipe from France this weekend, perfect for a Saturday night dinner! I tried many filet mignon recipes with more or less success as most of the time the meat turned out too dry, so make sure you buy good quality meat and not overcook it. The seasoning will do the rest! The white bean…

Pork Roast with Apple & Cider Sauce

Looking for something special but easy to do? This Pork Roast with Apple & Cider Sauce is the recipe you should consider! The catch? It takes a bit of time to cook, but it’s well worth the wait… Make sure to choose a piece of pork with some fat so the meat stays moist as it…

Chorizo & Roasted Potato Salad

This is definitely not your everyday salad: roasted potatoes with grilled chorizo, sweetness of the honey-mustard sauce and a fresh twist with rocket in there. What you need: A knife and a chopping board An oven proof dish A large bowl A serving dish (optional) Ingredients for 2 persons: 1kg potatoes 100gr chorizo 70gr rocket salad (4 big handfuls)…

Stuffed Mushrooms and Baked Courgettes

These stuffed mushrooms are a great choice for a starter or can be served with some baked courgettes for a light lunch. What you need: A knife and a chopping board A mini chopper (I have that one) A pan for the mushrooms An oven proof dish for the courgettes A cheese grater if needed Ingredients…

Croque-Monsieur with a Vegetable Salad

Yesterday’s weather was rainy and cold so I felt like eating some comfort food. Looking inside my fridge, I thought why not a Croque-Monsieur? What you need: A knife and a chopping board A cheese grater if needed Baking paper (optional) Ingredients for 2 persons: For the Croque-Monsieur (x4): 8 slices of white bread 4 slices of…