Harvest time

Autumn, this beautiful season, when everything in the nature is meant to die…. only to be resurrected in the spring.

The season might be the best time to find a great variety of seasonal products and herbs. These are the days, when  we go around muddy forest and leaf covered paths, searching for wild mushrooms and the last forest fruits.

The time, when we collect oysters along the coast, at tide, or  just searching through the farmers markets, to sense the smell of baked apples, marinated pickles and dry charcuterie. My favourite time in Autumn  is to walk there with a pack of roasted chestnuts in my hand, choosing the best pumpkin for soup,  or just nourishing  my  senses through the eyes. I want to present you two of my favourite autumn recipes for something fast and sweet:  Pumpkin mousse and Stuffed apples with Marzipan.


Christmas Im/possible

This article is a bit different, because it’s dedicated to all my colleagues, who most probably, won’t be able to celebrate the holidays.

On one side, there’re the Christmas flavours, the shared moments and the food, the coziness and warmth of home, the spark in the eyes of family and friends. On the other, there are all these people, for whom Christmas means extra stress and endless working hours in the kitchen.

People, who make a Master Plan, they calculate, prepare orders and try to figure how to make this year’s holiday dinner more interesting and remembering than the previous.

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How we got here…

In the season of the cinnamon-orange memories, full of warm wine aroma, star anise and cardamom, Chef Iva was born.

It’s time to cook all the scents, tastes and delights, that remind us of winter, the snow,  the warmth of home and the Christmas stars, because it’s not just a holiday, when miracles happen, but it’s a magical moment, in which I become a kid again.

I close my eyes and imagine the smiling faces of the people around the fireplace, a Christmas tree, covered in countless colorful toys, reflecting the light, flickering playfully… and flavours, I imagine flavours. From the kitchen, a scent of freshly baked Stollen, mulled wine, Raclette, roasted chestnuts, gingerbread cookies, I can go on forever, because each Christmas memory inside of me has to it an emotion, shape, smell and taste.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, since the beginning of time, care and love come hand in hand with cooking, because “there’s no greater act of kindness and humanity, as to cook for someone”.

Meanwhile the restoration of Christmas tastes around the Globe, I would like to tell you the story of Klaus, the gander living on the canal passing by our Amsterdam home, who, because we’re buddies, will not be eaten for Christmas! I’m on a mission to take care and protect him.

There was this funny German joke, in which they asked the Dresden geese, what should people choose from Christmas dinner, to which all the geese replied in one voice “Carp, carp”… therefore a classic Christmas meal would have either goose, duck or carp.