That got your attention didn’t it! Have you ever seen a more decadent, glorious, mouthwatering reveal of a cake?!! One picture and I was seriously in love. The mastermind behind this divine cardamom cake with poached pears (recipe here) is the utterly fabulous Irish-born-yet-Dutch Yvette van Boven. She divides her time between Amsterdam and Paris and for me, her cooking is a great way to get more European about what the food I make, which is nice feeling for an Aussie in London.
Yvette van Boven is not just a cook. She’s a food stylist, recipe writer, columnist, author (she has written five cookbooks) and she’s a shamingly good illustrator as well. The woman even makes her own butter for crissakes. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s bloody gorgeous to boot.
I love flicking through her books. They’re filled with her undeniably obvious delight of cooking, creating and eating and she makes it all feel utterly contagious! Resistance is futile. Her husband is her photographer (and a pretty mean cocktail maker as well) and if anyone asked me to put together a fantasy camping crowd, they’d be top of my list.
So here’s my choice of divine van Boven goodies to make for a camping trip:
Crab legs with garlic butter, recipe here.
Homemade mustard, recipe here.
Watercress with smoked almonds and goat’s cheese, recipe here.
Thousand tomato salad with goat’s cheese ricotta, recipe here.
Italian chicken stew, recipe here.
Beef stew with red wine, recipe here.
Quinoa apple cake, recipe here.
Gooseberry and orange jam, recipe here.
Make them at home. Make them when you’re camping. Make them for camping. Just make them and you’ll fall in love just like I did.
Pictures & illustrations from Yvette van Boven with thanks.