Cabernet Franc icewine

Last year i brought back 3 small bottles of icewine from Canadian wine makers Magnotta. To celebrate Marianne’s graduation I created a special dessert to match this wine.

My new Magimix!

Finally i have a Magimix. The kitchen-aid and master of all sauces, dough and purees. Got a really good deal in Utrecht on an older model that was being phased out.

Research dinner

Last night, 7 old colleagues from KPN Research dropped by for a little reunion, catch-up and dining. I started them on a welcome drink: DeuS, a champagne beer. Beer that’s had a 2nd fermentation in the bottle just like champagne does. Starters was a fresh home-made chicken soup with a little curry and parsley, quickly…

KPN research visiting

Next week, 8 of my old colleagues are visiting me. It started with 4 reservations but quickly grew to 8. I had set a limit at 10 anyway because I don’t have more chairs. I already ordered a biological veal shank for next Saturday. I’ll slow cook it into luscious tenderness. And I’ll check local…

Getting creative for family

Last weekend my aunts and uncles came together to wine and dine. They regularly do this but chose ChrisTonite this time. I made a 4 course creative menu for them that was supposed to show some new flavors and different dishes.

Family dinner

My family will be coming to dine with ChrisTonite on Febuary 12th. My mom and her sisters will join for a surprise 4-course dinner and wines. I still have to figure out the menu but the choices are broad. Not very picky eaters, so that’s always good.

Back in business

I’m happy to say that I’ve reopened ChrisTonite. From now on I’ll reopen once a month on Sunday or Monday for dining in my diningroom restaurant. If you have a small group of people (up to 10 people) and you’d like to have me cater a dinner for you and up to 9 of your…

Private dinner

Last week, old friends wanted to visit Den Haag and have dinner at my place with 2 others. So I set out to create a great 3 course dinner for them. They liked lamb and fish. So I made an Italian minestrone from scratch. Slow cooked lamb shoulder, root celery with chestnuts puree, tomato salad…

Lamb roast

Pictures from last night’s ChrisTonite. The highlight was that the wines I had picked matched very well with the courses, so the year at the academy paid off. The Riesling and the beet salad with tarragon¬†mayonnaise¬†were an awesome match! The white Bergerac wine suited the mackerel terrine perfectly. Sadly, the terrine itself failed to harden…

ChrisTonite: lamb roast

My sister made reservations for next week and left me no choice but to make a lamb dish. Since I also love lamb, I am going to make a slow-cooked lamb roast. I’ll first slow-cook the lamb roast au-bain-marie in the oven for 6-8 hours at 90C and grill it before serving it to the…

First 5 course dinner

July marked the first 5 course dinner for ChrisTonite. I had only close friends over and a sold-out house with 8 guests. The French-style menu was complemented with an extraordinary wine from Jiménez-Landi, Spain, a 2008 Cantos del Diablo. A small vineyard that produces biological wine and only brings out bottles if the harvest and…