Cauliflower gratin

Adapted from Ina Garten

1 head cauliflower, steamed
Kosher salt
75 g unsalted butter, divided
3 spoons all-purpose flour
475 mL milk, heated
freshly ground black pepper
grated nutmeg
some freshly grated Gruyere (we used Gouda because)
some freshly grated Parmesan


It would have been nice to add fresh bread crumbs, but we missed the boat on that.


Garlic butter roasted mushrooms

Adapted from smitten kitchen, in turn based on Gourmet’s escargot-style recipe


  • box of fresh mushrooms, halved lengthwise if large
  • 2 spoons of capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 50 g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 50 g vegetable oil
  • splash of fresh lemon juice
  • some chopped flat-leaf parsley


My all time favorite appetizer. Mix ingredients in a baking pan and pop it into the oven — so easy!


Salmon quiche

IMAG2735Adapted from smitten kitchen and Simply Recipes

3 scallions, sliced thin
1 diced red onion
a glug of olive oil
pinch of salt
50 g butter, diced
5 eggs, lightly beaten
100 mL creme fraiche
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
50 g smoked salmon, chopped
grated Grana Padano and diced cheddar
few drops of lemon juice

I wish I had goat cheese. I used a premade quiche dough, always!