I'm thrilled to be able to share my passion for food with others more and more these days. A few months ago, I started giving cooking lessons here in my home and I can't tell you how much it has enriched my life. Sharing knowledge about something that has your heart is truly a wonderful thing. I have seen my first student, Judith, develop an interest in food and knowing that I had something to do with that is doing my soul a lot of good. After all, I've always believed we have the power to inspire others, just by doing the things we love. Last week I also attended the first get-together of my own cooking group. I met up with some wonderful people for an entire afternoon of food talk, cooking, eating and drinking. We are all really looking forward to a cooking workshop with Victor Russo next month. Victor is an Italian chef and sommelier who was featured in Delicious magazine a few months ago. Along with him, I should also mention another brilliant Italian foodie who has recently caught my attention, Nicoletta Tavella, who was also featured in the same issue of Delicious as Victor. Just like Victor, Nicoletta gives cooking lessons here in the Netherlands, organizes cooking trips to Italy and has even published a book, Antipasti . I was thrilled to bits when I saw that Nicoletta had added my Dutch blog to her list of favorites, by the way!
It seems as though the list of interesting people and things is growing more and more exciting every day because yesterday I returned home to some very happy news! My recipe had won first prize in the McDonald's Kitchen contest! And before you have a heart attack, not that McDonald's! Andy McDonald is the Netherland's coolest new chef, an Englishman who has his own cooking show here which airs every Tuesday night, The McDonald's Kitchen. His approach to food is very similar to mine: healthy, fresh and seasonal. Well, thanks to my winning recipe, I'm off for a cooking workshop with Andy on the 29th of September!
All very exciting news to share with you today...and no recipe to go with that! But the week is drawing to an end and I feel a celebratory baking session coming on, so stay tuned!