It must have been somewhere around November or so that I was contacted by Sabina Posthumus who asked if I wanted to help in making her cookbook. She explained the concept of the book and I was immediately enthusiastic. You see, one of my favorite markets in the Netherlands is the Beverwijk Bazaar and then more specifically the ‘Oosterse markt” (eastern market) For a foodie that is a true paradise; beautiful produce, all the spices in the world, dried fruits, nuts… you name it and it is there.
Sabina’s cookbook would be centered around that market, with the vendors and their produce as the leading role in the book and I thought that was a brilliant idea, so we set out to work and we shot an amazing 70 (?) recipes for the book. The good thing about the whole process was that most of the food we got to taste ourselves… And I can safely say that all of it was delicious. Tom’s absolute favorite was the chicken in rose-sauce…. He keeps telling me to make it. And now that I have the recipes, there is nothing holding me back!
Because today was the official launch of the cookbook. The Bazaar itself is also celebrating their 30th anniversary so that all coincided quite nicely and Sabina was asked to cook a lunch and also her book was added into the goodie bag we got after the tour around the market. The fun part about the tour is that some of the producers that were also featured in the book told a bit of background as to why their olives are so good, or how to slice a mango perfectly. The tour itself was led by Pierre Wind, a famous Dutch chef.
Ofcourse for me the highlight was to finally see the book in print! And the result is beautiful! The recipe pictures are all made by me (with the exception of two or three photos I think) and Masha Osipova and Maarten Mooijman made some of the portraitshots and market shots at the Bazaar earlier.
The book is only available in Dutch and it is printed and made without any help of a publisher so that also means that if you want a book you will have to order it through Sabina directly. The book is out now and the cost is only 19,95 euro. You can order it here and enjoy all those delicious recipes yourself. To give you a little slice of heaven I have one of the recipes here! Enjoy!
Apple cake with cardamom
Instead of the cardamompods, you can - ofcourse - also use ready bought cardamom, but you will find that the flavor of the fresh pods is much more pronounced so if you can find them use those!
- 150 gr butter
- 150 gr sugar
- 3 tbsp of sugar
- 150 gr flour
- 8 gr baking powder
- 15 cardamom pods
- 3 eggs
- 3 large apples
You also need; a pestle and mortar, one large caketin of around 24 cm or 6 smaller ones of 10 cm each)
Let the butter get to roomtemperature. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Put the flour and bakingpowder together and put through a sieve.
Open the cardamom pods (if they won't open easily give them a soft thud with the pestle) and remove the black seeds from the pods. Grind the seeds in the pestle and mortar.
Whisk the butter with the sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs one by one. Add the flour a little bit at the time. Then add half of the ground cardamom.
Fill little caketins or one large one with the batter. Peel the apples and cut them into thin slices. Put each slight into the batter like they are standing up (look at the photo for the effect you want to achieve)
Mix the remaining 3 tbsp of sugar with the rest of the cardamom. Sprinkle over the cake or cakes, put into the oven until golden and well done.
Recipe by Sabina Posthumus for the Bazaar cookbook