Measurement units used
- All units of measurement are following the metric system. So we use kilogram, gram, kilometre, metre, litre etc. Should you need to convert e.g. imperial to metric you can use the Metric Converter.
- When we say a pinch that means a little bit and we believe that you can figure out how little a little bit is
- When we say to taste then we believe you will do as you please and that can be a little or a lot
- When we write a tsp or tbsp we mean a tea spoon or a table spoon respectively. You can use a normal tea or table spoon for that but we use an actual measuring spoon.
- When we measure in 0,1g – 20g we use a high-precision digital scale.
- For ‘normal’ weight measuring we use a digital Eva Solo scale.
Oven and cooker used
- Siemens StudioLine Built in Pyrolytic Microwave combination oven with 4D hot air distribution. This is a very advanced oven that has a lot of semi-professional functions and a roasting sensor. We can recommend the oven to hobby cooks and people who want to take their cookery to the next level. As the price of the oven is about €2,500 and the investment considerable we would not recommend this oven for the occasional baker/cook. The quality of the oven is exquisite and the design sober. The service Siemens delivers is outstanding (although we only had 1x in 5 years, a minor issue with the fan). We recommend taking the extended 10 year guarantee.
- Boretti stand alone Principale Gas Cooker, with 2 electric ovens, teppanyaki fry-top, cast iron pan supports and circulation roasting unit. This is a very large cooker, and with its price being at ca. €7,000 it is an investment that can only be justified with a tremendous love for cooking. Stand alone cookers in the higher range are a rarity in the Netherlands nowadays. Even though we love this particular oven for its design, heat distribution and amazing extras (the teppanyaki fry-top is incomparable to a pan, it is a league of its own, the circulation roasting unit has roasted us many a chicken to perfection) the unit is gigantic and it is highly maintenance intensive (cleaning the surface is absolutely time consuming and laborious). Would we go for another next time? Yes: if next time is 2022, hopefully no: if next time is 2032 – we are hoping for technological advancement that imitates gas better than what is now available on the market… Induction has great limitations to us at this moment, for one the teppanyaki fry-top is something we cannot imagine giving up. Pancakes baked on it are just a dream…
Utensils and pans used
- We can divide these into 2 categories: high quality and/or vintage. Just as with our oven & cooker we aim here for high quality and durability. Design is not a leading factor but a nice to have for us. We prefer German and Dutch manufacturers due to their exemplary quality standards and service provision. Exceptions: knives. These are all Global.
- With regard to flatware we are very strict: Villeroy & Boch, some of ours are heirloom pieces. The quality is legendary. We are evaluating others currently but have not been swayed yet…
Accessories, glassware, plates etc
- We love bone china and crystal for their durability, adore vintage pieces and also greatly appreciate modern designs and materials. Again: we are truly guided by the question: “Will we be able to pass this on to our children?” Not a ‘modern’ notion maybe but one that actually is very important when speaking of sustainability.
Food, ingredients & cooking
- We are giving this a special attention as it is a red thread through the food, art, history and some of our travel destination articles.
- 2 of us have had dedicated cooking training and have had cooking classes with (inter)nationally acclaimed chefs. Both are particularly interested in spices, developing new items, wine pairing, ingredient origins and growth of food connected especially to permaculture and land rehabilitation. One has a background in history of art and connected to that history of cooking and its representation in art.
- Since quality is a leading factor we focus on sourcing thoughtfully and sample things multiple times before publishing an article.
- Generally, our recipes have been tested at least 5x by ourselves and 3x independently before being published. Independently, is defined here as without prior knowledge of the recipe/ingredients and without commercial interest.
You will have to forgive us but we do not encourage buying furniture made of chipwood, trendy accessories and the newest cups from brand x. We buy things with character, function and aim to keep them for at least a life time. Thus, in our photography, items are repetitive, you’ll see them coming back like an old friend with a loving face…
Words like vintage and out of production will be your companion on these pages. We want to encourage you to look for durable, qualitative and unique items. Spend a little more on a fewer things and enjoy these for the longest of times. Teach yourself to care more about quality than trendy. Trends are infinite but resources aren’t. This planet is finite.
Consumption is good when done thoughtfully, not just for its own sake.
Thank you for taking the time to read through these lines!
∽ The Fabulously Dutch Team