How nice that you visit my site. I'm Andréa and I'm the recipe writer, food photographer, blogger, and videographer of By Andrea Janssen. And I live in the South of the Netherlands.
My passion is cooking, eating, and entertaining. I love good food and World kitchens form anywhere are my favorites. You can even wake me up for good food (and that's a big deal I tell you).
The recipes which you find on this blog are the way I like them to be myself: easy, fast, with a twist, and fresh.
They're dishes that everybody enjoys. Every day and every moment. The time is not important, a freshly prepared homemade meal with your family, a dinner party with your family, or a cocktail party with delicious appetizers.
The joy is in the doing!
Do things you love and live a wonderful life. With beautiful moments and delicious food. On my blog, you can learn how you can easily prepare the most delicious recipes. My cooking keywords are fast, creative, easy, and fresh.
Easy and fast recipes for those busy weeknights, when you want to prepare a nice meal in less time and want to stay within your budget. Therefore I use ingredients that are readily available (or I give you some alternatives that will give you the great flavor you expect your meals to be.
Creative recipes, because I love recipes with a twist. And I don't mind making an extensive recipe a bit easier to if I can too.
Fresh, I don't use store-bought sauces or canned soup. Because it just tastes so much better making it fresh (and did I remind you that it costs a lot less when preparing it yourself. And because I know we all are very busy, I'll keep it as easy as possible.
If you're looking for
- Easy and fast recipes, that are tasty and made with ingredients that are easy to get.
- Foolproof recipes. Yes, I've tried them several times before sharing them with you. I'll give you tips, substitutions (when possible) and extra information that will/can be helpfull. My step-by-step photo's and videos will cover all the steps needed.
- Great recipes with a twist
- Tips and tricks on what to do with leftovers
- Ideas to make cooking and entertaining even easier. I love to entertain. And you can upgrade all my recipes to cook for a crowd (hint: just use the multiply button on my recipe card)
- the best ideas for buffet tables, dinner parties and holiday recipes.
The things you won't find on my blog
- Trends, at least not all of them (read most of them). I share the recipes I really like to eat. So you don't find carrot wraps or a zucchini crust pizza.
- I want my food to be of great flavor, so I don't use diet substitutions because I want to reduce calories or get my recipes in a particular diet food category. If it does fall into a diet it's by accident.
- The food in the photos is the same food we eat. Yes, I can apply some extra herbs for the sake of the beautiful picture, but we can (and most of the time will) eat these meals ourselves. And if they don't get a thumb up from my critic children and husband, you won't see it back on the blog.
I'm born in the South of the Netherlands. And I've traveled around the world. I've seen a good part of Europe, America, and in the Middle East.
I once, years ago, worked in a big company where I worked as a chemist and later as an Environmental Engineer. And though I liked it, my true passion lies in food and I'm grateful that I've made it my work.
When I grew up, I lived in a town where there were a lot of world kitchen influences. Back at home my mother cooked mainly traditional Dutch food. Stews, apple pie, and rich split pea soup (and believe me that's the best soup you've ever tasted) we're quite common at our table.
Another influence was my granny. She thought me to use good food. She didn't like margarine, but only used real butter. Better take a bit, then take a substitute.
My neighbors were Turkish and later on, Indonesian. I can tell you that the flavors that surrounded me every day were so great! As was the taste! It helped me to really enjoy those kitchens when I was still really small.
The recipes on my blog are the recipes from my past, from the traveling I did, and anything I've come to enjoy. I'm always watching cooking programs and reading books and try to learn new flavors and techniques. And when I master them I'm surely going to share them with you!
I share great recipes, with easy ingredients that are widely available. From Dutch cuisine to world kitchen, from classics too entertaining. Great recipes which are so delicious, easy, and simple to prepare.
And of course, cooking and baking, alone, together with your children or family is super fun. I wish you a lot of cooking fun! - Andréa
What can you find on my blog?
What could be more fun to entertain with a delicious dinner party or buffet table? Or decorate the table extra beautifully for Christmas, Easter, or any other occasion and make tasty recipes.
On this blog, you will find delicious recipes for every moment. For a nice cocktail party, BBQ, dinner, or buffet. Summer or winter entertaining. Birthday or baby shower. You can find the best recipes for a party here.
And if you are looking for recipes for the season and holiday entertainment, you can find plenty of ideas here to make these days even better. You can also find various menus with a timetable here so that you can sit at the table stress-free this year.
Cakes, sweet bakes and other treats
A nice dessert, delicious cake or homemade cookies. These should of course not be missing on this blog. That is why I would like to pay special attention to this. Because I can enjoy a delicious sweet treat! And something for every moment and every season.
These recipes have also been extensively tested and taste checked by my testing team (a team of 3 extremely critical children and husband) and after approval they will be published on my blog. So if you feel like a delicious dessert, cake, or something else sweet, look at my sweet recipe overview and find something tasty.
Step-by-step photo's and how-to videos
With step-by-step photos, a clear description, and a how-to cooking video are I'll cover all the steps needed to prepare those delicious foods. And if you're making a recipe for cookies or a spectacular Christmas dinner, with these recipes you'll get great results. Entertaining becomes so easy and a delicious party buffet is easy peasy.
If you like the recipes on this blog and want to stay up to date with the latest recipes, tips, and tricks and behind the scenes, let's get in touch.
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Mail me at [email protected] or leave a comment on the blog.
I really enjoy getting to know you so it would really be nice if you leave a message. I will do my best to respond to it as soon as possible. And of course, I am also very curious about what you think of my recipes.
Do you have a tasty recipe that you would like to see on these pages or are you looking for a recipe for a particular dish? Let me know by mail and who knows, you might see it on the site.
Work with me
Are you from a food brand or a press agency and would you like to collaborate in a sponsored post by photographing the product and/or making a recipe? Then I'd love to hear from you.
If you are interested in collaborating, want to see examples of my work, or know which other companies preceded you, I would like to refer you to my food photography page.
Press and events
I like to stay informed about culinary events, new cookbooks, and products. You can email press releases and non-binding invitations to [email protected]. You can also contact me by e-mail to send products for a review without obligation.
With love, Andréa
PS Drop a comment or an email and say hi! I read all my emails and try to respond as soon as possible!