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Wilhelmina

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Wilhelmina is one of our first international chefs to interviewed for knivesandneedlesblog! Thank you Wilhelmina for taking the time to share your thoughts, tattoos and yummy recipe! Read on to see what Wilhelmina has to say…
Molly: So tell us a bit about yourself
Wilhelmina: My name is Wilhelmina, I’m 23 years old and live in Leiden, Holland. Since February I’m working as garde manger at the Hilton Garden Inn in Leiden/Oegstgeest, Holland.
M: I love Holland! The food there is so great, what are some of your favorite things to cook?
W: My favorite thing to cook is without a doubt cheesecake. I love, love, love cheesecake! But I don’t bake them. Just let them stiffen up in the fridge. In every flavor you can imagine.
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M: who doesn’t love cheesecake! So on to tattoos. When did you get your first tattoo and what was it?
W: I got my first tattoo when I just turned 15. I had a boyfriend [who is now my ex-husband] who had some tattoos and I really loved that kind of art. So I wanted something too. My mom didn’t agree, but when I said I’d love to have the Chinese character for ‘Mother’ she just sighed and said ‘Okay, love you’. Two weeks later I got my first tattoo and my mom even paid for it. It’s still there in my shoulder, but now I’ve got ‘The Big Wave’ from the Japanese painter Hokusai all around it.
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M: Hokusai… yes! So do you ever go to any tattoo conventions?

W: Tattoo conventions are so awesome and I really want to go to every convention I can go to. Love to get tattooed on conventions, but also hanging out with the artist and making some new friends. Unfortunately I can not go everytime because of my work. The conventions are mostly in the weekend, and I’m working almost every weekend. On top of that I only go to Dutch conventions, and one time went to Antwerp. But I really, really want to go abroad. I would love to go to London, Paris, Rome, Munchen-Gladbach and many more.

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M: Those are some good shows! Who do you admire in the tattooing and/or culinary industries?
W: In the culinary industry I really admire Sergio Herman, Ricardo van Ede, Brandon Baltzley, Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver, Roderick Rijsdam, Jean Beddington and lots more!
In the tattoo industry I really admire Gerrit Termaat, Rob Deut, Maximo Lutz,  Lyz Diephuis, Leslie Reesen, Hankey Jee, Nikko Hurtado, Ade Itameda and many more.
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M: Nice! If you could get tattooed by anyone in the world right now, who would it be and why?

W: If I could get tattooed by any tattooer in the world right now I would probably go for Ade Itameda. I have an elephant tattooed on my back and my shoulder blades and everything around the elephant are still empty. I would love for him to get that covered with his amazing dotwork.

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M: Magazines. Food or tattoos, which ones do you read?
W: I really enjoy reading, or actually just looking at the pictures, food magazines. My absolute favorite is ‘Patisserie&Desserts’. I really just love all the sweetness. Tattoo magazines, same story. Love the pictures. Sometimes I feature in ‘Tattoo Planet’, a Dutch monthly magazine.
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M: Ah so you tattoo model as well, cool! Let’s end with some advice… Any cooking advice for beginners?

W: The only cooking advice I can give is just do your own thing. Go crazy, experimenter and taste. Taste everything. Go to the basis of the food, take a trip to your local farmer. Love your food ❤

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Great advice! I always say cook with feeling too!

As with weekly tradition, Wilhelmina has given us her over-the-top Oreo cheesecake recipe! Check it out….. I promise you wont regret it!

Oreo cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake

Crust

2 cups Oreo crumbs (from about 20 Oreos)
1/4 cup butter, melted
 Filling
24 oz (three 8-oz packages) cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
8 oz whipped cream
1 1/2 cups Oreo crumbs (from about 16 Oreos)
7-10 Oreos, chopped, optional
Instructions
1. Combine Oreo crumbs (for crust) with melted butter.
2. Press into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Set in refrigerator to firm.
3. Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl until smooth and well combined.
4. Gently stir in whipped cream.
5. Add Oreo crumbs and chopped Oreos and gently mix until well combined.
6. Pour filling into crust and smooth the top.
7. Top with additional Oreo’s, if desired.
8. Refrigerate for about 4 hours or until firm.

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Thank you Wilhelmina! Your tattoos are amazing and I want to try your cheesecake recipe like yesterday!

You can catch more of Wilhelmina on IG: @WillayWilhelmina

If you are a tattooed chef or foodie tattooer and have any recipes or food tattoos, send them to us at knivesandneedles@gmail.com or tag us on IG: @knivesandneedles – we would love to feature you!

Cheers!

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Peas

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Peas are a classic side dish where I grew up. And I bet many people could say the same. This may be because the pea is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. Archeologists say man as far back as 5,000 years have been eating the tiny green orbs. Over time cultivating them into a thousand different varieties around the world.

The origin of peas was hard to track down but most sources have quoted the Middle Asia and Near East regions from the north of India to Afghanistan and Iran to be ancient centers for agricultural development. The earliest evidence of pea consumption is said to be a cave in the Thai and Burmese border.

A few examples of pea usage through the ages:

Dishes like pea soup made from dried pea varieties were sold on the streets in ancient Greece.

The Chinese grew smaller peas and they could be eaten whole and raw.

The British bred many varieties, including white and yellow peas.

And the pea was the first vegetable to be canned. 

Peas can be eaten raw, steamed, stir-fried, mashed, stuffed into pastries, or in soup. They are very low in fat and high in phytonutrients which can lower the risk of stomach cancer and work as an anti-inflammatory. They are also a sustainable vegetable. Planting peas can give soil important nutrients and can be great for crop rotation. Yay for peas!

 

 Here is a recipe for one of my favorite ways to eat peas, good ol’ fashioned split pea soup!

 

Split Pea Soup

 

1/8c olive oil

1 large yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 Tbls dried oregano

2 carrots, medium diced

2 celery sticks, medium diced

4 red potatoes, medium diced

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

1 pound dried split peas

8c chicken or vegetable stock

½ pound thick cut bacon or ham, medium slices

Salt and pepper to taste

 Place a large enough stockpot (maybe about 4-5 quart stockpot) on the stove and turn the heat on medium high. Add the olive oil and let it heat up for about a minute. Add the onion, garlic, and oregano. Let the onions sweat for 2-3 minutes or until they start to turn translucent. Then add the carrots, celery, and potatoes. Add the salt and pepper and let them sauté for 2-3 minutes. After the vegetables have cooked for a couple minutes, add half of the split peas, chicken stock/vegetable stock and bacon/ham. Turn the stove up to high and bring to a light simmer. Turn heat down and simmer for 35 minutes. There will be some foam while the soup simmers, skim the foam off with a ladle or spoon. At the end of the 35 minutes, add the rest of the peas and keep the soup simmering for another 45 minutes or until the peas are at the desired softness. Stir the soup once in a while to keep the vegetables and meat from sticking to the pot. Salt and pepper to taste and serve hot with oyster crackers or a nice chunk of bread. Great for those winter nights, and it freezes nicely so make tons!

 

Photo by the talented Michelle Roberts, thanks Michelle!

Contact us if you have something you think we would want to share:

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Cheers!

Tatau Bistro

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I have never interviewed a restaurant owner but I could not resist with a restaurant named Tatau Bistro and their chef/owner, Tonino Valiente just seems so cool. Tatau Bistro is located in Huesca, Spain. They serve mainly Tapas and have just changed their menu. From the photos and reviews I’ve read, it looks and sounds like a refreshing stop with delicious food and a cool atmosphere. Tonino and I managed to do an interview via email, check it out and definitely check out Tatau Bistro the next time you are in Spain, I do not think you will regret it!!

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Molly: What is your concept and how long have you been in business?

Tonino: We are a high quality tapas bar and restaurant located in Huesca (Spain) . Our name is Tatau Bistro due to our two passions: Tattoos (Tatau) and Cooking (Bistro)! Everything in our restaurant has something to do with tattoo culture; starting with us, the owners: Tonino is the cooker and he has plenty of tattoos. In fact , one of his arms is completely covered with tattoos dedicated to food and cooking culture 🙂

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We opened Tatau Bistro on 2nd August 2012 so the restaurant is only one years old! Anyway , Tonino Valiente, the cook and owner of Tatau Bistro, has been cooking since he were 16. He learned in Barcelona, at Hoffman School (http://www.hofmann-bcn.com/) and has been working on some of the most relevant spanish restaurants since then. After so many years of experience, it was time to start working by himself so with lots of effort he opened Tatau Bistro, a small restaurant that joined his two passions: Tattoos and Food. 🙂

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M: What was your first tattoo?

T: It is hard to remember as I have so many tattoos. But I think it was a tribal on my ankle. It was the kind of tattoo that you get done when you are a teenager and that you kind of regret later, so I decided to cover it with another one… that’s why I cant show you a pic of that tattoo ^^

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M: When did you get them and who did them?

T: I have been getting tattoos since I was about 16 and I am 33 now so you can imagine! I have been tattooed by many different artists.

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M: Do you have any memorable or funny stories about getting tattooed?

T: Well every tattoo has a story somehow… Now I remember an evening, when I was a teen, walking around the streets in Barcelona with my bro Ray. We just came by a Tattoo Shop and without any special reason we suddenly decided to get a “brotherhood” tattoo, so we entered that Shop and we got that tattoo… it says, “Bloodbrothers”, we both got tattooed the same lettering and on the same wrist, so it is a really special one for me.

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M: Do you have a favorite tattoo?

T: I like most of them a lot, but there is one that has a lot of meaning for me. I am left-handed so my left arm is all covered with food and cooking related tattoos. On the top of this arm I have tattooed a tribute to Auguste Escoffier (http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_Escoffier) the master of modern cooking. This really means a lot to me, it is inspirational.

M: Who are some artists you’ve been tattooed by?

T: All my tattoos have been done in Barcelona. My favorite tattooers and in fact the ones that have tattooed most of my body are Dani Soriano and Toni Delgado. You can see their work here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Way-Tattoo/111699335617388?fref=ts

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M: Why do you think the tattoo and culinary industries are so similar?

T: Somehow we both, cookers and tattooers, are artisans; we both put our heart and soul and knowledge on what we tattoo or cook for the clients, and they are the ones that enjoy the final result of our work.

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Tonino, muchas gracias!! Que muy interesante!!

Here is a recipe that Tonino wants to share with all of us, read on and try it!!

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Jaegermeister oxtail with pumpkin and goat cheese

Reduce the Jaegermeister liqueur and caramelize the pre-cut tail.

Cover with white bouillon (chicken stock), flavor, and simmer.

Decant the tail and bone it.

Correct the seasoning and add goat cheese brunoise, put into a mold and cool.

Strain the cooking liquid, degrease with red wine and make a demi glace then reduce and stir in butter.

Add salt and set aside.

Crush the Pumpkin , mix it with butter and flavor.

Caramelize the pumpkin seeds.

Ratione the already cold tail, and then heat it to 150 ° C.

Prepare for the mice en place the sauce, the puree, the caramelized pipes and the cheese brunoise.

You got it!

Thank you again, Tonino!! If you have any questions about this recipe or have anything you would like to share, tag us on IG or send us an email!!

@knivesandneedles

knivesandneedles@gmail.com

Check out more on Tatau Bistro at

http://bit.ly/17JSsCs

and

https://www.facebook.com/TatauBistro

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Have a great day!!

Cheers!

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