For example, Paul de Leo celebrates Father’s Day with his husband and children: “We always try to bring the boys to the table” | cooking and eating

cooking and eatingSunday is Father’s Day. For Paul de Leo, his husband Stefan and sons Cas and Toby spend quality time dining together. Maybe at home, but maybe in a restaurant. “We used to eat salmon, croissants, warm rolls and eggs for breakfast on the holidays.”

“My brother and I have an Aban, so we’ve always been working on helping out on Father’s Day for Paul and Stefan,” says Cass de Leo (20). Now we don’t celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. It’s a bit crazy, to have Aban.” “He doesn’t really live in the family much,” adds Abi Di Leo. But when it was Mother’s Day the teacher let the kids make something. I found this charming.”

There wasn’t much tradition in De Leeuwen’s house on holidays, but Father Stefan is very good at eating eggs and salmon, so that was often on the table. “And we always had croissants and warm rolls and the like,” Cass says. He has been living alone in the capital since the spring of this year, in the same building where his parents had a small house. Father Paul (60): “And on Sundays we always eat at the table in the morning.” That was one of the few days I didn’t work. As the kids got older, they drifted away more often.”

Another tradition was Diana Ross singing continue and touch When the dishes were empty. Then they took each other’s hands and waved them above their heads to the beat of the music. Cash thought it was fun when they were young, but now it’s a bit awkward. We mainly use this song at home for dinner. That was a happy moment. But to do it now…that’s not really in my comfort zone.” Paul adds, “If we just try to hold hands, they back off, haha.”

Greenhouse can taste good from an early age. © INGA.POWILLEIT

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“We don’t see each other enough”

Food is important in the male family. This Father’s Day we try to eat with the four of us. “It’s nice to get together,” says Paul de Leo. So I’ll see if we can put the kids on the table. We see each other quite a bit.” He laughs. “Cash has been living alone lately. Because of Corona, he was at home with us a lot. The first week Stefan and I were also in Amsterdam and we met three times at the bridge. “Are you chasing after me or something?” Cass said.


I saw that the broth should soak for 18 hours. maybe the day after tomorrow

greenhouse over windows

Coincidence, of course. Parents know Cash can take care of himself. He’s in the mood for ramen, a noodle dish from Japanese cuisine with meat or fish broth. “Maybe because I watched a lot of videos about windows, but my schedule is filled with them again. With an egg soaked in soy sauce.” But he won’t do that now. I saw that the broth should soak for 18 hours. Maybe the day after tomorrow.” Another thing is also possible: Spaghetti with meatballs. “I haven’t eaten that in a long time. Maybe I’ll do it with my dad.”

Father and son love to eat and cook. Together they prepared the cookbook that was published in March Shall, may & brag about, where he shares both recipes and food stories, peppered with humor and anecdotes. Which cookbook author himself says his head looks like celery when he wakes up? And at that time, he wanted to put slices of red cabbage on top of it to hide his snout, and then give a delicious recipe for cabbage and red cabbage.

Kas also tells us in the book that the family loved to go to beautiful restaurants. Prefer places where there is no dangerous atmosphere. De Librije in Zwolle, for example, where Jonnie Boer was full of praise for Kas. Not because he and his little brother could have stayed at the table that long without getting too bored. No, because a small child can taste good. And that at an early age. “He really knows how to recognize and distinguish flavors.” So talent in the making.


It’s easy to make with a squeeze of lemon. Rub chicken with paprika and oil. It also looks good on the table.

Paul for spring chicken

Kas recommends tempura for Father’s Day. “With vegetables, but you can also put shrimp in it.” Paul thinks bantam chicken is a festive idea for Father’s Day. “It goes well with the cafeteria. In the book we included the anecdote of the restaurant d’Ouwe Tak in Blaricum where we like to go. We give this credit because it’s so lovely. We told the owner: We miss the chicken spring. Last week we went to eat there and it was on the menu! Delicious Very much has already been requested.”

De Leeuw explains that you can also make your own bantam chicken. In Kas en’s cookbook, he wrote: “It’s still festive: everyone has their own little chicken. Kind of Gullivers traveling on your plate: People who are too big chew up too small a chicken. This is a cholesterol bomb, but then we’ll take it easy tomorrow anyway.

“It’s easy to make with a sprinkle of lime,” he adds. Rub chicken with paprika and oil. It also looks good on the table. Not much at once, otherwise it looks like a mass grave. And the good thing is: Sharing is fun, but it’s also good to have a piece of meat.”

Spring chicken

Ingredients for 4 people
4 rabee chicken (poultry)
1 lemon cut into quarters
4 bay leaves
200 gm butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons. paprika powder
2 tsp. chili flakes
4 tablespoons. olive oil
400 gm unpeeled potatoes
2 bunches green onions
1 whole garlic onion, unpeeled

– Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Place the spring chicken on a cutting board and let it dry using some kitchen paper. Remove any strings and give each one a name. So: “Hello Hugo”, “Are you comfortable, Lisbeth?” Or just ABBA: Annefried, Bjorn, Bennie, and Agneta.
Fill each spring chicken with slices of lime, a bay leaf and 50 grams of butter. Sprinkle chicks generously with salt, pepper, paprika, and chili flakes. Rub chicken with olive oil until glossy. Place it on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of plenty of salted water to a boil and cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes, until they are fully cooked. Remove the potatoes from the pan and let them cool slightly. Cut the green onions in half and put them in boiling water for one minute. Immediately afterwards dip it in ice water, then it will remain beautifully green.
Slide the baking tray with ABBAs into the oven. Cut the garlic in half lengthwise and add it. Roast the chicks for 10 minutes, remove the baking tray from the oven, divide the potatoes and green onions on the bottom (put the chicken on top) and slide back into the oven for another 20 minutes. The cooking liquid ensures that the potatoes and green onions taste delicious.
– Put the baking tray on the table and find a great playlist from ABBA.
source: You must, may and brag.

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