How it started

ABOUT THE KITCHEN CAPS

 

Behind De Kookmutsjes is an enthusiastic cooking duo: the sisters Najat and Nadia. In 2014, not yet suspecting the success that followed, Najat started sharing delicious recipes on Facebook and two years later the first steps were taken towards a website. The girls can now be found in the kitchen together day in and day out. Their cooking creativity is enormous, you can see that in the large amount of recipes that pass by on the socialsand well-visited website. They transfer their love for food to their supporters with great enthusiasm. In a cheerful, positive and above all accessible way, the Cooking Hats ensure that you can put something delicious on the table. Whether you are young or old, a cooking klutz or baking fanatic, everyone can cook with the step-by-step recipes of the Kookmuts. Najat: 'I want to show that cooking and baking is not difficult at all. With a little bit of me and a little bit of you, we can make something delicious together!'

 

Najat and Nadia

Najat and Nadia are a well-oiled kitchen machine. Najat is the culinary miracle behind the Kookmutsjes dishes. She is a lovely chatterbox, always cheerful and very precise; all ingredients are weighed down to the gram and no dish is shared until everything – really everything – is right down to the last detail. With a whisk in one hand and her camera in the other, she photographs all the recipes. Where Najat zooms in, Nadia keeps overall control: she produces the videos, makes great web designs and writes out the recipes. In this way the sisters complement each other perfectly. Najat and Nadia made a cookbook during their studies Communication Multimedia and Design and that is where the seed was planted for Najat's kitchen, which later became The Cooking Hats. During the training they learned everything they needed from design to photography and video. Because why outsource something when you can do it yourself? They still do almost everything themselves. However, there is an entire family surrounding the Cooking Hats, both siblings (who have active roles behind the scenes) and a huge online family.

 

Community family

Pans are simmering, a bastilla in the oven, music on – we try something new. This relaxed atmosphere from the kitchen of Najat and Nadia can be found in the Kookmuts community. Think of it as a kitchen and recipe diary, in which you can share all your favorites with the rest of the (Kookhats) family. Exchange recipes and secret ingredients, save photos and videos of your most beautiful baking. Sometimes you have a #bakingfail, but you know, can happen, we laugh about it. Better next time, right? Anyone have a cooking tip? Before you know it, the tips are flying around you, because cooking hats help each other. The Kookmutsjes have built up an inspiring, loving family-based community, where each other's cooking skills are treated with respect and you immediately feel at home.

 

cooking hats potluck

The nice thing about Najat's step-by-step recipes is that it is a truly unique combination of different world cuisines: Dutch pot meets American classics, Italian-Indo, Asian fusion and of course many dishes from Moroccan cuisine. Because the sisters were born and raised in Leeuwarden; they are their Moroccan rootsFidelity. And you can see that in their grandmother's cookies, richly stuffed aubergines, skewers and tajines (but the real ones), kefta, lamb or mackerel… Scroll through their feed and you will see endless variety: colorful salads, healthy lighter bites and hearty stews. Those with a sweet tooth are also The Cooking Hats; there is no shortage of desserts, biscuits, cakes and pies. From Oreo cheesecakes to classic whipped cream cakes, wildly popular red velvet cakes and stuffed hatita. Their love for avocado is great, which is reflected in green shakes and bakes . In addition, they enjoy experimenting and 'cooking caps' they love dishes, such as the halal Big Mac dish – one of their most slick recipes.

 

Have fun cooking and baking in the kitchen and enjoy your meal, bismillah!

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