Thursday, 15 December 2011

DWZI - Michelin Star Lunch

This week I had the pleasure of going to a Michelin star restaurant for lunch.
The food was beautiful.
The ambiance was serene.
The company was great.
What a lovely way to end a really long week.

Thank you Jen Estalilla for the lovely photo!

Happy weekend everyone.

You can find more 'Deze Week Zag Ik' participants here.

Dunkin' Donuts

Unfortunately we don't have a Dunkin' Donuts in the Netherlands.
(Maybe that should be fortunately)

But in Germany they do!

While walking around Dusseldorf's Christmas Markets we walked past the Dunkin' Donuts and of course Heidi noticed and insisted we stop and buy some.

I secretly hoped that the donuts would taste bad, but no such luck, they were very fresh and very good.

Ironically it is not their taste that I like best, but their beauty.
The bright colours, the sprinkles on top, the shiny icing...
Yes, it really is a good thing we have to drive to another country to buy some!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Dusseldorf Christmas Market

At the spur of the moment we decided to drive to Dusseldorf for lunch.
We were going to skip the Christmas Markets this year, but we just couldn't resist a quick outing. It is only a two hour drive to Germany after all...

Bratwurst, bock worst, mushrooms, hot chocolate with cream, eggnog, gluhwein and even poffertjes.

Yummy yummy yummy.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Glorious Haloumi

Haloumi cheese is very salty.
Salty and delicious.
Grill it on both sides until warm and slightly scored, then serve in a salad.
Drizzle with fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.

My salad of choice was couscous with roasted pumpkin and courgette.
A glorious combination.

Friday, 9 December 2011

DWZI Early Morning Lights

I get up pretty early in the morning and drop the kids off at their gastouder.
Since winter is upon us, it is dark outside when I drop them off and when I pick them up.

This past week I had a beautiful view of the early morning city lights.

I know my phone camera doesn't do them justice.
It's something you have to see for yourself.
So for now you can trust me, the early morning city lights are simply breathtakingly beautiful.

Happy weekend!

'Deze week zag ik' is iedere vrijdag een blik op de afgelopen week. 
'Deze week zag ik' is geinspireerd door Jill's today i saw

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Frozen Broccoli Soup

For the first time in my life I decided to make something with the sole purpose to freeze it.
I am just not a big fan of frozen food but I find myself getting home later and later in the evening. That means that we sometimes end up eating very late, especially late for the kids.

Broccoli soup is my first experiment with freezing soup.

The soup is a basic vegetable soup with onion, carrots, broccoli, vegetable stock and a can of butter beans. Bring to the boil and then let it simmer for 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender and ready to be blended.

I used a hand blender to get it to a nice smooth consistency.

Then it has to cool down completely. Once it is room temperature you can pour it into the freezer container of your choice. I used a freezer bag since I don't have a very big freezer compartment.

Now all I have to do is take it out of the freezer first thing in the morning and heat it up in the evening when I get home.

Sounds easy enough so let's hope it works!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Vegetarian Burritos!

I have a weakness for Mexican food.
Tortillas, tacos, burritos, nachos, guacamole, salsa... I say more more more!

We made some delicious burritos last week.
The basic ingredients came in a box, and all I had to do was add the fresh ingredients. Easy.

To give it a bit of spice, I used vegetarian mince and added a tin of three bean chilli.
Luckily the avocado I bought was ripe. Green and soft and simply perfect.
Probably not quite authentic Mexican food, but a easy and tasty dinner!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Asian Tower in Nieuwegein

If you feel like enjoying some Asian and Japanese food then you can certainly give the Asian Tower in Nieuwegein a visit.

The Japanese restaurant is downstairs and we sat in the Asian part of the restaurant upstairs. It is a revolving restaurant!! I kid you not! The restaurant moves!

Besides the novelty of a revolving restaurant, we were very happy with the food and service. My husband had a surprise menu and he really enjoyed his choice. The dishes were beautifully presented and very tasty. His menu even included kangaroo steak... strange but delicious.

My choices were way more predictable. Spring rolls as a starter, chicken in a sweet and sour sauce as a main. Predictable but tasty nonetheless.

Heidi had a children's meal and Stella ate most of it. Heidi was more interested in the ice cream dessert, and she was not disappointed.

Next time we will try the Japanese restaurant, without the kids though.

Friday, 2 December 2011

DWZI - Traffic

Being stuck in traffic is one of my pet peeves.

Let me rephrase: I hate traffic jams.

This week I spent a lot of time in my car.

I guess that I just have to accept the fact that there are some things that I cannot change. And make sure I have lots of good music to distract me!

Happy weekend!!

Deze week zag ik... this week I saw

Geinspireerd door Jill's today i saw , een tekening, 
foto, gedicht, knip&plak werkje, iets over wat je deze 
week gezien hebt.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

A Quick Red Thai Curry

A busy life calls for quick and easy dinners.
That is when a curry can be a lifesaver.
Ready made curry paste, coconut milk, pork (already cut neatly into bite size pieces), a big carrot (sliced), one courgette (sliced), basmati rice and you should be able to have a meal on the table in 30 minutes.

Start by making the rice as per the instructions on the packet.
Then heat up a little bit of oil and add a few tablespoons of red curry paste to the pan. The more you add, the hotter it will be!

Now add the pork and stir fry for a few minutes, then add the vegetables and stir fry for about 5 minutes until they are tender. Now add the coconut milk and leave everything to simmer for about 5 more minutes.

Easy, easy, easy.

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