vrijdag 8 januari 2010
We had some different appetizers and pink champagne.
Then we had filet of cod wrapped in taggliatelli with tomato salsa.
Jerusalem artichock soup with smoked salmon
Filet of hare with cranberry jus and pumpkin pancakes
For dessert I had vanilla icecream and fresh baked vanilla spiced pineapple.
It was especially the cod that was a big hit and it is such an easy recipie.
So here it is for you foody fans.
Best piece of cod. About 4 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1 inch thick
Semi dryed or fresh abricots
Some spring onions
Acacia honey, olive oil and white balsamic vinegair.
Prepare in advance.
Cook the fresh pasta until it is almost done.
Spice the cod with pepper and salt.
Wrap the cod in the taggliatelli.A tricky job. The picture is of my plate and of course I had the last remaining piece so it is not the best of my parcels.
Put this in the fridge ready for use.
Made a salsa of thin slices of peeled and seeded tomatoes, thin slices of apricots and spring onions. Make a dressing of the balsamic vinegair,olive oil and a bit of runny honey, salt and pepper.
Dress the salsa just before serving.
Bake the wrapped cod in a combination of butter and olive oil.
Serve with the salsa.
dinsdag 5 januari 2010
I never heard from this expression but found it so poetic that I kept in in my kitten name list together with some other french expressions.
Last year in March we had 1 solid blue Maine Coon kitten and that was for me the upportunity to use that name.
On sunday morning I was up and about fairly early since I had to prepare a New Year dinner party for 10 people and there it was....'l Heure Bleue in all its glory.
Fresh snow on the ground and that incredible blue light over the entire would.
It was as poetic as the French expression. The Blue Hour.
For those who still not know what it means. Well the French use that expression for the hour when the night changes in the day. And that was exactly when it happened. It was around 8am when I saw this incredible sight!
I wish you all a very nice day.
vrijdag 1 januari 2010
A lot of festive days have past since the last time I blogged.
In Belgium we started on the 6th of December with St Nicolas day. The day that all good children get presents and candy.For the first time in years we celebrated this again. With our new granddaughter Anne-Fleur it was the ideal year to do so. She is of course only 7 months old and thus not get the spirit of the day. Chewing presents was the big joy of her day! The typical candy, chocolate, fruit and of course the speculaas went to her mom and dad who accepted it gratefully. I think next year she will have her say about that!For the adults there was of course cake.A very simple chocolate cake adorned with the typical Saint Nicolas candy. Golden coins (with chocolate inside), nic nac's ( the small sugared cookies ) on the side and on top and some lovely little chocolate Saint Nicolas plaques I found at the bakery shop.It was years agoo that we had so much snow. I began snowing the first friday of december. So at Saint Nicolas day we took these pictures of Anne-Fleur. She sits on the sled of her dad and auntie that I kept for more than 30 years. She was a bit afraid. It was bitterly cold and her mom did not take her in to the snow before since she had been in hospital ,two weeks before. But I thought we could not pass up this opportunity to get pictures of her in the first snow of her life.She did not enjoy it that much.I think she was even a bit scared of it.
In the mean time our little kittens grew up to be little white and blue fluff ball's. You can't contain them in a small area anymore! They want to play! Polar Bear is kissing the Steiff snowman. He has found a good home in Holland.
Aren't they sweet?
I try to make a different tree every year. That you can see if you look for the post ' Christmas in July'.
This year I used fresh green, covered with transparent plastic pearls, glass baubles, porcelain balls with flowers. Some metal and glass danglely things, some mirrored snowflakes and the collection of Snowbabie ornaments I started for Anne-Fleur. And of course my favorite ornaments of all could not be left in the cellar. My white glass birds are almost every year in my Christmas tree.
Lily our youngest Maine Coon is facinated with the tree .She had never seen one before. She took out one of my green glass balls in the first days. After that she became a good little girl and only sleeps beneeth the tree on the white fleece blanket that is covering the base.
Even the Christmas dinner table was simple but classy. Floral tablecloth in blue and cream with a simple flower decoration and some candles.
This is it for today. Tomorrow I start preparing the New Year dinner I do for my inlaws. They will come on sunday to celebrate the New Year. Today, the first of january will be a day to start preparing, like ironing the table cloth and preparing the cakes.
Have a happy day and until the next time.