Friday, February 25, 2011
She's been counting for a while but she stops everytime I pull out the camera to capture it of course. She can also count in Spanish and is learning to count in Dutch with me. She switches to Dutch after "15" in this video...so cute! We are so proud of our little smarty pants!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
We just back and I'm beat so I won't write much for now. I just wanted to get some pictures out because I think they're pretty awesome:) We had a great time!!!
|Arc de Triumph|
|Eiffel Tower in the foggy distance|
|Alex's first visit to a Parisian cafe|
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
We went for a drive to the ocean since I hadn't seen it yet and I was craving the smell of salty air. We didn't use a map, just headed in the general direction and figured we hit it eventually. Along the way we stopped in a town called De Haan where we found this great little pastry shop with beautiful desserts. We bought a few sinful snacks and then loaded up in the car to continue on to the ocean. I took Bronwen's shoes off so she could take a little nap and about 1 1/2 minutes later we were there-ha ha! Turns out De Haan is a coastal town and we were already at the beach. It was a huge beach, reminded me of ocean shores, WA with big sand dunes. We beached combed for a little bit but it was freezing so we didn't stay long. There were these interesting shells, they looked like long, square-ish clam shells. I thought maybe the marine biologists in my family might be able to identify them from the picture. The important question is "are they good eat'n?"
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Our friends, Sofie and Joris went to Morocco a few years ago and while there they spent a day with their hotel chef learning how to prepare several Moroccan dishes. Sofie made these recipes for us on New Year’s and what an amazing Moroccan meal it was! I finally tried making the seafood pastilla and it turned out delicious but not so pretty. I think with practice I’ll improve. The great thing is you can prepare it the day before which is great for entertaining, especially considering I used about 6 pots and pans. I also made the eggplant rolls and goat cheese briouates (they are supposed to be triangles but I never was good at geometry). I used brick dough or feuilles de brick which is difficult to find in the US so I’ve read that filo dough works really well too. Also, I found a blog with a video demonstration for making the pastilla which I found very helpful having never made them before. I hope this blog intrigues someone enough to try these recipes.
Pastilla video link:
Pastilla video link:
|Steaming the cod & shrimp|
|Mise en place|