Local Heart, Global Soul

July 30, 2013

Setting The Menu For Future Days…

Filed under: ENGLAND,Folkestone,Kids and Family,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Turning the page of my diary of a trip we made last summer with a visiting friend from Singapore.

We did so much and visited so many places that it’s taken me a year to sort the photographs and go though my notes to put everything into legible order.

I’ve done research where needed (and where possible) so that you too can experience a whistle-stop tour of parts of Europe that the tour busses may not take you (but also a few places where they do).

We are about to leave our friends in Folkestone, but before we do, I oogle our friends massive oven, generously sized kitchen, large selection of catering sized cooking pots and as a result we go shopping and make a big dinner for our hosts.

Our hosts and the rest of our party nip out to their “local” …a pub just down the road for a pre-dinner “pint”… and the return for a slap up meal.

I did attempt to make my New Zealand “Corned beef” recipe both for tonight and to take to the group buffet meeting we will be attending, but I had a misunderstanding at the butcher I went to, I asked for corned beef and they gave me beef that needed to be corned rather than pieces of corned beef that needed to be cooked. (Yes, they did explain that this was all they had at the moment, and they did ask several questions which seemed to me like they were asking did I know how to make corned beef ?… since my recipe was for corned beef I then misunderstood and said “yes” so mea culpa the fault was all mine).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Only after I’d cooked it did I realise that they were really asking if I knew how to “corn” the beef first. The resulting meat was edible enough, but not a patch on how the real recipe would have tasted had the meat already been corned.

I was suspicious because meat that’s been corned has a characteristic red colour which I did notice was missing here, but dismissed because I thought the process might result in the different amount of colour from one country to the next depending on the local recipe.

Since I had been dreaming about making this recipe ever since our last New Zealand trip (corned beef not being a particular cut of meat the Dutch butchers know of or cut) I was actually the one most annoyed and disappointed that the recipe did not turn out to plan.

Everyone else, including the group we joined and added the rest of this to the buffet table to, cleaned it out in record time.

The photographic steps to make the recipe were made with glee by Velvetinenut because she was amazed that I could cook so many huge pieces of meat at once and was intrigued by the steps.

We rounded out the meal with an ice cream taart and retired to bed far later than planned because of many hours of good conversation, and in the case of Himself and our hosts a good raid on some excellent European wines. Tomorr0w brings an early start because we need to hit the road… new adventures are just around the corner…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

(photograph © Velvetine) posted with permission

Our friend’s big kitchen with lovely big oven and cooktop…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

They have a big house and are amazing hosts…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

And a big garden…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

1 Comment »

  1. The food looks amazing!

    Comment by itsfruitcakeweather — August 3, 2013 @ 12:35 am | Reply


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