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January 13, 2016

The Liquidity Of Water Trapped By The Cold…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our drive around a tiny part of Iceland continues, we pass by a frozen lake called “Kleifarvatn”  and to my surprise, as we get close to the shoreline it becomes clear that the “waves”, are waves but at the same time they are not.

Each of the waves we see is a wave quite literally frozen in time, frozen solid by the sub-zero temperatures and the chilling artic winds.

It’s quite strange to see the liquidity of water trapped by the cold, mid-motion. Even the crests of the waves are caught in mid flow. What looks from a distance like moving water really isn’t and it’s quite a surprise that what you take for granted really isn’t what it appears to be.

We don’t get out of the car more than a few times, the temperature might be only -3 Centigrade (26 F) but the wind outside is far, far colder and standing in it is only possible for the shortest of times.

We got an email that day from friends who were in Greenland visiting family and they laughingly wrote that their temperature that day was  a “properly cold” -28 Centigrade (-18 F) so our temperatures were almost summerly by Greenlandic standards! It’s all relative of course but either way, the comfort of the car was much appreciated. The landscape is stunningly stark, there are vast open plains, and everything from rolling hills to craggy mountains.  The snow is deep in some areas and less so in others, the staff back at the hotel have already told us that this winter has been unseasonably warm, global warming is having as much as effect on Iceland as the rest of the world.   Let’s take a further look around…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In the next photo I accidently circled the name of a local place rather than the lake name “Kleifarvatn” (which didn’t appear on the map when scaled at this size, but did when I zoomed in even further).

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June 8, 2013

A Bigger Star In Some Families Than In Others…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

If you want a super-traditional (and slightly old-fashioned) Dutch dessert to try out for size then you need look no further than your local Dutch supermarket.

However you aren’t going to find this classic cake in the cake section and this is probably the reason that it’s gone largely undiscovered by many a visitor or new settler in the Netherlands,  because  it’s found unexpectedly instead the freezer section of the supermarket.

This dessert is called a ” Sneeuster” (Snow Star) and is basically two cake layers with a filling of  “advocaat” (egg nog) and cream.

In our extended family this was well known with all of  Himself’s cousins because it was a particular favourite of their Oma (grandmother) who was my mother in law’s sister.

Because Himself’s mother didn’t like this one as much, this was rarely seen on our side of the family and although Himself already knew of  it from many childhood visits to his Aunt,  I also only discovered it relatively recently when one of Himself’s cousins came to stay with us.

Naturally the cream and egg nog layers thaw once it’s been out of the freezer a little while,  so I thought it prudent to cut all of the pieces of the cake whilst it fresh out of the freezer before the cream and egg nog got squishy. For my own personal preference, this is too creamy, but I have to temper that statement by honestly saying that I don’t particularly like any  heavily creamed dessert so this was never destined to be a contender for my personal favourite.

Clearly in some families the Sneeuster is going to be more of a star then in others…

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January 18, 2011

Easy Fruit Cubes pack a Wow Factor Punch…

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Agh! Guests are due in a day or more and you want something easy with the WOW factor. So, what’s easier than jazzing up your drinks with a recipe that can be made a day or more ahead and tastes great too?

.. and what could be more simple, and stunning than frozen fruits suspended in ice? (or in this case, the beverage of your choice?)

I get my frozen summer fruits from AH, probably the most well known Dutch supermarket and after some experimentation, find that a while range of beverages can be used as the liquid ingredient. I also add fresh mint with my fruit.

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Mineral water works well, as does Bitter Lemon, and the recommended grape juice. I also discovered that if your chosen beverage is carbonated, then likely as not it will turn the colour of your fruits, so a little speed during assembly is essential. That said, it take only minutes to assemble and your freezer does the rest of the hard work for you.  Fabulous or what?

Personally, I used mini-muffin pans to make bigger ice cubes  and then served my drinks in balloon style glasses, or I  just tip a load of the fruity ice-cubes into a large punch bowl.  Either way it’s a hit.

As a member of the Recipezaar community (now called Food.Com) I made this for the first time and reviewed it ages ago. Recently I used the photo to illustrate one of my posts, was then asked for the recipe and since your wish is my command …here it is.

The recipe was submitted by  hubby and wife team who go by the member name of  “2Bleu”  and I’m sure that if you try it, they would appreciate your review. The yield depends entirely on how big your ice-cube trays  and frozen fruits are (I got a dozen mini muffin pan sized ones)

Crystal Clear Punch With Fruit Cubes
Ingredients:
Serves: 12-36

4 cups frozen fruit
2 (24 ounce) bottles white grape juice, well chilled
1 liter ginger ale well chilled

While fruit is still frozen, dice into small pieces.
Work carefully yet quickly to keep fruit in a frozen state.
Place a few bits of frozen fruit bits into each of the ice molds/trays. Pour enough chilled white grape juice to fill trays. Pour into mini muffin tins or ice trays and freeze solid.
Once fully frozen, place in a large Ziploc bag until needed.
When ready to serve, mix remaining bottle of white grape juice and ginger ale into a punch bowl.
Add frozen fruit cubes and serve.

http://www.food.com/recipe/crystal-clear-punch-with-fruit-cubes-328536

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