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October 19, 2017

Cinnamon Ice-Cream!, …Who Knew? (Apparently Everyone Except Me)

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It’s my last post of this series from Breda. Himself’s mother had a life long friend who had one child.

The two families spent so much time together when the children were young that it was like Himself’s family acquired an extra sibling, and for the girl in the other family, like she gained two proxy brothers and sisters.

The people you spend a lot of time with whilst growing up have a special bond that remains with you all of your  life.

I have of course met the family often during my married life, but this is the first time I have been to the smaller house that the mother down-sized to from her large central city property.

The home is light and airy and the dining room table is close to French doors that open out into the garden.

The mother and daughter potter around in the kitchen preparing a delicious vegetable curry. In fact it was so good that we were all busy tucking in and I forgot to get photographs.Dessert was simple; fresh fruit and ice-cream, and a surprise was in store: ‘Kaneel‘ (cinnamon) flavoured ice-cream! I have never heard of this so asked it was a local specialty, to be greeted with a laugh, it turns out it was ‘local’ in that it came from their local supermarket, and the biggest national chain supermarket at that!  It just goes to show how much time I spend in supermarkets these days. One day I will get around to having an on-line grocery order delivered so that not all of the grocery shopping burden falls on Himself’s shoulders. After dinner we make our way home, a wonderful weekend day out being had by all.

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March 11, 2017

Getting A Very Creamy Ten Out Of Ten!

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Finding ourselves visiting “Ijsboerderij Labora“, a Texel dairy farm that makes it’s own ice-cream, guaranteed that our 2016 Easter trip was going to have one, less than conventional pre-main course entrée.

The range of flavours in the long freezer cabinet had everyone deliberating on their perfect combination of flavours.

I didn’t get photographs of our selections simply because the kids disappeared outside with theirs and the adults inside were so busy getting down to ice-cream  demolition that slow-poke moi at the end of the queue arrived to find most the evidence already gone.

Needless to say the ice-creams were very good indeed. I also liked that there was an indoor sitting area, not large but a very welcome resting spot  after my tour of the play area.

Additionally, a large cupboard with locally made Texel products meant that we could take a few small gifts back for my Mother in law, I choose small pots of lanolin to massage into her hands since her skin was often very dry. I also attempted a few “Still life with tulips” photographs, not the best but ok reference material if I want it for a sketch one day. The wind may be cutting and fierce  today but that’s not stopping everyone from giving this outing a very creamy ten out of ten!

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December 29, 2012

Sometimes You Just Have to Try a New Palette…

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We have reached our destination for our day out and special treat in Schoonhoven.

The place we were looking for is called “Proef” (which translates into English as “test” or “try”).

Proef” in this instance though is the name of an ice-cream parlour!   Here they make their own ice-cream and you can buy a special card that allows you to test different flavours of  the ice-cream menu. For us, my work gift card covers a five flavour tasting for each family member.

There were squeals of excitement when the kids realised what this treat involved, Little Mr. did a rather good Tigger impression bouncing around with joy and the grins were so big they almost split their faces in half. The Mama and Papa are given to understand that this outing is more than acceptable.

The kids spend an inordinate amount of time deliberating over which five flavours they should each choose between: Vanilla, Chocolate, Pistachio, Orange Mascarpone,  Schoonhoven’s Silver (a local speciality), Cherry, Smurfs (yes,  it was blue ice-cream). The range of flavours isn’t huge but the ice-cream is hand-made and I’ll take quality over quantity any day.

The day is almost the hottest of the summer almost 30 C and most welcome after many days of rain. It’s relaxing to be taking  seat in the cool of the ice-cream parlour and waiting for our orders to arrive.

The plates are crockery ones in the shape of artists palettes, there are  five “holes” (indented cups) for the different flavoured ice-cream but in practice they use two of these for the cream and topping that goes with the order and two scoops of ice-cream go into the centre of the palette board.

The place is understandably busy, as per my usual habit I try and take photos as people leave the tables or just before new people arrive. There’s a stream of people (especially families with kids) at the front of the shop getting ice-creams to take away.At the back of the shop is a gift area, these “dual purpose” shops have become quite popular recently I think.

There’s a cellar area under the main shop (very common in Europe) but in this case they have opted to keep the original entrance to the cellar in the middle of the shop , which would have been a rather dangerous idea had they not ingeniously covered it with a very thick plexiglass cover. This allows you to see the “history” of the worn brick steps below the floor whilst still giving the owner access to valuable storage space (Dutch buildings are generally very small, and land is expensive so every centimetre of space counts!)

Outside there is music, and people marching past on the street… there is more going on here today that just ice-cream! But in the meantime, we settle down to eat our artistically arranged and soon to be rapidly melting assortment of ice-cream, Little Mr. managing to seemingly smear more over his face than made it  into his stomach.

It may not look like a lot of ice-cream but three out of the four of us struggled… and then heaped excess ice-cream onto Himself’s plate in an attempt to make him struggle too. I think we almost  succeeded.

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December 4, 2012

Eeek!!! …I’ve found a Worm in My… !!!!

Filed under: Funny,Kids and Family,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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The wonderful thing about having Foodie Friends is having someone who not only understands when you want to make something new in the kitchen: try out a new unknown ingredient, experiment with weird and wonderful flavours, …. but who will also have a great time laughing with you when the results  don’t  look anything  like the fabulous photo in the picture, or the taste has you all pulling faces and muttering  “Welll err ….Maybe Not !“.

This taste testing goes both ways, we regularly share our triumphs and disasters and we are brutally honest when it comes to the verdicts both good and bad.

One special Foodie friend has been hinting to Kiwi Daughter all summer that there is a surprise recipe in store, made especially with her in mind:  if only a mystery ingredient could be obtained somewhere in the Netherlands.

To add intrigue and suspense this mystery ingredient was not named, Kiwi Daughter was only given regular updates as to the progress of the search, which for months on end were sadly negative. Then one day we got an excited message: the ingredient had been found and Kiwi Daughter’s mystery recipe could be made.

Naturally the kid had been needling and wheedling to try and find clues to the nature of the recipe and we ascertained it would most probably be something sweet rather than savory because the words Kiwi Daughter and Sweet Tooth are as firmly welded together as sucrose and glucose molecules…

The big day eventually arrived and after a shared meal of spaghetti  where there experiment was how much garlic can you add and still stay sanding when the person next to you breathed on you… (Little Mr. had a plain version of the pasta and apparently his experiment was to see how much grated parmigiani cheese he could distribute around the tablecloth)  We were told to stay in our places whilst Food Friend rushed home to fetch the surprise dessert.  Luckily “home” was only literally just around the corner and minutes later we were treated to the unveiling of…

Her latest Gardening project.

Seriously. Flower pots with real flowers and mud.  I kid you not.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

However, several things were giving the game away… normal pot-plants don’t come with frosty fingerprints on the pots.  (ok, maybe mine do, I’m an atrocious gardener).  Digging into this garden revealed that the “dirt” was in fact ice-cream mixed with crumbs from crushed up Oreo cookies and that the top layer of the “dirt” consisted of a layer of Oreo Cookie crumbs.

The flower was indeed real, but had been ingeniously inserted into a clean drinking straw embedded into the ice-cream so that stem did not touch the food.

Digging also revealed the elusive mystery ingredient: gummy worms! These were buried into the dirt and several peeked out at us. Giggles all round as we passed around spoons, grabbed a pot and went “digging”.

Ingredients:
Oreo Cookies (crushed into fine crumbs)
Ice-cream of the flavour of your choice (compatible with Oreo Cookies)
Gummy worm sweets
drinking straws
narrow stemmed fresh flowers
suitable freezable “pot-like” container (small is good).

The only unexpected thing was that we now know that gummy worms embedded in ice-cream and kept frozen, freeze very well indeed… rock solid in fact, so ” just biting a piece off” was a physical impossibility at first. We had to dig them out and eat them once they had thawed.

The other not so small discovery was that these “pots” which are beakers purchased from IKEA hold a lot  more ice-cream than even the biggest ice-cream eater amongst us bargained on. Our “pots” had to stay in our freezer and be finished in several sittings becuase this is a seriously filling desert.

We all agreed it was a “hit” of a recipe but could be repeated with the minor adjustments that maybe the worms could be decorative  on top next to the flower next time to avoid freezing them solid and the pot definitely needed to be a lot smaller.

Needless to say this dessert went down a treat and not just with Kiwi Daughter… everyone shoved it down!

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 4, 2012

The Landscape of Childhood is Also Changed Forever…

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Yesterday in my travel diary I took you around the Port Hills suburbs of Redcliffs and Sumner.

These are well known and well loved areas to Christchurch residents, Who as a Christchurch kid hasn’t clambered under and over Cave Rock?

Who hasn’t begged their  parents or Grandparents to pull over at the pink Mr. Whippy Van  (ice-cream van) that was alsways parked up on the corner closest to Rapanui ?  Most of us of course as kids only knew Rapanui by it’s “other”  more  familiar name: Shag Rock.

Who from Christchurch doesn’t remember the red roofed Boat Club  sitting on the waterfront of Redcliff’s Monk’s Bay?  … in Summer it was packed tight with yachts going in and out of the water, their tall masts glistening in the sunlight as we drove past.

Sadly all of these have been casualties of the earthquakes that have occurred since September 2010.

Luckily I found that Google Earth still sports images of this area from 2007 so I got busy with the “print screen” function and retrieved some images that I can use to compare to the “what it looks like now” photographs.

Shag Rock fell to bits in the shakes and  is now just a fraction of it’s former self… it sits sadly in a small heap looking like it’s still reeling from the sucker punch.

With the huge line of shipping containers now stacked up keeping the cliff-face at bay I doubt that Mr. Whippy will ever stand in “that” well known spot again, or that people will want to stop on the other side of the road from these cliffs  and the shipping containers to buy ice-cream.

Cave Rock faired better… only pieces of it collapsed, but this natural structure is hollow, there is a huge cavity in the middle of it:  imagine your hand in a claw shape pointing downwards… that’s essentially the shape of Cave Rock, there are “exits” of the caves , well they are only ‘sort of” caves.. more like one cave with multiple exits since everything pretty much meets in the middle.  At high tides the sea moves in as well…

Now  it’s all in danger of catastrophic collapse should a big enough shake strike and who gets advance warning of then that happens?  Therefore it’s been fenced off for the public good, and whilst I totally understand that it’s way too great a hazard now to leave open for the public, part of my heart aches because future generations of children will never have the pleasure of running underneath it , hearing the semi-echo  of their squeals inside and running out one exit as the sea bubbled in through another…

…or scrabbling around on the top,  screaming ” race you to the mast ! ”  as you got the jump and sped ahead making the most of your head start.

I was a strong runner and didn’t even need the head start,  but sadly couldn’t resist in the way that kids often can’t and therefore had to suffer my sisters  …”it’s not fair” and sulks as she milked the “injustice”   for all it was worth all afternoon.

Now we never know when Nature is going to pull a fast-one on us again, it’s not worth the risk to let anyone up here and I heard that after the December 23 2011 quakes, the mast in Cave Rock  is now on more of a lean than ever, so what does that say for the structural integrity of the rock underneith?  … or is it just the mast anchours that are broken?  Who knows…

After:

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Before:

(photograph © Thanks Google Street View)

(photograph ©Thanks Google Street View)

… and a view of Rapanui at right,  with cliff before  rockfalls and without the shipping containers…

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Christchurch Boat Club.. After…

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Boat Club Before…

(photograph © Thanks Google Street View)

(photograph © Thanks Google Street View)

(photograph © Thanks Google Street View)

..and I think that the little building ( also with a red roof) on a shoreline further up also belonged to the Boat Club? … I think I didn’t see it when I went past… I think it”s been demolished too. (Boat Club is in background with red roof). Sadly, no “now” photo of the little building.

Before:

(photograph © Thanks Google Street View)

(photograph © Thanks Google Street View)

Cave Rock…After…

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Fresh scars from rock falls…

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Before…

(photograph © Thanks Google Street View)

(photograph ©Thanks Google Street View)

…oh, and whilst I was zooming along the main road of  Redcliffs in Google Street View, I stumbled on the building that is now the bare patch /rebuild in one of the last photos in yesterdays post. This is  a screen-shot of the supermarket that used to stand where that bare land is currently.

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October 18, 2011

Throwing in a Sweetener to get Motivated… and LOVING IT!!!

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A question for Parents: What spurs your child on to eat their vegetables or meals when you want them to?

Ok, hunger… let’s take that one for granted.

But take two fussy eaters like ours (what did a Foodie like me ever do so badly, to deserve kids who think that a piece of tomato might kill them? or that trying a piece of pineapple or mango is an ordeal akin to torture?)

To be fair, Kiwi Daughter is getting more adventurous and she tried a piece of gherkin whilst we were here (but the grimacing faces she pulled whilst eating such a tiny morsel  probably did make any other  diners who might have been looking our way think that we were feeding her poison)

Getting back to the question… most kids will  co-operate (more than usual at least) if they think that a treat in any form sugary might be on offer afterwards.

In our case the treat that was the object of our children’s desire was in a big cabinet on the end of the long counter, located where you simply couldn’t miss it after your first step inside the door. Strategic… definitely strategic.

Little Mr. was even adamant that he could just this time, even forgo lunch completely and simply skip straight to dessert . Nice try kid, but we have done that one once in your lifetime already https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2009/10/24/ben-and-jerrys-jamacian-me-crazy/  and it wasa once in a lifetime occasion so forget any repeats before you reach adulthood.

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So… what is the massive kid motivator on this occasion?  …Ice-cream! an entire cabinet of ice-cream:  the flavours on offer are: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Stroopwafel, Apple-Pear, Apple-Cinnamon, Pomegranate, Strawberry-Yoghurt, Stratiatella,  Orange, Catalana, Ferero Rochee, Caramel,  Raspberry,  Cassis (blackcurrant) Royaal, White chocolate, Lemon, Forest Fruits and Bounty.

After closer inspection of what’s on offer, even the adults in the Kiwidutch family are by now highly motivated to do some taste testing. I mean, you can’t give a café a full and complete review without a taste test can you? (sigh) someone gotta do it… life is tough sometimes…   …NOT!

We get two flavours each. Ooooohhhhh,  wow, Wow, WOW!  THIS is ice-cream! what brilliant flavours. it’s gorgeous!

I  go take photos, I ask the smiling lady behind the counter where does she get this amazing  ice-cream from? She grins “I make it myself”  she says.

The Oooohhhhh’s go up a notch… “…wow, all of them?”  I ask.  “Yes, all of them“. Wow, I am seriously impressed. This ice-cream is seriously impressive. I could keep it a secret, but for the local readers around me… I’m sharing my discovery of a brilliant treasure.  It  truly deserves the advertising.

Even if family Kiwidutch don’t end up walking around the walls of the fortress of Brielle, we will be making a return trip back just for the ice-cream.

Maybe we should hire a refrigerated truck to come here in?  (ok, only joking on that one, but I did  find myself wishing we could somehow fit a freezer into our car so that we could take some home). Methinks any guests who come to stay with family Kiwidutch in the future are going to be forced to see the sights of  Brielle. We need an excuse. Guests are the perfect excuse, right?

Kiwidutch can heartily recommend that Chez André in Brielle should feature as a definite detour if you are passing close by… heck it’s worth a detour even if you aren’t!

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The only photo I got of what we ate was mine…  I couldn’t get the rest of the family to stop eating theirs!

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September 29, 2010

The Bridge that Leads to Heaven (on a Plate…)

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Another day-trip into Spain…  we’ve been sightseeing (more on those bits in posts shortly).

Himself is driving,  we have just driven though a  town and are crossing a modern bridge when I spy an old bridge… and when I say “old”  I mean “ancient” sort of old.

The road we are on curves away before I can point it out to him, so I ask him to please turn back when traffic allows.

Suddenly littlest kid decides he needs a toilet stop soon, so we decide to look for something in the town we have just passed though, and check out the bridge at the same time.

After walking down several streets and finding places that look like cafes, but turn out to be bars,  we stumbled upon a park, and next to the park we stumble upon a cafe….

First things first… I rush a now desperate  Little Mr. to the smallest room, and that mission successfully completed, we emerge into the cool interior to find Kiwi Daughter peddling ideas of ice-cream to Himself , complete with her ” hey-I’m- the cute kid who has been soooooo very, very, very, good”  face and some non-stop chatter about how delicious that ice-cream  on the poster looks… designed to both wear him down and win him over at the same time.

It takes Little Mr a  complete nano-second to zoom in on the topic of conversation one-sided torrent of his sister and in the next instant we have two pleading beseeching children lauding their adorableness and extreme need for refreshment of the frozen kind on show on this very poster, before which they stand.

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One thing about being a grown-up is that you are very often exactly that…grown up. From where I was standing I could see something that the kids had not yet noticed, a proper ice-cream cabinet, scoop style.

Himself  hadn’t noticed either, so when he gave his usual his response to their pleas ” If Mama says it’s ok, then it’s ok…”  and I said ” No, I don’t think so, not today” his jaw dropped as fast as the children’s did.

It was very hot indeed and the kids had been very good in the car, so before there was a general outcry, and whilst they were still in shock, I laughed and continued… ” because they have far better ice-cream than that, over here!” .. and pointed them in the direction of the cabinet they had overlooked.

Their relief was audible… and thus we proceeded to work out what the Spanish named flavours were.

Two scoops each… Little Mr ignored flavours like Chocolate and headed for his usual favourites of Strawberry and Vanilla, (well in this case it was a strawberry banana ripple combo) whilst the rest of us got a little more exotic.

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Kiwi Daughter thought she’d won the day with hers but the minute I heard the lady tell me one flavour in the cabinet I knew instantly that I had the winning  flavour of the day.

I might not speak Spanish, but any Foodie worth their whisk better know that, no matter what the real translation the words,  “dulce de leche” can loosely be translated as ” Heaven on a Plate“.

What’s more, I have just scored the very last scoop of it.. they don’t have more in stock, they even checked.

The only problem now is that we take our ice-cream to the table and of course the rest of the family want to share flavours.. darn, after tasting my dulce de leche,  Kiwi Daughter wants all of mine… Now I love her to bits, but seriously this is dulce de leche we are talking about.  There are limits you know.

Quick, look over there at …that bird!!!” she tries…

No way” says Kiwidutch, wise to the rouse… I’m not looking anywhere until my ice-cream is finished.

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And finish it all we did…. making little piglets of ourselves, I even eyed the cabinet and wished that some more could somehow magically appear.

It’s probably just as well that there wasn’t more, I might have been tempted to buy it to “take home” …. how plausible was that as we  were still a decent distance inside Spain? …not at all of course.

What a shame,  we all could have eaten ourselves sick on the best ice-cream flavour on the planet. (sigh)

Some things are probably better to have never gotten the chance to happen.

Delighted with our find and with tummy’s full, the kids look longingly at the park on the other side of a small road, our next stop as they need to burn off some energy.

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