Local Heart, Global Soul

October 6, 2017

A Vending Machine Gets An innovative Use…

Filed under: BREDA,PHOTOGRAPHY,Quirky Sights,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Arriving at our friends house in Breda, we were soon joined by Himself’s sister and her husband. Our family friend gave us time to have a cup of tea before leading the way to somewhere special she wants to take us. It’s a beautiful weekend in April so we have a little bit of trouble finding parking when we get there. It’s not like me to ignore a beautiful building but, spotting something quirky I decide to first check out a little shed next to where we parked. The shed / kiosk houses a dispensing machine and the machine dispenses fresh organic strawberries!
I would have loved to get some but we were all due to eat dinner back at our friends place later and all of the others were gathering a little bit further down the path, waiting for me to catch up.I love the idea that people come up with innovative uses for these kinds of machines, eggs in one location, strawberries in another, perfect!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 11, 2013

Look How Your Garden Grows! …We Finish Up With A Delicious Mess (Eaton Mess That Is!)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Last week I posted about the novelty and luxury it is for us to be able to sit in a private garden.

Since we went back to Veere for a second visit last weekend, I am able to update you on how much can change in the space of two months.

The temperatures have risen drastically in the Netherlands in the last week enabling us to swap our winter jackets for light shirts and a sun umbrella,  the flowers around the seating area have burst into bloom.

Due to Himself’s hard work the hedge has had it’s energetic growth chopped back into trimmed neatness, and we can enjoy  drinks and and al fresco lunch in a beautiful setting.

Our friend is a fellow Foodie so produced a delicious home-made salad.

Later in the early evening it was decided that we should eat before the journey home, so we polished off the leftover salad with a new accompaniment of  “veldsla”  and sliced chorizo and some excellent cherry tomatoes that our friend bought locally at a roadside stall.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Since I’ve never eaten veldsla anywhere else except The Netherlands, I have to confess I had not idea what it might be called in English. A Google search tells me it’s called “lamb’s lettuce”, so I’ve just added something new to my culinary knowledge.

We indulged in ice cream after lunch (no photos,  rapidly melting ice cream in 27 C heat begs to be eaten not photographed) but after dinner our friend brings out a surprise: He’s made a Mess. (Eaton Mess to be precise).

Eaton Mess is an English recipe whereby pieces of meringue are mixed into freshly whipped cream, and summer berries, in our case, strawberries and since our friend fancied a little experimentation with the recipe: pomegranate seeds. He only added half of  the seeds whole, the rest he made into a juicy pulp and mixed in to give extra flavour to the cream.

It was a perfect dessert for a hot summer’s day and I busted my healthy-eating-low-sugar- diet for a day so that I could enjoy it without guilt. I was however back on the no-sugar wagon the next day.  A little indulgence in a beautiful setting…  and the ironic thought that the garden was no longer a mess, but what we were enjoying at the table certainly was. A very tasty mess indeed!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Little Mr. took this photo of his “step” (I think you call it a “scooter” in English)

(photograph © Little Mr.)

Our friend has these little leaded weights that clip onto the tablecloth to stop the wind blowing it off… I liked the mix of form and function.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Little Mr.)

Eaton Mess…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 27, 2011

It’s Divine, but Phyllo-sophically it’s also Definiately a rare Treat…

Filed under: FOOD — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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I first made this recipe whilst on an elimination diet in 2006 for allergy reasons, so used my work colleagues as test tasters,  but have made it more times since and have my eye on it again: since Himself bought phyllo pastry home instead of Puff pastry a while back, the kids are itching to help make something in the kitchen and I want to make some space in the freezer.  If you are looking for an easy to make “Wow” dessert to make for guests too, then this one will certainly do the trick.

I have made this both with the lemon curd in this recipe and  once when in a hurry, with shop-bought lemon curd, and am happy to report that in my case at least, both variations  turned out almost too delicious for our own good.

Strawberry and Lemon Curd Phyllo Baskets

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Recipe by “evelyn/athens” at Food.com (formerly Recipezaar)

Ingredients:
4 phyllo pastry, thawed, covered with damp kitchen towel
1/3 cup butter, melted
6 teaspoons dry white breadcrumbs
Lemon Curd

1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup butter, cut into pieces
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons lemon rind, grated
1 pint strawberry, hulled and sliced
fresh mint sprig

1. For baskets: Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface.
3. Brush with butter.
4.Sprinkle 2 tsp bread crumbs over.
5 .Top with second phyllo sheet, butter and sprinkle with 2 tsp crumbs.

6 .Top with third phyllo sheet, butter and sprinkle with 2 tsp crumbs.
7 .End with fourth phyllo sheet and just butter this one.
8. Cut out 12, 4-inch squares.
9. Brush every other cup of 2, ½ cup muffin tins with melted butter.
10. Place 1 phyllo square in each buttered cup, pressing down in center gently and around edges to mold (corners should stick up attractively ? bend them slightly, but not all the way, back).
11. Bake until just golden-brown and crisp, about 10-12 minutes.
12. Remove and cool completely (can be prepared up to 2 days ahead and stored in an airtight container).
13. For lemon curd: Whisk sugar, eggs, butter, lemon juice and peel over low heat until butter melts.
14. Cook until mixture thickens to consistency of light whipped cream, about 5 minutes.
15. Pour into bowl.
16. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd and refrigerate until cold, about 4 hours (can be prepared up to 2 days ahead).
17. Spoon some berries into bottom of each basket, sprinkle VERY lightly with sugar, top with 2 ½ tbsp of lemon curd.
18.  Arrange remaining berries in petal pattern on top of curd.

If you make the recipe too and would like to leave a review for Evelyn then the link is here: http://www.food.com/recipe/strawberry-and-lemon-curd-phyllo-baskets-88853

I know you won’t want to look too eagerly at the amounts of butter and sugar etc in this dessert, it’s not in the “healthy” category but it  is  a Once-a-Year Treat to treasure.

April 24, 2010

A THREE ingredient Salad that will kick all the others into orbit…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I have a small confession to make…   My post yesterday was made to lead you to todays one.

There’s method in my madness.. Why? because the cousin that we shared Christmas Day with had a salad on the dining table that we fell in love with.

It’s easy, tasty and  healthy…  it has only three ingredients but it’s a wonderful mix and when I started making it for other friends it was snapped up in a flash.

So, here’s todays treasure… an ultra simple salad that can be make in minutes with fresh seasonal ingredients, a true taste that sings “Summer”…

…which needs no additional dressings, is healthy and which is an exciting change from  the same-old, same-old offerings at pot-luck gatherings and your staple holiday menu.

Ingredients:

– fresh mint (chopped)

– fresh strawberries (chopped)

– beetroot, cooked and sliced … here’s a wonderful recipe if you want to make your own LOL

https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/new-post-73/

The recipe can’t be more simple, just one simple step is needed …

1) wash and chop the three ingredients and mix together.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

How simple is that ! YUM !

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