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Words to live by?

The brilliance of this sign only increases the further you take it from its context . Just…EAT & SHOP.

Perhaps, these are words to die by.

PJD

Photo by PJD, Tate Modern.

Weekly photo challenge: Foreign

Before we moved to live in the Netherlands, people warned us that as vegetarians, we wouldn’t have much luck with (or get much joy out of) Dutch food. Whilst it is certainly no vegetarian paradise, we didn’t find it all that bad. Certainly, there were even some Dutch foods (mainly of the sweet variety, such as appeltaart and stroopwafels) of which we became huge fans during our time living in Holland.

Moving to the Netherlands equipped with only limited Dutch language skills meant our trips to the supermarket in the first few months were quite challenging and made for some interesting exchanges as we navigated the payment system at the checkout, as well as navigating the aisles (such as when I eagerly utilised my fledgling Dutch language skills and asked a supermarket staff member “How are the eggs?” rather than “Where are the eggs?”). Being foreign in a country suddenly adds a level of challenge to daily tasks and interactions such as going to the supermarket which you’d otherwise take the ease of doing for granted. As a tourist, it can be fun, but when you are trying to integrate into a different society for an extended period of time, it can be tiring and frustrating. Read more

Crepes make breakfast special

Breakfast, petit dejeuner, ontbijt. Whatever you want to call it, the first meal of the day is important. But sometimes you really want breakfast to be special, but without too much effort. Mornings are not usually my best time, so a breakfast that requires little effort is pretty important. And to that end, to impress people on special occasions, or just for the sake of extreme decadence, I offer to you crepes avec ganache et fraises (or, really thin pancakes with awesome chocolate sauce and strawberries). It’s pretty fast, pretty easy, and everyone always loves it. So, here’s the method…

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Adventures in a Swedish supermarket

Before you feel like I am selling you short, this post isn’t so much about adventures as such, but about my random wanderings in a Swedish supermarket late one night earlier this week before PJD arrived. Something I am always intrigued by when I go to a new place, especially a foreign country, is the supermarket – the set up, the different food and products on offer. Because not all supermarkets are equal, and you never know what you might find! Also, time spent living overseas has given me an appreciation, as someone who loves to cook, that sometimes it’s just not possible to easily find the ingredients you need. I know my interest in all things supermarket-y might strike you as strange (it probably, definitely is!). But maybe, just maybe, there’s someone else out there who also shares this sense of foreign supermarket intrigue… If so, I hope you might enjoy this glimpse into a Swedish supermarket!

Signage was amazingly clear in this supermarket, as you can see above! With signage as clear and bold as this, there was absolutely no confusion as to where to find what. Read more

Swiss Meals I: Raclette, it’s not fondue…

Ever tried the dish called raclette? I hadn’t, before our recent trip to Zurich, but when I heard the following about it, I was excited to get into it:

1. It’s cheesy; 2. It’s potato-y; 3. It’s Swiss. By virtue of this point no.3, I knew the aforementioned ingredient at no. 1 would be super, super delicious (Swiss cheese really is amazing).

From the above, you’re probably thinking, “wow, she must really like cheese and potatoes!”, and you’d be right. Two of my favourite food groups right there, so I felt we couldn’t go wrong with raclette. Even better, we were lucky enough to be shown the authentic way on this most typical of Swiss dishes (after fondue, I guess), by our Swiss friends in their home.

Ingredients a-go-go.

Above you can see the spread of various ingredients prior to cooking (plus delicious side salad and unusual – to us anyway – accompaniments, such as preserved fruits and pickles). Read more

Éclair-ing at home

Well, true to my word, after earlier writing of our enjoyment of what some have pointed out to be the biggest chocolate éclairs ever on our recent trip to Paris,  I decided to try my hand at making some éclairs of my own at home. I thought you might enjoy to see the results…

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Éclair-ing in Paris, a.k.a. J’aime l’éclairs!

I am going to be completely honest and tell you that one of the things I was anticipating the most about our short trip to Paris (with much excitement) was the chance to indulge my sweet tooth with some of those delicious and beautiful french pastry delights. So, you can imagine my excitement when my eyes alighted upon these:

Have you ever seen such decadent, delicious looking éclairs?  As soon as we saw them, we knew it was éclair-o’clock, without a doubt. I fleetingly toyed with the idea of sampling one of the pistache variety (that green topping was outrageous and looked like fun!), and PJD boldly declared it would be the café flavoured éclair for him. Read more

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