A Shopping Weekend

In the age old, grand tradition of Giftmas, we spent the weekend shopping. After searching fruitlessly for gifts we stopped off in the Bazaar for a bite to eat.

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Before heading to Duikelmans for some baking supplies. It’s a pain when what I have brought with me doesn’t fit in my makeshift oven! *pouts*

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But I have no trouble finding everything I need,

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and a few things I can convince myself I need, in here!

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The lights are hung in all the streets, and Amsterdam is becoming fairy town. This bodes well for the opening of the Festival on Lights on Thursday night which I hope to go to!

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Conveniently for the lights, darkness is complete by 5pm here, and we’re not yet at solstice!

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The pastry shops and confectioners are wringing out everything they can get from the last few weeks of Sinterklaas.

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And the local equivalent of Bunnings is about to take a chunk out of my wallet!

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How are your end of year preparations coming along?

Salmon Frittata

3 leeks
1 packet of smoked salmon
1 punnet of mushrooms
1 bundle of asparagus
1 tub of crumbled fetta
10 eggs
some parmesan

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finely cut up your leeks and fry for a few minutes in the pan. Then cover and cook for a further 5 minutes or until soft and reduced in size.

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Then forget to take photos as you add the smoked salmon pieces, mushrooms and asparagus. Cook until tender.

While this is cooking whisk your eggs with pepper and salt and the fetta.

Add the egg mixture to the pan, pulling it away from the sides as it cooks until it begins to solidify all over.

Coat in parmesan as desired then put in the over at 180-200C for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

Remove from oven and pan, then consume with s side of salad.

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Damn this was tasty!

Of Dinner Parties

First there must be the perfect Vinegar.

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Then the perfect Olive Oil.

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Combine with an Almond Dukkah.

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And fresh baked Turkish bread! This is to begin.

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In a jug combine red wine, lemonade, sugar, cointreau, an orange, a lemon, an apple, and an unpictured ruby grapefruit. Voila! Sangria! (Should that be Olé?)

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All of this,

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Some of these,

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and chopping …

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and then get so involved in conversation with your guests that you don’t manage to get photos of either the finished paella, nor the chocolate coated strawberries that were for desert!

Blogging fail = Dinner Party WIN!

I’ll do better next time!