Leiden – Part 2

So we were in Leiden, the photographic walking tour ended up being a bit of a bust, but it was a Saturday, and therefore it was Market Day.

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Netherlands markets are just amazing and wonderful! There is so much to see, hear, smell, and touch, they inspire all your senses. Would you like to know more?

Penne with Italian Sausage Bolognese

We’ve been back to Bilder & de Clerq. With a store like this, how could we not?!? Himself decided one night that we needed to try their take on bolognese; so homeward bound he tromped, with fresh ingredients in hand!

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Would you like to know more?

Bilder & De Clerq, a new concept of supermarket

There was an article on facebook. Fortuitously it was on one of the rare days I too am on facebook. It told of a bold new kind of store which took all the angst out of what to have for dinner. I was intrigued.

So I rallied the troop, and Himself and I set off on a bold new adventure; to buy dinner.

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Oh what Brave New World that has such people in’t! Who could come up with such a marvellous idea and bring it to fruition! Would you like to know more?

Of Dinner Parties

First there must be the perfect Vinegar.


Then the perfect Olive Oil.


Combine with an Almond Dukkah.


And fresh baked Turkish bread! This is to begin.


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?)


All of this,


Some of these,


and chopping …


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!

More photos?

It seems odd to say it, but as much as I wanted to do a whole second post with pictures from the last Jurassic Lounge when I went back over them, they didn’t excite me.

Well, this one did. His names is Oscar.


And maybe this one. I love the colour!


And well … this is amusing. Museum staff obviously have a sense of humour!


PUKECKO! (and echidna butt)


So instead of posting more pictures from that night, I thought I’d just show you how I re-engineered that fudge recipe to be white chocolate and cranberries.


Basically I did everything the same, but substituted white chocolate for dark, and switched out the coffee for a handful of chopped up dried cranberries. Looks good, tastes like it needed to be cooked a little longer.


I think this is my new go-to/all-purpose fudge recipe! It’s so easily modifiable!

Also, have some proof that I do learn from my mistakes!