Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Less A Blog Entry .... More A Trailer

Sonata:
As always , we had a lovely weekend in Amsterdam . We wandered and chatted and ate , admired pampered dogs



and avoided any danger of therapy in the Jordaan , even a tempting foot massage





Guided by Y.D. , we ate wonderfully well .... everything from rijsttafel and a Turkish feast to courgette and basil soup , catfish ( superb on a bed of lightly steamed mangetouts and tiny runnerbeans ) and wortelstampot ( a sort of carrot mash with smoked sausage ) and a tapa of perfect cheese in chunks , dipped in mustard .... perfect with ice cold beer .Perhaps influenced by a lovely bit of grafitti


we went to a flower show .... no , THE flower show if you're a tulip fan .... the Keukenhof , and I'm leaving it to Smitonius to show her beautiful photos of the plants . Y.D. discovered that she liked orchids and I discovered pushkinias . We all saw rather a lot of Romantic Roses



including a pale pink one the size of a dinner plate , that you'd have to stand guard over with a an umbrella when it rained . ( Meijer Roses , "Pearl Avalanche ", best of show , if you want to own one ) . I even bought some tea called Silver Rose , with silver tipped Oolong and rose petals which is proving to be just right for rainy afternoons .

So now it's back to work and doing my own cooking again . I'm never going to get to Kantjil 's rijsttafel level but , with the help of this book out of the library


I made Sajoer Lodeh ( vegetables in Coconut milk ) tonight to have with chicken skewers .... rather nice and worth trying again .


And so to bed ....

12 comments:

Molly said...

If your intent was to make us salivate you accomplished your mission---at least with this reader!

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Marcheline said...

Coconut milk and curry make chicken and veggies absolutely DEEEEEE-licious! One of my favorite combos!

Liz said...

Love that graffiti.

colleen said...

The graffiti is great isn't it? And the food sounds pretty fab too.

Friko said...

you mean you are trailing your coat for salivating hordes to slobber over?

S'not fair!

Rattling On said...

It sounds like a wonderful trip. I'm not really a foodie so admire you for seeking out new tastes. Love the graffiti, very stylish.

Wendy said...

We've been living parralel lives recently!

sea fringed edge said...

Inspiring!

rachel said...

Delightful post! And such lovely graffiti too.

Can we have the vegetables in coconut milk recipe?? Please???

Loz and Dinny said...

Oh that graffiti! and now I'm extra keen to get me bulbs in (if you know what I'm saying)

Ginnie said...

My husband was born and raised in Amsterdam so loves Indonesian food. Rijsttafel is a wonderful treat. So glad you got to visit the Keukenhof - isn't it magic?