I finally get to say it out loud: “I’m so crafty – I make people!”
Yes dear readers, another reason why it has been hard for me to keep up with posting besides a busy job was the fact that I was so knackered when I got home from building a baby!
We are expecting our first-born in January 2014!
Since I’m almost in my second trimester I am hoping I will have more energy to pick up where I left off.
See you around!
All good things come to those who wait
First of all, thank you for not abandoning me! I feel I have let you down these past 2 months. It has been – and still is at times – pure chaos at work with the enormous pile of correction work. But I have finally found time to work on something new and I hope to be able to bring you a blogpost on my latest project later this weekend.
So keep your eyes open for some great work – if I say so myself – soon!
Last Thursday I went to eat at my favourite local restaurant – we sort of befriended the owners – to introduce my mother to their menu as she had yet to enjoy it.
After much deliberation we made a selection:
A very cheesy vegetarian pasta dish for me (pasta shells stuffed with more cheese and eggplant) and a wonderful roast beef salad with beets, hazelnuts and crunchy cheese for my mother.
All I can say is nom nom nom 😀
I’m really sorry for not posting these past few days. The end of term is coming and I am covering all classes of one of my co-workers (who is still ill unfortunately). I have a ton of work to do at university and when I come home all I can do is settle on the sofa and dive into an episode of Oz or watch a film.
So please bare with me while I finish off this busy period and get back to sharing my finds and creations.
Following the advice of a co-worker we settled for Crispy Duck in Gerrard Street and what great advice it was!
Hot and Sour chicken soup to start with (I think I was given tourist spicy because it wasn’t doing anything but leave a tingle on my lips), followed by Peking Duck as it should be! I’ve tried many restaurants but somehow in Europe a lot of places struggle to do Peking Duck the “traditional way” – with these sort of pancakes. The main course was a collection of several dishes (this amount of food was for 7 people!) accompanied by the usual rice.
A clear must visit address when in London and feeling like proper Chinese food!
During our day trip to Oxford (May 6) we ended up at the Crown for a sunny lunch. This fried brie with rocket salad and cranberry jelly hit the spot though it could have done with some slices of hearty bread to make it into a more complete meal – I not sufficed by stealing some chips from my dinner mates 😀
From May 4 to May 8 I will be away from home, working… well, I am accompanying 80 students from the University I work at. Which mostly means I get to hang out with youngsters in my favourite city!
I am already looking forward to my favourite cup of tea with scones (Chili Chili Bang Bang Tea @ Yumchaa’s in Camden Lock), coffee runs at Starbucks, browsing bookstalls and toy shopping in the world’s biggest toy store (Hamleys on Regent Street)! And don’t forget my much-anticipated visit to the Harry Potter Studios *grin*
I might be able to post something wonderful when I’m there but otherwise you’ll just have to wait till I return!
Number 9 of the crockpot challenge is my absolute favourite so far! I found the recipe via Pinterest on Better Home and Gardens.
Even when getting all the ingredients together for freezing it was the dish that had the best scent and it wasn’t even cooked yet! About three quart in the cooking time the aromas secretly crept from the pot to fill my nostrils and it was like a slice of heaven.
The hubby took the first bite – he does tend to run to the crockpot a lot lately – and made some sort of grunting noise. My heart skipped a beat, worried I messed up another full batch of food as with the Mac & Cheese mishap, had the delicious scent been too good to be true? After a moment he turned his back and I saw a big fat smile plastered over his face.
The chicken was extremely tender and the flavours had infused into the chunky sauce. Even though it is called hot and spicy I must admit it was neither really – but not in a bad way. If you wanted to spice it up, I am going to add a red pepper to it next time – or maybe increase the amount of red curry paste. An absolute winner, this dish, and one to be made in our home for many years to come I am sure of it!
Tomorrow (April 30) our beloved Queen Beatrix is abdicating from the throne, letting her son Willem Alexander become our King. Every year we have celebrated Queen’s Day and this will be the last Q-day for some time – next year we will have King’s Day a couple of days earlier – so I want to make this one count!
I bought myself “royal” lemonade: the King is orange flavoured (our national colour) and the Queen is strawberry-flavoured (in Dutch we call them summer kings). With the groceries I also got a special edition “wup” which was a promotion stunt with the World Championship Football. And as is traditional in my family, I am going to spend most of the day on a huge rummage sale.
To look all fancy for the day I did my nails up in the national colour (Catrice 560 Rusty but sexy) as well as our flag (Oriflame True Red, Etos pencil, Mavala 130 Aqua Blue) as an accent. All I need now is my orange hairclip and a bit of sunshine and I am good to go.
Have a good one this year!