RECIPE - BLUE CHEESE FIG APPETIZERS

Time to Party!! Whether it's new year's, a Birthday party or a fancy dinner that you are throwing...these Blue Cheese Fig Appetizers not only look beautiful, they are also really tasty! Minimum effort, big effect! Ingredients (makes 16 appetizers) 4 tablespoons of gorgonzola cheese (or other soft blue cheese) 4 tablespoons of mascarpone bit of chopped chives and thyme 2 figs pepper and salt bruschetta/ toast I buy the ready made baguette toast from Haust just to make it simple, but you can also make them yourself by putting slices of bread with some olive oil and salt in the oven. How to Mix together the gorgonzola and the mascarpone Add the herbs and the pepper and salt Slice 2 figs into

RECIPE - CHEESE BUTTERFLY APPETIZER

Whether you are giving a fancy schmancy dinner or just having drinks, these appetizers are always a hit! Because of the beautiful shape of these cheese butterflies they make a big impression and the taste is at least as good. As they need some time in the fridge, you will have to prepare them in advance. But when it's party time, they are done in a jiffy. Ingredients 100 grams cream cheese (mon chou) 1 teaspoon curry powder salt and pepper handful of chopped chives 6 slices of ham 80 grams butter cheese palmiers (I prefer the Van Strien palmiers) How to Take the cream cheese out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. If you don't have time, you can also microwave it for half a m

RECIPE - CHRISTMAS BUNDT CAKE

This recipe has been in the family for ages. My mother always used to make bread pudding and bundt cake for Christmas. Nowadays she finds the bread pudding too much work but we can’t do without bundt cake with Christmas. I hope she doesn’t mind sharing the recipe with you. Ingredients 250 grams of butter at room temperature 250 grams sugar 250 grams of flour 10 grams vanilla sugar 4 eggs 2 teaspoons of backing powder salt 100 grams of raisins dash of rum for the holiday spirit 100 grams walnuts 100 grams of finely chopped bigarreaux cherries icing sur to decorate How to Put the raisins in the rum. If you don’t want to use alchol, just wash them for a short while in water. Preheat the oven at

SHOPPING - HOFKWARTIER THE HAGUE

This time of the year is ideal for some shopping in The Hague....well anytime of the year is actually perfect for shopping in The Hague. But where do you need to go if you don't want to go to the dime a dozen shops? Absolutely go to the Hofkwartier (roughly translated: Court Quarter) in The Hague! Recently publisher 'time to momo' (known from the 100% travelguides) has launched a miniguide about this Royal area in The Hague. Local Lorraine Wernsing guides you through her city and shares her favourite restaurants, cafes, museums, shops and galleries. The mini guide is available via the stores in the Hofkwartier but also via the time to momo app and website. I was invited with Mariska from Mar

RECIPE - CHRISTMAS SALAD

I love these festive Christmas dinners with lots of great dishes but around the Boxing day lunch I am a bit fed up with all that eating. To avoid this feeling a salad is the best solution! And not just any salad...a salad full of veggies, with lots of taste, a colourful appearance and without any dressing. Ingredients 1 pear 2 oranges 2 finely chopped endives 100 grams baby spinach 75 grams julienne sliced beetroot 1 finely chopped fennel seeds of 1 pomegranate 150 grams soft gorgonzola How to Make a good preparation by making sure all the ingredients are nicely chopped and ready Slice of the top and bottom of the oranges and then cut of the skin. Segment the oranges by cutting out the meat

TOP 10 CHRISTMAS DECORATION IN LONDON

It's the most wonderful time of the year... There'll be much mistletoeing... And hearts will be glowing. How I just love this season where it's all about dinner parties, spending time together and enjoying all the magical decorations and little lights. To get totally in the mood, London is one of the best places to go. But what are the must-sees to see the best Christmas decoration? 1. Covent Garden This is the absolute must-see if you plan on visiting London in this magical season. Normally I tend not to go to this very crowded place but if you go on a weekday, early in the morning or in the evening, it's perfectly fine with the crowds. This year the inside of the former market hall is deco

RECIPE - RED WINE POACHED PEAR BAVAROIS

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... This Red Wine Poached Pear Bavarois (pffff that's a mouthful) has something so luxurious and it's quite easy to make. Because you can also make it in advance, it's the perfect Christmas dessert. I always poach more pears as they go well with all kinds of things, even breakfast. Ingredients (serves 8) 8 Gieser Wilderman pears or Conference pears (but more is always good) 1 liter red wine water 3 cinnamon sticks 70 grams sugar 6 gelatine leaves 100 ml of pear juice 3 egg whites (or 90 grams) pinch of salt 100 grams sugar 1 table spoon sugar 150 ml cream half a teaspoon cinnamon powder How to Peal the skin of the pears, leaving the stalks on Put t

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