Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Easter [Paas] #3

Hey readers,
Remember I mentioned the differences of Easter shop decorations between Brasil and NL ?
Well, a loyal reader made some pics in Brasil and I would like to share with you what she sent:

And there are even eggs with wrappings of your favorite football team as a theme !

And piles of bonbon boxes :

Monday, March 23, 2009

Classic Dutch Apple Pie [Appeltaart]

Easy to make, one of the glories of the Dutch cuisine !

100g raisins 300g flour
180g butter (at room temperature)
150g white sugar
1 egg, whisked
1 pinch salt
4 apples (Gold / Goud reinetten)
1 lage spoon lemon juice
1 tea spoon cinammon (powder)
1 tea spoon powder sugar
1 tea spoon nutmeg

Preparation: easy, 25 to 35 minutes / Baking mold: 24cm

Soak the raisin in a bowl with hot water. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.

Place de flour, sugar, salt and the half of the egg in a large bowl. Add the butter in pieces and mix everything until a crumbly texture is reached. Place 2/3 of this mixtures in the mold and press firmly against the bottom and lateral of the mold. The rest of the misture should be flattened with a pastry roll until it is 0,5 cm thick.

Core, peel and cut the apples in small blocks and place them in a bowl. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and add the powder sugar and cinammon. Mix well. Dry wll the raisins with kitchen paper and add to the apples. Pour the apples in the mold.

Cut the flattened pastry in stripes and distribute it over the pie in a checkered pattern. "Paint" it with the rest of the egg to provide some shine.

Insert the oven until the outside is golden brown.

Serve it still warm with whipped cream or cold with a ball of vanille ice-cream. I prefer it simple!

Amen !

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Easter [Paas] #2

The countdown for Easter has already started a while ago. In Holland the decoration of shops is quite different from what I was used to see in Brazil. There, the ceilings of shops are embelished with hanging chocolate eggs of all sizes and colours. Glitz & glamour ! And people exchange boxes of chocolate bonbons. Here it is rather a children's celebration and the style of decoration is more focused on the usage of little (farm) animal items in plush, wood or plastic.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Delivery Bike # 2

Another model of delivery bike. For hip parents only...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Apple Tarte Tatin

Today, Sunday, I baked the famous inverted pie Tarte Tatin. Yes, it is a French pie. So what is a French recipe doing in a blog about Holland ? Well, for many reasons:
1- This is a famous pie and I have see it in several chic restaurants in the Randstad.

2 - Holland is an international country (at least the Randstad part) and Dutch people do like to eat foreign food. Well, sometimes.

3 - Apples are cheap, I am francophone and this blog is mine so I post whatever I want.

I prepared the pie using a Le Creuset Tarte Tatin Dish, which is mItalicade of cast iron. Such pan is indeed pricey but I see it as a good investment.

Here is the recipe:

75 g (1/3 cup) white sugar
75 g (1/3 cup) butter
5 large dessert apples, such as Golden Delicious
2 tablespoons lemon juice
225 g (80 oz) ready made puff pastry

(I used 5 squares from Dutch brand "Koopmans". Puff pastry is called in Dutch bladerdeeg and is easy to find in the frozen section of supermarkets)

Oven: 200 C / Gas 6 - preheated

1 - Put the sugar and butter into the tatin dish. Heat on a medium heat until the butter has melted and the sugar becomes light brown.

2 - Peel, quarter and core the apples. Sprinkle with the lemon juice. Place in the dish. Cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes.

3 - Remove from the heat and cool for few minutes whilst rolling out the pastry.

4 - Roll the pastry to a circle the same size as the top of the dish. Press it lightly over the fruit, tucking the edges down around the edge so that when cooked it forms a rim to contain the fruit.

5 - Make four small steam holes.

6 - Transfer to the pre-heated oven and bake on the top shelf for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is well risen and golden brown.

7- Allow to rest for 5 minutes before loosening around the edge with a knife. Invert on to a wide shallow plate. Serve it warm with whipped double cream or creme fraiche (or vanille ice-cream).

Note: Calvados Apple Brandy or Cognac can be used instead of lemon juice.

It is easy to make, it looks refined and above all: it is yummmmmy !
(Galera do Brasil: fica codiloco !)

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Today I gonna tell you how to prepare a wonderful fish with only three ingredients: filet of fish (preferably frozen), pesto rosso (dried tomato paste), and yoghurt (I used a greek one, no fat).

Spread the tomato mixture on the fish (see above), then the yoghurt (see below). Oven 25min.
I used cod but you can use any other filet of white fish according to your preference.

If you wish, you can also add cappers, or olives or coriander or parsley at the end.
But believe me: tomato paste and yoghurt is more than enough.

That is the result (see below) with shrimps and parsley:

I served the fish on the top of mashed potatoes, using a ring for that round effect on the presentation.

Ta-da ! Serve the fish with rice and salad or mashed potatoes and veggies as I did.

Easter [Paas]

The countdown to Easter has started. Besides the usual gnomes and dwarves, some houses have already decorative items in the gardens such as rabbits and eggs. OMG!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Delivery bike [Bakfiets]

Great Dutch invention to transport stuff such as groceries, flowers, pets and kids.

Amsterdamse Bos

Saturday after our lunch we went to vist the Amsterdamse Bos and the Goat Farm.

The area attractions: open air theather, playground area, a big swimming pool for the children (summer only). There are toilet facilities and airport of Schiphol is just 7 km away. You are never completely alone in the nature in Holland. There is no "in the middle of nowhere". Everyminute there was one airplane above our heads. Roarrrrr !

First, a bit of walking in order to get some fresh nose, play a little and search for some mushrooms.

You are lovely !!

You are big !

The pregnancy of a goat lasts 5 months.
The last two months they go on "maternity leave" (if you understand me).
If you feel hungry, there is a cafeteria next to the farm where you can grab a pie or go for some cappucino. Do not bring your own consumptions, please.

Ready made goat cheese for the preparation of fondue. I had never seen that before.

Every possible sort of goat cheese: smoked, with herbs... also butter from goat milk.

Hand and feet cream, honing from own production...

Each bottle to feed the goats costs 0,50euro. Give me two please !

When the goats are sick, they are treated here with homeopathy, not antibiotics.

In the Amsterdamse Bos children have plenty of space to move around, and they can get introduced to some aspects of farm life. Cuddle and feed some goats, buy bio products like milk, eggs, cheese and honing and relax having a pancake and tea. It is a wide park, clean, safe and with good facilities. And the farm "Ridammer Hoeve" has a lot of respect for life and the nature, with all that concept of banning medication and using homeopathy instead. Why not try the A'damse Bos with your children ? No Kids ? Just go there for some relaxation hours with friends !