Monday Meal Review: Belgium

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Happy Memorial Day everyone! Please be safe and smart whilst celebrating ... I like you and want you to stick around for a while longer :) In the spirit of taking the holiday off, I'll get to the point and jump right into the reviews. Enjoy! Vlaamse Asperges (White Asparagus a la Flammande) [Recipe] What I liked most about this dish: Vlaamse Asperges has three things going for it: the dish is elegant, the flavor is good, and there is next to no skill required to make it. This was … [Read more...]

Recipe: Liege Waffles

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Makes about 6 waffles Liege waffles are dense, yeasty, and studded with pockets of sugar. When you eat one room temperature, the little bits of sugar crunch in your mouth - an unusual, but addictive experience. Ingredients: 1 cup melted butter (2 sticks) 3 eggs 1/3 cup lukewarm milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp instant yeast 2 cups flour 1 heaping cup sugar cubes (or 1 cup pearl sugar) Topping ideas: powdered sugar, strawberries, etc. Method: 1. Whisk together wet … [Read more...]

Recipe: Pommes Frites (French Fries)

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Serves 2 Umm, let me explain the small amount of fries in the first photo. We couldn't keep our fingers off of them long enough to get a picture! I don't need to tell you - French fries are tasty with just about anything. Try these homemade French fries for the fun and satisfaction of making them yourself! :) NOTE: Please read my Technique Thursday post all about French Fries. Ingredients: 2 extra large baking potatoes (about 2.5 pounds total) quart of vegetable … [Read more...]

Recipe: White Asparagus a la Flamande (Asperges op Vlaamse Wijze)

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Serves 4 (as an appetizer or side) White asparagus tastes more mild than green asparagus, perhaps even a little sweeter. The topping is rather like a rich, lemony egg salad and goes well with the asparagus. Ingredients: 1 lb white asparagus 3 Tbsp melted butter 2 hard-boiled eggs 1 tsp fresh lemon juice 1 Tbsp minced parsley salt pepper Method: 1. Trim ends off the asparagus. Cook in boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes. 2. In a small bowl, mash egg with butter. Combine … [Read more...]

Recipe: Baked Belgian Endive with ham and cheese

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This recipe works great for nights that require something a little fancy, but you don't have a lot of time to cook. Almost impossible to mess up, my version uses shredded cheese. You can get fancy if you want and serve this with a cheese sauce instead. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 Endive 4 slices ham 1/2 cup shredded Gruyère dash nutmeg Method: 1. Preheat oven to 4ooF. Cut endives in half. Cook in boiling water for about five minutes. Drain well. 2. Wrap endives in ham … [Read more...]

Recipe: Stoofvlees (Belgian Beef Stew)

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Serves 2-4 (on a bed of French fries) Stoofvlees is a typical stew in that there are as many variations as there are people making it. Depending where you live in Belgium, Stoofvlees might have more or less vinegar, slightly different spices, and a textural range from soupy to thick and sludgy. My thick, hearty version sits well on fries, but if you want it more "soupy," feel free to add more beef stock. Ingredients: For the marinade 1 pound stew beef, cubed 1 onion, chopped 3 … [Read more...]

Gaze upon Belgium’s “Dinner in the Sky”

Yesterday I mentioned the crazy concept called Dinner in the Sky, so, without further ado, here it is! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2bHHCUL9S4] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ36Op-e2Vk&feature=related] What do you think? Would you eat dinner at this restaurant? I get vertigo just looking at those videos... and to think you can also do "Wedding in the Sky"!!!... Here, let's settle our stomachs with a little Belgian … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Belgium (with polls)

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Photo is courtesy of the CIA World Factbook. This stunning art-nouveau home was built between 1901 and 1903 for painter Georges de Saint-Cyr. There are over 400 kinds of beers in Belgium. Most are made from barley, although some are made from wheat. When a baby is born, the Godparents give out white Jordan almonds to family and friends. Chocolates are popular. One kind, called Fruits de Mer (fruit of the sea) is a seashell shaped mixture of chocolate and ground … [Read more...]