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Lunch Date Saturday: Woodstone Almere

Woodstone AlmereIn my last post I was still pretty much uncertain as to where we would be headed for our Saturday lunch date. Bel Ami, one of my favorite restaurants, just updated their menu with a mouthwatering selection of autumn inspired dishes such as a seasonal salad with mushrooms and pumpkin, boeuf bourguignon and truffle risotto. I was actually pretty convinced we would end up there, but after a very lazy morning that started off with a huge breakfast of buttermilk waffles, bacon and eggs, it was suddenly 1:30 PM and I was still in my bathrobe.
We decided on Woodstone in Almere (one of their three locations), a place I had been to before, but for some reason hadn’t really warmed up to. Not sure why. Maybe circumstances. Perhaps I was a little under the weather then. Luckily, this time around, I can truly say that the experience (and the restaurant) did not disappoint.
After choosing a table (pretty easy as the place is huge and wasn’t at all busy), we ordered two glasses of their Italian Shiraz, an intensely inky wine full of ripe blackberries, with hints of chocolate and a nice, silky finish.
Woodstone AlmereThe menu is quite ample and offers starters, four varieties of pizzas (with a good selection within each variety), pastas, salads and desserts. There are plenty of healthy choices, too, and should you wish, your pizza base can be made gluten-free. Bonus points for the fact that they predominantly work with organic products. There is also a lunch menu, which consists of sandwiches. It looked interesting enough, but sandwiches never really cut it for me when I go out for a proper lunch.
The choice was quickly made. Hubby went for the ‘Pollo Pepperoni’ (tagliatelle with chunks of chicken and sausage in a spicy sauce of roasted peppers, garlic and basil). I had the ‘Mantello’, new on the menu, and so damn good it hurt. I swooned like Cinderella after each forkful of the ricotta-stuffed ravioli bathed in a truffle-infused velvety sauce with oyster mushrooms and spinach.  With our meal we ordered two other wines, the Negroamaro and the Fortant (enough choices by the glass). Both were quite pleasant.
Woodstone AlmereDessert was ‘Dolcetti’, a tiny sweet treat with a coffee of your choice. Hans went for the cheesecake with forest fruits and I chose the carrot cake. Espresso with both. A perfect way to end a nice Italian lunch at a restaurant we’re glad to have given a second chance.
Woodstone Almere

Pizza Landaise

One of my favorite treats at the Thursday evening market in Duras is the pizza Landaise. Topped with duck magret and mushrooms, drizzled with a bit of chili oil and washed down with a local rosé. Last week, after a mad craving, I tried to recreate it in my own kitchen. Nothing fussy. Just a ready-made pizza dough topped with a few tasty ingredients.

Pizza Landaise
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Serves 4

  • 200g duck magret
  • fleur de sel
  • freshly-grated pepper
  • 1 roll of ready-made pizza dough
  • 150ml of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 100g Gruyère, grated
  • 100g sliced mushrooms
  • 1 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ tsp dried oregano
  • chili oil, if desired

Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut a crisscross pattern with a sharp knife on the skin of the duck magret, season with salt and pepper and fry skin side down in an ungreased frying pan. Turn the duck after 3 minutes and give it another 3 minutes on the other side. Allow to cool briefly and slice thinly. Lay the pizza dough on the baking tray and top with the tomato sauce. Follow with the Gruyère, sliced duck breast, mushrooms, onions and oregano. Allow to bake for about 20 minutes. Cut into slices and serve with chili oil if desired.