Tag: weekend

Breakfast Strata

breakfast strataYesterday I decided we were in desperate need of a proper weekend. NO work. Zero. Zilch. The last two weekends were quite full, and our only break was Saturday afternoon. The next two weekends (wait, make that three) will be even busier. Next weekend I have a press event (I’ve been invited to try out a new restaurant, trust me, it’s work) and the one after that I will be in Amsterdam with a designer and photographer who are flying in from London for a special photo shoot (more on that later). Halloween weekend will probably be spent writing about the experiences of the weekend before. Geez, I’m in need of a break just writing this!
Anyhow, back to that ‘proper’ weekend, which to me implies comfort food, good wine and lots of couch time with my dog Pastis. The little rat. You won’t believe what he did yesterday, by the way. He went on a barking fest while I was on the phone conducting an important interview. Have you ever heard the bark of a dachshund? Little dogs, major bark.

Toast met gebakken paddenstoelen & gepocheerd eitje

toast paddestoelen eiDe zaterdagochtend begin ik het liefst alleen. Terwijl iedereen nog slaapt ga ik vast naar beneden en maak een heerlijk kopje koffie; met suiker en room. Een verwennerij die ik voor het weekend bewaar en waarvoor ik me absoluut niet schaam. Gelukkig heb ik aan nog geen enkel voedingsmiddel de oorlog verklaard en dat ben ik ook niet van plan. Maar, alles met mate, zoals ik kortgeleden schreef in mijn column voor Frankrijk magazine ‘En Route’ (vanaf gisteren te koop). Eten en schuldgevoelens gaan niet goed samen. Eten en genieten, dat zeker wel. Terwijl ik van mijn koffie geniet denk ik alvast na over iets lekkers voor ons ontbijt en vandaag wordt het dit: in roomboter gebakken paddenstoelen met een zoet rood uitje en flinterdunne plakjes roze knoflook, versgeroosterd brood, een gepocheerd eitje, truffeltapenade en lekker veel versgemalen peper. Het is elke keer een openbaring hoe je met maar een paar ingrediënten iets zo ongelofelijk lekkers op tafel kunt zetten. Je kunt deze toast als het ultieme verwenontbijt in het weekend serveren, maar hij is ook erg lekker als lunch.

French Toast

French toastOne of the great things about working from home is being able to spoil myself with a really great breakfast once in a while. Here is one of my favorite morning treats — enjoy!

End-of-the-week Ramblings

It’s Friday which means tomorrow is lunch date day with hubby — something I really look forward to after what can sometimes be a long work week! Like this past one, for example. I pretty much worked until 9PM yesterday researching and writing a rough outline for my upcoming trip to Groningen this Sunday. If you read DUTCH, now you know what’s coming up in our Jan/Feb 2015 travel section! And speaking of DUTCH, the final issue of 2014 went to print earlier this week, and I can’t wait to hold the finished product again. It’s like having a baby every two months! OK, I’m exaggerating a bit, but it is quite exciting to take part in the process of making a magazine from start to finish!
Anyhow, back to that lunch. Not really sure where we will be headed this week. Last weekend we enjoyed an outdoor lunch at the waterside terrace of Graaf Floris V in Muiden. I was actually a little iffy about going there because of some of the bad reviews, but decided to give it a shot anyway. Mainly because of its beautiful location. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed. Only a little stuffed after a mega-huge seafood salad with smoked salmon, Dutch North Sea shrimp, tuna and smoked IJsselmeer eel! The wine and service were pretty decent, too.
Graaf Floris V MuidenThe weeks before, however, we had been hanging out at Paisan in Hilversum, which is seriously a real treat. They have an awesome wine list with plenty of choices by the glass and the food is clean, bright and healthy. The kitchen is Med/Middle-Eastern-style with a good variety of pastas, seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. I also love their appetizer platters. Last time we started by sharing the vegetarian one which had tasty little nibbles such as olives, fried polenta, lusciously dressed veggies, an aubergine roll and cheese.

Paisan HilversumAnother favorite restaurant is Bel Ami in Bussum (surprise, surprise says the Francophile!). I’ve never been disappointed in their exceptional kitchen and service. Again, an excellent wine list and a steak tartare that’s to die for! This summer they had a heavenly pasta vongole which I washed down with champagne. My. God.
Bel Ami BussumBut where to tomorrow?? No idea!
What I do know is that I’m starting the day with a proper stick-to-the-ribs breakfast. I’m a very good girl most of the time, so I especially enjoy the naughty stuff when I do have it! I’m thinking scrambled eggs, bacon and either a stack of pancakes or buttermilk waffles. Sounds good, no?
For now though, there’s still a whole workday ahead of me and a to-do list that includes reviewing a book, writing a calendar of events, working on recipes for a holiday menu in Vriendin (and actually testing part of them later on), cleaning the house, planning menus for next week and attacking my messy closet (or at least attempting to start that horrendous task!).
Have a great weekend!