Now, having the blog, it disciplines me into writing down these brewings and documenting them with photo material. They don’t disappear into thin air anymore.
Mais aussi, I love doing mini-researches for my blog.
Maybe it’s the scientist in me that comes out but having some theoretical facts and figures before writing my post is essential to me.
And there are of course my devoted readers!
Thank you everyone! It’s been a joy!
But I want to dedicate this post to two of my biggest supporters.
Not just because they read every single one of my posts. They are prominent foodies (one has a very useful book). We share the same values in life. We have an unbeatable optimism. We like living our lives to the fullest. And they are really two of my closest ‘old’ friends. Although they do not live in Belgium, wherever they are or I am, I know they are just a phone call away.
So first Georgina, my dear Georgina, she is the most charming English lady I know. She is an old friend of my mother when she studied in London.
She and her husband moved to France in 1993. Moving to France brought them close to us which I find a real treat! I used to love their little weekend getaways to Ghent. When Georgina is in the house there is always the sound of laughter.
Sadly enough her dearest husband passed away last year. He was such a good old fellow and could make the best pies in the world! A real English doctor; kind hearted and good spirited.
She has a brilliant book, well actually 3 and a 4th on the way. “The Cooktionary” is a handy guide. It translates French gastronomic, culinary and household words into English.
It’s an attempt to make the English and French enjoy food together in peace. I know it’s a long shot, but I tell you get it in your house and you’ll see what it does to you. It’s not just translations. It’s also packed with knowledge and useful facts. For international cooks like me, with cookbooks in every language of the world (being English, French and Dutch. Bien sur! Quoi d’autre?!), it’s a must.
And then my prized Patrick and his most beautiful wife Monique!
This Dutch couple is as Dutch as you can get, but the good kind! 😉
Again I have to admit they are old friends from my mother, sailing friends this time. One more passion we share! They live in enchanting Amsterdam and are a captivating couple to me. They have a very glamorous travel life I can only dream of.
We don’t often get the chance to see them. But when we do, we have such wonderful fun together! We muse about food and travel, we dream about the days of yore, and we philosophize about adventurous futures.
I received from them a wonderful eccentric cookbook from a restaurant in Amsterdam: “Savourieën van John Halvemaan”.
But the chef thought of that. Recipes are written on handy individual cards with step by step drawings. Just get out the recipe you want and leave the beautiful book safe out of the way. A great concept and innovative food! I must go to that restaurant!
Scrambled eggs with shrimps
1 goose egg
3 tablespoons of milk
Pepper and salt
Handpicked grey shrimps as many as you like
Beat together the egg and milk in a bowl. Season to taste.
Get a nonstick pan on a medium high heat.
Add your mixture to the pan. With a whisk constantly stir. The omelet almost has to form a sort of emulsion. When you have a smooth cooked consistency, remove from the heat and add the shrimps.
French toast with salmon