Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Day


Mitchell and I spent Christmas Day at his parents' this year. After unwrapping some Christmas gifts, we had dinner at Brasserie De Altena.



Amuse: oxtail cappucino. At first it seemed a bit weird to me, but it turned out to be alright.



Entree: salmon rolls stuffed with trout cream, marinated with cucumber and wasabi dressing. So good!



Intermediate course: marinated duck, wild mushroom risotto and port sauce. Tasted delicious as well!



Spoom: bubbles with lemon. It turned out to be some alcoholic drink with cream on top of it, which actually was very delicious! This drink neutralizes all flavors from the dishes before, to make sure you get the right taste of the main course!



Main course: venison with mashed parsnip, beetroot and morel sauce.



Dessert: stewed pears, chocolate mousse, cheesecake and caramel ice cream. We felt stuffed afterwards! We really liked this dinner at Brasserie De Altena and we could certainly recommend it to you.

Finally here are some iPhone pictures that we took that night! We had a great Christmas, I hope you did too!


Mitchell and me taking a Christmasfie (1), me in my Christmas outfit (2), Mitchell's brother's girlfriend and me at De Altena (3), Mitchell, his brother Justin and his dad at De Altena (4).

SHOOT Mitchell 25-12-2015


blouse ZARA / jumper H&M / jeans ZARA / socks HAPPY SOCKS / shoes BLACK LABEL / bracelet BUDDHA TO BUDDHA / watch DIESEL

On Christmas Day, I made my boyfriend Mitchell pose in front of my camera in his Christmas outfit. Best thing about him is that he didn't make any objections so I assume he secretly liked it. Mitchell happens to be very much into nice clothing, accessories, shoes (he owns more pairs of shoes than I do!), and while I don't always like what he's wearing, I like the fact that he does not care about mine or anyone's opinion, but dresses the way he wants anyways. For his Christmas outfit he actually did take my opinion into account, and after mentioning several times that I really liked this kind of style for men, I finally got him to wear something alike (only because, when he finally tried it on, he realized it really did look good on him). I love the way the pictures turned out & I love Mitchell even more!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Brunch



On Christmas morning, me and Mitchell had brunch together. Just some Christmas bread with butter or strawberry jam, a bowl of quark with granola, raisins, honey syrup, strawberries, raspberries and blue berries, boiled eggs and tea.

I like to collect cute mugs, tea cups, bowls, etc, especially if they're from other countries. I got the teapot from my best friend Eva a while ago. The flower mugs are from a thrift store. The quark bowls are handmade from Morocco (2013), just as the egg trays.

After brunch we spent Christmas day at Mitchell's parents'. Pictures will follow soon! Today we're spending Boxing day at my parents'. And tomorrow, me and Anne are leaving for PRAGUE!!

Christmas Eve: a five course dinner



Merry Christmas to you guys! In these pictures above is my own little Christmas tree that is in my studio (decorated with leftover ornaments from my parents'). I insisted on having my own Christmas tree this year and I fell in love with it! It absolutely attributed to a great Christmas Eve yesterday! For Christmas Eve I decided to prepare a five course dinner for my boyfriend, and surprisingly everything turned out perfectly! Unfortunately we spent the rest of the night doing the dishes... Nevertheless we had a delicious dinner night! Good thing that I'm about to share it with you here :-)



We started off with some diagonally sliced bread sprinkled with olive oil, rubbed with garlic, and topped off with rosemary - finally roast the slices in the oven and you're done! Easy-peasy.



Appetizer: [saw this recipe in Allerhande] duck breast carpaccio with orange marmalade and cress.



Entree: tomato cream soup with bread and herb butter



Main course: Chateaubriand (piece of beef tenderloin). This is how you're supposed to prepare it:
1. Get it out of the fridge 1 hour in advance
2. Preheat the oven to the indicated temperature.
3. After one hour, put a frying pan on the stove and put it on high heat.
5. Measure to find out how thick the meat is.
4. Take the meat and dab it with a paper towel until it is dry.
5. Put some liquid margarine in the frying pan.
6. Put some pepper on the meat.
7. Put the meat in the frying pan and put it on medium heat.
8. In around 2 minutes, make sure the meat colors brown all the way around.
9. Put the meat in an oven dish and put it in the oven. Set the oven for the time that matches the thickness of your piece of meat, and the way you want it cooked (medium, well-done).
10. Wait until it's done & eat it! :-)

It was a very delicious and way too expensive piece of meat.



Side dish #1: potatoes: boil them first. Cut them in halves. Then bake them in liquid margarine and olive oil. Sprinkle them, while in the frying pan, with some more olive oil and cover them in rosemary. When they are almost done, add garlic cut in small pieces.



Side dish #2 (my own recipe!): leek salad. Includes: leek, garlic, hazelnut, bacon, all cut in pieces and put together, then mixed with yogurt dressing (I got inspired by the Flammkuchen that I had at the SMKMRKT event that I wrote about on my blog before)



Dessert: whipped cream flavored ice cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce...Simple, but nonetheless very tasty!

I am very glad about the way it all turned out and also about the fact that my boyfriend really enjoyed this five course dinner, exceeding his expectations! I hope your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were very good as well!

Expect some more Christmas related posts in the upcoming days... :-)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

SMKMRKT Winter



Last weekend Merle and I went to SMKMRKT's Winter edition @ De Kube (Honigcomplex) in Nijmegen. SMKMRKT is a food event, where you can get all kinds of street food from food trucks, listen to music performances, and stroll along market stalls. We have been to another one of their events before, when it was still summer and it all took place outside, and I've also been to SMKMRKT at the annual Four Days Marches festival in Nijmegen. If you love food, a good ambiance, music and vintage-ish stuff, SMKMRKT is definitely the right thing for you! SMKMRKT Winter was the perfect start of our Christmas break. We had a Flammkuchen with sour cream, leek and bacon (it was soooo good! I need that recipe.), some hot chocolate and chocolate-fondue from Tati's food truck. Delish!

I wish you a very Merry Christmas!!

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Celebrating Sinterklaas with my year club



This is how I got to spent Sinterklaas this year: I invited all girls in my year club over at my parents' house, where we started off the evening by having a raclette grill dinner. I love having raclette food because it's so delicious and I like to over-eat myself with it. After we finished I had a surprise for the girls - Sinterklaas himself paid us a visit! In fact it was only my boyfriend disguised as Saint Nicholas, along with his roommates as his Black Petes. He had something to say about each single one of the girls and he (which is, me) had gifts for all of us: a mug with our club weapon on it! (I know the picture is really bad).
We had also drawn names, and everyone had prepared a Sinterklaas poem for someone else, which was pretty hilarious! Some people don't really like doing poems for each other because they think it's hard to come up with something but in the end everyone likes it because it's so funny.
Finally we played a gift game. I had told everyone to bring in 3 small presents: a nice one, a funny one and a useless one. One by one we threw a dime, and each number was related to a specific action: swap a gift of yours with a gift of someone else, grab a gift from someone else, swap gifts of two other persons, give a gift away, grab a gift from someone and give it away immediately after, or do nothing/unwrap a gift. In the beginning all the gifts were wrapped and you could only open one if you threw a one, but after 15 minutes you could open a gift each time you got a new one. After like an hour the game was over and what you got was what you took home. I think this game is really fun, because of the useless and funny gifts, it's harder to get a nice gifts so some people can get really fanatic, and people start forming alliances and help each other getting the gifts they want and at the same time screwing up others...So much fun to see!
I had so much fun preparing this night - I would like to do these sort of things much more often! Good thing there are many more occasions to prepare fun gatherings in the future :)

at the moment I am very busy preparing everything for Christmas! Can't wait for Christmas to be here & of course share it with you...!

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