Belgium, Events, Food & Drinks, Travels

Beer Festival 2021

Yesterday afternoon, D and I left for Ghent to attend a well-loved beer festival that was cancelled last year. The car was parked at a free park+ride zone and we took two short tram rides to reach our destination. Public transportation was painless, despite the compulsory mask wearing measures.

Beer festival was as normal as it gets in this Covid-19 era. D and I enjoyed six beers in total, enjoyed being amongst people, and the better weather in the beginning. It started raining when we were at our last glass of beer, but it was alright because we moved closer to a tent and I had my umbrella up.

Because of the worsening weather, we did not visit the city centre as I originally wanted to. We just took our two tram rides back to the parking. City trip will be for next time…

On our way back to West Flanders, D had to drive through a heavy rain storm! Scary, but we got home safely.

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Rain, Paint & Fruit Galettes

It will be rainy for half a week starting today. So, before it pours, I quickly peeled some apples to make apple sauce and buried my kitchen scraps in the vegetable patch.

In the afternoon, D’s father dropped by to redo the silicone strips which I have removed from the downstairs toilet. He also replaced the silicone strips in the shower cabin. Give the man a medal.

In a couple of days, I shall resume my home improvement project by re-painting the base board in the toilet, filling up cracks and painting away the flaws.

Half a week of rainy days will result in some further progress in my home improvement projects and a galette or two… 🙂

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Garden Gathering

Yesterday, D and I went to friends who lived 45 minutes drive away, to join them for a barbecue. The host family had only invited two families, which was not the usual thing they do. Times has changed since 2020, I am guessing that they were keeping the social bubbles small and manageable.

Children has grown. The friends are well. Most of us are vaccinated. All of us moving on with our lives and doing our best in enjoying what life has to offer. And that is a good thing.

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Host & Hostess

The last time D and I had people over for a meal at our home was Christmas 2019.

It is about time…

This evening, D’s parents will join us for a barbecue. After a pause of more than 18 months, we are slowly easing ourselves back into the roles of the friendly host and hostess. 🙂

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One Layer Chicken Spring Rolls

I have been wrapping my chicken spring rolls in two layers all these years. The reason being that I do not want them to burst in the hot frying oil. But today, I shall use the biggest wrap I can get and make my spring rolls in one layer. I shall fry one to test out the texture of this small alteration.

A bit of change in method shall be for the better. I find the two-layer spring rolls a bit tough and hard to my liking.

I shall also fold them a little flatter this time. We shall see…

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Lots Of Chives

This morning, I trimmed off 10% of the chives growth in the vegetable garden. That harvest yielded me about two cups of chopped chives. Tonight, I will make a scramble egg dish featuring chopped chives. Tomorrow, maybe chives pancakes?! 🙂

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Curry Triangles

This afternoon, I made curry triangles (samosas) to fulfil an order placed a week ago. I needed only four pieces for the assortment box, but who in their right mind makes only four?! I made 21. The rest will be for future orders or self consumption. Not a problem.

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Salad Greens

It is time to use up the packet of snijgroenten mix I bought a few years ago. Despite my best attempts, these never seem to do good in the vegetable bed. They are probably too fragile to deal with the many variables of exposure such as heat, heavy rains, cold nights, drought, snails, and insects.

So when D went for bread and some errands this morning, I moved the ‘endive tub’ from the utility room to the terrace. I shall use that as a planter for the salad greens.

After sowing the snijgroenten seeds, I cut up a clear plastic bag and used it to cover the container. This way, a greenhouse environment is created for the plants. It also prevents the tub from being used as a cat litter.

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Chinese Chive & Pork Gyozas

In the morning, I harvested some lush green Chinese chives. By afternoon, these were cleaned, cut up, mixed with minced pork, and wrapped into dumplings. The gyozas are now in the freezer getting individually frozen before I packed them up nicely for storage and future consumption.

I read somewhere that chive gyozas are best eaten with a black vinegar dip. I have black vinegar. 🙂

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Pie Maker

I received the above shown Moulinex pie maker as a gift a long time ago. When I took it out of an upper kitchen shelf two weeks ago, I promised myself that I will use it at least once this year. Or else I shall have to sell or donate it.

Next on my to-do list was to look up a recipe for short crust pastry. I then made the pastry quickly and easily in my food processor. Because the pie crust may be refrigerated and the choices of pie filling were only limited by my imagination, mini pies had been showing up on several of my lunches and dinners!

It has taken me about a decade to perfect the use of this not-so-common appliance. Using it once a while means that there shall be many mini pies in the days to come. Right now, I might just have reached my quota of one-servings pies. But hey, the most important thing is that I have used this particular kitchen gadget again, and have no guilt in storing it away for the moment. Who knows, maybe I will fancy experimenting on some jam pies in the near future…

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