After leaving Colmar we visited the little town Saint-Romain in Côte-d’Or. My uncle has a house here and we stopped by on our way to Beaucaire where we had rented a house. Saint-Romain is surrounded by fields and fields of vine. Since both my uncle, his girl-friend and my parents love wine we had to go wine tasting. I don’t really like red wine but it was a nice experience anyway. After that we walked to the top of the hill/ mountain close to the city. Up there is a big cross and a stunning view. Perfect!
We had rented a little house just outside Beaucaire, Provence. What a great place! The place is owned by a married couple – Mr and Mme Hilaire – who also have an apricot orchard. It’s situated in the countryside which means it is nice and quiet but still it doesn’t take a lot of town to go to other towns. Also they can only host 3 families at the same time which means it isn’t overcrowded. Actually we barely saw our neighbors.
I’ve been eating so many apricots in the holiday. It all started the day the nice man who owned the place gave us a big basket full of big sweet apricots. God they we’re good.
Apart from eating apricots we also bathed in the pool, went running (but before 9am – otherwise it’s way too hot), made big jigsaw puzzles, read a lot of book and had an amazing dinner…
Sorry for the bad photos. It was very dark when we had dinner.
On Thursday the couple invited us over for an amazing dinner. And when I say amazing I mean it. Apart from apricots the Mr and Mme Hilaire also grow egg plants, zucchinis, tomatoes, salad etc. etc. And everything is organic! Perfect!
Almost everything we got to eat were from their own garden. First we had olive tapenade – HOMEMADE. Yum! The appetizer was something egg-plant with tomato coulis. Gosh it was good!
Then we had stuffed tomatoes, zucchinis, onions and bell peppers. The meat was so flavorful seasoned with herbs from provence. Never in my life have I eaten such great mince meat. I’m already planning in making something like it (though I know it’s gonna be hard).
Then we had a little assortment of cheese. And well – I just love cheese.
And then came the dessert. And guess what? We didn’t just have 1 – we had 3 small desserts. Melon ice cream, tiramisu and an apricot (of course) tart. Amazing! In that way I could get to taste a lot of different things. That is the best way of having dessert I think.
If you are looking for a nice place to stay close to both Avignon, Nimes and Aix en Provence (1 hour) this place is great. And as a bonus the hosts are incredibly nice and the houses very pretty. Check out their homepage here.
But we didn’t just stay at the house. Of course. Not with all the great experinces just around the corner.
The bigger town Avignon is every July transformed into one big party. The music and theatre festival OFF. Here artists from all over the world set up shows and walk around in the streets. Here are both actors and piano players, dancers and stunt men, painters and clowns etc. One big party. And the city never sleeps. We went there 2 years ago and it was great to be back again. You can easily spend a whole day just walking around the city. If you ever come by – go there. :)
We went to Avignon the 14th of July which the the national day in France. The Frenchmen celebrate the days with a big fire work in the night. It was so pretty! For 20 minutes the sky was totally lit up by red, green and blue fire accompanied by great music. Pretty pretty!
I’m back home from an amazing trip to France with my family. The last two and a half week has gone by so fast. I can’t believe it. But you know – time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve missed one thing though: blogging. We didn’t have internet most of the time. So now when I’m home again I’ve decided to write a little about the trip at a time. And then share all of the nice recipes I made down there in France in other posts (and maybe sometimes in the same). And also some brand new inspired by the French cuisine. ‘Cause I did for sure get a lot of inspiration. I love France! And French food.
On Wednesday the 10th of July we packed the car and started the trip down through Europe. First stop: Metzinge and the big outlet. Nothing interesting here – but it was a great outlet. But after that we went to Colmar. A pretty old town in Alsace, France. The city is very old a nice since it has never been bombed during any wars (thank god). Also it is easy to see that it is situated close to Germany. The style of the houses are very uncommon fro France. But they are oh-so-cute those houses. Blue, sand and light pink framed in brown timbre framing. Also small floods run through the city making it look a little Venice-like from time to time. Definitely worth a try.
And now for something gastronomic. For the first time ever I went to a Michelin Restaurant: Jean Yves Schillinger. What an amazing experience. We had a 3-course lunch menu, which we’re cheaper than the dinner-one ;). But still it was amazing. For appetizer I had tortellini with mushrooms, the main course was cod with vegetables and for dessert I had French apricot tart. In between the courses they served us small snacks such as scrape raw beef, small baguettes and an assortment of small French sweet snacks (macaroons, profiteroles etc.) Yum! I think it’ll be hard to make anything like that food. But I’m gonna make a try on my brothers dessert. If you ever come by Colmar that restaurant is definitely worth a try. And not very expensive compared to other Michelin restaurants (39€ for a lunch menu).
Close to Colmar are two smaller towns builded in the same style; Riquewihr and Ribouvilée. They are just as cute as Colmar and famous for their storks. The two towns are definitely worth a visit! But you can’t really spend that a long time there. It’s nice walking up the main street and take a look at the small shops selling French specialities. Cheese and cheese and cheese (oh and a lot of ther stuff).
Right in the middle of the main street in Ribouvilée was a house with a storks nest in the roof. A big one! with no less than 3 storks in it. I’ve always wanted to see a stork in nature (unfortunately almost all the storks in Denmark are gone). These cities are definitely worth a visit!
But now for a little recipe.
I’ve been eating so many apricots during the last two weeks. They taste so good those from France! I’ve been using them for everything: ice cream, snack, on yoghurt and in salads. Here a spelt salad with apricots, mint and cucumber. I actually made it together with one of those we visited during the vacation – but that’s another story.
Great as a cold side dish for grilled meat or as lunch
Apricot Mint Spelt Salad
One big bowl (side dish for 8-12)
2 bags of spelt seeds (200 g.)
3 tbsp. of your favorite dressing (I used a simple one with a bit of mustard)
1 salad onion, finely chopped (or just a mild onion)
1/4 galia melon (or more)
1 big handful of fresh mint leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Boil the spelt seeds according to the instructions on the package. While hot add the dressing, chopped onion and a bit of salt and pepper. Let cool.
Cube the cucumber, apricots and melon and chop the mint finely. Add to the salad and stir until well combines.
First of all: Happy belated Independence Day to all the Americans! I hope you had a great day.
So originally I had planned to make these posts once a week – every Sunday. But since the last week has been a little different beause of the festival I made one last Thursday. But today is Sunday and I’m going to make a post anyway ;-) A short one.
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2. At the festival I heard some amazing new music. Here are some of the artists which I really liked:
Efterklang – a great Danish indie rock band. Their music is very special but I really liked it.
Quadron – I only knew one of their songs (and I didn’t even knew they were the artists behind that one) but they were amazing. If you don’t know them, their music could be descriped as soul with pop. I have to buy one of their albums.
The Lumineers – Yeah, I knew them before I went to the festival, but now I love them even more. I also have to buy some of their music!
Vinnie Who – what a concert! Wow. I really like them. There’s only one thing to say: Listen to them!
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In my previous post I said I wouldn’t be posting for the next week since I am on Roskilde Festival. But right now I’m at home. I had to have “a day off”. Never before has a hot shower been that nice. Oh – and a bed with duvet. Ahhh… I’m going back later today, when the music starts. Great! But right now it’s time for a little blogging and I think I ‘ll have time for a little run – yay!
1. Sunday was my dad’s birthday. We celebrated it by going to Gilleleje (a cozy small town farther north). What a great lunch. I have to try making crepes with crayfish filling. So good!
2. Roskilde is nice! Charlotte and Josephine (the bottom to the left) are crazy. I love their shirts! (“I am Josephine. If lost please call Charlotte phone number”) Haha. 2. The Lumineers at 7pm. I can’t wait. ODEON, Roskilde tonight
3. Molly is incredibly un-photogenic :( But she’s still darn cute!
Ahh, I simply love this weekend. As told in my previous post I’m right now in a summerhouse in Jutland with my family and some friends, celebrating the Whitsun Holiday. And as usual it’s so nice and cozy :D (And luckily we have internet – yay! This means I’m able to blog while I’m here)
We live in the cutest (quite big) old house on the little island Als. I think it’s an old farmhouse actually. As you can see in the picture above it has red timber framings and blue windows and doors – SO cute.
We always do so many nice things on these trips around Denmark. Yesterday we went on a little drive around Als, then we went to the town Dybbøl to see the mill. Here at the mill a big battle, which is very important in Danish history, between Denmark and Germany took place back in 1864. Then we went to see one of the castles where the Queen’s son and family lives and in the end of the day we tried to ride go-cards :D That was so much fun!
The beautiful from the garden in the farmhouse. My DELICIOUS lunch.
Oh I almost forgot; we had lunch a the best restaurant ever. I had something called “flammkuchen” (picture above). It looks like pizza but it isn’t. The crust is incredibly thin. Even thinner than a tortilla. And very crispy. SO good. I definitely have to make it once :D
But well the day had not ended yet, ’cause then this happened:
Berry Crumble Yummm… Warm tasty crumble.
Yep – I made the dessert and I must say it was a big hit.
There’s something strange about this crumble:
As you can see it doesn’t look like there’s very much crumble on top of the cake. But actually there is – it just somehow disappeared. No not disappeared – it became invisible.
Yeah I’m serious. It tastes like there’s crumble on top of it, you just can’t see it. Strange.
But it was SO delicious anyway. And a hit – the whole thing was eaten.
Oh and as a perfect end of the day Denmark won the Eurovision Song Contest!
Yaaay! SO nice. Usually I don’t really watch such shows but I think the Eurovision Song Contest is quite exciting :D
And now for the crumble:
For the filling:
900 g. berries (eventually mix with rhubarb)
You can use frozen but thaw first
1/2 cup sugar
For the crust
1/2 cup oldfashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
125 g. cold butter
Preheat oven to 200°C/ 390° F.
Mix the berries and the sugar for the filling and spread out in a big pan.
Mix together the ingredients for the crust. Pinch together until it resembles shredded cheese and there are no big pieces of butter left.
Crumble the crust over the berries and bake for approx. 20 minutes (until the top is golden brown).
Serve warm with sour cream or (for a low fat version) greek yoghurt (or whipped cream or ice cream, but I don’t like that).
We just went home from an amazing trip to Skt. Peterburg in Russia. It was so nice! Sankt Peterburg is so wonderful and beautiful. In the city there are palaces and mansions everywhere. They are all builded on the tsar Alexander the Great’s time so they are builded in the beautiful baroque style. And snow – there was so much snow. So cozy!
The Winter Palace
It was pretty cold but that didn’t actually matter at all. We walked around and “tucked in” our big jackets and had tea all the time.
We saw a lot of things on the five days we were gone, but I’d like to go back once since you could spend SO much time in the city. There were so much to see.
Me at the memorial of Lenin.
One of the best things was that my mother and I went to see a ballet. It was great! We saw Raymonda and the dancers were amazing! Wow
But now to the recipe:
You probably all know coming home and the refrigerator is completely empty? Well, this is how I felt today.
I had an exam today and therefore I was home from school already at 11.30 am. Very nice!
I wanted to make something nice for lunch. Those usual packed lunch I usually bring to school aren’t that delicious, so when I finally eat at home it’s so nice to make something “special” (and hot).
But since we didn’t have anything (well, apart from ham and eggs…) I had to be a little creative.
I went on a little discovery in the cupboards and drawers and here is what I came up with:
A lovely tomato soup made of thing you probably always have on hand. And it only takes 15 minutes to make.
Ginger Rosemary Tomato Soup Serves one
Half a small onion, sliced
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger (you could use dried as well)
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 cup bouillon water (vegetable flavor)
1 cup. skinned tomatoes from (canned)
How to do
Fry the onion slices, ginger, rosmary and oregano in olive oil. Fry for 2 minutes. Add the bouillon water and tomatoes and bring it to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then blend it roughly in a blender. Pour back into the pot and boil for another 5 minutes without a lit. Some of the water should evaporate leaving the soup a bit thicker.
Serve with a bit of yoghurt on top and some grated cheese. Enjoy!
By now, we’ve arrived in Washington D.C. New York was FANTASTIC! Really. I haven’t had the time for writing in New York – the city that never sleeps. We’ve seen so many things – Empirestate Building, Ground Zero, Gukkenheim (we just saw the building ;-) ), Central Park, Harlem and the Bronx, Meatpacking District, High Line, Soho and finally we saw a Broadway show. It was SO amazing. We saw Memphis. The actors were SO good. They sang and danced heavenly. Especially the main character was great. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a girl singing like that – WOW!
Today we took the train to Washington D.C. Right now I’m at the hotel, so I haven’t seen the town yet, but we will go right now. So here are just some pics:
The view from Empirestate Building – WOW!
By bike in Central Park
Gukkenheim – a pretty nice building.
At Ground Zero. I feel sorry for all those who died and their families and friends. R.I.P.
So right now, I’m on a vacation in THE STATES :-) Whoopee. It is so nice finally to be here. I’ve read so much about the states and your (their) culture and seen so many pictures, and finally I’m here. And I have to say it is amazing. We arrived yesterday around 2 pm, so we’ve only been here for a bit more than a day, and I’m already crazy about this (yours) country.
Here just some few pictures from New York:
The inland ice on Greenland
Happy Birthday daddy! He turns 50 today, and we are celebrating that here in New York Lucky him! I would love to spend my birthday in NY :-) So nice
Statue of Liberty – wow, I can’t believe I’ve seen her! Amazing!