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    Malaga

      on the way home after a wonderful tasting menu of food and wines in a great gastro cafe   geweldig   the next morning at the market where we had lunch in a simple cafe behind the market we did not even have to reserve , the fish and shellfish was onflow from the market to feast our eyes on the views, the local products and the wines

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    Summer evenings made easy

    The lusten en niet de lasten I translate to The pleasure without the work There is something special about dining with friends and often we do not do it enough as it is too much work It need not be! I last dined with my Proffesional Culinary Network in Asch with Emily van Woerd from Koken op Hout www.kokenophout.nl She had obviously gone to a lot of work setting it up and laying the table and preparing the barbecues. To start she had invited a friend an “Oyster man “ who I had previously met at Taste of Amsterdam. A glass of rhubarb prosecco in the sun and then to…

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    A chance meeting

      Op  het  ␣Amsterdam  History  of  food␣  symposium  ontmoette  ik  je  en  ik  beloofde  je  mijn  verhaal  te   sturen.  Ik  heb  grote  bewondering  voor  wat  je  bereikt  hebt  met  ␣la  cuisine  française␣  en  ik  hoop  dat  je   aan  me  denkt  als  je  eens  hulp  nodig  hebt  bij  Pats  Pantry.  met  vriendelijke  groetjes,       Harriët  Arnolds   Tudor␣s  exclusieve  catering  op  locatie   06  22322860         Ik  heb    samen  met  mijn  moeder  Mathilde  in  1984  meegedaan  met  een  kookwedstrijd  waarbij  we  een   recept  van  jou  hebben  gebruikt  als  basis  voor  onze  inzending.  De  wedstrijd  was  uitgeschreven  voor   de  Sunmaid  raisin  company.…

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    Italian Food words

    Just some interesting Italian words and a few recipes With autumn coming I think Italian… And am going yo the Food a Expo in Milan at the end of the month–Cannot wait.. Tasting the oysters in Bergen A Aceto: Azijn, witte of rode wijnazijn. Vinegar, white or red Aceto Balsamico: Een specialiteit uit Modena en Reggio Emilia, deze azijn wordt niet van wijn maar van ingekookt druivensap gemaakt en minstens 12 jaar bewaard op houten vaten. A speciality from Modena and Reggio Emilia, this vinegar is not made from wine but from reduced (cooke down)grape juice and is kept for at least 12 years in wooden casks. Alla Parmigiana: Met…

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    lobster my star sign or was it crab in English

    This is my birthaday month When I was 50 I had a grand party, with lobsters, and champagne Nowadays it is quieter, infact I will be in my camper van on my way to Norway when the day comes. I love birthdays but these days maybe I rather forget My 60 th was in France in the Gers with 40 of my closest friends and family in Encarion. The birthday I had always dreamed about . The next -0 we will see, I have time yet I am off to Norway with a group of Solo camperers and their dogs, what a lovely combination, and lovely people who I just…

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    Chocolate cake from George Blanc

    In the 1980, when i first started La Cuisine Francaise I had the opportunity to spend a week in the kitchens of George Blanc, then one of the top chefs of Franceand even now still world renowned I went there with an American chef Audrey, who was a line chef in a restaurant in New York. We had such fun and where treated like royalty, taken out most afternoons to the suppliers and given wonderful staff lunches. Even the chefs commentated on this. When we arrived at his restaurant in Vonnas for our stage, we where welcomed by Madame Blanc, who was, too put it mildly, very suprised to see…

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    In a nutshell-how it all started November 1979

    A day in the Office Preparing for the Tuinendagen in the 1990’s IN A NUTSHELL I arrived in Holland with my two wire-haired dachshunds in 1974 together with my Dutch husband Frank. Within a few months we had found an old farmhouse, which had been the entrance hall and foyer of the Old Mickery theatre in Loenersloot. We spent months converting this thatched farmhouse into a beautiful home, of course with an open kitchen. This is where I started giving my cooking lessons. After the break up of my marriage in 1977, and with the help of good friends, I found a small flat in the Kerkstraat in Amsterdam and…

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    Our visit to Ballymaloe

    
Our first and most exciting visit on the way was to Ballymaloe Cooking school in Shanaggry, owned by Darina Allen and her husband Tim, it was fantastic. It is 25 years since I was last there and the way the school and grounds have expanded in the time is incredible, but then with acres of farmland at ones disposal, and a large creative family, they have four children and innumerable grand children all living within 10 minutes of Ballymaloe, that is maybe not to difficult, but it takes alot of hard work and dedication. That is also not including Rory, Darinas’ brother who started the school with her in 1983 on her…

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    The kitchen Garden

    The Kitchen garden or potager ( the French term for a Kitchen Garden), was in days gone bye more often than not, made up of geometrically laid out, ornamental beds of vegetables, herbs and flowers. These beds where surrounded by small box hedges. Fortunately some of these gardens still remain to this day, and others are being recreated. I was lucky enough to run a culinary and garden tour in France together with Ahrend Jan van de Horst in the 1980’s. We had two coaches with 40 garden and culinary enthusiast. It started off with a problem, on the way to Paris, whilst stopping for a pause, we found that…