Coffee o’clock

6D90C8F8-944B-4AAA-A5E4-F7FCCC689699When you’re a real coffee lover, every moment of the day is a good moment to have a cup of coffee.

When I get up, my favourite one is a black coffee. At work, I prefer a coffee with cream. When I go out to enjoy a coffee, I choose a macchiato (sometimes I add vanilla or caramel sirup). Or after dinner, it’ll be an italian coffee, one with Amaretto.

Which one is your number one?

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Summer dinner

BBC4F8D2-23B4-421A-8424-BC6F57AE8B58I like the combination of warm (sausages) and cold (Ebly salad) food in this dish.

The BBQ ausages are fried in olive oil in a frying pan. Some black pepper, salt and red chili flakes.

Beside that, a fresh summer salad with Ebly (which you let cool down after boiling), tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and olive oil with garlic.

Enjoy your meal!

Kiwi Lime yogurt

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The sweet and unique flavour of kiwifruit combined with lime and aloe vera. First time I’ve boughts these yogurts, but have to admit they’re not my favourite ones. I’m not a huge fan. Don’t know if it’s the aloe vera taste I don’t like or if it’s the fact I don’t like the texture of this yogurt. Try it out yourself and let me know.

Cheese board

E49C2E2A-26E9-4BD6-A19A-AB500648E15DA cheese board, it stays my number one dessert when I’m having lunch or dinner in a restaurant. I remember well, this one was at restaurant Michel (1* Michelin – Groot Bijgaarden). We celebrated my husband’s 60th birthday.

The more « stinky » the cheese, the more I love it! On this board, in the little cup, you find the « Epoisse Berthaut ». Find its origin in the village Epoisse, in the Côte-d’Or department in France. A nice spicy and strong taste, perfect with a slice of toasted bread with raisins. Hmm…

eL áGaVe| Jamaica

4D919E22-FA4B-46A5-9675-E0760D47F7D7Another evening spending dinner with our new friends from Texas. This time it’s Mexican food and they know what good Mexican food is, as they have at least 15 different Mexican restaurants in their home town!

As appetizer I had the « chicken enmolada »: taco and chicken with mole sauce. This sauce can be made of various ingredients but the common factor is chili pepper. The one I got served also had chocolate in it, strange as it didn’t taste chocolate at all. As main … I had « chicken fajitas » of course, full of onion and green pepper. And I’m a huge fan of guacamole hmmm!

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« Jerk » chicken

 

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You don’t go to Jamaica without eating the typical Jamaican food. Whatever you wanted to taste, it was always called « jerk » something… So I checked Wikipedia in order to find out what « jerk » means exactly.

It is a style of cooking native to Jamaica, in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. The meat is normally, but not limited to, chicken or pork, and the main ingredients of the spicy jerk marinade sauce are allspice (known as « pimento » in Jamaica) and scotch bonnet peppers.

We had jerk pork with rice and peas. Very hot!

 

Chez Bubba | Jamaica

0CEE1D4F-3B9D-465F-BA4C-162314CB3E1BYesterday evening we went with our new American friends from Texas to the Steakhouse Chez Bubba in the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton (Lucea, Jamaica).

When we came in, I noticed immediately the nice wall decoration. Julia Child’s statement « the only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook » is just a perfect sentence!

By the way, I had a Lady Hamilton burger with beef, bacon and fried onions. Big french fries and Heinz mayonnaise. OMG, it will be hard to be home again and restart the healthy food program… Let’s enjoy those last holidays 🌴

Eggs Benedict

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Eggs Benedict is a typical American breakfast that was first popularized in New York City. It consists of two halves of an English muffin, each half topped with bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. I never had this before in my life, but you can count me in, I’m a fan!

There are many variations of this recipe. My advice, if you wanna try this out yourself, use the bbcgoodfood recipe:

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A dish full of fish

0FDF9DC8-D5C3-4327-BE81-CF795C995730When you’re a fish/seafood lover, you always go and search for these dishes… wherever you go… And in Jamaica they do know how to serve fish!

The Negril restaurant @ Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton is that type of restaurant where you have a huge, various « buffet ». The one who says he can not find something to eat he likes, is someone who’s better staying home. The choice is enormous. Jamaican food, Asian food, Italian food, American food,… name it and you’ll find it over here.

I went for fish and seafood. A bit of paella, perfectly prepared with a beautiful taste of saffron. Gives the dish its yellow colour. Clams and mussels into it. And I took some extra mussels in tomatosauce. Nice and smooth taste. Couldn’t resist the smoked salmon. Prepared with a refreshing lemon taste. And finally some fresh crab. Pure nature: crab, red onion and parsley. I really enjoyed it!

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