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Salade au Chèvre Chaud (Hot Goat’s Cheese Salad)

Cétait délicieux!

That’s what I said to my waitress when she cleared away my bowl of what had been Hot Goat’s Cheese Salade. How can you go wrong with a bowl of salad leaves mixed with walnuts, tomato, bacon, roast potatoes, fried egg and three generous portions of grilled goat’s cheese on top on toasted bread? 

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Île Saint-Louis and its wonderful shops

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Back in 2004 I fell upon Île Saint-Louis after visiting the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral. Due to it being mostly residential, it is relatively quiet and far less touristy than its neighbour, Île de la Cité. The other day I went back and there are three shops in particular that caught my eye.

1) Berthillon – I can’t vouch for it as yet, but supposedly this is an ice-cream haven and there is always a queue outside. What caught my eye? The store typography and the wooden exterior.

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2) Clair de Rêve – A quaint little puppet store that also houses themed watches, collectible cars and French character statues.

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3) La Cure Gourmande – A chocolate-lover’s dream. The Olives Au Chocolat are to die for and the biscuits and nougats also look incredible. To top it off, they package your purchases in beautiful bright yellow bags.

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Dutch profiteroles

On Sunday my friend Jessie and I went to Noordwijk’s Pannekoekenhuisje, or to put it simply, Pancake House. Their specialty? Pancakes, of course. But I had a different type of pancake….the far smaller yet plumper poffertjes, meaning profiteroles. My serving of 10 came with lots of fresh strawberries, cream and vanilla ice-cream. Low in calories? No. Decadent? Without a doubt.

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The best seafood salad I’ve ever had

I had this salad two times during my weekend in Holland. It was that good.

Afraid I can’t give you an exact recipe, but here’s what I believe it contained:

  • Eel
  • Smoked salmon
  • Deep-fried mussels
  • Shrimps
  • Mung beans
  • Tomato
  • Salad greens
  • Cucumber
  • Croutons
  • Boiled egg
  • Caviar
  • Pine nuts
  • Thousand Island dressing

Oh how I’ve missed seafood!

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A meat injection of gastronomic proportions – the Argentinean asado

Sadly, our time in South America has come to an end. I could feel tears welling in my eyes as I hugged my aunt, uncle and cousins goodbye on Monday morning. They have been extraordinary hosts during our Buenos Aires stay and naturally did not let us leave before treating us to an Argentinean asado on Saturday night. Here’s what it consisted of:

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  • Asado de tira (a strip of ribs)

  • Lomo (tenderloin)

  • Colita de Cuadril (tail of rump)

  • Chorizo

  • Salchicha Parrillera (a type of sausage containing both beef, pork and bacon)

  • Morcilla a la Vasca (blood sausage with spices, nuts, raisins, bacon and don’t ask what else, but it’s delicious)

The parilla (the grill where the asado is cooked) is located upstairs on the terrace of the house. While the fire is heating up the coals, the meat is seasoned and salted, and the parilla is cleaned with newspaper of any residue. The various cuts of meat are then placed on the parilla with the burning coals underneath. 

Slow and steady does it and the end result is delectable. All you need to add is a simple salad selection, fresh bread and a few bottles of Malbec….and it’s all even better if you have great company, like we did. It was the perfect culmination to our time in Argentina and if there is anything I was certain of as the plane ascended over Buenos Aires it’s that it won’t be long until I’m back there again. 

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Photos and the verdict: Roast guinea pig

During our time in Cusco (Peru), Nick braved the local delicacy dish – the guinea pig. The verdict? He won't be doing it again. 

I tried a small bite and I'd have to agree. It resembles chicken but is chewier and has less taste. It was an experience but we'll be sticking with more familiar flavours in future!

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Llama meat and other culinary delicacies

A day trip from Salta to parts of northern Argentina (including Purmamarca and Humahuaca) on Friday last week gave us the opportunity to sample three delectable dishes:

1) Tamales (a mixture of corn and meat steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper)

2) Llama meat

3) Locro – a stew containing meat, corn, chorizo and vegetables

My favourite was definitely the locro – highly recommended!

 

 

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