Feest

Feest (means "party" in Dutch language). This blog is all about the world we live in, Food, Feasting and other Random Freakin Fabulous Funtage.

I recently set myself a challenge that will see me cook every single recipe from one of the many cookbooks I own. To keep it fun and economical I choose the recipes from the book "Homemade" at random.

Depending on what I have in my larder or what is being delivered in the organic box scheme, I aim for a new recipe every other day.

If you like to challenge me on my journey please suggest your recipe from the book and I will post you the results. I hope you enjoy my blog and temporary topic deviation.
Recipe #171- Rhubarb Iced Tea

Recipe #171- Rhubarb Iced Tea

Recipe #170 - Tabouleh with Pomegranate

I made this with fairtrade Palestinian hand rolled Malouf and veggies entirely from our allotment. I found the overall recipe lacked a little spice though it did really taste like summer.

Recipe #169 - Rhubarb with Ginger Jam. 

One word…. DELICIOUS!

Recipe #169 - Rhubarb with Ginger Jam.

One word…. DELICIOUS!

Jammin it (part two)

Recipe #168 - Rhubarb Compote

I ❤️ Rhubarb season. The tart and instantly recognizable flavor conjures up  so many memories from my youth back in Holland. 

My mum used to make huge vats of the stuff and we would be allowed to tuck in without limits. My mums generosity would only be marked by her petrified expression if it appeared likely you would spoon it straight from the pan to tastebuds as she warned that the velvety mixture would ‘separate’ and be ruined once saliva came into contact with it. I have never put this to the test in adulthood. 

I have somewhat digressed. This recipe is located on page 159 of Homemade by Yvette van Boven and published by Murdoch books. The ingredients include cardamom, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla and mandarins though I replaced the latter with an orange. It’s simply divine and the boys scored this compote a 9.5.

Recipe #168 - Rhubarb Compote

I ❤️ Rhubarb season. The tart and instantly recognizable flavor conjures up so many memories from my youth back in Holland.

My mum used to make huge vats of the stuff and we would be allowed to tuck in without limits. My mums generosity would only be marked by her petrified expression if it appeared likely you would spoon it straight from the pan to tastebuds as she warned that the velvety mixture would ‘separate’ and be ruined once saliva came into contact with it. I have never put this to the test in adulthood.

I have somewhat digressed. This recipe is located on page 159 of Homemade by Yvette van Boven and published by Murdoch books. The ingredients include cardamom, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla and mandarins though I replaced the latter with an orange. It’s simply divine and the boys scored this compote a 9.5.

On the eve of my 45th birthday; celebrating with the kids.

Recipe #167 - Apricot & Almond Jam

And so after a considerable hiatus I am now back and aiming to finish the challenge of cooking all the recipes from Yvette van Boven’s homemade in the next few months. I set myself this challenge back in the winter of 2012 and being the tenacious kind will now need to complete it so I can move on to something other.

As for this recipe? It’s simple, effective and very tasty. When I asked my taster to quantify it’s appeal out of 10 (the latter being the highest score) both
bestowed a healthy 8! If you would like the recipe inbox me.

It’s been a while since I last posted any updates on this blog. Put simply I have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride. Some of it has been very challenging and until recently I did not know what heartbreak really meant. Still It taught me that looking forward in times of misery will also ensure that you don’t miss the beautiful that still occurs. I have also had some fantastic experiences in the past few months. Babies have been born, there has been lots of laughter as well as tears and off course Glastonbury festival. Through it all (the bad and the good) I have been amazed at the loyalty of my friends. Not wanting to turn this into a Gwyneth Paltrow oscar-speech but those around me both knowingly and unwittingly are simply the best.  I salute and thank you!

It’s been a while since I last posted any updates on this blog. Put simply I have been on a bit of a roller coaster ride. Some of it has been very challenging and until recently I did not know what heartbreak really meant. Still It taught me that looking forward in times of misery will also ensure that you don’t miss the beautiful that still occurs. I have also had some fantastic experiences in the past few months. Babies have been born, there has been lots of laughter as well as tears and off course Glastonbury festival. Through it all (the bad and the good) I have been amazed at the loyalty of my friends. Not wanting to turn this into a Gwyneth Paltrow oscar-speech but those around me both knowingly and unwittingly are simply the best. I salute and thank you!

Message in a bottle - “the key to love”.

Message in a bottle - “the key to love”.