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.
Cucumber Salad.

Cucumber Salad.

Recipe #194 - Parisian Apple Tartlet(s)

I had been putting of making this recipe  for a long time as it appeared a little complicated to make at first. I should have made it a long time ago as it was really quite easy there are just a few components to it. 

My French lovely rated this 8.5 with his sweet palette but I actually thought it was really really good on the account that the apples retained texture and were nice and tart.

Recipe #194 - Parisian Apple Tartlet(s)

I had been putting of making this recipe for a long time as it appeared a little complicated to make at first. I should have made it a long time ago as it was really quite easy there are just a few components to it.

My French lovely rated this 8.5 with his sweet palette but I actually thought it was really really good on the account that the apples retained texture and were nice and tart.

Recipe #193 - Smoked Mackerel with Watercress, White Beans and Tasty Tomatoes

This dish is super easy to assemble and great to hold on to the the fast disappearing summer. For me the recipe lacked seasoning and I think that’s probably because mackerel in Holland has a much stronger smoked flavour to the one I bought in the UK.

Recipe #193 - Smoked Mackerel with Watercress, White Beans and Tasty Tomatoes

This dish is super easy to assemble and great to hold on to the the fast disappearing summer. For me the recipe lacked seasoning and I think that’s probably because mackerel in Holland has a much stronger smoked flavour to the one I bought in the UK.

Recipe #192 - Ketchup

Part of why this challenge has been taking as long as it has is because I try to use seasonal ingredients from the allotment. This recipe was made out of nearly three kg of yellow frying tomatoes. Mr Heinz can keep his version this one is delicious.

Recipe #191 - Chunky Chowder 

We ate this with my old friend Dawn from Dublin. Throughout the meal she did her best Nigella expression. I really like this. I replaced the ham with a smoked trout and added some prawns which really worked. When I asked Dawn to rate the chowder she said it was yum out of ten!

Recipe #191 - Chunky Chowder

We ate this with my old friend Dawn from Dublin. Throughout the meal she did her best Nigella expression. I really like this. I replaced the ham with a smoked trout and added some prawns which really worked. When I asked Dawn to rate the chowder she said it was yum out of ten!

Recipe #190 - Apple & Date Chutney

I fully intended to upload this one tomorrow. I made it to accompany some herby pork sausages on a barbecue /picnic with friends but I figured I would be to busy enjoying their company and so decided to give you a little preview of the picnic basket in its infancy. I will let you know how friends rate this easy recipe soon.

Recipe #190 - Apple & Date Chutney

I fully intended to upload this one tomorrow. I made it to accompany some herby pork sausages on a barbecue /picnic with friends but I figured I would be to busy enjoying their company and so decided to give you a little preview of the picnic basket in its infancy. I will let you know how friends rate this easy recipe soon.

Recipe #189 - Small Buns with Walnuts and Fennel Seeds in small Flower Pots

I did not have buttermilk and used ordinary which left my batter very sticky. I also did not have unglazed flower pots and used little terra cotta yoghurt pots instead.

I have just tasted these little beauties from the oven and they are moist yet crumbly but I do find them a little too sweet. Will serve them tomorrow with some blue cheese at the picnic.

Recipe #188 - Melon and Lime Smoothie

This smoothie is filling because it contains yoghurt and makes a good alternative to breakfast but is a bit too heavy for in between meals.

Recipe #188 - Melon and Lime Smoothie

This smoothie is filling because it contains yoghurt and makes a good alternative to breakfast but is a bit too heavy for in between meals.

I have been feeling a little achy the last few days and whilst I was busying myself feeling sorry for yours truly I remembered my fantastic grandad.

H.H. Tork was forward thinking, a feminist, creative and with a level of patience I have yet to discover in anyone else. He also did all the cooking in the household and tinkered with everything in general; much to the annoyance of my grandmother and my father.

When I decided at the tender age of 6 that meat was definitely murder, he embraced my opinion, reassured me that no one else should or could tell me what to do and set about cooking the most loveliest food for me. He would make stacks of pancakes for me with savory fillings and syrupy ones for dessert.

This was my favorite breakfast; curried mushrooms on toasted bread the size of a doorstop. Dripping with olive oil and spice this little dish never fails to put a smile on my face.

And before I go; why did I choose this rather silly photo? Because it sums up my youth and him up totally; a big smile on his face and on the ferry to the Norway summer house. He would go on at length to anyone who would listen that that he would never go on vacation to countries with political regimes he didn’t agree with.

And so no package holidays to sunny Spain for us in the 70’s but Fjords, outdoor life and family fun.

Thank you ‘Opa Herman’ for all the summers and time I spend with you and Oma. Will always remember your lovely-ness x