Last night my colleague and I had a fantastic meal at Chiggeri, the restaurant which in 2008 appeared in the Guinness Book of Records with the largest wine list in the world with 1,746 different ones to choose from.
I have only eaten there once before, when I had a dinner in the dark, a truly amazing experience.
Anyway, back to the food.
We started off by going through the impressive wine list and settled on the Sauvignon Blanc from the Klein Constantia estate in South Africa. I will not pretend I know I know anything about wine, but it was white, lovely, fresh with a hint of minerals.
Next we ordered from the set menu:
Starters: Scallop carpaccio with berries / Beef tartare in crispy cillinders
Mains: Beef fillet with red wine sauce / Green asparagus with scampi
Dessert: Raspberry coulis stuffed tomatoes / Cheese board
The meal was absolutely stunning. They really try to give special little twists to the food which makes it really interesting and flavoursome. A little adventure for your pallet.
We both really enjoyed the meal and will definitely be going back.
Yesterday was a bank holiday in Luxembourg and despite the gorgeous weather here I spent a few hours at the office to catch up on work from a few mad weeks. Whilst I was at work though I got a call from mum telling me to come to theirs for lunch. Turns out they had a surprise for me: a bottle of 1998! Vintage IPA from my favourite local brewery, Kraft Bräu in Trier.
Brewery: Kraft Bräu, Trier, Germany
Colour: Deep dark dirty orange, almost brown. Brown bubbly foam which settles rather quickly.
Aroma: Sweet, toffee, hop, vanilla, honey. Yeast.
Taste: It’s almost not a beer anymore. Slightly sweet, very hoppy. Bit of a bitter aftertaste, which then turns to sweet. Heavy stuff!
Food pairings: I’m stuck. I would say a light cheese with a nutty bread. But the taste of the beer is really overpowering.
Beerfoodie rating: 5/5. It’s quite expensive, but every once in a while I’m more than happy to pay for something special.
A well-stocked kitchen allows you to throw together a fast, flavorful meal after a long day. And, when you wake up and have to dash out the door for work, it pays to have grab-and-go breakfast and snack options on hand. We tapped registered dietitians, personal chefs, and bloggers for their must-have foods to always keep in their kitchens. (And yes, they’re all good for you, too.) Some you probably already have, while others you’ll want to add to your list.
1. Extra-virgin olive oil
Why? No surprise here—olive oil is one of the reasons why the Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest in the world. How to use it: Los Angeles-based personal chef Hallie Norvet recommends buying cold-pressed olive oil for the best flavor. Cook with it, but also drizzle over finished dishes, like grilled fish, pasta, and vegetables sides. (Just be sure not to go overboard…
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After running the Team Run in the Luxembourg Marathon yesterday (I ran the first bit of the relay, just under 9km in about an hour), I decided to take it easy today so I reached for my all time favourite Sunday recipe: quiche!
This time, I made the traditional French quiche Lorraine with leeks and bacon.
For the recipe, check out my previous quiche post. Just brown the leeks for 5 minutes in butter before throwing them onto the pastry base and you are good to go!
The lovely Mr Chili nominated me for the Liebster award. Thank you very much! I like his blog a lot! As much for the recipes as for the witty style of writing.
The Liebster award is awarded to bloggers with under 1000 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers.
As part of the acceptance, there are 5 tasks I must complete:
1. LINK back to the person who nominated you;
2. SHARE 11 facts about yourself;
3. ANSWER 11 questions set by your nominator;
4. NOMINATE 5-11 people who you think deserves the Liebster Award.
5. ASK your nominees 11 questions.
6. AFTER YOU PUBLISH your Liebster post, go to your nominee’s blog and let them know you have nominated them.
Eleven Random Facts:
1) I speak 4 languages.
2) I was born in Russia, grew up in Belgium, studied in Wales and I live in Luxembourg.
3) I love cheese toasties. I could eat them all day, every day.
4) Even though foodies look down on it, I really like Pizza Hut Louisiana Chicken pizza.
5) When I was 5 I cut the ribbon for a shoe shop opening.
6) This Saturday I’ll be running the team run in the Luxembourg ING Night Marathon. I really don’t like running.
7) I hate shopping for clothes.
8) I like 80s men. Lorenzo Lamas in Renegade. Kurt Russel in the Escape From series, …
9) I have not succeeded in any of my New Year’s Resolutions.
10) I firmly believe in Karma.
11) I don’t like sugar.
Answers to Mr Chili’s questions:
1) What would you do with your free time if you weren’t blogging?
I like cooking (obviously), drinking beer – mostly discovering new beers, travelling, spending time with my friends. I also push myself to do exercise, which I always enjoy once I’m actually doing it. To unwind after stress work days, I watch series or read books which allow me to escape for a bit.
2) What literary character would you most like to be?
3) What is your super power?
Speaking multiple languages
4) Dogs or Cats? (Or chili)?
5) How do you conquer writer’s block?
I just leave it till I feel like writing again. No point forcing it.
6) How frequently do you check your stats?
Probably once a week.
7) If you could speak with a dead person, who would it be?
8) What is your favorite kind of chili?
9) What is the best advice you have ever received?
Work like you’re not afraid to be fired.
10) What is the worst impulse purchase you’ve made?
Exercise accessories I never used
11) What would you change about your blog, if you could?
Better photos and more posts. I basically need to be less lazy.
(In no particular order)
All the world is a stage – One of my best friends. She writes really well and has a generally interesting blog.
ShivaayDelights – Lovely lady, yummy blog
WeMakeHomeBrew – Mmmm, beer.
Delicious on a Dollar – Amazing food doesn’t have to break the bank
Note from a housewife – Colourful recipes, useful home tips and tricks
Chef’s opinion – Most amazing variety of recipes
Questions for Nominees:
1) What is your favourite beer? (if you don’t drink beer – general drink)
2) What is your favourite food?
3) What is your favourite cocktail?
4) What is your favourite place to be?
5) What is your favourite song?
6) How do you find new ideas to blog about?
7) Why did you start a blog?
8) What are you hoping to achieve with your blog?
9) If you could spend a day with any person, dead or alive, who would it be?
10) What is your favourite work of art? (leave a link please)
11) What would you do if you won €1 million?
I’ve been trying to lose a little bit of weight. I’m not following any diet, just having everything in moderation and making sure I get enough exercise. The other day, I stumbled upon a recipe for a healthier pizza, with a crust made out of cauliflower and decided to give it a go. Here’s the result:
It was by no means a pizza, but still nice! I used full fat mozzarella by the way. The lighter stuff tastes of nothing. I topped mine with courgette, mushrooms and red pepper. Oh, and some fresh basil.