Strawberry Torte

One of my dear friends from work bid adieu to us last week. She decided to move on and out of Dublin to pursue other opportunities. Sad though it was, we decided to make her last day special with a small going away party with gifts and goodies.

I’d bought a copy of the BBC GoodFood Baking magazine just a few days earlier and was enchanted by the variety of recipes I found inside. There are recipes for cakes, cookies, savoury pies and much more packed within a few pages. At the risk of turning my work colleagues into culinary guinea pigs, I decided to try out the delicious looking strawberry cinnamon torte and take it to work.  Strawberries are in season right now and the bright pink/red strawberry packets have been beckoning me whenever I walk by them in stores. So, I thought there was no better reason and time to make use of these fresh berries.

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Dutch Pannenkoeken

We recently made a weekend trip to Holland to join Peter’s family for a get-together. The Dutch love camping, so it was no surprise that the venue was a camping site where everybody converged with their caravans and camping paraphernalia. We were the only ones who didn’t have our own little home-on-wheels and were put up in a tent attached to one of the caravans parked there. Although I’ve been on a camping trip, travelling in a campervan through the length and breadth of New Zealand, I was a bit apprehensive about the arrangement. However, my doubts were unfounded as soon as we got to the camping site.

It was a lovely secluded spot surrounded by woods with lush greenery all around not to mention the excellent facilities all around the site. At night, we lay in our little tent listening to the sounds of crickets and other nocturnal creatures outside, reminding me of home and Indian summers.

One of the highlights of our short trip was dinner at the pancake restaurant. The Dutch eat both sweet and savoury pancakes for dinner instead of breakfast. Apparently, pancake restaurants exist all across the country and are popular dining spots for families. So there we were, the entire clan, the old, the young, babies, and children all eagerly awaiting our hot pancakes from the kitchen.

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