Belgium’s Beer and Fries

My latest post four days ago was about Belgian chocolate and waffle.  Still about Belgian food specialties, today I will share about beer and fries – other popular specialties from Belgium (in addition to chocolate and waffle).

My husband and I are not beer’s fans, but it’s always interesting to sample popular drink including beer and wine from each country that we visit. Yes, we do drink beer sometimes, mostly for socializing (i.e party especially in summer). Stella Artois, the Belgium beer’s brand that we often stock in our fridge for our guests or for ourselves sometimes. Continue reading

Belgium, where breakfast and dessert are served anytime.

What will you do if you have only one night in Brussels?  Sightseeing for sure! Grand Palace, Manneken Pis, Atomium and of course don’t forget to enjoy the chocolate, waffle, beer, and fries.  That’s all what we did in Brussels as part of our Easter holiday trip this year, Netherlands, Brussels and Paris.

Grand palace

Belgium is known for Chocolate, Waffle, Beer and Fries. As we stayed in the center of Brussels tourist area, Grand Palace, we were overwhelmed with so many chocolate shops at each and every corner of that area. Even for a chocolate lover, you could feel overwhelmed with so many options from the types of chocolate, flavors,  and the various brands.  All looks delicious, beautiful and seductive made you want to stop and tempted to buy simply because they look so beautiful. Continue reading

Mespila, the fruit that made me curious.

Since mid of April, I found lots of small round shaped fruits with pale orangish-yellow skin in the groceries stores. They looked like apricot or plum, but no, they‘re not apricot either plum.  I was curious and decided to buy some to taste.

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It’s soft, succulent, sweet with little bit acidity, like mango but not as sweet as mango, like pear but softer than pear. I’ve tried some of them, the more orange it looks, the sweeter it taste.

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I knew the name of this fruit from the staff of groceries store I often visit. She said in Cyprus they call it Mespila. Mespila is ripe on spring (April – May) and is usually eaten fresh and for the best taste is when it is ripe on the tree and is eaten straight. This fruit is quite perishable so usually after 2-3 days in the shops Mespila are not so appealing and because skin is getting brown.

 

 

Medlar 3Not satisfied with the info from the lady in the groceries shop, I googling to find out more about Mespila. According to some article that I found about Mespila, including from Wikipedia, Mespila is also known as Loquat or Japanese Medlar. Actually this plant is a species of flowering plant but in addition to being cultivated as ornamental plant it is also cultivated for its fruit. No wonder I saw some of Mespila’s trees in the home yard.

The fruit is round oval shape (or pear shaped) with smooth orangish-yellow skin, can be peeled off manually when it’s ripe, has some small brow pint inside and it has a taste that hard to describe, succulent, tangy and sweet, mixed flavor among pear, peach, mango and citrus. Usually eaten fresh, mix in salad, used for compote and Jam, even the seeds can be processed to make liqueur.  But I am afraid I cannot share any recipes using Mespila as I just found it and haven’t try any of recipe using Mespila.

When I searched more about this fruit, I found that Japan is a leading producer of Mespila, followed by China and Mediteranian region such as Cyprus, Greece, etc.  I think that’s why Mespila is also called as Japanese Medlar.

So if in Cyprus we called it Mespila, in Greece they called it Mousmola and Despoles in Crete. What do you called this fruit in your place/area?

Medlar 1

 

Sources :

History of Greek food

Wikipedia

My girl is turning 7

I planned to post this story last month, but I was too busy with many things, so writing the blog is not a priority as it may also take some time to gather some photos to post…:)

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Party in the park,last year picture

Party in the park,last year picture

Last year we celebrated Orry’s birthday outdoor-  in a beautiful park not far from our home, this year we did it on the indoor playground, but this year we decided to experience indoor birthday party not just for a different experience, but also to anticipate quite a bad weather as happened last year (transition from winter to spring) with strong winds and quite a storm with some rains. So yes we tried out the indoor experience. Below are some pictures from last year party 🙂

Had fun with lots of games

Had fun with lots of games

 

 

 

 

 

had fund in the park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of party food according to the "Jake and Neverland Pirates" theme.

Some of party food according to the “Jake and Neverland Pirates” theme.

When you celebrate your kid’s birthday at the indoor playground, it’s all about playing.  Decoration and food it’s not important for them. But yes, birthday cake still becomes the highlights of the party. If last year I was busy (but enjoyed myself) preparing and making variety of kid’s food (according to the last year theme’s Jake and the pirates theme), this year all these were not necessary. The birthday party ticket has included food for dinner. It was an oke food by the way but fortunately we’re allowed to bring some snacks in addition to the birthday cake.

queuing for dinner :)

queuing for dinner 🙂

I anticipated that children will be busy playing therefore I did not prepare other sweets except the birthday cake, plus fruit kebab as additional snack. And I was right, the kids played non stop from 4-7 pm and most children (total 20 – all Orry’s classmate) only took breaks during dinner time and birthday candle blowing.

My hubby took only few pictures as it was hard to follow them moving to one play to another arena.

Pose

 

Break for a while for (early dinner)

Break for a while for (early dinner)

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mini golf

 

So happy got her favorites toy "my littlet pony" :)

So happy got her favorites toy “my little pony” 🙂

Happy Birthday sweet heart. We are grateful for you and we love you so much. God bless you dear…

The Glory of Strawberry

Can you name all the fruits that carry their seeds on the outside of their skin?  Strawberries are the only one :).

Strawberry large

Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring. Though here, we can buy strawberry since end of December, but the price is very expensive, almost double than the price in season now. Continue reading

Easy (but delicious) Asian style bread. No mixer, no bread machine, no knead :)

Lately, I find myself enjoy so much in baking bread.  It started when we kind of bored with the local breads ( there are a lot of bakery shop here but they are mostly sell the same type of local/Cyprus breads)  and craving for Asian style bread which are usually soft, fluffy, with a slightly sweet flavor and often  stuffed or topped with a chocolate, cheese, banana, chicken floss or you can put anything you like :).

Roti 1Roti 3Bread is not part of staple foods in Indonesia and (most of country in Asia). It’s mostly eaten as snack or as a “tea time-cake”. Bread is the most common snack brought by children to school (for breakfast or “mid-daybreak” but not for lunch).

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Qboo Bakehouse, The Only Authentic German Breads Shop in Cyprus

Sometimes, we are craving for something different rather than the Cyprus local bread. Though there are a lot of bakery shops in Nicosia, but they are mostly sell the same type of Cypriot bread and pies. Therefore, I often baked my own bread especially if we want the soft fluffy Asian style bread.

qboo depanCouple days ago, we stopped at Qboo Bakehouse, actually we often passed this shop but we never knew that they sell different bread.   The pretzel is fantastic, with dark glossy curst outside but soft chewy with fresh bread flavor inside. From it’s  Facebook’s fanpage that later we found out, they claim that they the only shop that make and sell the pretzel shaped in Cyprus. Hmmm… I think that’s true,  because I never found that kind of pretzel in Nicosia except in this bakery, Qboo Bakehouse. Continue reading