Foto Vrijdag 1.9


Taken yesterday morning, this is a detail of the kerstboom (Christmas tree) that stands outside the front of the Café de Potdeksel. I thought it looked so pretty with the snow on the branches and the apples. The apples are leftover from the filming of a music video a few weeks ago. What started off as a joke among some of our friends has turned into a full-fledged song and video and it’s even available on iTunes. (The money goes to The Dutch Liver Foundation charity, so go ahead and spend 99 cents to do a good deed for the day.) Go check out Christmas in Cupertino.

How ‘Bout Dem Apples


What do you do when life gives you apples?

Make apple pie (the quick and easy way)!

The apple tart I made earlier in the week was so tasty, I figured I’d do it again, but without the sugar-burnt edges. This time, I also remembered to sample the apple before it was tossed with sugar and spice and baked and it really was quite delicious! Merian was telling us that the tree only produced fruit one year in the seven years they lived here. We didn’t get any apples last year, but this year we’ve got quite the harvest. I’m hoping we don’t have to wait another seven years for another good season! Anyone have any tips on how to care for a potted apple tree to ensure a bountiful harvest next year?

Rants and Raves


That, my friends, is a picture of Orlando sitting atop one of the apples growing on the apple tree on our back terrace. The picture was taken a couple of months ago, but the apples are finally ripe and ready to eat. In fact, one is baking right now in the form of a simple puff pastry apple tart. I grew up with my own orange tree, but this is the first time I’ve had my own apple tree! If this tart goes well, I’ll have to try my hand at making the traditional Dutch appel taart. The crust of those is to die for!

So that’s the rave part of the title. Now the rant. Albert Heijn, the grocery chain we usually go to, doesn’t seem to be stocking cumin powder anymore, just the cumin seeds. I use the powder so often that I’d prefer to have the powder already made and not have to grind my own. Today, Lizzy kindly suggested I check the Conimex brand, since they make their own cumin powder, just with an Indonesian name. I think Merian was even suggesting Conimex might have a chili powder, too. Unfortunately, when I went to AH today, not only did they still not have their usual brand of cumin powder, they now no longer seem to stock any of the Conimex products other than the kroepoek. (Thank heavens they at least still have those lovely little addictive morsels!) Tomorrow, I’ll either head over to the tokos (Chinese shops) over by Hoog Catharijne, or I’ll see if Plus (the not quite so nice supermarket) or Super de Boers (the slightly more expensive super market) at least carry cumin powder. I’ve heard that AH seems to like to get rid of the products that are most enjoyed; it’s seeming more and more to be true. 😉

Now excuse me while I go take the apple tarts out of the oven!