Saturday, September 21, 2013

What I'll eat again in a few days/weeks

Paté

I love paté but since it always contains liver, my doctor had explicitly forbidden it as one of the few things he mentioned.   Aaah I love paté. But I love paté and realised that I'll have given birth just in time for the new hunting season to start...bringing loads of boar/duck/....and other game meat pates.  Yeay, just in time for me to start eating again.










Préparé (américain)
If I talk to young Belgian mommies, they all seem to have eaten préparé in the first hours after giving birth, assigning the young dads to bring this as the first thing possible into the hospital.  This must be what we crave for most.  Quite funny and totally impossible to understand for any foreigner (except maybe the French & Dutch a bit) who can't even imagine eating this mixture of raw minced meat, mayonaise, worchester sauce, mustard & herbs.  Belgians eat loads of this on their sandwich.

Jan has been eating it in front of my eyes for the last couple of weeks now, claiming he always must have some fresh préparé in the house for me in case I have our baby tonight (and of course raw meat has to be fresh, so he must eat it each time I still can't).  Lucky him.




Raw ham/ Jamon/ ...

In any tapas, with appetizers or simply on a gourmet sandwich you want some of the delicious raw ham's that Europe produces.   They make the boring boiled hams in the supermarkets so pale & tasteless.  No more of the latter quite soon, we'll go for the good stuff agian!



Salami / Saucisson sec

Spending time in Switzerland Haute Savoie last May was tough as there was a great offer of the speciality of Sauccison. ...mmmmmmmm delicious but also dried raw meat so forbidden for me. I love Saucisson, they are one of the reasons I love to go on vacation to the mountains ;). And they are usually abundantly present on Christmas markets (don't ask me why).    Yes, I'll have some!!  No need to wait for Christmas, ...they work perfectly as appetizer snack.





Mussels

Belgians are the biggest mussels consumers in the world.  Healthy, fast & easy, yummy and no calories: the perfect meal!! Advice was very contradictory on mussels: I guess I could eat them since they are cooked, but with shellfish there is always a risk of a "bad one" that can give you a (mild) food poisoning. I decided not to take the risk.  Best months for mussels is only starting now anyway (months with a r in their name).



Red meat
Seriously, any meat "well done" lacks tenderness, texture & taste.

Carpaccio: 

I learned in the past months, how often I pick "carpaccio" as entry in a restaurant. (and also how most of the cold entries in a restaurant all contain raw meat or raw fish in some sort).   



Smoked salmon:
similarly, so many good salads in summer   or fish carpaccio's   or breakfast buffets in good restaurants, offer you slices of smoked salmon.  they could be perfectly fine but have some risk depending on the way they've been packaged before.  So I took no risk.

Same counts for any sushi & sashimi







In general I realised how often I in fact eat raw meat and raw fish and how delicious these are!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Made in Belgium: Voice Male

As a kid I really enjoyed the CD of the Flying Pickets at home. A capella music is so fun to try to sing along, not with the main melody but the little sound effects that are usually made by some of the members. Often the covers are more fun than the original songs brought.

In the 90ies, a Flemish a capella group gained popularity: Voice Male.  Lately I don't seem to hear much from them anymore although they were on radio last week which inspired me for this post.






There collaboration with Sertab from Turkey gave them for several months a number 1 hit in Turkey








Parade of all the "Men of the year"

Last week was too hectic & tiring & emotional while I was combining the last working days before maternity leave with lots of preperations & the increasing burden that this big belly is giving me.  So I never found the opportunity to post on the Parade of all the "Men of the year" that took place previous Sept 8th.


As I wobbled downtown, side streets were spitting out already clusters of men in similar suits, carrying flags  or marching bands. They all gathered at some central points but unfortunately there were also some popular pubs there so the actual forming of the parade seemed to take some delay :p.






When the parade finally left, I took place on a nearby bench to practise the new skill "off-the-bench photographing" :p. I enjoyed checking out all the different types of suits, old & new, the pride of the older men proudly marching by and the more nonchalant youngers.  Friend groups from the 20ies, 30ies, 40ies, 50ies, 60ies and 70ies came by clustered intergenerationally in blocs by the ending year of their of their birthyear.  All of these groups were alternated with marching bands of all types.




The men of '63 at the head of the parade being celebrated for their 50th


 Some of these men are simply characters deserving a photograph :-)





Some bands
















When the parade is over, it really isn't over...All these men gather in their favourite pubs, they bond and have fun with the musicians still hanging around.  Lots of little parties across the city center :)







Monday, September 16, 2013

Celebrating my mom's birthday

Last week my mother celebrated her 70th birthday! That requires a party of course. We couldn't let that pass but I find it a hard to still make the long drive to my parent's place so instead everyone came over to our place and Jan was the perfect host :). 

Posing on my gymball with my birthday mom!!

Posing with my parents


  
Birthday surprises...but no grandchild yet ;-)

In the middle of the afternoon we could very briefly enjoy the passing of the GP Jef Scherens that came by nearby. Due to traffic works in Leuven they didn't pass all day but had a new itinerary so they've just zooofffed by once. We were outside just in time to see them pass.





Sunday, September 15, 2013

Our house is further changing :)

We're ready to give the baby a bath








And the "wigwam" type cradle is now finished as well