I've done it again, abandoned you. This time I've traded you for white sand-studded beaches, turquoise waves, and a hot breeze all in a little place called Aruba, a Dutch island and part of the Antilles, where I've gotten more than my daily dose of Vitamin D and have forgotten what real life is like.
I can't remember what snow storms are, nor writing a thesis, and not having things to do, either. Jealous? I would be too ;)
Oh, and I even forgot to wish you all a very Happy 2011!
However, food is still on the mind most of the time. I've had one of the best meals of my life at a restaurant called Papiamento, which is also the name of the primary language spoken here on the island. The restaurant is owned by the Ellis family, a prominent Dutch family that is friends with the Queen of the Netherlands (she's come to stay at their house/ restaurant here!) Anyways I had an amazing cream of tomato soup, that had the deepest plum tomato taste on earth, with home made sour cream. I don't like sour cream, but believe me, this is nothing like anything you've had before. Later, I savored a mushroom gratin with fresh locally grown herbs and Munster cheese, all in a cute little casserole dish. To make things even awesome-r, the manager, whom my grandparents know well, came over and after they told her how my life revolves around food, gave me an Aruban cookbook featuring dishes from many of the fancy restaurants on the island along with local classics.
And how could I forget dessert? I split Crêpes Suzette (Suz-ehhhhh as the waiter pronounced) with my gram. They were truly unforgettable; a delicately sugar-crusted thin pancake, filled with smooth vanilla ice cream and topped with a show-stopping Grand Marnier sauce. I need to try this at home.
So let's get down to business. Of course, I've made "resolutions" (I'm not sure I'd call them that). This is a big year for me, I'm expecting many changes and am trying to see them through a positive light. I want to be a better food blogger, and these past months that I've been blogging I have learned so much. I'm also looking forward to dedicating more time an energy to maintaining friendships as well as making new ones.
High on my food-to-make list are these recipes that I'm dying to try (and so many more, wow):
Passion fruit cream profiteroles
Speculaas cookies (a traditional Dutch cookie found in Aruba)
Alfajores (Butter cookies with dulce de leche)
Um, as far as "cooking" recipes go, well, you know I love cooking but the recipes just don't excite me as much. Sorry.
What's on your list of cooking/ baking goods for the year? How about "resolutions?"