Hello all! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. While we are still happily living in our loft in Amsterdam, we have officially moved our blog to this new site. We hope that it allows you to keep up with us more easily. All of our old stuff has been transferred over too. I hope that you’ll follow us and pass our story along to friends and family that would be interested in us. This new format will inspire us to post more frequently and with more specific focus. We’re really excited to continue sharing our journey with you!
Sundays in Amsterdam are particularly lazy. Most shops and restaurants are closed, and it’s a good chance to catch up with family and friends. Jaro and I usually go for long walks on Sundays, but this one was a little different:
Walking among the houseboats
Yeah, that’s right. We took a nice, long walk on the frozen canals! It is the FIRST TIME in FIFTEEN YEARS that the Amsterdam canals froze enough to support hundreds of revelers like yours truly. How lucky are we? Our first winter here and what a bonus. It was lightly snowing and just beautiful. We walked from the top of Prinsengracht all the way back home. Along the way, entrepreneurial citizens set up booths selling hot chocolate (w/ or w/o rum), coffee and other treats. One such stand even had speakers and was playing lively music while people
wobbled danced around on their skates.
I love this city. I fall more in love with it every day.
Couscous with spinach/chick pea filling. Creme fraiche dressing with fresh basil and red pepper flakes. You can find the recipe I started with HERE. (Note: I always alter these recipes slightly, usually by adding more spice. In this case it was the red pepper flakes.)
Complete with black beans, onions, eggs, and yes… crumbled tortilla chips.
Most of the time, my company is just as awesome you’d expect it to be. The rest of the time? Even better. Today, they froze our courtyard, rented out skates and served up some warm drinks.
Recipe from the Silver Spoon (i.e. the greatest cookbook ever).