It was roughly a few days before the actual event date that I received a tweet from Karin from Yum and Moore if I maybe had time to go to Umbria for a fun foodie weekend. Well hello… I will make the time! So with some hasty shuffling of appointments and a swift booking of flights I could tell Karin that yes, I would be joining too! And fun it was. We were in good company as the group existed of Regula (MissFoodwise), Giulia (JulsKitchen), Asha (Fork, Spoon and Knife), Karin and Ludger (Yum and More and Personal Travel), Nando from CucaBrazuca and ofcourse the owner of the villa we were staying Rolando Stein .
It took me a while to come up with the theme for the November challenge. After the first two fabulous responses by everyone it had to be a good one. I got December figured out long ago but November is just one of those ‘in between’ months so coming up with something suitable seemed like a bit of a challenge. But then it hit me; it is the season before the festive December month. The month where lots of drinks will be served and lots of pretty desserts in pretty glasses and that’s when I decided; the new theme is going to be FOOD OR DRINKS IN A GLASS !
Can I just say that this was one of the hardest challenges to judge so far? We had some amazing entries in and quite frankly all of them had some positive points. It didn’t help that our fabulous judging panel all had different favorites so in the end I had to start counting who got the most votes in from our esteemed judging panel and to even it all up I even had to include my own favorites too. So tough one, but the winner of this challenge is Lisa from Liz and Jewels!! Just love the simplicity of this photo and the brilliant green color accent of the little ribbon just makes this pic for me. Congratulations to Lisa!
As I am writing this I am about to head of to Brussels where I will be taking the flight to Perugia for a fabulous foodie weekend! I am quite excited about it but I will save all the information for a later time when I’m back! I didn’t want to leave you entirely empty handed though so while I am gone you can enjoy this delicious and decadent Bundt cake. It features roasted hazelnuts, dried cranberries, orange and a fabulous ganache over the top. If you serve this with a bit of whipped cream I am sure your guests will be asking for the recipe afterwards. O and – in case you can’t tell by just looking at it – it is pretty rich, so make sure you leave some room after dinner for a slice of this. It keep for about 3-5 days so it’s great to make the day before you have guests.
As a kid growing up one of my favorite dishes was always a stew my mum used to make. (yes, yes I know I told you she couldn’t cook, but this was so simple even she managed..lol) It was very slowly cooked and in my mind it always took the entire day. Making the whole house smell delicious. These days you have machines that do the thinking for you and allow you to cook dishes at a very low temperature for very long; a slowcooker or crockpot. I only ever made one single dish with this machinery and since it was taking up a fairly large part of my cupboard space in the kitchen I figured I should either use it or give it away.
When I was still in high school it was a fixed item; every class in the third year would go to the famous Bloodprocession in the city of Bruges or as we call it Brugge. Because I flunked the third class I actually got to go twice… Not that that meant anything as – well you know how kids are right? – I cannot remember one single thing about that whole procession. At the time I was heavily into my ‘anti-religion’ phase and would have nothing to do with anything associated with religion. My parents are both Roman Catholic, so I was brought up that way, but faith has never really meant anything to me, not in that sense anyway. So you can probably imagine that a religious procession was not something I was looking forward too.