Saturday, June 25, 2016

A day in Delft - pt 3


On my last post about Delft, I'm bring you along to the Botanic Garden of Delft.
A nice little garden with cute flowers, where you can just hang out for as long as you like or even have a picnic if the weather allows you.
The Botanic is within walking distance from the city center but you do have to pay a small fee to get in (I believe less than 5Eur/person).

So, sit back and enjoy the picture overload! ;-)
The bird section
I had never seen such pine tree
The Duck family
All pictures with Sony a5100 w/ kit lens.

So, I hope you have enjoyed Delft as much as I did. Totally recommend visiting this city if you are planning to come to the Netherlands.
After all, there's much more to see in this little country then just the Red Light District or the Anne Frank House (with all the respect, of course).

Part 1: CLICK ME
Part 2: CLICK ME


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

From Pt to you - Arroz de Tamboril

Hi there!!! :)

I am back and once again and this time with a Portuguese main course. #surprise #surprise

This dish, like many of the ones I sometimes prepare when time allows, came to mind for some reasons:
  • I am a fish lover;
  • I miss having other fishes but salmon on my diet;
  • This brings me back memories;
  • Makes home closer.
Before I continue with my babbling, the dish I'm talking about is called Arroz de Tamboril (in PT) or Monkfish's rice (literally translated to English).
Here where I live, there's a fish market once a week where people can buy all kind of fresh and smoked fishes, as well as seafood. The problem is the market is on a Friday morning... Very convenient for those poor mortals who have to work 5 days/week.... like me! So basically, I can only visit this market once or twice a year if I'm lucky with my days off from work.
Therefore, as soon as there was a chance, I grabbed my PT-ENG fish names' list and translated the ones I was planning on getting to Dutch. Also brought my personal Google Translator, just in case... hahaha

Long story short, they did have Tamboril (or monkfish, or zeeduivel for the Dutchies out there). I believe I almost jumped of happiness when the salesman said he had the fish I wanted! Yeah, I know... weeeeirdooo!

Knowing that Mr. A had never had this before, and me craving it for a long while, I didn't wait too long until I got my apron on! ;-)

So, this is what it takes to cook this recipe (serves 4)
  • 1 medium size monkfish, chopped in big chunks.
  • 1 medium red onion.
  • 2 garlic cloves.
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced finely.
  • 1/2 green pepper, sliced finely.
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • 5 medium size tomatoes.
  • 1 small can of Heinz tomato pure.
  • Salt & pepper to taste.
  • Coriander.
  • White wine.
  • Rice of your choice

 How to?
  1. Prepare the veggies in advance, by chopping all of them in fine slices, except the tomatoes. I cut mine in 1/8 pieces.
  2. Add olive oil to your pan and once it gets warm, add the onion, garlic and bay leaf. Wait until getting transparent while stirring it every now and then.
  3. Add the peppers; stir until almost soft.
  4. Add the tomato pure and pepper to taste. Let it cook for a few minutes in medium fire/heat.
  5. Add the tomato cubes and let it cook until soft.
  6. Time for the fish; gently involve it with the veggie mix. Add a bit of whine and top it with water and let it cook for about 7min.
  7. Add the rice (I added 1.5 cups) and some salt to your taste.
  8. Let it cook until rice becomes soft and creamy.
  9. (Optional) Add some shrimps.
All pics taken w/ Sony a5100 w/ kit lens

I seriously had to hold back and not to eat too much (once again...)! :-)
The smell was divine and the fish turned out as soft as butter. Monkfish is not your everyday fish but totally worth to try, if you have the chance.
Mr. A loved it and so did I (but that's no surprise, right??).
This is the kind of food I always had back home, and therefore, it brings me lots of memories...
Ask me what I miss the most, and I think my answer will be "food"... (no worries friends and family: I miss you too!!!)

I hope you try & like this one.

Bom apetite!


Monday, June 13, 2016

A day in Delft - pt 2

Hello again!!! :-)

Ready for part 2?
In case you missed part 1, here you can find it: PART 1 

Delft, like some other cities in the Netherlands, has plenty of canals which makes it even more charming, in my opinion.
It's amazing to see how the Dutch embraced this feature and use it in so many ways. I have never been to Venice (it's on my to-go list) but it kind of reminded me of such city.
Plus, I found it WAY more interesting than Amsterdam. 
In Delft, you don't have the red-light-district tourists, neither the coffee-shop-tourists. Nop, it just feels right over there, welcoming and cozy.

 So today, I am giving you some of my impressions on Delft's canals. Hope you like it! ;-)
On the way to the city centre.
A restaurant's terrace on a boat... why not?!
Boat houses!! #lovelyyyy
The East Gate #likeapostcard
And another restaurant on a boat
All pictures taken with Sony a5100 w/ kit lens.

Still not convinced about visiting Delft? Then come back for part 3! ;) 
Should be online soon!!


Thursday, June 09, 2016

A day in Delft - pt 1

First things first:


Long time no see, hum?
Oh well, life has been happening and just not enough time or inspiration to write.
But I hope whoever is reading this, is been having a great time and enjoying the Spring/Summer time.
Over here, the Summer last a few hours/month... 
And today's post is about one of those days, where a Spring day just felt like Summer.
What to do in such days? Well, go explore the country you live!

Hopped on the train, with destination: DELFT!

Delft? Where's that? Well, somewhere between Rotterdam and Den Haag.

Before heading there, I asked several people if they knew the place and had some tips, but got 0! Made me doubt about going there, but I'm so glad we did...

Delft is know for the blue and white porcelain (to all my Porties out there: like our traditional tiles!), the famous painter Vermeer, connections to the royal family and for being one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands (750 years old).

I took too many pics in one day therefore, I'm splitting this Delft post into a few (possible 2, 3). Don't want you to get a photo-OD! ;)
On the way to the city centre, I came across this one; H-A-D to stop and get a good Portuguese espresso. No Pastel de Nata though... #disappointed
Yeah, the building is tilted!
The Huyterhouse
Seriously fell in love with this building!
At the Markt Square - Town Hall building 
Live street music!
A nice restaurant's façade
All pictures with Sony a5100 w/ kit lens.

I hope I made you curious about this city.
Because the Netherlands is not just Amsterdam, I totally recommend you to visit Delft, if you are planning to come this way.
Also, recommend you to come check out the next posts as there is more to see about this beautiful twon! ;-)
There are some fun stuff coming up, as well!

See you soon!!
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