Monday, June 30, 2014
Off to France tomorrow but will be having a break from posting as no internet the first few days. Rendezvous in southern France in around 10 days' time!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Nearly all the cakes were gorgeous layer cakes--these types of cakes are Danish favourites--featuring lovely cake layers sandwiched with whipped cream or custard or mousse. The cake we chose(and shared!) was called Volmer Sorensens Jubilaeumlagkage, and was a deliciously extravagant concoction made of layers of creamy nougat in whipped cream, with a macaroon base, apricot jam, vanilla custard, marzipan and green hazelnuts. The bill for coffee and tea and one cake came to 175 kroner--around $37! But never mind, it was one of those things you should do at least once!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Lovely drive today around Funen, the island of which Odense is the capital. And staying on our fishy theme, two delicious meals centred on fish: in a harbourside restaurant, Cafe Boris, in Kerteminde,a satisfying lunch of local smoked mackerel, rye bread and salad for David, and for me local hot-smoked salmon, potato salad and green salad. Then a light picnic supper eaten by the water in the pretty town of Faaborg: locally-fished and marinated herring, one of the best I've ever tasted; and locally-caught and smoked herring, again excellent, served with rye bread and a lovely paprika mayonnaise.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Picnic by the side of the road, with local specialities: fiske frikadeller(fish cakes, or fish balls); local sweet local tomatoes, delicious local strawberries, rye bread, and to wash it down, Koldskal, a very nice cultured buttermilk drink which is a mix of whole milk, buttermilk, egg, vanilla, sugar and a hint of lemon. Like a drinking yoghurt, only quite a lot nicer in my opinion!
We shared the plates: a West Jutland speciality called Baskuld which is salted and smoked dab(a local fish) which is then fried and served with egg and chives and dill salad; and the house speciality, Sjerneskud, which consists of two lots of fish, one steamed, one fried, served with small, tasty local shrimp with home-made sauce, Danish lumpfish caviar, and toast. Absolutely splendid!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Add sun, birdsong--and a simple collection turns into a nice relaxing interlude.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
I had a very good wild boar ham salad, while David had an organic smoked-chicken salad. Both well accompanied with three very nice breads--corn and herb; a dark walnut bread, and olive bread. Fantastic!
Afternoon tea in Brecon--home-baked sponge cake washed down with tea-- was taken in a very unusual building--the parish church of St Mary's! It is actually a working church, not a deconsecrated one and it felt very odd at first to be sitting down to tea and cakes under the stained glass! But nice too, very peaceful. And certainly a first for us!
And found some nice food too!
A lovely simple lunch of fresh pea and mint soup, with crusty bread, in a little cafe along the way: deliciously flavoursome and satisfying yet so simple!
Dinner in Beamaris seafood place rather more sophisticated but still with that special delicious simplicity of good ingredients: local Menai Strait mussels in a garlic broth; and fish pie bursting with haddock, salmon, cod, and prawns, with in a creamy leek sauce, under a crusty golden cheese top!
Monday, June 16, 2014
Starters were devilled grilled sardines(with a sauce made from tomato, a touch of Worcestershire sauce and a touch of mustard) for me and fried whitebait for David; mains dressed crab and salad for me and Anglesey lamb with braised red cabbage and new potatoes for David. Nice food, nice atmosphere, and reasonable prices! And a great view..