Monday, 24 November 2008

raasdonders

This morning I had an appointment with my pedicure lady at 08:00. As a diabetic you have to pay special attention to your feet; small wounds could have disastrous effects and therefore the health insurance pays for a pedicure. I have to admit, it feels better than when I had to do it myself with dinky little clippers and a belly that was in the way. The belly is mostly gone now, but it is nice to be pampered on a Monday morning!

I hurried from the pedicure to work and didn't make any photos on the way. The feet felt so good that I walked at a very brisk pace and when I saw the #40 pulling in at the bus stop I made a run for it.

At work I installed a new version of our content management system, attended a meeting of the website editors, filled our photo gallery with high-res photos and invented captions to go with them and numerous other little jobs.

I took the bus to Amstel Station where there were lots of bikes parked.


bikes

The weather was cold, but dry and sunny so I decided to walk along the Amstel.


amstel

In one of the side street leading to Wibautstraat I saw this bike. It has four saddles and two pairs of pedals. I guess this is the way to teach your kids how to peddle their own bike later in life.


one more seat and it's public transport…

Last Saturday night, Danny was complaining that she couldn't find tinned Kapucijners. These are a not well known vegetable outside Holland. In English you call them purple podded peas. They were cultivated in the 16th century by Capuchin monks in Holland, hence the Dutch name Kapucijner. In the army and navy they're called 'raasdonders'. Typical winter food.

I thought of our conversation when I walked into the AH supermarket on Wibautstraat and looked for tins. Indeed, nowhere to be seen. AH had only glass jars. I looked at the jar, got really hungry and put it in the basket. I also got gherkins, Amsterdam yellow pickled onions, British style piccalilli and meat balls. I didn't go for the 'spekjes', the bacon pieces. Too much fat. I also choose to forego the fried onions; too much crying.

This meal is really easy to make: heat the Kapucijners, slice the gherkins and pickled onions, nuke the meat ball and mix it all together with a little bit of vinegar from the gherkin jar. Add a good dollop of piccalilli and you have a healthy, low fat, low calorie winter meal. Preparation time: about 10 minutes. Yum


raasdonders

After dinner a cup of Kenya coffee with a little piece of 80% chocolate and half a measure of Connemara Whiskey. Life isn't too bad…

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