So I am back from my trip to Europe! Sad to have left, but happy to be back at home where I do not have to live out of a suitcase! Although this trip was about visiting all the places we had heard so much about, let's face it, it was also about the food! This trip was also about celebrating. Celebrating our one year wedding anniversary as well as both of our 30th birthdays!
On the cruise we made sure to try all the restaurants on board. The Asian fusion one was our personal favourite, but the steak house had the best desserts! I had a wonderful raspberry cheesecake there, but the best dessert was by far their vanilla soufflé!!! We were both stuffed after eating an enormous meal (ceasar salad, French onion soup, seafood platter, filet mignon surf and turf, and 3 desserts...) but we could not stop eating it! Sadly the recipe was not available in any of their cookbook, but you can be sure that I will still try to replicate it!
Here are some pictures from the Pinnacle grill, the steakhouse on board:
|The French onion soup.... I swear there must have been a pound of cheese in there!!|
|The seafood appetizer platter. My husband really enjoyed that one!|
|Here is our favourite of the night, the vanilla souffle! If you ever cruise with Holland America, make sure you try that one, it's a must!!|
|The dips for the shrimp bread. Really tasty|
|The thai beef salad. Such a nice mix of flavours, I would order that one again in a heartbeat!|
|The kebbab sampler! There was lamb, beef, chicken, pork and shrimp in there. So good!|
|There was duck on the menu so I had to try it! Great choice!|
|My husband had the steak with the wasabi crust. The wasabi definitely gave it a kick|
|Now that's what I call a fortune cookie!!! Filled with chocolate ganache too!|
|Mango cloud and mango sorbet|
|Peach soup, one of my favourite|
|Alaskan King crab legs. Let's just say that my husband was excited about that one!|
|A nice filet mignon|
|Strawberry gelatto at the Canaletto restaurant|
|Chocolate fondue in Luzern, Switzerland|
|Lunch at the Magna Gracia farm in Greece|
|Our sampler plate at the Magna Gracia farm|
|Grilled feta in Greece|
|Baklava in Corfu, Greece|
|Chicken and fries and the cold cut and cheese platter (and some wine of course) at a nice little cafe near the Pantheon in Paris|
|Tomato tartare with Mozzarella and pistou at Bofinger, Paris's first brasserie (1864)|
|Baked goat cheese on bread|
|Foie gras plate|
|Duck confit and fries|
|No European meal would be complete without a nice cup of coffee|
We were also lucky enough to tour 2 chateaux in the Bordeaux region and to try their wines and while in Reims to tour 2 champagne house (Mumm and Pommery).
Now that my husband and I are back it's time for me to get serious! There is so much to be done before the end of the harvest season!!! Canning peaches and tomatoes, make pesto, relish, green tomato ketchup, peach chutney, bake pies (tons of them!), make tomato sauce... oh I'm gonna be one busy bee, but the results will be worth the work!!! Hopefully I will be able to document all these wonderful recipes so that you too can try them at home!