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Well, there are two main things I love about New Years Eve!
You might think, huh what on earth is that? Well, oliebollen are small round Dutch doughnuts. They are a traditional food to serve on New Year’s Eve in Holland. The name of these tasty treats literally translates to “oil balls.” But don’t let this unappetizing name fool you, Oliebollen are truly delicious!! They are made by using two spoons to scoop dough and dropping it into a deep fryer filled with hot oil. So a round shaped “oliebol” emerges. In December many ‘Oliebollen’ stands appear around the country, selling the freshly baked warm doughnuts. A national newspaper even runs a yearly nation wide test that scores the many stands to find where you can buy the best Oliebol for that year! :) This is me and mum enjoying an oliebol in the city of Haarlem a few days ago!
Yesterday on my last day back home, dad & I made fresh homemade ‘Oliebollen’. I think I ate about 5 of them, uh-oh ;) In Holland a lot of people make them from the packet because it’s so quick and easy! So yes, I admit it, we cheated too and used a packet! All we had to add was water, the raisins and currents and let the dough rise. Then we fried them up in hot oil…..Check out the finished result:
If you want to make these (you know you want to & trust me, you won’t regret it!) here is the recipe:
OLIEBOLLEN – Dutch NYE treats!
500 grams flour
25 grams yeast
350 ml milk
250 grams (in total) of currants and raisins
Pinch of salt
Oil for deep-frying (use fresh vegetable/sunflower oil)
Put the flour in a bowl and make a depression in the centre. Pour in the yeast, which has been dissolved with a little lukewarm milk. Add the remaining milk, salt and stir. Stir the washed currants and raisins into the mix. Beat it to a smooth and airy mass, cover with a damp cloth (eg, a tea towel) and leave to rise in a warm/draft free place/room around 45min to one hour.
Heat the oil in a deep pan or in a deep fryer to 175 degrees C (= 350 degrees F). To check whether the oil is at the right temperature, stand the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil. If little bubbles form around it, the oil is ready. Use two tablespoons or an ice-cream scoop to shape balls and slide them into the hot oil. Fry the balls until they are golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. They should turn over on their own when they are ready to brown on the other side, but keep an eye on them and flip them as necessary. They should be soft and not oil soaked inside. Remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon or similar tool to a paper towel lined plate and repeat with the remaining dough. Serve them warm with a generous dusting of icing sugar! Yummmmmm…
2) Celebrating a new start!
I always see the New Year as a great opportunity to set new goals and resolutions for myself :) Some of my News Years Resolutions for 2011 are:
- Planning more fun travel trips now that I am back in Europe
- Start exercising again…
- Making new friends in London
- Not being too hard on myself sometimes; allowing myself to relax & enjoy life a little more!
- Finding love?
- But most of all….
Here’s wishing you more happiness than all my words can tell, not just alone for New Years Eve but for all the year as well!
Hello my lovelies!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas? I really enjoyed mine with family back home in The Hague. We had lots of snow & relaxed at home with lights, candles, LOTS of amazing food and all this by the smell of a real Christmas tree (♥ it!). Here a quick little collage of my time in Holland over the holidays :)
Also I got this cute email from a friend a few days ago and wanted to share it with you all because it’s such a lovely message and much very in the spirit of Happy Hump Day and the upcoming New Year celebrations :)
‘Let’s keep living our lives like we know best, and to fly even further and higher in 2011!’
Lots of love xoxo Roz
Merry Christmas Everyone! Thought I’d quickly share my Christmas Morning OOTD
I got this jumper in London last week when I spotted it in a sale, cute right?
Louche Pearl Intarsia Sweater from Joy
Get it online here now on sale for only £24.50
Hat – Santa’s ;)
I also want to take this moment to say a HUGE thank you to all my readers and followers! I only started this blog in February this year and never would have thought that I’d have over 660 followers by Christmas time :) I truly hope you all have a MAGICAL Christmas, filled with joy and happiness. Mine will be spend with family and lots and lots of food ;)
I am happy to report that, very early this moring, I arrived safe & sound in a freezing and white Holland. After a little power nap I spend the day catching up with friends over Glühwein (= mulled wine) at the beach (which was covered in snow….) Afterwards I wrapped up all my presents, placed them under the tree and did some last minute ‘baking’. I love giving people foodie presents and when I found this recipe online, I thought it was an excellent idea as a Christmas treat! It’s really easy to make, with no baking involved and you can pretty much change the ingredients according to your own preferences.
Check out my DELICIOUS Christmas White Chocolate Rocky Road:
- 250g white chocolate, chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped pistachio kernels, toasted
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 100g white marshmallows (I used mix of white and pink)
- To make them even more festive & Christmassy; I added some silver decorative sugar balls to mine!
Note: You can be pretty flexible with the types and amounts of ingredients you use.
- Line the base and sides of a baking tin with baking paper and allow about a 2cm overhang.
- Place the white chocolate in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, or until melted and smooth.
- Place pistachios, cranberries and marshmallows in a large bowl. Toss them all together. Then add melted chocolate and stir to combine. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. Refrigerate, covered, for 2 hours or until set
- Cut into squares and serve. Or like me, wrap them up in cellophane and give them to people at Christmas!
Don’t they look yum and Christmassy? ENJOY! Merry Christmas :)
Hi, I hope you are all well and not stressing out to much to get everything ready before Christmas? Only 3 sleeps till Santa!! :) I had planned to leave for Holland this Friday morning with the Eurostar train but due to the snow & increasingly bad weather conditions in London and Europe, there have been some SERIOUS delays and cancellations. These poor people have been queuing at the station for days in the cold and were not getting on trains :( The idea of not getting home in time for Christmas really started to stress me out, so I decided to cancel my train ticket and change my travel plans. Plan B: I’m now going on a massive overnight mission by bus & boat tomorrow night! It’s been YEARS since I have spend Christmas at home with my family & I’m really looking forward to it so fingers crossed it all goes according to plan.
Feel a bit sad however because I got some very bad news regarding my grandmother’s health today. Even though it wasn’t completely unexpected, I was still shocked and upset. It made me think about the concept and value of time, so when I spotted the above picture, I thought, gosh if only we did have the option to have ‘pause’, ‘forward’ or ‘rewind’ buttons for life…. I really hope you all value and enjoy the time you spend with your families this Christmas, because you know what? Life is just too short and precious NOT to! Happy Hump Day :)