Food & Drinks, Simplify

Green Tomatoes

What do you do with green tomatoes which will not ripen anymore because of the drop in temperature? You eat them…

Thanks to the internet, I found a healthier alternative to fried green tomatoes. And yum, baked battered green tomatoes are fantastic!

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Yard Waste Recycling

Yesterday, D went over to the two back neighbours and trimmed the ivy hedges on their sides of the fence. D did a quick efficient job and did not bring back too much ivy cut-offs like a couple of years ago. Reason being that he did not wait too long this time to trim the hedges.

This afternoon, we trimmed our side of the ivy hedge. Our hedge also did not produce too much cut-offs because I have been slowly but consistently trimming the ivy since spring.

When the yard was tidied up, we loaded three bags full of yard waste and took these to the container park (recycling park). What a wonderful feeling knowing that all these yard waste will be turned into rich compost in a few months time.

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Events

Children’s Farm

D and I have invited his parents over for lunch this sunny Sunday. The simple meal consisted of two perfectly grilled fish, an option of steamed or fried rice and lots of fresh green salad.

When the parents left for another event involving the grandchildren, D and I stayed back to finish watching the Cycling World Championships. We then went to a children’s farm at Marke to check out the 15th Annual Farmer’s Market. It was really fun to be among people, seeing all those cute farm animals, and to roam about the 25 stalls of various local produce. We saw some familiar vendors and stayed to chat with a couple of them when they were not too busy.

It has been a lovely Sunday.

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Belgium, Food & Drinks

Local Cheeses

For more than two years now, I was pretty darn sure that I have a favourite go-to cheese vendor for life. Well, that is until I met this friendly ice cream lady this past summer when taking a walk around De Gavers with my parents. D and I kept bumping into her at different farmer’s (or event) markets. Now, we have started to greet each other like old acquaintances whenever we see each other. In the beginning, I was buying the usual non-committal ice cream, butter, and yoghurt. But two weeks ago I started to really pay attention to the list of cheeses she carries. Since then, I have been buying different local cheeses from my new favourite?!

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Jibber Jabber

Autumn Trimming

I have been occupied by other priorities during the summer months. Thus, my garden is not maintained as diligently as I have done so in years past. Today, I trimmed part of the ivy hedge and tidied up the backyard. I still have a lot to do before it is winter ready. But that’s okay. Autumn gardening is fun.

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Belgium, Events

Beer & Hop Festival

This afternoon, D and I went to Poperinge for the Beer & Hop Festival. First, we waited by the street to watch the triennial hop-themed parade. After that we went to a free photo exhibition about the Chinese Labour Corp of World War One. It was enlightening yet sobering to learn about the Chinese labourers who were here during the war. Last but not least, we went to Lekker Westhoek for some local beers and dishes. D and I were a bit disappointed by the limited food choices this year, but I am happy to have come across a very good triple beer known as Driope 8.

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Afternoon Yard Work

It will start raining tomorrow for the next few days. So, D and I did some yard work while it is still dry. D mowed the lawn, I trimmed some ivy and cleaned up the vegetable patch. Nothing beats making the garden presentable while getting some exercise and fresh air.

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Final Load

Tonight, I machine-washed the final load of laundry which consisted of pillows (too many), a bed sheet, and some random clothing items. These are things that needed to be washed after our US trip and my parents 2-month stay with D and I. We have been back home for one and a half week now, I must say that things are pretty much back to their original state before the month of June. What an eventful year this has been, and we have yet another four months to go…

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