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Coffee While Camping: The Perfect Cuppa?

Posted August 4th, 2010

DSC_2974.JPGA great cup of coffee is something we really look forward to in the morning, whether we’re at home or bike touring.

Sadly, most of our attempts at making great coffee while camping haven’t been that successful.

But now, we think we’ve found a great method, and it’s much simpler than we ever expected!

Read on to find out how we’re currently making the Perfect Camping Coffee with just a pot, some coffee and a stove.

Making The Perfect Camp Coffee is the latest article to be added to our Bike Touring Resources section.

The Best Cheese Shop In The Netherlands

Posted October 24th, 2009

“The best cheese shop in the whole country is just around the corner,” our host family said to us the other night.

Oh sure, we thought, not really believing we could be so lucky and also wondering what could be better than Neal’s Yard in London.

It turns out our hosts are right. De Kaasspeciaalzaak (Fahrenheitstraat 625, Den Haag, +31(0)70 3631819) is just moments outside of our door and it’s certainly a worthy contender for best cheese shop on our travels. The wheels of Gouda are piled high in the window. The cooler is full of delectable blues and the samples are spread liberally around the store. Here’s what we saw when we walked up to the entrance…

Outside The Shop

Stepping inside, we were greeted by this drool-worthy wall of cheese. We stood. We stared. We wondered how much one would cost?

Wall of Cheese

We spent the next few minutes wandering from display to display. A cheese aged with Barolo wine, anyone? How about some fine port? And then we stopped here.

So much cheese to choose from!

There were no less than 10 different types of blue cheese – a favourite for both of us. We pondered and wondered before finally settling on the darkest blue of the lot. Now it’s in our fridge, just waiting for a good wine to go along with it. To the owners of De Kaasspeciaalzaak – we’ll be back!

Posted in Food, Netherlands

Bread Salad

Posted October 14th, 2008

panzanellaAlso known as Panzanella, this bread salad is the perfect solution if you have a stale baguette.

It’s a great chance to take advantage of day old bread on sale at the supermarket or use leftovers from lunch the day before.

You can use any type of tinned fish including sardines or tuna, or go vegetarian. Fresh basil is best but dried will do fine. Take the basic idea and play around with what you have. Try adding chopped bell peppers or any other vegetable you like from the market.

  • 2 cups day-old crusty bread (ciabatta or baguette)
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 large onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can of fish (tuna or sardines)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 5-6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • basil, freshly chopped or dried

Cut or tear the bread into pieces about an inch across and put in a saucepan. In another pan or bowl, mix the oil, vinegar and garlic together. Chop the tomatoes, keeping the juice, and throw them in with the oil mixture. Once it’s well mixed, pour over the bread and mix well.

Let this all soak while you chop the cucumber, onion and any other vegetables you plan to add. When everything is chopped, throw it all together along with the fish, basil, salt and pepper.

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Italian Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Posted October 14th, 2008

Caprese saladThis is one for when you’re cycling in Italy, on a warm summer’s day.

Buffalo mozzarella is so cheap there, it’s a shame not to take advantage and here’s a very simple way to enjoy it, with a traditional Caprese Salad.

You can buy small bottles of olive oil in Italy, perfect for dishes like this.

  • 1-2 package buffalo mozzarella
  • 3-4 tomatoes, washed and sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp high quality olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves or dried if you don’t have fresh
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Loaf of fresh, crusty bread

Slice the cheese and put it on a plate. Lay the sliced tomatoes alongside. Drizzle over the olive oil. Top with basil leaves and a bit of salt and pepper. Slice the bread and tuck in, using the bread to soak up the delicious oil.

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Turkish Carrot Juice

Posted January 6th, 2008

When we were in Turkey we noticed juice bars everywhere serving up a purple mix, which we assumed was beetroot juice. Well, it turns out this was actually ‘fermented carrot juice’ made from a purple type of carrot and other tempting ingredients like bulgur wheat and hot pepper. When we saw a bottle in a supermarket we couldn’t resist trying it out, although after this taste test we’re not sure we’ll rush to buy another bottle!

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