Thursday, 31 July 2014

Bloggers Meet in Brussels

Photo Courtesy BxlFF    

I have been wanting to write a post about the Blogger Meet we had in Brussels on June 21st which was Organized by Brussels Food Friends , and it got delayed as I wanted to make something really special with the chocolate which was in the Goodie bag.

But then Hans was off in June for a while and Shyama didn't come home from Leuven as it was exams for her then now in Jully is gone also for 2 weeks ( ok he is coming back from Malta tomorow) and then Shyama also left to Egypt for 2 month as you all know ( if you are a regular reader)

To make a dessert just for me , that is a big no as I woudn't do that not because I don't like desserts just that I am afraid I will eat the whole lot.

Now to the blogger meet Ananda and I decided to meet up at Brussels Station so that both of us could go together to the venue which was
Bloom Hotel.
The guest speaker was Miss Foodwise and she was so lovely wearing her signature dress and she did give plenty of tips for blogging.

Miss Foodwise talking to the bloggers

I shared this picture in my Facebook and my friends commrnted we three can go for Tooth Paste Add :-)

The meeting was by 2:20 pm so we had cakes, waffles with variety of topping plus plenty coffee /Tea etc.
It is the first time I go to a fully English speaking blog meeting which was really good, almost every one spoke English, which was so easy as one could talk to every one.
We got to know each other much better as it was like a game, we had to fill in some 12 oe 15 questions and for that we had to go to other bloggers and talk which I thought was such a wonderful idea otherwise I would just stick to your own bunch of few people one knows and now we could mingle with every one as one wanted to fill these questions, 
I am giving a idea what these questions were , we had to ask another blogger what their favorite blog was, what is the food they would never eat or what was their comfort food .... which I thought was so good and which able eveyrone to mingle easy.

Goodie Bags

This was inside the goodie bag too - Photo Courtesy BxlFF 
Photo Courtesy BxlFF - While going back home I coudn't resist so I ate my cookie on the trian whch was super delicious.

All in all it was a fun afternoon and they are planning in October/Novermeber another meet which I am so looking forward for going.
And one of these days I will make something with the chocolate which was in the goodie bag.
Facebook Page from BxlFF

Photo Courtesy BxlFF 

Photo Courtesy BxlFF 

I would like to thank the Maxine,Alison,Andrea and Michelle for organizing this meet.
Of course all the sponsors too.

Berry Almond Tarts

The moment I saw this Delicious Berry Tart in Bakedbree I know I will be going to make them.
And if you are planning to make this go to Bree's blog and check the beautiful pictures of the tart and also the beautiful step by step pictorials.

But then that time the berries were just not in full season and they were still a tad expensive, so I waited till they were fully in season then I know they will be cheaper.
And anyway I am a sucker for anything frangipane, and this one resembled like that and I knew I would make it sooner or later.

Of course when I served the tarts, for hubby I served with chipped cream as he loves to have it with fruit tarts.
We loved the tarts and I am sure I will be making them again as it is so easy to make plust they are so good.
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons (130g) butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups berries
  • Method:
  • Put the butter, sugar, zests, and vanilla bean in the bowl of an electric mixer. Cream for 6 to 8 minutes or until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.

  • Whisk together almond meal, flour, and baking powder. Set aside. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Take the bowl off of the mixer and fold in the almonds
  • Scoop the batter with an ice cream scoop into 6 paper tart pans or an 11-inch fluted tart pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Add the berries and gently press into batter.

  • Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown. (If you bake in a large tart pan, it will be closer to 45 minutes. (Mine was baked in 25 minutes. So i thing it depend on your oven and your tart shape)