But then Barbara mailed back saying it has nothing to do with the sports it has to do with the food from the region.
Well that I can do I told her and I was delighted to pe part of the group.
There are 20 stages in Tour de France and I am in Stage 2. Bruxelles > Spa and we had to talk about the food from this area.
First food item which comes to my mind if I think about Belgium is , Chocolate.
I remember when I first came to Belgium I lived on chocolate. I am not making this up, I literally ate chocolate every day as I din't like the food which I thought tasted bland compared to the spicy Indian food I was used to from India.
The great thing about Belgians and their chocolate (as well as those who visit here) is that they only have to go around the corner to one of the thousands of local belgian chocolate shops to buy some of the best chocolate in the world.
Belgians have been making the world's best chocolate for well over a century and locals simply regard good chocolate as an everyday part of like.
Few of the most famous Belgian Chocolates are Godiva, Leonidas, Neuhaus, Guylian it will go on and not to mention the other famous local chocolate shops .
Then it is Frites. Belgian French Fries.
One would think reading the name French Fries that they are originated from France.
The belgians would argue about that.
Many Belgians believe that the term "French" was introduced when British or American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War 1. and consequently tasted Belgian fries.
They supposedly called them "French", as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time.
"Les frites" (or "Frieten") became the national snack .
Here at home we make Frites once a week. If it is not made once a week, my daughter and hubby would be like how come you didn't make frites this week.
Every home makes these once a week, even my hubby's grandmother who is 98 eat them once a week so you can't say that are unhealthy, as they say everything in moderation.
Belgium Beers. They have been making beer from Middle ages, which was brewed at some monasteries during this period.
I think if I have to start writting aobut the variety of beers I will have to have few posts.
The famous Lambic Beer from Brussels.
Lambic is a wheat beer brewed in the Pajottenland region, southwest of Brussels by spontaneous fermentation.
Most modern beers are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer's yeasts,
Lambic's fermentation, however, is produced by exposure to the wild yeasts and bacteria that are said to be native to the Senne valley, in which Brussels lies.
The beer then undergoes a long aging period ranging from three to six months (considered "young") to two or three years for mature. It is this unusual process which gives the beer its distinctive flavor: dry, vinous, and cidery, with a slightly sour aftertaste.
There is the Trappist beers, Abbey beers, Flemish Ale called Rodenbach, not to mention the special beers they bring out in Christmas season.
Then there is something which is close to my heart is the famous Belgian Waffle. The first dessert I ate when I came to belgium was these delcious light waffles.
It is generally, but not always, lighter, thicker, and crispier and has larger pockets compared to other waffle varieties. You can find a step by step picture here in one of my first posts
Mussels and Friets,Waterzoi a rich stew/soup with chicken , cream, and vegetables,
Vlaamse stoofkarbonaden made with beef and beer and mostly served with friets or stoemp (mash potato), Paling in 't groen/anguilles au vert which is eel in a green sauce with variety of herbs, Gegratineerd witloof/chicons au gratin
From Brussels they are cycling to Spa.
As the famed site of healing hot springs, Spa has been frequented as a watering-place since as early as the 14th century. Though other sources of healing hot mineral springs have become famous throughout the world, it is the town of Spa which has become eponymous with any place having a natural water source that is believed to possess special health-giving properties, as a spa. The place name is from Walloon espa meaning "spring, fountain." (Wikki)
Today, Spa is famous for its waters, in the forms of the blue bottled Spa Reine.
Now this is not food related at all, Did you all know that Audrey Hepburn one of the worlds best actress was born in Brussels.
I kg Potato cut
Oil for deep frying. I use my deep fryer.
Salt to sprinkle.
Wash the potato slice twice, drian in a collander and then dry the potato in a tea towel.
I spread the towel and put all the potato slice and cover it. Then after 5 minutes take a a fresh twel and repeat.
Friets are always double fried here.
Heat the oil to 160°c and fry the potatoes in batches for 3 minutes, and drain them into a collander with kitchen paper.
After all the potatoes are fried, you have to fry them again in 180°c till they are brown.
Sprinkle with salt and serve.