The Netherlands is one of the very few countries that have two days of Easter (and Christmas). It is actually kind of weird, because the event we are celebrating is only one day, but we spread it out over two days. It does give you an extra day off work and the possibillity to celebrate with both sides of the family for example. We did an elaborate brunch with the whole family on the first day and invited my grandparents for dinner on the second day. I wanted to make something that gives you the feeling of spring, so a light dinner with vegetables and flavors of the season. Lees verder
My father opted to go out for dinner on my birthday and of course I had to choose a restaurant for this occasion. I figured I wanted to eat at a Greek restaurant at a nice location, so the first one that popped into my mind was Elleniko in the Markthal. I walked by a couple of times before and it looked so nice that I really wanted to try the food here. So off we went to the Markthal. If you make a reservation for dinner at Elleniko, you are being seated in the upstairs area, as they offer the restaurant menu there. In the downstairs area they serve a streetfood menu, which is more suited for a quick lunch or a break.
Christmas is approaching and it will be just two more weeks untill all the festivities in my family start. Actually, even less than two weeks, because we also host a dinner on Christmas eve with some of our relatives. Then we have first day of Christmas with my mothers’ side of the family and then second day of Christmas with my fathers’ side of the family. For the non-Dutch reader: we really have two official days of Christmas in the Netherlands. It can be convenient if you have multiple groups of people to celebrate Christmas with, like me. And then we still need an extra celebration on Christmas eve, because we can’t fit it all in two days. So I am planning the menu’s and dishes as we speak. I love to try new, delicious, crowd pleasing recipes, but sometimes it can be a struggle to find recipes everyone likes when you are cooking for larger groups. In fact, our numbers are: 8 people on Christmas eve, 15 on the first day and 19 on the second day. On the first and second day, we usually organise it in a way where every family member makes a part of the dinner and takes it to the host where it may be finished or heated before we actually eat. We haven’t discussed the menu’s for those days yet, but I have already seen some great recipes I would like to make.
I always feel like I need to serve something savoury when I have friends or family over around lunchtime, but when you ask them if they want a sandwich, they usually say no or sometimes even, they decide to leave (and have lunch at home). There is something most of my guests don’t decline when I offer it to them and it is a Smoked Salmon Roll-up.