Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lunch at Elkaar in Amsterdam

A dear friend of mine recently spent a few days in Holland, and she kindly sent me these pics of her meal at Elkaar restaurant.

Elkaar is a small, intimate place with probably no more than 30 seats.
It’s recommended by locals as a new, happening place and also seems to be quite popular with businesspeople in the area.
The name 'Elkaar' apparently means something like 'come together' and is for groups of friends and couples, but my friend said there were definitely people there dining alone!
The menu changes every week or so.
It's not cheap, she said - with drinks her bill came to €47.50.

But she did enjoy the meal.

First she had a ‘pre-starter’of sorts, a lovely warming pumpkin soup, ideal to warm you up. It came with warm bread and a very tasty small codfish ball on the side.

For the starter she had red beet marinated Scottish salmon with various preparations of cucumber and cream of squid ink. She really loved the presentation.

And the main course, she said, was just divine…...

Source: via Amanda on Pinterest
Rouleau of guinea fowl stuffed with apricot, thereby bacon potato, cabbage and a sauce of morels.
She would definitely return for dinner – she said it was a relaxed place with good, knowledgable service - lovely food, well-presented, and with good wines.
(Thanks N, for the lovely photos and descriptions).

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Starting from scratch

This is a newer version of the coconut and olive oil melt and pour soap base I have been working on. I have been improving on it from the original I made a little while ago.
I’ll still be making some soaps using the cold-process method, but also hope to use my own melt and pour / pre-made soap bases like this one more and more for my soaps. Melt and pour bases allow me greater flexibility and creativity in soapmaking.
But because of their heavy weight, it became impossible to ship them in from overseas. Melt and pour soap bases aren’t available for sale locally in Barbados. And to ship them in can be cost-prohibitive, not to mention the overall hassle of shipping logistics, duty, taxes and so on.
Making this pre-made soap base also allows me to have greater choice and control over the types of ingredients, essential oils, and aromatics that go into the finished soaps.