All posts tagged: The IGS Project

IGS Celebratory Reunion- 9/02/08 @ N’s Place

To celebrate my brief return “home”, my posse organised an IGS cooking night. Hosted at N’s place (due to the fact she’s still recovering from her recent health adventure & -of course- putting me up), our little adventure was set to start at 19.30. K arrived first, bringing the fish for our main course recipe & SZ followed a few minutes later, bringing the dessert. Now a “full house”, the fun & frolics could finally start. Turns out the evening held the key to yet another, amazing salmon recipe (cudos to Delia Smith) and a gorgeous , light & fruity dessert you can actually enjoy without feeling (too) guilty 😆 And of course -as really goes without saying- the key to an absolutely marvelous time with precious company and loads of laughs… So, possibly for the last time, here go the evening’s recipes for all you fans of good food 😉 Main Course Roasted Salmon Fillets with a Crusted Pecorino and Pesto Topping Serves 2 2 skinless salmon fillets (150-175 grams each & about 2 …

IGS Third Meeting: 5/07/07@N’s place…

[RIDICULOUSLY LATE, THIS IS FOR MY FAVORITE GIRLS BACK IN BELGIUM 😉 ] The third meeting of our little IGS Project took place this Thursday @N’s crib. SMcG was originally scheduled to host, but last minute complications made that impossible so N. graciously stepped in to save the day. By 18.30 we were all in place -ingredients lined up and ready to go. Myself and SMcG were to prepare the salad and main course, S. & N. would make the dessert and K. was in charge of keeping us all well liquored and snack-happy until dinner time…Apart from an ill-fated first attempt to prepare the salad (blame it on me never having cooked using gas before in my life…) everything went smoothly and our little feast was served amongst laughter and general merriment a couple of hours later. So, as promised, here go the recipes (complete with pics) for the hidden chef in all of you. Enjoy… Salad & Main Course Spinach Salad with Warm Lemon Mushrooms Serves 4 Olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed …

IGS Second Meeting…

Ok guys…Here go the recipes from our second IGS adventure (which I -unfortunately- was not around for, thus the lack of yummy photos 😦 ) Big thank you to K. for providing the recipe details. Main Course Marinated lentils Mix 4 parts oil with 1 part apple cider vinegar. Taste and season, as needed . You can also add Dijon mustard, garlic & tomatoes, basil, chilli pepper & lime. Mix everything in and pour on hot lentils. Leave for 1 hour and serve. Hint: This can be safely stored in the fridge, for a couple of days. Bread 50 gr yeast (fresh) 5 dl water 3 tablespoons oil 1 teaspons salt 1 teaspons sugar Approx.12 dl flour Crumble the yeast in a pot. Heat the water to 37C. Pour a little of the water in the pot with the yeast until completely dissolved, then add the rest of the water, oil, salt, sugar and almost all of the flour. Mix well and then take the dough out of the pot and work it on a …

IGS Launch: 7/03/07@K’s place

Ok people…Am back much sooner that I thought with all the details of our first “IGS Project” meeting. (Big thank you to Kerstin for providing me with the recipe details in such a timely fashion). So, to begin with, girlfriends (and loaded down grocery bags) started arriving at K’s place at around 18.00. Spirits were running high, curiosity was peaking and -with a fair amount of preparation and private consultations time behind us- it wasn’t long before the menu of the evening was revealed: Our main course, prepared by NNatasha & Kerstin, was to be crispy covered salmon accompanied by baked potatoes and carrots with a cheese sauce and as for the dessert myself and Siobhan had planned on triple chocolate & pecan brownies with whipped cream. Sarah was the “slacker” of our first night (we are all gonna take turns doing that, hehe), kindly tending to the pre-dinner snacks and booze. We were all impressed by the efficiency and seamless coordination of our host and Scottish sista in preparing the first course and, I …

The IGS Project…

Intriguing title, huh? Here’s a bit more about it… The idea came to me, out of the blue, during a Saturday brunch with girlfriends. It went a little bit like this: 5 expat sistas, all of different nationalities, getting together once a week to try out new recipes and share their news over the ensuing dinner. After some discussion we decided that would, indeed, be a novel & entertaining addition to our weekly routine (not to mention an excellent opportunity for a combo of “social comment” 😆 and…BOOZE! Yep, as my friend Bettina would say: My name is Christiana and I’m an alcoholic. And so, by the end of our little get-together that day, we had already settled on a date for the official launch: 7th March 2007! So, today, I’m proud to announce our first meeting was a resounding success! We all got together in one of our appartments, cooked the main course and desert in 2’s and had an incredible time over the most gorgeous dinner, afterwards! As a result we are planning …