So many wonderful flavors! I did a search on the Food Network for couscous and wanted to try the North African Meatballs after browsing the almost 500 positive reviews. The meatballs are made with tomato paste, freshly grated ginger, fresh cilantro, cinnamon, and cumin with a delicious sauce of tomatoes, olives, lemon zest, white wine, cinnamon, and red peppers (I used Sambal Oelek instead of dried flakes). This is served with couscous and fresh dates! I realized when reading the ingredients that I had never eaten fresh dates. Better late than never! It took so much willpower not to eat them all, so that I would have enough for dinner!
North African Meatballs served with Couscous and Fresh Dates
Last night Koen prepared salmon nigirizushi, a mound of sushi rice (shari) with wasabi and a topping (neta) draped over it, . Normally he always makes makizushi, or sushi rolls, but decided to try something different after watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Last year’s Christmas Eve at the De Feijter’s was so well-received, we decided to do it again this year! The evening was filled with lots of laughter and enjoying delicious food and drinks surrounded by family!
Koen and I brought a Belgian hapje – tomate aux crevettes. I mentioned it before in a previous post. This is a Belgian dish created by carving out tomatoes and filling them with a mixture of North Sea shrimp, mayonnaise, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. We used cherry tomatoes this time because they’re the perfect finger food size and we substituted the lemon juice with finely chopped fresh grapefruit!
For Sinterklaas, I must have been very good because I received a lot of delicious goodies from Koen – foie gras, truffle oil, various cheeses, and wine! I am not very patient when it comes to delicious food (I must get that from my father, who always says ironically that patience is his middle name). With that in mind I wanted try to incorporate everything into one decadent dinner!
Decadent Mini-Burgers! My plate is featured below. I created 2 foie gras burgers and 1 Stilton burger! All 3 were drizzled in truffle oil and topped off with raspberry-onion confiture!