Christmas 2013!

Opening my Christmas gifts from my parents!

Opening my Christmas gifts from my parents!

Koen and I celebrated Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Roosendaal, first at his Aunt Maartje and Uncle Sjaak’s house and then at the Brörmann house for Christmas. Unfortunately Nikki, Brigiet, and Sofie could not make it to Roosendaal to celebrate with us – Nikki and Brigiet were in Friesland and Sofie was surfing in Spain! Christmas Eve, we all made special dishes – Koen and I made two types of meatballs – and enjoyed an evening with lots of laughter and delicious food. The next day began with Christmas brunch. The entire afternoon we took turns in the kitchen preparing for dinner. I made macarons for the first time! Oma joined us for our delicious dinner which included a game where we guess what Dook is thinking. Koen and I were the winners guessing Roy Donder’s huispak and Oma’s pearl necklace! After dinner we facetimed my family in the States where they were also enjoying Christmas dinner! Also, special thank you to Barbara for the beautiful photos from Christmas!

 

Koen's Indonesian meatballs

Koen’s Indonesian meatballs

 

My Swedish meatballs

My Swedish meatballs

 

Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve!

 

Barbara and Menno's cupcake tower

Barbara and Menno’s cupcake tower

 

Sjor's decadent chocolate cake

Sjors’s decadent chocolate cake

 

Amir, Els, and Gijs

Gijs entertaining Amir and Els

 

Sjors and Uncle Sjaak

Sjors and Uncle Sjaak

 

Smoked salmon and artichokes filled with trout mousse

Smoked salmon and artichokes filled with trout mousse

 

Delicious cheese!

Delicious cheese!

 

Oma's first selfie!

Oma’s first selfie!

 

Yum! Christmas brunch!

Yum! Christmas brunch!

 

Poached egg, sausage rolls, and a slice of Kerststol!

Poached egg, sausage rolls, and a slice of Kerststol!

 

Macarons going into the oven

Macarons going into the oven

 

Out of the oven!

Out of the oven!

 

Lemon macarons! (Next time I will use food coloring to make them yellow)

Lemon macarons! (Next time I will use food coloring to make them yellow)

 

Raspberry macarons! (Next time I will use food coloring to make them pink or red)

Raspberry macarons! (Next time these will be pink or red)

 

Oven-carmalized figs - I almost set the paper on fire!

Oven-caramelized figs – I almost set the paper on fire!

 

Macarons with foie gras and carmalized figs!

Macarons with foie gras and caramelized figs!

 

Foie gras and caramelized fig macarons!

Foie gras and caramelized fig macarons!

 

Barbara's chocolate and caramel dessert cooling off

Barbara’s chocolate and caramel dessert cooling off

 

The Roe deer marinating on the Himilayan salt block

The roe deer being seasoned on the Himilayan salt block

 

Koen and me <3

Koen and me ❤

 

Champagne Christmas toast!

Champagne Christmas toast!

 

Koen's Stilton and pear amuse-bouche

Koen’s Stilton, pear, and pinenut amuse-bouche with a reduced Port sauce

 

Three generations!

Three generations of beauties!

 

The Christmas table!

The Christmas table

 

Starter: Foie gras with cognac aspice and fig chutney

Starter: Foie gras with cognac aspic and fig chutney

 

2nd starter: Els's oxtail soup

2nd starter: Els’s oxtail soup

 

Main Course: roe deer with a delicious sauce created by Dook, parsnip fries, caramelized Belgian endive, and oven-roasted apples stuffed with cranberry sauce served with a delicious wine from Grand Vin

Main Course: roe deer with a delicious sauce created by Dook, parsnip fries, caramelized Belgian endive, and oven-roasted apples stuffed with cranberry sauce served with a delicious wine from Grand Vin

 

Closeup of the main course - yum!

Closeup of the main course – yum!

 

Koen and me at the table

Koen and me at the table

 

Time for cheese!

Time for cheese!

 

The cheese plate

The cheese plate

 

My plate!

My plate! (The first of a few)

 

Els's Semi freddo di amaretto

Els’s Semi freddo di amaretto

 

Slice of the semi freddo di amaretto - delicious!

Slice of the semi freddo di amaretto – delicious!

 

Listening intently

I think here we’re playing a round of guessing what Dook is thinking

 

Barbara's famous chocolate, carmel, and nut dessert!

Barbara’s famous chocolate, caramel, and nut dessert!

 

And finally...lemon and raspberry macarons with Barbara's chocolate to go with the coffee and tea! Merry Christmas!!

And finally…lemon and raspberry macarons with Barbara’s chocolate to go with the coffee and tea!

 

Chatting with my family in the States!

Chatting with my family in the States!

 

Oma, also wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Oma, also wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

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