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Clementine sauce

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I’m not really a sauce person and I’ve never understood people who help themselves to ladles of sauce to go with their meal. But each to his/her own.

The recipe I’m sharing with you today is one for the sauce lovers. It is for a simple clementine sauce which goes very well with poultry.

You only need four ingredients and it needs only five minutes to cook.

So why don’t you have a go at it?

Happy cooking!

xxx
Ann

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Striped skirt

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In this blogpost, I’m sharing my pattern for a striped skirt which fits all Annabels. Dolls, Ducks and Rabbits alike.

Happy knitting!

xxx
Ann

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Vanilla pancakes

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Pancakes are eaten a lot in Belgium. On Wednesday afternoons (children in Belgium don’t go to school then) they are a treat in many households. But not only children like them, pancakes, with all sorts of toppings, are on the menu of many tearooms too.

Every year, on 2 February, Maria Lichtmis is celebrated in Belgium. And over the years it has become custom to have pancakes on that day. A bit like Pancake Day in Britain.

This year for Maria Lichtmis, I tried out a new recipe, which I’m sharing with you today.

Maybe you’ll have them for Pancake Day this year? Or for another occasion?

Happy baking!

xxx
Ann

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Bow tie

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In this blogpost, I’m sharing my pattern for a bow tie which fits all Thomasses and Annabels. Dolls, Ducks and Rabbits alike.

Happy knitting!

xxx
Ann

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Tomato sauce

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I have posted some tomato sauce recipes before but I keep coming up with new versions from time to time, so here’s another one. It goes very well with meatballs, shrimp and even chicken.

The sauce freezes very well. Take it out of the freezer the night before using it. Reheat either in the jar in the microwave or in a pan on the cooker.

Why don’t you have a go at it and let me know how you like it best?

Happy cooking!

xxx
Ann

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Nurse Doll

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Two weeks ago, I shared with you my pattern for Doctor Doll, which I made in honour of the health care staff working even harder than usual because of covid 19.

Today, I’m sharing my pattern for Nurse Doll. I took inspiration from the Call the Midwife costumes for her clothing.

I hope you have a go at making her.

Happy knitting!

xxx
Ann

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Clementine chicken

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If you are one of the people who returns to my blog from time to time, you’ll know how much I love chicken.

As it has been a while since I last shared a roasted chicken recipe, I am sharing this one for clementine chicken with you today. It is a delicious addition to any recipe folder.

I made it for the first time around last Christmas when the clementines were in season. If you can’t find clementines or tangerines, you can easily replace them with an orange.

Will you try it? I hope so.

Happy cooking!

xxx
Ann

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Doctor Doll

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About a year ago the world was introduced to covid 19, which put a lot of pressure not only on people in general, but also of those in health care. They often worked in stressing circumstances and endless shifts. Between the first and the second wave, they scarcely had time to recuperate because they had to take care of the people, whose treatment was postponed because of covid. A year later some countries are in national or regional lockdown again. But there is light at the end of the tunnel: vaccination was started at the end of December. We’ll still have to live with lots of restrictions till at least the summer, but I feel like we can start planning things again which we haven’t been able to do for a long time.

To honour the doctors and nurses who worked and are working so hard, I created Doctor and Nurse Doll. And today I’m sharing my pattern for Doctor Doll with you and hope you’ll have a go at making him and maybe donate him to people working in the health sector.

Happy knitting!

xxx
Ann

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Chocolate chip frangipane muffins

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I loved making the blueberry almond muffins so much, I had a go at making chocolaty ones.

My sister cycles a lot. Every weekend she’s away for a tour organized by one cycling club or the other. In 2019, I went along to Zonnebeke, not far from Passendale, where I visited the Memorial 1917 museum. I prepared lunchboxes and also wanted to include a sweet treat. As the blueberry almond muffins had gone down so well two days earlier, I decided to make some replacing the blueberries with chocolate chips (my sister doesn’t eat blueberries). And they were just as delicious as the fruity ones.

Here’s the recipe.

Happy baking!

xxx
Ann

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Happy New Year

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a good start into the new year.

The past year has been horrendous for everyone, no matter where you live. The Covid pandemic has put a lot of strain on all of us. My thoughts go to those who have lost dear ones or their job because of Covid. But today is the start of a new year. And here’s to a better one than the last.

Today will be the same as usual for me. I’ll be spending the morning in my PJ’s, enjoying a champagne breakfast before watching the live transmission from the Musikverein of this year’s New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna.

I wish you all the very best for the year to come: good health, good company and a good job.

For myself, I’d like to add a few things to that, such as:

  • keep up my knitting for my local children’s cancer hospital
  • continue my Strauss research and after having published articles about Johann Strauss II’s first and second wife, also have one published about his third
  • hope that my cancer doesn’t come back
  • stay in close contact to those who have proven to be real friends over the past two years after both my operations and my cancer treatment

My champagne is chilled. Breakfast is calling. The do not disturb sign is on the door. Let 2021 begin!

Happy New Year to you all!

xxx
Ann