Friday, August 03, 2012

Warm salad with Swiss chard, smoked duck breast and quail eggs

Warm salad with Swiss chard, smoked duck breast and quail eggs served on my great-grandfathers English stone ware plate from 1850
One of the best dishes made with ingredients on our allotment was a warm salad that my friend Dagfinn made the other day. 
Swiss chard is a leaf vegetable with brightly red stems. You can either use it raw, as spinach or steam it in a pan, as spinach.

My friend Dagfinn and I picked a bunch of brightly green leaves to prepare at home. We also grabbed a large courgette as well and sliced it, fried it lightly in a pan with a little olive oil, adding the Swiss chard leaves. He had separated the leaves from the stems, allowing the stems to heat a little longer to get tender,  As they steamed he added salt and pepper, and split the vegetables on two large dinner plates.

Dagfinn garnished the warm salad with tiny,  hard boiled quail eggs and delicious sliced smoked and salted duck breasts. Yum!

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Thursday, August 02, 2012

COMING AUGUST 2012: More stories from Göteborg, Sweden

Vis Gothenburg on Enjoy Food & Travel i et større kart

Enjoy Food & Travel are going to Gøteborg, Sweden in August. Göteborg is Sweden's second largest city, and is located just 4 hour's drive away from Oslo.

We are leaving by bus. Bus4You operates business class coach rides from downtown Oslo to Göteborg. It is easy, convenient and inexpensive. The bus takes less passengers leaving more leg room and you may use its wireless network to surf the internet.

Göteborg cathedral 
More on Bus4You - see story here

We are, as earlier, staying at SAS Radisson Hotel Scandinavia, rated as number four of hotels visited of hotels in 2010. We will see whether it will be as comfortable as last year.

So stay tuned for more stories from Göteborg here on Enjoy Food & Travel.

Hotel, restaurants and sights of Göteborg

See links to stories and map on Göteborg from A-Z

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Archbishops Palace - Lima, Peru

These elaborate wooden, enclosed balconies are typical of many classic buildings in old Lima.
The current Archbishops Palace in Lima was built as late as 1924, but the Archbishops have resided here since 1530. The building is baroque in appearance. 

The Plaza Mayor is the centre of the historic district of Lima. One of the monumental buildings is the residence of Limas Roman Catholic Archbishop. It is a beautiful ornate building, but in spite of looking baroque it is less than 100 years old. It replaced the old residence in 1924.
On this picture from 1860 you see the old palace that preceded the more monumental palace of today.
The historic centre is packed with old buildings up to 400 years old. The Baroque Palace is adjacemnt to Lima Cathedral  and has housed 10 archbishops  since Hernando de Arias y Ugarte became the first Archbishop in 1630. The new Archbishops Palace was built with the characteristic wooden verandas found on many historic buildings.  
The whole palace as well as the old cathedral of Lima that was constructed already in 1535 are the main buildings on the Plaza Mayor in Downtown Lima.
Golden memorial plaque on the Archbishops Palace
This brightly robe with the bishops coat of arms may mark the balcony from which the archbishop address his herd.
The Palace is the home of Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, the current Archbishop of Lima. Photo: Djacobo 

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