Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sales period in the Grand Region of Luxembourg

The winter sales periods in the Grand Region of Luxembourg are:

Luxembourg: from Saturday, January 2, 2010 to Saturday, January 16, 2010

Lorraine, France: from Saturday, January 2, 2010 to Friday, February 5, 2010

Wallonia, Belgium: from Saturday, January 2, 2010 to Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saarland and Rhainland-Pfalz, Germany: sales period is not regulated. It started after Christmas and, from our experience, should continue until mid February 2010

Happy shopping !

How to prepare rasol - recipe (including photos)

During winter times, a typical Romanian dish that is delicious and at the same time very easy to prepare is rasol.

Basically, it consists of meat boiled together with vegetables and served hot with a horseradish sauce on the side. Red wine is recommended to go with this dish.

The ingredients we used were:

- pork leg, including the fat and skin (for the taste):

- vegetables (carrots, potatoes, celery, onions and garlic). These can be added according to preferences and taste:

The preparation is fairly easy:

- wash the meat and cut it in several pieces

- peal the vegetables and cut them in pieces

- put all these together in a pot with water, add salt, some peppercorns and a couple of laurel leaves

- let them boil until the meat is ready, probably around 2 hours

Once ready, serve with a horseradish sauce. If you can not find horseradish sauce ready made, you can make it by mixing freshly grated horseradish root with grated beetroot and some red wine. In Luxembourg, the only place we could find horseradish is the Cactus supermarkets.

Bon appetit !

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Weapons of mass destruction" - AIDS prevention campaign

We would like to bring our small contribution to spreading the word regarding the prevention of HIV / AIDS:

The picture above is our own variation of the flyer put together by the Red Cross and the Health Ministry in Luxembourg.

Traditional doors in Ljubljana, Slovenia

In Ljubljana our attention was caught by beautiful traditional doors at the entrance of many buildings.

We are not usually very sensitive at these details, but this time we could not help but notice them, so we decided to share some photos with you:

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Automatic raw milk vending machines in Ljubljana, Slovenia

While visiting Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, we've seen for the first time automatic raw milk vending machines.

Take a look for yourself:

We've read the instructions and observed one lady using the machines: it all seems very easy and practical.

Trip to Ljubljana, Slovenia - part 3

Ljubljana Castle and its surroundings:

Monday, December 28, 2009

Trip to Ljubljana, Slovenia - part 2

Enjoy some more pictures of the old town of Ljubljana:

Trip to Ljubljana, Slovenia - part 1

While on vacation in Kranjska Gora we used the hotel as a "base camp" for daily trips to surrounding towns.

We started with the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, which has a small and lovely old center, with a castle on a hill top.

We enjoyed it even more, as it was under a charming fresh snow cover.




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