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A Decade of Adventures

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

Today E and I celebrate our 10th anniversary, imagine, a decade of adventures together! Our last being a visit to the Wadden island Vlieland to attend its first ever Cranberry Week, during which the island celebrates the cranberry harvest. Unfortunately they had a very poor harvest this year, but I managed to snag a few bags of "the last" cranberries. Some of them have already been put to use in my anniversary cranberry cheesecake mousse:

This mousse was inspired by a cake that I taste-tested for the "Best Cranberry Cake" competition, but more on that later. First let's start with what we did, where we stayed, and what we ate. Not per se in that order ;-)
We stayed in B&B Torenzicht, which turned out to be a nice and cosy B&B. We shared facilities (toilet and shower) with 3 other rooms, but they were squeaky clean. Our room was small and basic, two beds, a washing basin and some closet space. Pretty much everything you need, since we intended to spend most of our time outdoors anyway. Besides, it had a nice nautical theme going on and a view on the lighthouse.

The first day we biked from one end of the island to the other (about 10K), where we had a refreshing lunch at het Posthuys.

Then E convinced me to bike a little further to the "turn point", where we supposedly could turn a corner and bike back on the other side of the island. After a lot of protest and chagrin from my side (blasted wind was getting the best of me) we reached the beach. That is how said "turn point" became a turn-around point. And so we headed back to the Posthuys, made a left turn there and biked back on the other side of the island through the dunes. Even though we had the wind in our back, the incline of some dunes was killing our legs! Regardless, we enjoyed crossing through the dunes, breaking up a sweat thanks to the Summer temps.

The next day we set out on a freestyle hike, so as to speak. We had three two-hour hikes to choose from and none of them appealed to us and we wanted to go out for an hour or so. I decided I wanted to see the lighthouse, so up we went. Then I thought it'd be nice to stroll through the woods. E wanted to see the beach, so we clambered over the dunes and walked on the beach. Here we spotted some awesome tire prints in the sand:

We sort of lost time and ended up having to rush back through dunes, woods, and village, to make it to our pop-up lunch. Thus we ended up hiking a good two hours anyway and combining all three hike routes into one basically.

Needless to say we arrived with a decent appetite at the pop-up lunch, a luxury picnic in a cranberry field. The famous Dutch chef Joop Braakhekke was supposed to make an appearance and cook a small dish, but he turned out to be ill or something. We never really were notified that he wouldn't be there, which I thought was a bit unprofessional. Instead the chef of Badhotel Bruin was present to serve up flat iron steak on celeriac puree with cranberry sauce, cranberry caviar, a reduction of gravy, and spinach oil. Not only did it look beautiful, it tasted beautiful. Afterwards we were invited to a spread of sandwiches and local sweet breads. There were also two elderly ladies present (inhabitants of Vlieland) who shared with us their cranberry creations: one was a raw cranberry relish, and the other a cranberry jam. With a happy belly E and I went into the bare cranberry field where we found some lone cranberries on the ground.

Back in the village we checked out the cranberry fair. Somehow we ended up taste-testing for the "Best Cranberry Cake" competition. I voted for #4, a cranberry monchou-/cheesecake, which inspired me to recreate something similar at home. They also had a special edition "rookworst" (a type of sausage) with cranberries. But the best part was meeting Berry Cranberry ^^ He is my new hero!

Loaded with cranberries and cranberry goodies, and full bellies, we took the 'quick' ferry back to the main land on the hottest 18 October since 1921. On to the next adventure...


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