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Posted on 14 Dec 2014 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

Yesterday E and I checked out the Foodhallen in Amsterdam, the first indoor food market in the Netherlands, which is located in a renovated tramshed from the 1800's. I'd been wanting to go for a while but never got round to it. As with so many things. But yesterday I was determined to go, no more excuses. And so we went. On Saturdays, the Hallen also hosts a Local Goods Market, where food and non-food products, designed and made in Amsterdam, can be bought. We parked underneath the Hallen and since we were on the early side, we went to town. Literally and figuratively. I wanted to stop by an old favorite, Puccini Bomboni:

On our way there, a good 25 minutes walk from the Hallen, we passed all kinds of nice shops and markets. When we returned to the Hallen several hours of walking later, we'd worked up a decent appetite. By then the place was swarming with people! E opted for a Pulled Pork Sandwich from the Rough Kitchen, while I decided to give the Smokey Pepper Dog from Bulls and Dogs a go.

Now I'm not a big fan of hotdogs, but I'd read raving reviews about these dogs, and the pretzel bun looked promising. The bun ended up being the only thing I liked about the dog. The lambs meat sausage was nice and smokey, but nothing special. It was however self-made and sourced from local 'happy' meat. But the harissa aioli was downright awful. To me it was just orange-colored mayonnaise and there was way too much of it. I would've preferred a fresher and lighter tasting yogurt-based sauce (which fits more with the oriental theme of lambs meat and harissa anyway) or something along the lines of chimichurri. To sum it up: an extraordinary looking dog that tasted pretty ordinary. I should've gone for the Pulled Pork Sandwich, which was absolutely delicious (I had a small bite).
On the Local Goods Market, I ran into Carol Tarr, the founder of Atomic Spices. I spent half the time at her stand smelling one wonderful smoked spice after the other, from smoked anise seed to smoked peppercorns. I left with some smokey goodness:

Back home I tried my hand at caramelizing onions in my new (!!!) crockpot. It was a combined Sinterklaas and Christmas gift from E, and I look forward to trying out all kinds of recipes in it. How I came upon caramelized onions, I have no clue... I just love them and thought how nice it would be if I could let the slow cooker do all the work. So I peeled a little under one kilogram of onions, thinly sliced them with the help of my MagiMix, dumped them in the Crockpot with a knob of butter and let them cook on low for 10 hours (overnight). I'm telling you now, it was a one-time only experience. Boy does it smell like onions all over the place. Not funny. They taste and look delicious though.

Today I threw together some lunches for the new work week (you bet ya that they'll be featuring caramelized onions):

Yup, pumpkins, beets, and cauliflower are still my besties ;-) I used the vadouvan from Atomic Spices for my roasted red pepper, zucchini and cauliflower salad, and this week I'm trying out smoked chicken breast from happy chickens (from our free-range butcher).
I also, finally, got round to offloading pics from my camera and sorting them for future posts. This was going to be an epic long post, but I've decided to end it here with a photo of my Christmas gift for E:

That would be an advent calender from MyMuesli. This way E can enjoy 24 days of different flavors of muesli, each portion packed in a 2-go cup and made of the best organic ingredients. How awesome is that?! I know I know, I outdid myself ;-)


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