Friday, 26 June 2009
The day dawned sunny and bright and promised to be another warm afternoon with temperatures reaching 26C before thunder showers were expected later in the evening! We met in the parking area of the Dr. du Compt in Watermael-Boitsfort before heading down to the pond for our group photo. Sheila took three or four ladies with her on a Philosophers' Walk and we all met up again after our respective walks to retrieve our picnic items from our cars. We took them down to the 2 picnic tables under the trees near the edge of the pond where we could lay out our picnic! This is always one of our favorite gatherings of the walking year. With so many ladies from so many countries it is always a treat to see what new and exciting International dishes show up each time!
Thanks to Dolphine who sent several photos of the "short bikers" who had taken over a large area of "our" picnic spot. We were able to negotiate an earlier than they probably wanted departure for them from the 2 picnic tables to accomodate the 26+ of us.
Here is just a small teaser sample view of the myriad of dishes that were provided for our selections for today's picnic! Some of our choices included several varieties of quiches, a clafoutis of vegetables, a Greek feta cheese salad, a smoked trout salad with green grapes, a German sausage salad, Japanese sushi rolls, chicken drumsticks, a Humus salad, a Spanish omelet, a couscous vegetable salad, a mixed green salad and a large pasta salad with tuna and artichokes. Whew ... and, every year it just seems to get better and better!!! Thanks, Ladies ...
And then it was time for dessert!!! Unfortunately not all of them are portrayed here but we had some lovely choices available to us ... fruit salads, fresh cherries, fresh apricots, a cheese cake, an apple tart, a Scottish Tipsy Laird triffle, brownies, several Pavlova desserts and a chocolate cake with fresh ripe raspberries. If anyone went away hungry it was her own fault!!!
Chocolate Fondant with Raspberries
200 g chocolate
200 g butter
200 g sugar
Cut the chocolate in pieces and let it melt. Add the butter and let it melt, too.
Separate the yolks from the egg whites. Beat the yolks with half the sugar until foamy and mix them with the chocolate mix.
Whisk the egg whites. When they start to rise, add the rest of the sugar and continue beating until the mixture is white and glossy.
Fold it in with the chocolate.
Bake for 40-45 minutes in 175 degrees C.
Add the raspberries by sprinkling them on top when the fondant is cool and enjoy!
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Friday's (June 26th) Annual Walkers' Summer Picnic will take place in Watermael-Boitsfort (walk #6) Click Here for Map ... starting at 11am for the walk followed by the picnic at 12:30pm. This is also reachable by Tram #94 - "Coccinelles" stop. We have 26 of you signed up to attend! Sandy will lead the main walk and Sheila will be leading the Philosophers' on a (PW) which will be a bit shorter and slower for those who would like to participate at the same time. This is always one of our favorite, fun events with all kinds of great international dishes! A sign up sheet has already been sent to you via email to indicate what you can bring. In the event of rain (don't even mention it) ... we will walk from Sandy's house in Auderghem ( help!!!) ... and, return there for an indoor picnic!
Monday, 22 June 2009
We settled onto the terrace of the cafe/restaurant La Vignette off the N3 in Tervuren for our refreshments following the walk. It was still quite comfortable under broken cloudy skies and partial sunshine. Our thanks to Anne (2nd right) for such a splendid outing today. We all felt we got a good workout.
We are happy to report the results of the money raised by our Charity WIC Walk & Luncheon of 15 May at the home of Christiane C. as well as the sale of Kathleen's cookbook "The Walking Gourmet". To date we have donated 1,209 Euros to WIC for the 2 charities (Grain de Vie and Fondation Belge de Brulures)! This amount can be further broken down into 2 figures - 640 Euros for the luncheon and 569 Euros for the cookbooks/CD's. This latter figure may increase as the last of the CD's are sold. There are many to thank for the success of these efforts but principally to our hostess, Christiane who absorbed all of her costs for the lunch so that all the funds paid by the participants went directly to the WIC charities and to Kathleen who came up with the idea of the cookbook, collected all the recipes and absorbed all of her own expenses in its production so that all procedes from the sale of the printed copies and CD's were donated, also! Without the generosity of these two ladies the figure would be substantially less. Many thanks to all of you, too, who helped out by donating, bringing food, helping out the day of the event, buying the recipe book and contributing your time and attention to make this such a fun occasion. It was a great joint effort.
Fri., 26th : Annual Walkers' Spring Picnic at Watermael-Boitsfort (#6) - lots of fun, bring a dish to share! We start at 11am for this one for the walk followed by the picnic lunch at 12:30.
Mon., 29th - Paulette's Walk - Details to follow
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Our thanks to Sheila and Keith who not only organized today's walk but also worked with the restaurant, La Vinia, for 3 choices of 3 courses for our mid day meal in addition to wines, waters, tea and coffee, too. It was quite sumptious and filling. I don't think anyone went away hungry! Unfortunately, it was then time to say our goodbys to those "alumnae" who had come for the weekend festivities. We all agreed it was great to see each other again and a really fun reunion!!! We hope that those who are living not too far away might consider coming back to Brussels another time to catch up sooner rather than later!
Saturday, 20 June 2009
On Friday afternoon at 1pm, at the beginning of our weekend of 20th Anniversary events for the WIC Walkers, we gathered first for a group photo under partially cloudy skies near our parking meeting spot in Gronendaal. In addition, to the walkers 20 years we were also celebrating 20 years with the WIC Reading group! It was really wonderful to have so many "alumnae" back to join us for this grand occasion! Paulette then took over and led the group for the first hour (+) ... and as we proceeded the skies cleared for a most glorious weather afternoon.