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Transcript of Belgium
Land and Geography
Belgium is located in Europe and is bordering the North Sea and the English Channel. Some of the countries that border Belgium are: Germany, Luxemburg, and the United Kingdom. Some of the cities that are in Belgium are: Brugge, Ieper, Antwerpen, Liege, Bastogne, Mons, Charleroi, Namur, Gent, and Brussels-the country's capital.
Belgians eat with knife in right hand and fork in left hand. Meals are a social event in Belgium and are not supposed to be rushed. Belgians don't like to waste food, therefore they eat everything on their plates. Not asking for second helping is not considered rude. Many adults and children have a hot meal at school or work.
There are three meals served a day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and sometimes dessert. The main meal-dinner is served around 6 or 7 p.m.
More than one third of Belgian households contain children. Women are mostly responsible for cooking, cleaning, and childcare. Usually men are the breadwinners in Belgium. America is very modern- with both parents working, but many countries in Europe- including Belgium is very old fashioned, with men working and women staying at home.
Entree- Pommes Frites with Special Dipping Sauces
Pommes frites are a very popular dish in Belgium. They are potatoes fried twice to make them extra crispy.
6 baking potatoes
1 quart vegetable oil
Belgium is mostly flat, with hilly terrain near the southwest Ardennes forest. Almost one quarter of Belgium is suited for agriculture. Also, more than 20 percent is forested. It is usually damp and has mild temperature. The most pleasant months to visit Belgium are June through September.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Peel potatoes and cut lenghtwise into quarter-inch thick slices.
Cut again into 1/4 inch thick fries.
Place the potatoes into a bowl with cold water; this will help keep the fries crisp. Just before cooking, drain water and place on paper towel, pat dry.
Put the potatoes in a bowl; add olive oil, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Toss well and lay out in 1 layer on nonstick baking sheet. Bake until light brown. Cook for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, turning frequently until golden brown.
Remove from oven, allow to cool for 1 or 2 minutes and serve
Curry Ketchup Recipe-
1 teaspoon curry powder
5 ounces ketchup
5 ounces mayonnaise
1/4 finely chopped onion
Mix all ingredients together.
Honey Mustard Mayo Recipe-
5 ounces mayonnaise
4 ounces mustard
1 teaspoon honey
Mix all ingredients together
1 whole large chicken
3 celery stalks
4 shallots or small onions
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
400 grams mushrooms (about 14 ounces)
4 egg yolks
1 cup cream
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoon butter
Preparation for the stock: Place the chicken in a pot of water, covering the chicken entirely. Add 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, and 1 onion, cut into approximately 1-inch pieces. Add parsley, thyme and a bay leaf and poach until chicken is cooked. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Cut the remaining carrots, celery, onions into 1-inch sticks and place them in a saucepan with water to cover. Cut the leeks into 1-inch sticks, slice the mushrooms and add to saucepan. Parboil vegetables in salted water. Take out the chicken when poached (no red color must be seen under the skin) and discard vegetables from stock. Strain the chicken stock through a fine sieve. Take the skin off of the chicken and cut chicken into 8 pieces. Put the chicken and the parboiled vegetables into the stock. Mix the egg yolks with the cream and add to the stock. Add the lemon juice and butter. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Serve in soup plates with boiled potatoes or white steamed rice.
Dessert- Belgian Waffles
Belgian waffles are a traditional Belgian treat. These thick, flaky waffles are very different than the American waffles. Belgian waffles are leaned with yeast and egg whites which makes the waffle light and airy.
They are a delicious treat an you can put many sweets on them to make them extra yummy.
Ingredients for Belgian Waffles-
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups milk
non-stick cooking spray
Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. In 1 medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a second bowl use the wooden spoon to beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine. Combine the egg-milk mixture with the flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Do not over mix. In third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Do not overmix! Coat the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour enough batter in iron to just cover waffle grid. Close and cook as per manufacturer's instructions until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.
1 bay leaf