Nope, don’t sit too close to me if you don’t want to catch a cold too. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather for a couple of days now, it wouldn’t do for you to get it too. Let’s enjoy our gorgeous coffee with the whipped cream and pepernoten on top!
- I promised to tell you about the pepernoten in my previous post, didn’t I? Well, in the Netherlands we don’t get visits from Santa Claus at Christmas Eve, but we celebrate the birthday of Sinterklaas on the 5th of December. The saintly bishop doesn’t get presents for himself, he gives them away to children who have been good all year. We are gearing up to the celebrations here, buying presents and eating lots of special candy, like pepernoten. They are like small domed cookies with a special speculaas taste that you can get from a mix of herbs.
- If you would like to try your hand at making them yourselves, here is the recipe. It’s copied from a community cookbook “Cooking on Clogs” that has family recipes compiled by Dutch ladies who had emigrated to other countries and really wanted some of the Dutch specialities. These should be little tiny balls… about the size of the top joint of your little finger. If you are able to use the commercially mixed Dutch Speculaas herbs you should use 2 3/4 teaspoons instead of the separate spices.
- I’ve been playing some the New Style Boutique 2, Fashion Forward this week ( only available in Europe and Oceania) and I read the visual novel Code Realize on the Vita. Not much in the way of news there, but I was surprised to read that Nintendo is opening eShops in the remaining European countries. If you live in Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, or Romania you will be able to access the eShop too starting December 10th at 15.00h CET. The shop will accept Euros as payment. Honestly, it never crossed my mind that the eShop wasn’t available everywhere!
Well, I’m glad I don’t live in America so that I don’t have to jump into the Black Friday race. Don’t think I’d have the energy right now! I think I will go home and do nothing for a bit, see if I can feel a bit better tomorrow. Till next week, my friend, enjoy your weekend!