AM and Paulo, the chef on Elodie

Chef Paulo

Wow, the food we have been eating this week has been just superb.

Prawn Salad with Sundried Tomatoes

We are all very pleased to have been served these delicious meals by Paulo, chef on the Elodie. Due to the sickness and vacation of other Elodie chefs, Paulo jumped in at the last minute to cook for us. While Paulo has been the chef on the Elodie before, this was a final hurrah before he started a new job as a chef for a big company.

Paulo starts every course of every meal with a lovely introduction of what he has specially made for us. Today’s dinner started with a salad of wild spinach, dutch greens and iceberg lettuce, homemade garlic croutons, shrimps lightly sautéed in garlic, lemon juice, and truffle oil, all tossed with sundried tomatoes. This was followed by a dinner of fresh asparagus grilled with oil, salt and pepper, gratineed potatoes baked in a reduction of double cream with thyme, oregano, garlic, topped with cumin soft cheese and for me, sea wolf simply sautéed with salt and pepper. The sauce under the sea wolf was a puree of carrots, lemon juice, spring onion, garlic and a touch of brown sugar. All of this deliciousness was followed by yet another exquisite dessert called Passion of Fruit which was scoop of mango sorbet floating in a sweet cold soup of melon, green apple, apple juice, ginger syrup and lemon juice, garnished by one sweet raspberry and one sweet blackberry.  A beautiful flow of flavours. Thanks Paulo, thanks Michel for hiring Paulo!


Famous for windmills

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You would think that the fact that the country is famous for windmills would have given us a clue. But no. We came on the bike trip through the Netherlands not thinking about what would make windmills work and why the Netherlands might be famous for windmills. Yes, wind, wind and more wind. Our first 4 days of cycling included many kilometres of 40 to 60 km headwinds. This made 40+ kilometre rides take almost the whole day. Hard work! But in a truly lovely countryside. The Netherlands is picturesque everywhere you turn. The aforementioned windmills, brick houses  with thatched roofs, sailboats and barges.

More to come from everyone once we are off the boat. Bruges Belgium tonight, onwards to Flanders Fields tomorrow then to Paris. xoxo