Posted by: patriciamar | November 3, 2009

Back in Lovely Leiden

Matt and I are now back in lovely Leiden, where there are friendly fishmen, old windmills, and a world of stroopwafels.

We moved into our new apartment on Poelgeeststraat, and on Monday, emptied our storage unit and filled our apartment. It is a bit strange living in this apartment so far. We knew the people that lived here before, and actually visited them a few times, so thus far, it has felt more like we are just house-sitting for them.

Oh, well, either way, the apartment is Great! It is very gezellig (cozy, warm, close, comfortable…) complete with lots of candles for the dark Dutch winter days.  It is nice to have a home and know that we will be here for a whole year!  Before this, it was a long six months of moving from one place to the next- with very little downtime, and very little time for cooking.  We are starting to restock our kitchen cupboards for the next month and a half before heading back to the U.S. for Christmas. So far, the docket includes chili, pea soup, chicken noodle soup, lentil soup, chicken tortilla soup, potato leek soup, vegetable beef soup, lasagne, and pizza. We do seem to lean towards the soups during the winter. While I will claim that it is mostly because of the rainy, gloomy weather, it is nice that each batch of soup makes three meals or so. If you add toast, a turkse pizza or two, and pasta- we’re set for the month!

Phew… I was getting tired of having to think of more original meals. The winter darkness is no time for cooking up fancy quiche and kabobs.

Plus, if I have extra energy for cooking, I will surely spend it on cranberry bread, apple pie, or bars. How could I not!? Thanksgiving is coming!

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