Archive for September, 2009

Word Cuisine Wednesdays: Denmark

By 1800FlyEurope in World Cuisine Wednesdays | on September 30th, 2009

As the weather is starting to turn cool, baking season seems to be upon us.  To me, nothing beats the feeling of being outside in the crisp air with the smell of burning firewood and something delicious like a cobbler, homemade bread or apple pie baking in the distance.  So to celebrate the upcoming autumn weather, I am offering a cozy recipe from Denmark, a Danish Apple Crumb Cake.

Danish Apple Crumb Cake

1 c white sugar
1 c brown sugar
2/3 c butter (10 tbsp + 2 tsp)
2 apples, peeled and diced
1 c milk
1 ¬Ω c flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp hot water
1 tbsp cinnamon

Cream together the sugars, cinnamon and the butter.  Add flour; beat until just combined and set aside ¾ cup of mixture for topping.

Add vanilla, baking soda, water, milk and eggs to mixture, stir until moist. Add your apples and stir. Pour this into a well greased 13 x 9 cake pan; sprinkle the saved ¾ cup over the top.

Place in hot oven, preheated at 350° and bake for 30 minutes.

A Swiss Autumn

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on September 29th, 2009

I’ve always thought of Switzerland as being a lovely place to visit during the winter months with its snow capped mountains and cozy cottages, or during springtime with all the lush green hills, flowers blooming and yodelers high on the Alps decked out in their dirndls and such.  But did you know that in autumn time, their fall foliage is fairly comparable to that of New England?

You can drive to Lake Geneva where the rainbow of the trees’ changing colors reflects beautifully off of the water.  Then after that, maybe go up to Creux du Van for a hike up to its cliff for panoramic views or to Lake Oeschinesee for a leisurely stroll.  There is a small mountain village called Kandersteg that UK Times reporter Vincent Crump describes as a place where there are “cuckoo-clock houses, blinding-white peaks and flower –pricked meadows full of cowbells and yodeling”. What a perfect description!  Kandersteg is an ideal spot to stay if you are looking for a peaceful place to relax and enjoy the quiet and beauty of your natural surroundings.

Switzerland also has a variety of wine festivals, chestnut and cheese fairs during the autumn months.  To name a few, we’ve got the Berne Cheese Festival 10 October 2009, The Grape Harvesting Sunday near Lake Biel 3-4 October 2009, and the Valais Chestnut Festival 17-18 October 2009.

To see what each city, village and meadow has to offer, you should rent a car and do a tour of Switzerland at your own pace.  The peak time for the leaves changing colors is middle to late October and with all the beauty this little country has to offer from the mountains and lakes to the valleys and villages, one thing you better not forget to bring along is your camera!  There is a photo opportunity at each place you go.

World Cuisine Wednesdays: Oktoberfest

By 1800FlyEurope in World Cuisine Wednesdays | on September 23rd, 2009

In keeping with the continuation of Oktoberfest,¬† this week’s recipe is for a delicious Bratwurst.¬† In order to make this, you will need a meat grinder and butcher‚Äôs twine.

Bratwurst

1lb fresh boneless trim pork loin
1lb fresh boneless trim veal
¬Ω tsp nutmeg
1 ¬Ω tsp salt
¬Ω tsp fresh ground pepper
Sausage casings
Milk
Water

Put dry ingredients in mixing bowl and set aside.

Make sure your meats have been trimmed of all fats and gristle then cut into small pieces.  Place meat into bowl with dry ingredients, mix to combine the ingredients.

Run the mixture through your grinder 3 or 4 times and then add water and mix again.  Stuff the casings with your mixture, tying the end with the twine.

Place your sausages in a pot of cold water, boil and remove from heat immediately.  Let stand 5 minutes before draining.

Pour a cup or so of milk into a bowl and dip each bratwurst in the milk and then set on your grill and cook until golden brown.

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And since some readers don’t have a meat grinder (or maybe you just don’t eat meat) I have a great potato dumpling recipe to share.  This recipe was given to me by a friend of my parents’ who got it from an old neighbor when she lived in Germany years ago.

Potato Knoedel (Dumpling)

6 potatoes
2 eggs beaten
1 chopped onion
1 tbsp flour (heaping)
1 tsp salt
2 slices of bread
1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp white vinegar

Boil 2 of potatoes, drain and allow to cool.

Cut the 2 slices of bread into small   ¼ to ½ inch squares and fry in butter. Set aside on paper towel.

Peel the other 4 potatoes and peel into a large bowl with water and vinegar.  Squeeze as try as possible into a paper towel.  Grate and peel cooked potatoes.

Mix all ingredients together well, mold and form into balls.  Boil in salted water for about 15-18 minutes, until dumplings rise to the top, careful not to overcook. Drain and serve hot.

Enjoy!  Happy Oktoberfest!

Getting to Europe – Cheap!

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on September 23rd, 2009

We get a lot of calls from people looking for the least expensive flight to Europe.  Most of them really don’t care what city they will arrive in, as long as they get there and the trip was cheap.  When we talk to these folks, we advise them that if they are looking for the absolute least expensive flight to Europe, the lowest fare will almost always be to London.  In order to get the cheapest flight to London, you would want your departure city to be a major city such as the New York area, Miami, Boston, Chicago or Los Angeles.

Another factor you want to keep in mind is the day of the week you depart and the day you return.  Most airlines increase their rates for travel from Thursday through Sunday, adding on a “weekend surcharge”.  If you have any flexibility with your dates, it is advisable that you leave on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and schedule your return the same way.  Booking a few months in advance will also help ensure the best availability on these flights.

Here at 1-800-Fly-Europe, we can help you find the lowest airfare available for your dates of travel, and if you are wishing to venture further into Europe from London, you can book a car rental with us.  Plus, after purchasing your airfare, you are eligible for an extra discount on your car rental and hotel reservations.  Even if you call at a later date to add hotel reservations or car rental to your travel package, you can still receive that discount!

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