Archive for June, 2010

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in World Cuisine Wednesdays | on June 23rd, 2010

Hello, Travelers!  I hope everyone is doing well on this fine Wednesday afternoon!  If you recall, back in April I wrote a blog about the famous gastronomy of Brussels. I spoke of waffles, beer, chocolate and Frieten (fries) but did not mention one of the tastiest treats of all – cheese croquettes! Yum!  Today, for our World Cuisine Wednesday, I will finally share a recipe straight from Belgium.  Genieten! Jouir! Genießen!

Belgian Cheese Croquettes

  • 1 c milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3.5 oz shredded cheddar
  • 3.5 oz breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • ¬Ω tsp nutmeg
  • ¬Ω tsp cumin powder
  • Black pepper to taste

In saucepan, melt butter and two tablespoons of flour.  Stir constantly and simmer for 3 minutes.

Add milk, bring to a boil, still stirring constantly.  Reduce heat, and simmer for 2 more minutes.

Remove from heat and add spices, then refrigerate for 2 hours.

Form approximately 10 croquettes from the refrigerated mixture.

On three different dishes, put breadcrumbs, flour and egg whites.  Roll each croquette through flour, then through egg whites, and lastly through breadcrumbs.  Refrigerate for one more hour.

To cook, deep fry approximately 4 minutes or until golden brown.

Lufthansa Welcomes Airbus A380

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on June 16th, 2010

On May 19, Lufthansa received their newest member of fleet, the Airbus A380.  This  superjumbo jet has a total of 526 seats;  the upper deck has seating for 98 Business Class passengers and 8 First Class passengers.  The remaining 420 passengers are seated below.

This aircraft took seven years to complete, two years later than anticipated and cost over 8 billion dollars to develop.  Other airlines that are operating the Airbus A380 include Air France, Qantas and Singapore Airlines.    The Airbus A380 has a range of 8200 Nautical miles, meaning it has the capability to fly nonstop from New York to Hong Kong.

In the First Class Cabin, passengers will have ample personal and storage space.  The developers did away with overhead bins, instead providing each person with their own lockable closet.  The restroom is large and luxurious, comprised of two separate areas: one room is for changing and washing up and the other is the lavatory.

Business Class passengers can enjoy comfort and relaxation in the new Business Class Cabin.  The plush, comfortable seats convert into a 6.5 foot long bed and each seat has its own control console for in-flight entertainment.

Passengers flying in Economy Class can also enjoy added benefits and comfort of the new A380.  Just as the seats in First and Business Class were developed by ergonomic experts, so were the seats in Economy.  The new seats have slimmer backs as well as added legroom and personal space for each passenger.

On June 11, 2010 Lufthansa’s new A380 took its maiden voyage from Frankfurt to Tokyo.  By fall 2010, Lufthansa will have four A380s in their fleet which will be operated on routes to Johannesburg and Beijing.

Interested in flying in one of these superjumbo jets?  Give us a call at 1-800-359-3876 for your free quote on a flight with Lufthansa today!

World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, World Cuisine Wednesdays | on June 9th, 2010

Dobry Wieczor, Travelers!  Today we will travel to Poland for our recipe of the week:  pierogi.   Pierogi are dumplings  containing a filling of your choice.  You can add potatoes, sauerkraut, cheese, cabbage…the list goes on. This dish is a popular one, every country has their own variation, but I will show you how to prepare it as though you were dining in the heart of Krakow or Warsaw.  Today’s recipe will be for pierogi with cheese filling.

Polish Cheese Filled Pierogi

This recipe is made in two parts: the cheese filling and the pierogi.

Cheese Filling

  • 2 c cottage cheese
  • 6 tbsp currants
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¬Ω tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cream eggs and butter together.  Mix in remaining ingredients until well blended.

Pierogi

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c flour
  • ¬Ω c water
  • ¬Ω tsp salt
  • ¬Ω tsp pepper

On a kneading board, shape flour into a mound and make a hole in the middle.  Drop eggs into the hole, cut flour with a knife.  Add water and salt, knead until firm.

Let the dough sit for about 10 minutes, covered with a large warm pot. Roll the dough thin and cut circles with a large biscuit cutter.

Meanwhile, put a pot of salted water on to boil.

Spoon in a small mound of previously prepared cheese filling to one side on each circle of dough,  moisten the edge of the dough and fold over, making sure to press the edges firmly together to avoid filling from coming out.

Drop the pierogi into the water, and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Make sure not to overcrowd the  water with too many.  With a perforated spoon, gently lift the dumpling from the water.  Do not pile them one on top of the other.

To prepare for serving:

Layer pierogi in a large baking dish, cover with foil and heat at 275° for about 40 minutes or  fry pierogi in a small pat of butter over medium heat until lightly browned.

Serve with melted butter.

Iceland Inspiration

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on June 8th, 2010

Yoko Ono is inspired by Iceland!  Ms. Ono, deeply influenced and impressed by the natural beauty of Iceland and its eco-friendly use of geothermal energy, chose this Nordic country as the site for her amazing memorial. In 2007, the Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island in Kollafjörður Bay near Reykjavík  was  unveiled and dedicated to her late husband, the legendary John Lennon.

The tower itself is actually a network of fifteen searchlights which are projected into the sky from a large stone monument base (powered with Iceland’s geo-thermal energy grid using only 75kW!).  The base is round, forms a “wishing well” and buried underneath are over half a million written wishes collected throughout the years by Ono.   The words “Imagine Peace” are carved into the monument in 24 languages.

The tower is to be lit every year from October 9, Lennon’s birthday, through December 8, the day he lost his life.

Travel to Iceland this fall to see it for yourself.  You can watch Ms. Ono’s declaration of love for Iceland here.

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