Taste of Amsterdam 2014

I have incredibly kind friends when they found out I wanted to go to taste of Amsterdam even if it meant going it alone he arranged tickets for all of us from his work and they joined me! Thank you so much Sander and Roelien!
Cheers
I have a food festival strategy which involves first a thorough review of the booklet containing the dishes served then narrowing this down to the ones I think sounds really interesting or special and then just leaving a few options open for ‘maybe’ since I will never be able to try all of them. Unfortunatly there was no booklet at all! Even worse there was also no app! I think I missed some really good opportunities without having a route or game plan.
I had fonder memories of this food festival from 3 years ago, some of my expectations of the big name ‘famous’ Dutch chefs were too high and I was happily surprised by the new or unknown to me restaurants. The Dutch also have a Masterchef television program where amateur chefs compete. Two of the three jury members had their restaurants presented at the Taste of Amsterdam and these were really quite disappointing. I also found the new trend to finish off a dish, throw some puffed quinoa on top.
Here are some tasted good but not the best of the day
Grilled King crab “Yakatori style” With Dutch sour, cream of kaffir lime and summer herbs from Luté

Grilled King crab “Yakatori style”  with a cream of kaffir lime and summer herbs

 

Black Angus beef with hazelnuts and celery root

Black Angus beef with hazelnuts and celery root

 

Duck served with a pea cream, chioggia biet, truffle potatoes and a conac jus

Duck served with a pea cream, chioggia biet, truffle potatoes and a conac jus

 

Canelé with pineapple

Canelé with pineapple

And the ones below were the best. The restaurant Screaming Beans was awesome! so delicious and beautifully prepared plates. This is what I wanted from the whole event.

 

North Sea crab salad with green apple, lime, cucumber avocado cream and toast

North Sea crab salad with green apple, lime, cucumber avocado cream and toast

Tartaar of shoulder tender  accompanied with parmesan cheese, bacon vinaigrette, lettuce, cocktail onions, toast and egg yolk

Tartaar of shoulder tender accompanied with parmesan cheese, bacon vinaigrette, lettuce, cocktail onions, toast and egg yolk

So good!

Disastrous dessert

I felt like baking and normally I keep my baking when I need to for a dinner or something to take as a ‘gift’. I usually don’t bake for no reason since it means I will have to eat it all myself which is not the wisest course of action. Since few of my neighbors are really nice people and they have had a bit of drama lately I thought that I could bake them something just to be nice and maybe brighten their day. Well that was a disaster, my neighbors don’t even know about this attempt and I am having to eat it on my own anyway.

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Simple nectarine torte can’t go wrong… First I wanted to use a small spring form to make a smaller torte but I realized that my small spring form doesn’t spring anymore and the clap is broken. So I thought individual cakes would be just as tasty and cute to use, well they overflowed while baking then they stuck to the sides. I had to scrape them out making a huge crumbling mess.

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While I am ok with failed attempts I am not ok with giving it away so I quickly hung up some yogurt in a cheese cloth to drain for a few hours before making the crumbs with a dollop thickened yogurt as my dessert. Still yum and sorry neighbors I’ll try again soon.