Six years ago SO and I said yes when asked whether we wanted to be married. Six years! That is starting to sound like serious business. Every year has been different but some things are always the same. Regular readers of the blog know what we do on our wedding anniversary. We go out for dinner and the restaurant needs to have at least one michelin star. For our this one we went slightly different in that we had to adjust to other parts of our lives.
See SO and I were spending a few days at my parents place and because that is an one and a half hours drive we decided to find a nice place near their home. As it is in the eastern part of the country this proved a little difficult. but in the end we found something at about 40 km from my parents and with an hotel. The arrangement through their restaurant was attractive and we decided to go there. The restaurant is called the Bokkepruik.
It is located in a very pretty part of the country and I had all these thoughts about going for a nice long walk and enjoying the nearby estates. Unfortunately the weather decided differently with storms making a walk in the woods not the safest, not most comfortable option. Mind you it was a weird day anyway. Just as many other people we were glued to the TV screen at my parents place, fixated on the most awful developments in and near Paris. We continuously felt as if we were in the midst of a slow motion of a B-grade action movie. It was totally surreal.
When we arrived in the hotel we decided to spend some time in the lounge around the nice log fire and relaxed with the news running over our ipads, well at least as fast as the wifi allowed. As it turns out we were in a rather wifi deficient corner, but we managed.
The meal we had in the evening was wonderful. No it was not novel, it was not experimental and it was not surprising. It was good, tender, wel seasoned, classically cooked and yet understated in its excellence. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it was also not as heavy as we sometimes have had with these types of restaurants.
The lady that served us was incredibly nice and we even ended up talking on how to work the ice-cream machine. It was such a nice evening because of her good hosting skills
We had an amuse with herring with cucumber that deceptively indicated pistachio, which we like a lit. There was also a soup and some nice nibbles in the form of rashishes with a salt combination.
- Our first course was a terrine of duck lver with apple compote and saurkraut. It was light in flavour, which is remarkable given that duck livercan be quite in your face. It was really nice.
- Second came the Zander. Very nicely delicately cooked in a sauce with chives and we loved it. Not often we eat a fresh water fish, but this made us think again.
- This was followed by scallops (Coquille St Jacques) which is one of our favourites. If there was any remark it would be that this dish was lsightly more salty than we would have liked. Still very nice though.
- Not to be outdone in the mammal department we went on to sweetbread. Oh this has developed into an almost must have form em if there is a good cook around the place. It is such a delicacy and I would never ever even dare to prepare it as if not rinsed currently it is awful. This one was as expected heavenly.
- The pure meat dish was venison. SO recognised it immediately, much to the delight of our host. Tender and strong at the same time this dish was outstanding! It was served with a maizecake and cranberry. Perfect sweet and tart accompaniment to the meats
- Our desert was backberry ice cream on mascarpone with a tuille artfully balancing on these two comapions Deep red colouring and sweet delight, but not overtly sweet sweet. Would could have eaten a bucketload of this stuff!
Afterward we had a coffee with some petit fours. Oh we had a great time and we slept well amidst the storms. The breakfast was nice and OK, but not as special as the dinner.
Our trip home took us over two hours and the wind was not a happy companion for us. We were glad to be home and decided that this restaurant was perfect fr this years anniversary.