You would think being away for four weeks would leave me relaxed….not the case unfortunately. Our trip to the Netherlands was focussed on finding a house to buy. Weâ€™re leaving Tel Aviv in the beginning of August to go back to living in the Netherlands (The Hague to be precise). So a house would come in handy 😉 Having a (then nearly) one year old meant that we had to schedule our house-looking-appointments in between his naps (no grannies in the neighbourhood to baby-sit)…which didnâ€™t leave too much time…especially not because we were staying a 1 Â¼ hour drive from the Hague. And besides looking for houses there were of course a lot of family and friends to visit…
Before we left I thought I would have some time to blog but alas…the precious spare time I had I used to relax on the couch…. sorry!
After a week in the Netherlands, my son and I went to Croatia for a week to visit my parents and the rest of the family. Leaving Adriaan to deal with mortgage-stuff etc.
My son Rein tearing off a fig leaf. Something he had done before if you watch closely.
Here are some photo’s to give you an impression of our time in Croatia. The following three I made at restaurant Duga in Okrug Gornji on the island of Ciovo. Itâ€™s one of my parentsâ€™ favourite restaurants in the Trogir area. The food is excellent and the view is spectacular. It’s a restaurant you have to know because you wouldn’t really bump into it. When you take the turn from the main road you have to drive a dirt road for a km or so to reach the restaurant. Alternatively you could go to the restaurant by boat. Just throw out the anchor and swim or paddle ashore.
(the boat at the top of the page I shot at the restaurant too)
During our stay in Croatia the weather was unseasonably cold (as it had been in the weeks/months before). Only on our last day the weather was kind of okay enough to actually go to the beach. I sort of thought I would go swimming but after trying the Adriatic with my big toe I decided to postpone it till next year. Due to the cold weather the sea hadnâ€™t warmed up as much as usual. I tried to get my son into the water â€“ his first time in the Adriatic â€“ but he too thought it was too cold.
This flan is called roÅ¾ata in Croatian and originates from Dubrovnik. It is the specialty of my uncle, he bakes it a lot. Like other flans its basis is a custard made with eggs, sugar and milk. It is flavoured with a little rum , vanilla and lemon rind. In the old days it used to be flavoured with a rose liqueur called rozolin that was readily available back then. Nowadays that particular liqueur is hard to come by so rum is used instead. I love roÅ¾ata and my uncle knows that. So every time we visit him and my aunt he has one ready. I always eat at least two big piecesâ€¦.and this is after the wonderfully delicious lunch my aunt always prepares when we visit! Rein loved it too…like mother like son.
No recipe for the roÅ¾ata because I couldnâ€™t give away my uncleâ€™s secret trademark recipe 😉 But if you google roÅ¾ata, youâ€™ll get plenty of recipes.