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Thursday December 13. It’s beginning to feel like Christmas

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

It dropped a couple degrees below freezing, last night. A cold ride on the bike to choir practice. But we all prefer bright skies and cold weather over the grey wet days. The clubhouse is all dressed out with christmas tree and decorations. Where can one find such a pretty spot so close to the center of Amsterdam? And when I should get tired of it I can throw off the dock lines. But I was glad to be able to accept the invitation from my brother in law when it dropped to at least 10 degrees centigrade below freezing. In the below picture you’ll see what happened to my olive oil, at that temperature. I’ll be sure to add some antifreeze to the next batch.

Yesterday I sen out a notice of the launching of  “De Mastmakersdochters” to all my Dutch friends and family (over a hundred addresses..) and the orders are rolling in to the publisher. So, it starts to feel like Christmas for me and, I’m certain, for the readers.

It is difficult to believe that I could not seduce any one to share my yesterday’s dinner. No one can cook mussels like my Wok recipe, not even Chez Léon in Brussels. This meal cost me less than $4. The mussels for two cost Euro 2.77. Try that at Chez Léon. For reservations, parking is free after 5 p.m., call Chez Jacques at 0639884848.