meet advokaat. normally it’s a creamy and strong liqueur made from eggs, sugar, and brandy. but in this case, it’s the spreadable version that goes on bread after dinner for dessert. and strong it is!
time to head back. you realize you skipped a lot of touristy “must dos”… but you know you’ll be back another day, plus you were loving the city too much to be locked up indoors in some place of historical importance. next time, you tell yourself, you’ll go visit that castle and go see that important painting… next time.
ahem! degustation time. on the left we have a rijstulaaj or a rice tart. the filling is made with boiled rice, sugar, and eggs. apparently it’s famous because a 16th century Flemish painter, Pieter Breughel, depicted lots of these little guys in his paintings. it also used to be eaten by belgian cyclists as a power snack during races.
and on the right we have a brownie with slivered almonds. not much difference here, or explanation necessary.
now here is some roggerverdommeke or rye bread with currants. whew! this was the sweet loaf of poor people back in the day because rye flour and currants were cheaper than white wheat flour and raisins.
you’re sorry you wanted to try this. you thought that since fries came from belgium, that they’d be good… but no. terrible. but you aren’t giving up hope. you know good fries exist somewhere in belgium. you just aren’t sure where. but at least you know what to avoid!
off to bed…
and you are stopped at border control for two hours. some lady has three suitcases filled with medical creams. ooo, interesting! and here, your phone can’t make up it’s mind. is it with B mobistar in belgium, or with Orange F in france? you’re happy to be in a liminal space with a cell phone to prove it.
after paris, back to evreux.
and off to three days to the normandy countryside!