turkey with pears

Dinde au Boursin et poires

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Delicious low cost Turkey recipe to impress guests!

Important: this is a perfect recipe to serve guests. You prepare most the day before and can then put the pre-made dish in the oven 1-1,5 hours before serving this main course. You can serve with any potato options of your choice but we prefer Krokketjes. 

Turkey with boursin and pears

- 700 gr Turkey – Available at frozen section of ALDI – or you can try with this

- 12 half pears tinned in light sirop

- 1 box of 150g Boursin with pepper or Boursin with fine garlic and fine herbes (you can take a spare one to make more sauce)

- 2 big table spoons Almond flakes

- unsalted butter

1. Defrost the roll and remove the outer packaging. Leave the net and inside plastic.


2. Make about 12 little holes in the inner plastic

kalkoen-rollade-23. Heat butter in a large cooking pot and fry the roll with a lid. Roll over from time to time and every time add a little bits of the pear juice out the tin. It needs to say 1 hour in the pot and leave it to rest for a day.

kalkoen-rollade-3 4. When cold, take the rollade out the pot and keep the sauce in the pan.

On the chopping board, you remove the net and plastic from the rollade. Cut 6 or 7 thick slices and position them in a glass or metal oven roaster.


5. Chop the round bit of the pears (see picture) and let them leak out, catch all the juice*. The little tips you can add to pot with the left-over sauce from the rollade.


6. Fill the pears with 3/4 of a pack Boursin and position them on top of turkey slices. Cover the dish with tin foil. 1.5 hours before serving your guests you put the dish in the oven heated till 50 degrees. Not hotter as otherwise the Boursin cheese would melt out the pears and the Turkey would become to dry.


7. Add any left over *pear juice and the left-over Boursin cheese to the sauce in which you originally fried the rollade. Heat slowly while stirring continuously, mix it so the pears are chopped and taste. If you used the Boursin cheese with pepper you don’t need to add anything more, if you used the Boursin with fine herbes you may choose to add some pepper. The sauce is then ready, you just need to re-heat it before serving.


8. Roast the almonds in a non-stick pan without any butter or oil. Keep stirring and make sure all are a little brown. Use them later as decoration when serving.

Serve either in a larger dish, put the rollade with pears carefully, poor some sauce over the top but not to much. You may choose to offer guests sauce in a separate pot.

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A little spot of Paradise in Belgium

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The toilets, oh my god the toilets, when first arriving at this theme park on Wednesday I was sold even before entering. The toilets were fabulous, they reminded me of toilets in picturesque hotels in Thailand, they even had a fountain inside and they were super super clean! They won me over even before passing the official entrance.

IMG_7105.JPGThe park on a weekday is very relaxing. Walking there was making me totally zen.

Pairi Daiza (formerly Paradisio) is a privately owned 55-hectare (140-acre) zoo and botanical garden located in Brugelette in the province of Hainaut in Belgium. It only opened it’s doors to the general public in 1993 as a bird garden and has since developed into a full grown Zoo.

The site used to be the former Cistercian Cambron Abbey, but is home to over 4,000 animals. The old buildings of the Abbey have either been renovated to very high standars and other parts like the church tower are preserved as a ruin giving a very special atmosphere. IMG_7101.JPGThe gardens are magnificent and have different themes representing different parts of the world. It looks very authentic and has been really well done. The animals section are integrated seamlessly and it comes across as if you are really in the countries but without it’s heat, and the dirt. IMG_7085.JPGIMG_7088.JPGPeacocks, flamingo’s and Pelicans walk around freely, there are giant heated tents for the more tropical birds with many hanging walkways (unfortunately not pram accessible). IMG_7116.JPGIMG_7124.JPGUnder the tower was the big bat cave, you could walk inside it and be surrounded by bats flying and sizzing around. Quite an experience, and in a different way impressive then bat caves in Borneo where the bats are far above your head. Here they were really sitting or flying cm away from you.IMG_7112.JPGMy best friend, her daughter and my goddaughter joined us in the afternoon and the girls had a blast together. Hugging each other all the time. Running around everywhere and I got some good baby cuddles and a relasing afternoon with my best friends. Just what I needed. IMG_7128.JPGThe park also has botanical gardens and a very large collection of special stones, like these large tree stems that are now petrified wood. IMG_7160.JPG

The garden of Ganesha – Indonesian garden

The buildings and landscaping between the different animals are very good replica’s or well inspired on the buildings in their natural countries. I can’t stress it enough I think this Zoo has done amazingly well and is very well maintained. IMG_7168.JPG

African Village IMG_7182.JPGIMG_7276.JPG


Monkey Jungle inspired on Maldidi islands



IMG_7332.JPGVery entertaining squirrel monkeys who like to be pet, and then climb all over you. A monkey even jumped onto the head of my goddaughter who is now 10 months old. While she was sleeping. Luckily she was well and safe on my friends’ back with a hood and extra head protection, nevertheless it makes for a story to remember and tell when she is all grown-up.IMG_7244.JPG


Chinese Garden and adorable panda’s




I had never seen a real Panda, but definitely not a Red Panda yet. How cute! Look at that fur! IMG_7370.JPGIMG_7372.JPG

Thi visit was amazing! I will definitely try to get a annual pass next year. I have seen Singapore Zoo, New York Zoo and London Zoo and must say I was not expecting to be so impressed by a Belgian Zoo. The animals seem as free and as close as in the Singapore Zoo and the setting and gardens are so so much nicer then the London Zoo.

It’s worth a visit and if you visit Belgium with kids, don’t miss out for a day of fun at he reasonable* (preice versus quality) priced Pairi Daiza.


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