Travel

Boating in Hallstatt, Austria

January 8, 2019
Boating in Hallstatt, Austria

If you have Pinterest there’s a 99% chance you have seen Hallstatt. If you haven’t, you clearly don’t waste enough time on Pinterest! I can’t lie, it was pretty much the one reason I wanted to go to Austria in the first place and it fuelled my research into the country.

Hallstatt is the quintessential Austria village. It’s TINY but it’s also one of the prettiest villages you will ever see, hence thanks to Pinterest, it’s become the place to visit. In fact, the Chinese loved it so much, they built a replica in China! Crazy!

A short drive through some beautiful countryside and we were almost there. I couldn’t even tell you how excited I was to be going. True be told, I was actually a little anxious, what happens if I was expecting too much out of this tiny little village?

I was also nervous about the weather, we woke up to a very cloudy sky and given how warm it had been on previous days a thunderstorm wasn’t out of the question. This would really put a damper on the one thing I really wanted to do in Hallstatt – hire a boat in the lake. All credit goes to Margo at THE OVERSEAS ESCAPE for this idea!

So we parked (the actual village is pedestrianised but car parks are clearly signed posted as you enter, make sure you get there early as they are not big, you also need to pay) and I practically shoved CB out of the car so we could get down there before the rain started.

I spotted a tour bus dropping off tourists for the day and hurriedly dragged CB behind me, fearful they would get to the boats first. It was so hard to walk past all this beautiful little buildings without taking pictures but the skies were getting darker.

Food, Recipe

Baked Figs with Goats Cheese and Honey

September 10, 2015

Fig season is like Christmas for me. They are only around for a short time, thankfully a bit longer and one day, but it never seems long enough. As soon as I see them in the store, it makes me so happy. These baked figs with goats cheese and honey are one of my favourite ways to serve these little morsels of jammy, sweet, goodness.

I had this dish in a restaurant when we were in AMSTERDAM last year and as soon as I came home I just had to recreate it.

I loved the way they served it with one uncooked and one cooked. It added an interesting play on textures.

Here, I baked them all. It makes such a delicious starter and while it’s nothing new in terms of what flavours work with figs, it’s definitely one of my favourites.

I know figs aren’t actually grown in Scotland, but as they are one of my favourite ever foods, I just had to feature them for the month of September. Figs have a very brief season in June before the longer season in August and September. As soon as I see them in the shop, I grab what I can. People often associate them with winter dishes or Christmas. However, any time you are able to find them in stores at that time of the year I can guarantee they won’t taste nice.

BAKED FIGS WITH GOATS CHEESE AND HONEY

Serves 4

Sweet baked figs with goats cheese and honey make the perfect light starter or addition to a salad.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 8 figs
  2. Soft goats cheese
  3. Runny honey
  4. Fresh thyme

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat an oven to 180 degrees and line a tray with baking parchment. Chop the tops off the figs and cut down in a cross pattern leaving the bottom so the quarters stay together.
  2. Stuff each fig with a teaspoon of soft goats cheese and place in the oven for 8 minutes until the figs are soft. Once ready drizzle each fig with a little honey and a few fresh thyme leaves.

By Laura

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