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International Potluck

6 May

In honor of our international student population, the Vesalius Student Government hosted an international potluck after everyone returned from break. They had foods from everywhere from China, Turkey, Italy, the US, Mexico, and many other places. For me, I couldn’t think of anything more American than apple pie, but I didn’t want to make pie because I didn’t want to make the crust. So instead I made an apple pie dip that I found a couple years ago on Pinterest. For your enjoyment, read the recipe below or click this link!

 

Apple Pie Dip & Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Chips from “The Peach Kitchen”

Ingredients

  • 2 cups peeled, cored and diced apples
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon/calamansi juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tsp water

For the chips

  • 6 (6-inch) wheat tortillas
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar

Directions

  1. You can either cook this on the stove-top or the microwave.
  2. Combine all the dip ingredients in a small pan/ microwavable bowl except the cornstarch-water mixture.
  3. Heat for a few minutes until it’s boiling and has extracted juice from the apple.
  4. Add cornstarch-water mixture to the “sauce”.
  5. Put back in the microwave/stove top until boiling and the sauce has thickened.
  6. Set aside. You can serve this warm or chilled. It doesn’t matter. It will taste delicious.
  7. Cut tortillas into desired size. {wedges}
  8. Put in a slightly greased baking pan.
  9. Brush the tortillas with butter.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 210 degrees C {410 degrees F} until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes.
  11. Let them cool before serving and serve with the Apple Pie Dip.

My personal tips:

  • One batch of this doesn’t really make a lot. When I normally make it I tend to double or triple the recipe.
  • I put a little more cornstarch in because I think it makes a thicker sauce, which I like.
  • It can be served with things other than the cinnamon sugar chips. I have also served it with stroopwafels and regular waffles.
  • I’ve also never made the dip in the microwave, so I can’t say how that will turn out.

My Goals–Revisited

19 Jan

When I got to Brussels, I made a list of my 5 goals for studying abroad. Coming into the New Year, I decided to revisit those 5 goals and reevaluate them for the new semester. Here they are!

Goal 1: Try New Foods!

I think this might have been one of my more exciting goals of the semester. I’ve had frites, waffles, and beer in Belgium, frites speciaal in the Netherlands, bratwurst in Germany, fish and chips in London, and Guinness in Dublin. Also, I no longer despise fish! This semester: I want to try and cook some of these dishes. I have a great kitchen at my host family’s house, so I intend to use it!

Goal 2: Travel in Country!

So, I kind of failed at this one. I did a lot of traveling, but not much through Belgium. I spent a day with Hannah in Namur and a week playing tourist in Brussels with Alex, but nowhere else. This semester: Just do it! 🙂 I just need to get out and take those day trips. I still want to go to Bruges, Ieper, Bastogne, Antwerp, and more.

Goal 3: Make friends!

This was the most successful of my goals. I made a TON of friends! The hard part is that they are all back in the US now. This semester: I guess I’ll just have to make new friends. Oh darn. 😉

Goal 4: Learn the Language!

I don’t think I did as much as I could with this. I had a French host family, but I didn’t really speak to them much in French. I didn’t end up getting into the French class that I needed for Agnes, so I guess I’ll have to do this on my own. This semester: I think what I’m going to start doing is getting a French newspaper to read on the 45 minute tram ride to or from school everyday. That should give me plenty of time to brush up a little.

Goal 5: Study, study, study!

Okay, so I probably didn’t do as much as I should have. I didn’t have the best of grades, but I didn’t have the worst either. I did get to have a ton of out-of-class learning though. One way was through the European Peace and Security Studies program where I got lectures from Karen Smith of the London School of Economics, Johan Galtung, the founder of peace studies, Dr. Christian Koch of the Gulf Research Center, and many more. I also found some great museums both in Brussels and in other cities around Europe. This semester: Spend more time studying for my actual classes.

In front of NATO HQ

In front of NATO HQ