Since we knew we were going to travel to Koln early on Saturday, we decided to make Friday a nice, relaxing evening.
For starters, we enjoyed a nice home-cooked meal! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of our meals (mostly because Joe’s had traveled a bit and I do have 2 meals a week at school). However, I found a new recipe and was very excited to try it!
Balsamic Chicken & Mushrooms (from this blog). I followed the recipe almost exactly (I didn’t have any fresh thyme so I subbed in some remaining chicken spice plust I added 1/2 an onion). I then made roasted brussel sprouts as a side! I still can’t figure out when brussel sprouts are in season here…seems like fall and spring?
After, we decided to check out Gent’s Christmas Market. It didn’t open until Friday for some reason (perhaps because I heard most Belgian Christmas celebrations happen after Sinterklaas). The setting was beautiful – right outside St. Baaf’s Cathedral. It was significantly smaller than the Brussels Christmas Market, but very cozy and quaint. There was even a band playing! Here are some pics:
We then walked into the Korenmarkt to see the big Christmas tree. Definitely did not pass the “squint test,” but still very pretty. I don’t understand all these carnival rides…
Quite a nice night!