These are crêpes from Liège made using buckwheat flour, with raisins inside.
They are traditionally eaten at Christmas with a little mulled wine, or on 15 August in Liège with a little Peket, but may be found in some places in Liège (at Massin or at André; we prefer the ones at Massin) and the recipe is quite simple to make.
And if you want to follow tradition to the letter, you should flip the bouquette in the air holding the frying pan in one hand and holding a crêpe in the other hand for a prosperous year; flip it 6 times in succession to encounter love in the year, or throw it onto a cupboard or into a cupboard (it won’t smell very nice at the end of the year) for abundant harvests all year round…
It feels good and is healthy because there could not be anything more natural inside and it is lovingly made locally.
We tried some for Scented candles, made in Embourg near Liège. We chose a “leather” scent and were most attracted by it. It is not disgusting, just nice. You can buy and recharge these candles directly through Séverine, the Liège-born creator, or by visiting one of her points of sale which are also worth a detour for their unique selections of products and sites.
Le Merveilleux, the Incredible, the Unthinkable, the Magnificent, the Sans-culotte, the Eccentric… It is only when you eat them that you realise how they got their name!
Made in the window, you can stop there, pause, let out a dribble of saliva, lose yourself in your dreams of light, crunchy, smooth meringues, joyously rolled in a cloud of whipped cream and in pieces of caramel, chocolate and other bits which melt in the mouth… God help anyone who goes with you and wants to taste the delight you have in front of you. They are too good to share.
You can now admire them on Les Merveilleux de Fred’s website before queueing in Brussels or Lille.
A gaming bar located at rue Hors Château, in the historic heart of Liège, which is always full!
With your family, colleagues or friends, for a special little beer: we love board games, not only when we win. Opened by a truly wonderful couple, Yam Toto is a bar where you pay for your table to stay there for as long as you like, to try out any games you like in a great gaming venue with help making your choice depending on the number of players, how long you have and what you want.
You will feel at home there, at your best (there is someone who serves and runs the bar, and then reads and explains the rules of the game for us).
You will be defied when you come to Seven Wonders: don’t forget to book your table: here
Grub and books! What more could you want?
In Brussels, Cook & Book is both an out-of-the-ordinary restaurant, a bookshop with different rooms decorated around literary themes, a space where you can attend conferences if you are an adult and a reading corner where you can listen to stories if you are a child. You always spend more time there than you had anticipated, having fun, having a drink or having brunch over a book and then buying books which you had not expected to buy, ones which you had not expected to come across either.
Our team met Tamara Smit, passionate about olive oil and who runs discovery and tasting sessions around this green-yellow gold.
Nothing could be more true in our kitchens. Tamara Smit led us to discover an unknown world, as unusual as wine-making or beer-brewing, that of olive oil. Oil which you feel, taste (yes, we have sampled olive oil for our end-of-year celebratory meal!) and which blends with dishes, until it becomes the main seasoning.
To find out more and attend one of her sessions: www.oleodelices.be.