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Speculoos & The Art of Sabrage #Weekly Menu Plan

speculoos: simple living and eating

Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it. 

Napoleon famously proclaimed this, so when his troops obtained Champagne they would pop the corks off with their sabers as they rode away on horseback… thus the name Sabrage for the art of removing a Champagne cork with a sword.


If you would like to mesmerize, and quite possible terrorize your friends this New Year's Eve come by: 

Union Hall in North Salem, NY 
on December 22nd 
between 3 pm and 5pm
to learn the art of Sabrage. 

This is a fundraiser for The Way of the Sword School of Fencing of which both my children attend.

speculoos: simple living and eating

My daughter and I are making the appetizers for this fundraiser. One of the treats we decided to make are Speculoos the holiday spiced biscuit that is traditionally made this time of year in Northern France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

Speculoos are infused with the flavors of Christmas: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger… the smell of these baking will put you into a Yule Tide mood. You can imprint them with any cookie cutter image you have. We have a message maker from William Sonoma… but any image or plain is great.

Enjoy… may your holidays be filled with flowing Champagne and tasty treats.

Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Chicken with a Creamy Mushroom Spinach Sauce over Mashed Potatoes

Meatless Monday: Onion Quiche and Salad

Thursday: Pete's Seafood Lemon Peppered Breaded Tilapia with Spanish Potatoes and Asparagus

Friday: Escarole and Beans over Pasta

Saturday: Leftovers

This post is shared on the following food/craft parties: 

Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles

Wednesday Food:

 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara

Thursday Food:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch

Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Get Him Feed @ Anyonita Nibbles

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  1. These are one of the best cookies ever!!
    We call them Lotus-cookies.
    They also have now speculoos spread (Lotus spread) - which is really "dangerous" because it's super delicious

    1. Yes, I just saw the spread. What do you put it on? The flavor is amazing.

  2. I LOVE speculoos, and I love your message maker. There are some wonderful recipes on the Internet for cookies that use the speculoos spread (also available at Trader Joe's, creamy or chunky!) Hope the fundraiser goes well this weekend.

    1. Thanks Betsy... I just saw the spread in Trader Joe's for the first time. We already have a Nutella addiction in our house... I'm afraid to introduce another delicious spread.


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