Serves 4 to 6 … Adaptation of UK classic. This is good for picnics, snacks. Serve hot or cold

1 pound ground turkey

Seasoning (I used about 1 tsp. each dry mustard, dill and ground fennel, 1/4 teas. ground cloves, pinch of cayenne)

6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled

Salt and pepper (Phase 3 only)

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/2 Tablespoon water

2 slices toast, made into crumbs (or 1/2 cup ground flax seed)

Mix ground turkey with seasonings. Divide into six portions, flatten (I used waxed paper), and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Shape each portion around a hard-cooked egg.

Beat egg and mix in water. Roll egg in this mixture, then gently in breadcrumbs or flax seed.

Place on rack in a baking pan. (If your rack doesn’t have a non-stick finish, you need to spray it with a non-stick spray before placing eggs on it.) Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn once after 15 minutes.

Can be cut into halves or quarters before serving.

Timing a trip to coincide with the main blooming season is always tricky

Amsterdam & Flevo          Barging I          Tulip Time          Barging II          Belgium
Tulip fields
Fields of narcissus and tulips viewed from within Keukenhof Gardens.
Hyacinth fields
The hyacinths, seen as one nears the Gardens were in full bloom.
Hyacinth fields Phil and Martha
Phil and Martha are squinting at the sun, not scowling, among the blooms.
Keukenhohof hostesses
Hostesses in historical costumes greet visitors to the gardens.
Keukenhof Gardens
With 7 million bulbs planted each year …
Keukenhof Gardens
… in acres of park land …
Keukenhof Gardens
there are many beautiful walks.
Keukenhof Gardens
Almost everywhere you turn …
Keukenhof Gardens
… there are beautiful vistas …
Keukenhof Gardens
… but remember to stay on the paths.
Keukenhof Gardens, pavilionBeds and beds of blooms are also under cover in the pavilions.
Keukenhof Gardens blooms
“Dreamboat” is an old-style shape with modern colors.
Keukenhof Gardens blooms
Note the huge blooms compared to my gloved hand.
Keukenhof Gardens blooms
“Silk Surprise”
Keukenhof Gardens blooms
“Purple Lady”
Keukenhof Gardens old car
Setting up a display.
Keukenhof Gardens blooms
More blooms … narcissus?
Keukenhof Gardens blooms
More narcissus
Keukenhof Gardens blooms
“Parrot” type tulip bloom
Keukenhof Gardens, windmill
Of course, there is a windmill.
Keukenhof Gardens, street organ
Some visitors were dancing to the lively tunes of the colorful street organ.
Keukenhof Gardens, cat statueKeukenhof Gardens, bronze hoop statue
Statuary punctuated plants (How did they get me with a hula hoop?)
Keukenhof Gardens, floating stautuary
We loved this floating imp.
Keukenhof Gardens, wooden hawkKeukenhof Gardens, wooden hawk
Old tree stumps became hawks and eagles.
Keukenhof Gardens, roos
The Roos (rose) Table
Keukenhof Gardens, seats
These stylish seats were just for show.
Keukenhof Gardens, furry chickens
In the petting zoo, these fluffy chickens looked almost furry.
Keukenhof Gardens duck Keukenhof Gardens duck Keukenhof Gardens ducks
Of course there were ducks … and a great-crested grebe with babies on her back.
Keukenhof Gardens grebe w/ babies
Aalsmeer Flower Market
All these blooms aren’t just “pretty, pretty.” They’re part of a serious business …
Aalsmeer Flower Market
As illustrated by this bidding room at the Aalsmeer Bloemenveiling, the largest flower auction in the world.
Aalsmeer Flower Market
Cart after cart of fresh flowers…  .
Aalsmeer Flower Market
packed for shipping await its fate.
Aalsmeer Flower Market
The carts are herded by workers on bicycles and electric carts.
Aalsmeer Flower Market
By mid-morning, the floor was emptying as shipments were assigned.
Rose arrangement
But the main crop in the Netherlands is actually roses …
Rose greenhouse
… such as those grown in this large tropical greenhouse in Burgerveen.
Tropical garden plants
The greenhouse also housed a tropical garden …
Mary feeding koi
… where Mary stopped to feed the koi …
which came bubbling to the surface of the water.
Rose garden cat
The greenhouse cat had found its own spot to snooze.