We went to Simon and Neva’s native Amsterdam this week where Simon had an appointment to donate his hair to cancer patients.
Sub 22! You know, J perm is truly the best PLL!
Simon’s first real World Cube Association competition got cancelled because of the covid-19 regs tightening again in The Netherlands. On the upside, he got more cubes for St.Nicholas Eve. Neva got a smart cube. Its app has a built-in timer, scrambles and many fun games.
This Monday, Simon also challenged himself to solve all his nxn cubes (2×2 through 9×9) in one go. He says he has never felt as mentally exhausted and proud of how fast he is.
I’ve never felt like oh-why-did-I-do-this and am-I-really-that-fast at the same time!
It took him nearly as long to solve the 9×9 alone as the 2×2 through 8×8 combined, and a total of 1 hour 48 minutes 39 seconds to do all of his nxn’s.
We celebrated St.Nicholas Eve with the grandparents, since we were no longer contagious 🎉
Baking traditional Dutch St.Nicholas Day pastry called “pepper nuts” (pepernoten). Scroll down for the recipe.
Spices for this traditional Dutch seasonal treat:
Mix 8 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp clove, 2 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp anise (optional), 1 tsp ginger, 3/4 tsp cardamom (all powdered)
Gluten Free Pepper Nuts (Pepernoten) Recipe:
Mix 150 g gluten free flour, 75 g unrefined sugar, 90 g soft butter, 2 tbsp milk (I use oat milk). Add 10 g of the spice mix. Refrigerate the dough in a plastic bag for at least an hour (or overnight).
Roll into little balls and bake at a low temperature (150°C) for about 1 hr 15 min.
(I got my Dutch recipe here and we have been using it for years).