Patsie’s Gehaktballetjes

Patsie's Meatballs for lunch on barge Johanna

Patsie’s Meatballs

Served on board Barge Johanna as part of lunch.

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 500g ( 18oz) of minced veal and pork meat

  • 2 spring onions thinly sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced

  • 1 red jalapeño, quartered, seeded and thinly sliced

  • A handful of green olives, seeded and sliced

  • A handful of fresh parsley and coriander leaves ( 2/3 parsley, 1/3 coriander)

  • 2 handful of crushed panko ( for gluten free: 3 tbsp. of cooked full rice)

  • 1 egg white

  • Fresh grounded pepper and fleur de sel

  • Extra virgin olive oil (1 tbsp.) + an extra tbsp. for the oven tray

  • Rosemary sprigs


  • Preheat the oven on 180°C (360°F). Brush an oven tray with extra virgin olive oil.

  • Use your hands to mix all the ingredients (except the rosemary) and make balls the size of a small/medium tomato and put them next to each other on the oven tray. Season with fresh grounded pepper and fleur de sel. Drizzle some olive oil on top of them and add the rosemary sprigs between them. Put in the oven for 25 minutes.


Use the meatballs for lunch. Depending on the season, pimp it with a vegetable side dish or a salad.

Interested in tasting Patsie’s cuisine on board? Have a look at our cruise regions and 2020 calendar.


Cruises in Frankrijk, een dag in Lagny

Patsie bij ee koffie in Lagny


On our way back to Bruges

The wine harvest in Champagne is over. Our last guest have gone back home. Autumn has arrived with the first rainy days… Time to return home with Barge Johanna to our home port of Bruges. Yesterday, we passed the very winding “Boucles de la Marne” between La-Ferté-sous-Jouarre, Meaux and Lagny-sur-Marne. It was nice sailing on the wide river Marne between the ripe cornfields and the vineyards on the hill sides. Then again the river became rather narrow wiith trees on both sides of the narrowed valley. Colors are changing from green to yellow, some dark red also appears on the trees.

At a slow pace, we arrived at Lagny late in the afternoon. Wednesday is market day, and the covered market of Lagny is a real treat to food lovers. So this morning, off we went into town, direction market hall. We returned with 3 bags full of delicious fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, dried ognions directly from the grower,… enough to enjoy the coming week during our cruise till we reach another town with good shopping facilities. And just as on our stop here on our way up to Champagne, we could not resist to enjoy a small expresso on the way back to the ship. To sit down with a good cup of coffee, enjoy the atmosphere, make plans and talk about the previous weeks,… It’s just a great feeling. We enjoyed every moment of it


Fruits at Lagny market

All these delicious fruits and vegetables! They scream “buy me!, buy me!

Fish at Lagny market

Fresh fish at Lagny market. Could you pass by without getting some for dinner? We couldn’t!

Johanna, moored in Lagny-sur-Marne

Johanna, moored in Lagny-sur-Marne

Maybe next year, you or some other guests will travel with us on our relocation cruises and share the good feelings. Or maybe you could just opt for a special tailor made cruise in this area? Feel free to ask. You could also experience the relaxing life on board a ship. We wouldn’t want to miss it for the world anymore!

Welcome on board.