Recipe: Dutch Sprinkles n’ Bread | Hagelslag (w/ poll)

If you often crave a dougnut but wish it could come without the bellyache, come with me to the Netherlands for breakfast. The quickest way there is with hagelslag, or a "hailstorm" of sprinkles, on buttered bread (no need to toast it). While it sounds incredibly unhealthy, dutch sprinkles are high quality treats and there's even guidelines for what can be called hagelslag. Most are at least 35% cocoa with 100% cocoa butter (this means there are no weird fillers, like vegetable oil, as … [Read more...]

Recipe: Dutch Spice Cake on a Rope | Ontbijtkoek


This spice cake creates so much joy, it should come with trumpets and streamers. Cake on a rope. So simple, and yet so brilliant. Every child will tell you: this is the stuff dreams are made of. All over the Netherlands, the Dutch nibble on swaying ropes of cake in honor of the Queen's birthday. No hands allowed. This wildly popular event is called a koekhappen. Weather permitting, many lucky children enjoy a koekhappen on their birthday as well. One of our readers, Sylvia, told me a bit … [Read more...]

Menu: The Netherlands


This week's menu  is a compromise between Dutch taste and the inferno I'm currently living in. That's right - it's here: 105F degrees in the shade. This is the weather that requires me to be doing one of two things: swimming or hiding out in the air conditioning. I'm a little surprised 105F has joined us in June, but that's what's happening. And we're all sweaty. While I couldn't serve ice on ice (although I was tempted), I found a summery-festive collection of dishes to try. They're simple … [Read more...]

About the food of the Netherlands

Windmill. Photo by Gouwenaar.

If you like windmills, green pastures, unusual architecture, a dollop of Indonesian culture, and being way, way below sea level, then our week at the Dutch Global Table is for you. But first, let's start with the basics. We have lots of names to keep track of. The country goes by the Netherlands and Holland (Holland being reserved for when her territories are also being referred to). Regardless, her people are called the Dutch and 25% of their land is below sea level and twice that no more than … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Nauru

After a few minutes of rummaging through the kitchen, I find a plastic bottle in the refrigerator door, half full of water. The bottle is from Ava's trip to the zoo a couple of weeks ago and is covered with tigers, zebras, and lions. Apparently, it's the only bottle in the house. I remove the lid and slowly begin to fill it with iced coffee. For an odd, fleeting moment, I find myself wishing I had more plastic bottles laying around to use. I shake my head at the silliness. "What are you … [Read more...]

Recipe: Coconut Crusted Fish

I like to do what makes sense. And in Nauru fish is the natural meal, considering beautiful, fresh fish can be found just two steps outside of most people's doors. People love to eat it any which way - particularly on the grill, deep fried and pan fried. Today we're doing a crispy coconut crusted rockfish - a fish native to the Pacific waters as a nod to our Nauruan friends. This fish is light, flaky and has a wonderful mild flavor, rather like cod. After gentle panfrying, squeeze on fresh … [Read more...]

Recipe: Nauru’s “Recycled” Iced Coffee (with poll)


Iced coffee doesn't sound very exotic until you realize that it isn't so much the coffee that is totally Nauru, but how they drink it. If you pull up to a roadside shack and order an iced coffee you won't have to ... ... say tall, venti, or grande ... worry about what syrups, double whips, or skinnies you need to specify ... spend half a fortune, before tax You will, however have a choice of ... ... sugar or more sugar ... milk or more milk ... and, of course, whether you'd like your … [Read more...]

Recipe: Grilled Island Fries

Ok. So even in the summer I crave french fries. But I don't crave heating up a big pot of oil inside the house. There's a solution: grilled fries. The fine people of Nauru love their fries. While most of them enjoy deep-fried fries, we covered that with Belgium Pommes Frites. So, inspired by their island setting - where the fine people of Nauru love to grill - I thought it'd be fun to try grilled fries. And it was fun. In my research I found several ways to make these, including … [Read more...]