Monday Meal Review: Netherlands

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THE SCENE The cakes blow in the breeze. Three girls squirm under the clothesline, each watching their slice sway in front of their nose on a long piece of twine.  Every once in a while an overeager child reaches out her hand and grabs for a slice, her eyes fixed on her parents guiltily. Whenever she is caught, giggles gaggle through the air. When the time for the koekhappen comes, we place our hands behind our backs and count off. One. Two. Three. Each child cranes her neck and tries to … [Read more...]

Recipe: Dutch Potato Salad | Huzarensalade

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If I were to make a potato salad, it would not be loaded up with mayo, nor would it be heavy as a brick 0r as fresh as Frankenstein. No. My picnic table would have something far more glorious: I would make this Dutch potato salad. She's full of bright, juicy apples, smoky cubes of ham steak, sweet corn, and tiny, salty gherkin slices. She's an entire meal, surrounded by tender lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, more gherkins, and whatever else you'd like to nibble … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]