What a great reception we had about my previous post on Zaandam! Such a surprise and discovery for many!
For those of you just joining, and if so, where have you been all my life?
Here they are:
As promised, I’m going to write about Dutch food.
Now last week, was a bit of a long post..and after a week of skiing in the Czech Republic, I’m rather worn out, so I’ll just give you the barest of literature, and let the pictures speak for themselves!
Dutch food, otherwise known as Nederlandse keuken, consists of the food traditions and practices, from the Netherlands!
Now it’s really confusing trying to explain what the difference between Holland and the Netherlands is, so I’ll let this hilarious video explain it for you!
Sadly, Holland, like Germany, is not really known for it’s excellent variety of food.
Traditionally, Dutch food is considered to be somewhat of the simple and straightforward variety with lots of vegetables, and very little meat. In short, quite rustic!
However, due to the influence of colonialism in the Dutch East Indies, and a contemporary international mix, Dutch food has become more interesting, more diverse, and far healthier, with sprinkles of stodge during the cold winter months!
Take a look below:
A Dutch breakfast is typically Continental in style and usually consists of a wide variety of cold cuts, cheeses and sweet toppings; such as chocolate spread, treacle, otherwise known as stroop, peanut butter and apple butter!
There is also a wide variety of whole grain bread as well as Dutch bread, with sunflower or pumpkin seeds, rye bread, a Frisian version of white bread known as suikerbrood, or otherwise known as white bread with lumps of sugar mixed in. Eeek!
Kerststol – a traditional Dutch Christmas bread made out of dough, sugar, dried fruits, almond paste and currants, and Ontbijtkoek or peperkoek – a Dutch spiced gingerbread type of cake often served at breakfast, with a thick layer of butter on top!
In fact, a breakfast of everything that you could ever desire!
Cost: €4.99 – €22.00
You can find a wide variety of snacks all over Holland.
They tend to range from french fries to mini pancakes. The deep-fried battered codfish, whiting or cod cheeks from the North Sea above is known as Kibbeling, and often served with a mayonnaise-based garlic, remoulade, or tartar sauce, as well as a variety of different seafood sauces!
We bought ours from a seafood stand in Zaandam, where all manner of herring and seafood is sold.
And very nice they were too!
Most of the snacks are quite greasy, but nice and cheap.
Ranging from mini burgers to croquettes!
And when in Rome, do as the Dutch do and use a vending machine!
However, make sure that you use a “restaurant-bar” rather than at the train station, as you can be sure that the replacements are always fresh. There were queues of respectable people using these very same “restaurant-bars,” so no need to fear if they’re alright. They’re alright!
And make sure that you have the correct change, ‘cos you won’t get your money back if you don’t!
Cost: €1.50 – €7:00
If you were to ask most people which food items remind them of Holland, as in Switzerland, most people would say cheese!
The Dutch have been making cheese since 800 B.C. and some say, that Holland is the largest cheese exporter in the world!
With an average of 21 kilograms per year per person, we can say the Dutch love their own cheese.
In fact, Dutch people eat cheese for breakfast, cheese on sandwiches, cheese for lunch, cheese as a snack, and cheese for supper served with mustard, and a lovely glass of Dutch beer!
The Dutch are very famous for their cheeses ranging from semi-hard or hard cheeses such as Gouda, Edam, and Leyden, and as such, the five (5) most traditional cheese markets in Holland can be found in Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda and Woerden.
In fact, you can still see how cheese merchants do business, much as they have done, for more than 600 years! And of course, “Old Amsterdam” cheese which you can get all over Amsterdam!
A typical Dutch way of making cheese is to blend in herbs or spices during the first stage of the production process, such as in cheeses with cloves (Friesian Clove), cumin (Leyden cheese), Dutch Farmhouse Cheese with Italian Black Truffle, and even cheese with nettles!
Cheese in Holland is exciting!
Cost: €1.50 – €..whatever!
Traditionally a Dutch dinner would have potatoes with a large portion of vegetables and a small portion of meat with gravy, or a potato and vegetable stew.
Vegetable stews are often served with side dishes such as rodekool met appeltjes, otherwise known as red cabbage with apples, or rode bieten, otherwise known as beetroot!
They are also served with pickles, including augurken, otherwise known as gherkins, or zilveruitjes, otherwise known as cocktail onions!
One of the most popular traditional Dutch foods would be stamppot, otherwise known as mashed potatoes with a variety of mashed vegetables!
But, you know, you don’t have to contend with traditional food, and stodge, you can have “nice food” too. The like of which we had at our quirky Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam, in the very nice and interesting windmill-filled town of Zaandam!
Just look at this succulent guinea fowl!
Or how about this rather wonderful meal of venison steak?
Cost: €12.00 – €20.00
The most popular Dutch dessert is that of the stroopwafel, otherwise known as a waffle!
It’s not any old waffle of course, as the stroopwafel originated from the town of Gouda, and was first made during the late 18th or early 19th century!
It was said that a baker invented the Dutch waffle by using leftovers from the bakery, such as breadcrumbs, and sweetening it with syrup.
Dutch waffles – the stroopwafel – is made from baked batter and sliced horizontally. Two thin layers of the waffle are filled with special sweet and sticky syrup, otherwise known as the stroop, and put in between.
Occasionally, crushed hazelnuts are mixed with the stroop, and the dough is also spiced with cinnamon.
We also had a Dutch speciality known as vla or vlaai!
The word vla was first documented in the 13th century and originally referred to any custard-like substance covering a cake, or any other baked good. The word vlaai is related and has since come to refer to a type of pie filled with either fruit, custard, rhubarb or rice pudding!
The vlaai we had was a sort of mini custard pie, served with whipped cream, and tasty ice-cream!
Cost: €3.00 – €6.50
Try Dutch beer!
Cost: €3.50 – €5.00
That’s it for now.
See you next week!
This article is not sponsored and all opinions and the marvellous Dutch food that we tasted and happily consumed, are my very own!
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