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All About King's Day

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Queens Day

The investiture of Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands on April 30, 2013 brought an end to the tradition of celebrating Queen's Day (Koninginnedag) on that day. From 2014 the annual Dutch public holiday will be known as King's Day, or Koningsdag. The holiday will be officially held on April 27 (unless it falls on a Sunday, as it does this year, when it will be celebrated on April 26). Learn more about King's Day and discover our Recipe Ideas for your King's Day Table.

Photo © Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions

New! Rainbow Carrot Salad Recipe

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Shaved Heirloom Carrot Salad Recipe
Certain recipes just come to us while we're perusing our favorite fruit and veg stall at our local farmer's market. Right there, on the spot, we envisioned these purple, yellow and orange beauties thinly shaved, dressed with orange and fennel. This recipe is no doubt a throwback to the grated orange and carrot salad my mother used to make when I was a child, but this is my version. That this crunchy carrot salad recipe also happens to be healthy and fits within trendy gluten-free, vegan and raw food health plans is a happy coincidence.

Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

Easter Recipe Ideas

Monday April 14, 2014
Easter Bunnies

You'll find the same penchant for chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts in Holland, but there are a few Easter traditions unique to the Netherlands, where the holiday is known as Pasen. Our (updated) collection of Easter Menu Ideas and Easy Egg Recipes should give you plenty of inspiration.

Photo © Van Velze's

Restaurant Festival Kicks Off Today

Monday April 14, 2014
The Restaurant Festival, the Netherlands' self-proclaimed ''most exclusive dining event'', starts today. Some 100 top restaurants are offering all-inclusive dinners starting from €100 per person and lunches from €50 per person (with a small surcharge per Michelin star). The prices generally include all the food and wine consumed, as well as water, coffee and tea. The festival will run until April 27. For more information, see www.restaurantfestival.nl

Five Super Yummy Strawberry Recipes

Tuesday April 8, 2014
Strawberry & Chevre Salad

While every season has its own bounty, we really do miss strawberries in the cooler months. White-crowned supermarket aardbeien do not count. In fact, while they may resemble their heart-shaped cousins, they taste wishy-washy and simply remind us of what we're missing. Nothing can quite beat that luscious, juicy tang of the real thing. We've just enjoyed a punnet of the first ruby-hued spring strawberries. They really need no more than a dash of powdered sugar, but the following recipes will help you savor the sweet taste of the new season in five different ways:

  • Strawberry & Chevre Salad
  • Poffertjes with Strawberries & Cream
  • Strawberry & Yoghurt Cocktail
  • Panna Cotta with Strawberries
  • Amarula & Strawberry Cocktail
  • Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

    Delicious Dutch Design

    Wednesday April 2, 2014

    We love food designer Anne-Marit van de Kuilen's delicious new designs for Designkaas, the company that combines two things the Netherlands is famous for the world over - artisanal Dutch cheese and Dutch design. The new spring designs were inspired by Hollands' picturesque polders and dollhouse-like architecture. Just the thing for a stylish Easter breakfast table. See our full review of this design-led cheese company here.

    Photo © Designkaas

    New! Dutch Cherry Pie Recipe

    Monday March 31, 2014
    Dutch Cherry Pie

    The vlaai, a round pie with a fruit-, custard- or rice pudding filling, is a specialty of the Dutch province of Limburg, where it has been enjoyed for centuries as a typical treat at spring fairs and Easter. This Dutch Cherry Pie Recipe (Kersenvlaai) makes a classic version of the vlaai, which is easy to make and delicious to eat any time.

    Photo © Good Cook Publishing

    Dutch Sandwich Spread with Cream Cheese, Chives & Celeriac

    Monday March 31, 2014

    This allium-rich cream cheese spread tastes terrific on whole wheat bread or sourdough, but also makes a delicious dip with crudites. Heksenkaas®(which, oddly, means 'witches' cheese') is widely available as a commercially-made spread at Dutch butchers and sandwich shops, but a cinch to make at home. Try our homemade version.

    Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

    10 More Top Terraces in Amsterdam

    Monday March 31, 2014

    As the sunny spring weather continues, here are a few more of our favorite outdoor patios in Amsterdam, ranging from a classic garden getaway in one of the city's most beautiful parks to great river- and canalside cafes.

    Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

    Dutch Discount Dining in April

    Monday March 31, 2014
    We've told you about National Restaurant Week many times before. From April 4-20 there's a Winner's Edition; your chance to book a table at one of the 10 restaurants voted as best in its area during the recent National Restaurant Week in the Netherlands. It's essentially the same deal as Restaurant Week - 3-course menus for €27,50 - except that these winning menus were voted best by the diners themselves.

    Or, take it up a notch, by participating in the Restaurant Festival, the Netherlands' self-proclaimed ''most exclusive dining event'', from April 14-27. Some 100 top restaurants offer all-inclusive dinners starting from €100 per person and lunches from €50 per person (with a small surcharge per Michelin star). The prices generally include all the food and wine consumed, as well as water, coffee and tea. For more information, see www.restaurantfestival.nl

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