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Pancake Puffs (known as 'Poffertjes' in Dutch) are basically baby, baby pancakes, and are loved by children of all ages. This recipe is for the classic version.
'Bitterballen' are a popular bar snack in the Netherlands and Belgium. They can be made with any number of ragout fillings, but this beef version is a classic of the genre.
Holland is renowned for its excellent cheese. I offer an overview of the most important varieties of Dutch cheese, what they taste like, what to look out for and where to buy them.
Traditional 'oliebollen' (literally, 'oil balls') have often been called the precursor of the donut, the popular American treat. In fact, it seems very probable that early Dutch settlers took their tradition over to the New World where it evolved into the anytime-anywhere snack the donut is today. In Holland, however, they are pretty much a seasonal treat: made and enjoyed specifically to ring in the New Year.
Made with split peas, plenty of vegetables and pork, this delicious Dutch 'erwtensoep' is a meal of a soup that'll put some meat on your bones in the coldest months. Also known as 'snert', this hearty soup is traditionally served on New Year's Day in the Netherlands, but is also enjoyed throughout the fall and winter months.
Join me for a look at a day in the life of Dutch eating, as I take you through a typical Dutch breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Almost every cafe in Holland has a version of apple pie on its menu. It is Holland's pride, and with reason. My Dutch Apple Pie recipe delivers a really big pie, with a sandy-crisp, buttery crust and a pretty peek-a-boo lattice pattern on top. More importantly, it is fragrant and moreish -- give it a go.
While it's still easier to find Indonesian, French or Italian restaurants in Amsterdam than eateries that dish up the city's native cuisine, local food is making a comeback as young Dutch chefs embrace their roots. My overview of restaurants that serve Dutch food runs the gamut from very cheap to very expensive, and includes restaurants that cook traditional Dutch dishes (sometimes with a twist) and eateries that use local ingredients in interesting new ways.
An iconic Dutch snack, the veal croquette (or 'kroket' in Dutch) remains a favorite at parties and after late night cafe crawls. This recipe delivers a croquette with a crisp, breaded outside and a delicate, creamy ragout of veal at its center. But be warned: these delicacies can be deceptively hot inside, as many tongue-scorched victims that've fallen prey to their own gluttony can attest.
The Dutch tend to favor wholesome breakfast items such as brown bread, fruit and low fat spiced rye cake (called 'ontbijtkoek') over sugary cereals, pastries and muffins. Coffee, milk and juice often feature on the breakfast table in Holland. Other options include rusks, called 'beschuit', currant buns ('krentenbollen'), muesli, egg dishes and crackers with cheese and other toppings. Things get fancier on Dutch holidays, when smoked fish and fruited breads are are added.
If you've never cooked Dutch food before, I'm sure it can be pretty daunting to figure out what to try first. I'd like to point you in the right direction. These recipes offer a small taste of what Holland has to offer.
These delicious Dutch appetizer and savory snack recipes are ideal for everyday entertaining, parties and holiday get-togethers. Prepare in advance, so you can feed the hungry hordes without getting stuck in the kitchen yourself.
The Dutch are a nation obsessed with the taste of licorice. Discover its origins, how it is made and how it fits into Dutch culture.
This healthy side dish features iron-rich curly kale (a very traditional Dutch ingredient) in a new guise -- sauteed with onions, garlic, chilli and onions.
While prepared in a waffle iron, 'stroopwafels' (syrup waffles) are more like caramel-filled cookies than waffles. Apparently, the first stroopwafels were baked in Gouda (also famous for its cheese) in the late 18th century. They are popular all over the Netherlands today, and while you can buy them abroad nowadays, they taste at their best freshly (home)made, baked until golden and crispy with a melting caramel center and that familiar warm sugary smell of Dutch fairgrounds and markets.
Join me for a virtual stroll along the best foodie spots Amsterdam has to offer for the culinary minded shopper. We will visit my favorite markets, restaurants, kitchen stores and cheese shops. There's sure to be something for even the pickiest gourmand. Welcome to Amsterdam!
Pancake Puffs (known as 'Poffertjes' in Dutch) are basically fluffy baby pancakes. This recipe teams this Dutch favorite with strawberries & cream.
Advocaat is a creamy yellow liqueur made from a rich blend of egg yolks, sugar, brandy and a touch of vanilla. The Netherlands exports this drink to over 50 countries, but, shhhh, it is really easy to make your own at home.
This vegetable side dish recipe features cabbage, leeks, onions and parsley. A classic combination that dates back to recipes from the Middle Ages. I've added bacon for added flavor and texture.
Homemade Dutch mayonnaise is nothing like the fake chemical stuff many supermarkets sell. It is rich and creamy and very grown up. It is also dead easy to make yourself, especially with my recipe.
If you like profiteroles, you'll love Bossche bollen. This chocolate-covered Dutch take on the cream-filled pastry are bigger and, dare-we-say, better.
This spiced multi-layered cake is an excellent example of the true fusion between Dutch and Indonesian traditions, and a popular delicacy in the Netherlands today.
An easy recipe for spiced speculaas cookies. These delicious Dutch cinnamon-gingery cookies are traditionally eaten at Sinterklaas, a Dutch festival on Dec. 5.
An 'uitsmijter' is a typical feature on Amsterdam's cafe menus. It consists of fried eggs (sunny side up), on white bread, with ham and, sometimes, cheese.
Satay sauce, that peanutty Indonesian favorite, has become so entrenched in the food culture of the Netherlands that it’s now seen as near-native. In Holland, satay sauce is not only enjoyed with Indonesian classics such as the eponymous skewered meat dish or gado gado, but also with Dutch-style fries and barbecued meats.
The Dutch have embraced the food of their former colony, Indonesia, as their own. Nowadays, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Dutch town without an Indonesian restaurant. Indonesian ingredients are available at every supermarket and Indonesian meals have become a staple of everyday Dutch cooking. My favorite Indonesian dish is most certainly satay, one of those dishes that can be very complicated and labor intensive or very easy. Ever the impatient cook, I’ve gone for the easy way.
The Dutch really love their bread, but unlike so many nations they seem to have a preference for brown and wholewheat varieties. This easy recipe for whole wheat bread came to me via an artisanal baker in Amsterdam who specializes in whole wheat baked goods. So, roll up those sleeves and prepare for a flour fest.
Many Dutch recipes call for a fragrant spice mix called 'speculaaskruiden', which consists of cinnamon, mace, cloves, ginger and a few other spices. You can buy this spice mix (online), or substitute pumpkin pie spices, but if you want the authentic taste, why not mix your own? See my step by step guide, with photos.
Kroket = A Dutch variety of the croquette. Find out more...
This delicious traditional Dutch beef and onion stew is slowly braised in butter, stock and spices until the meat actually falls apart into threads (and indeed, 'draadjesvlees' means thready meat). It is the kind of homely winter food that you prepare on weekends: the meat in the pot may take hours, but you don't have to do much to it, which leaves you free to fold the laundry or potter about the house.
'Bruine bonen soep' (Dutch Brown Bean Soup) is a typical Dutch winter meal. My recipe is easy to make and an ideal way to get you hooked on winning winter food from Holland. Trust me, this soup will wrap you up like a warm blanket on a cold day.
Is it a condiment, is it a soup? While the idea of mustard soup may sound strange to some, this traditional speciality from Groningen is really rather delicious. It's made with Groningen's regional mustard (although any decent grainy mustard could substitute pretty nicely), onions, chives and crispy bacon bits.
'Gevulde Speculaas' is a traditional Dutch cookie served at Christmas time, or these days, anytime. Crispy layers of ginger-cinnamon cookie, decorated with almonds, encase a soft, flavorful almond paste center.
These fritters are like a cross between apple pie and donuts: the outside golden brown and crispy, and the apple on the inside just cooked, while still retaining some bite. They are traditionally served at New Year's Eve celebrations in the Netherlands, just before all those New Year's diet resolutions kick in. So tuck in while you have a chance.
Pancakes with apple, bacon and syrup may sound a bit strange to you, but don't knock it till you try it. It really is wickedly delicious.
Easy to make and delicious to eat, deep-fried camembert with cranberry sauce makes an excellent appetizer for even the most festive of meals.
Waterzooi is a traditional Flemish fish dish, which straddles that notional territory between a soup and a stew. Some modern versions feature chicken and fish, but this recipe from 'Werken met Vis' cookbook follows a deliciously old-fashioned all-fish formula.
These Dutch Christmas cookies with their hint of cinnamon, almond slivers and sugary crunch are just great for the holidays -- or, in fact, any time.
Idiomatic expressions add local flavor to language, and those expressions that relate to food perhaps reflect a nation's eating culture most of all. Here is our (non-exhaustive) list of food-related Dutch idioms, proverbs and sayings.
The Dutch love eating apple sauce (or appelmoes as they call it) as a condiment with their main meal. It's very much part of the everyday family meal here in Holland. My apple sauce is so easy to make, I guarantee that the hardest thing about it is peeling the apples!
Thanks to Holland's colonial past in Indonesia, nasi goreng is a staple in every Dutch family home today. It's a classic fridge-raid recipe, using up leftover rice, vegetables, bacon and eggs to make a filling meal that'll please the whole family. Turning your leftovers into another meal isn't only a tasty way to save money, but will help to save the environment, too. In this way, an old family classic now seems more timely than ever.
The 'banketstaaf' is a traditional Dutch treat served at Christmas time. Flaky puff pastry, dusted with a snowfall of powdered sugar, encases a soft, flavorful almond paste center.
When warm weather finally arrives in the Netherlands after a long wet winter, it seems as if everybody embraces the sunshine and heads outside to the nearest terrace. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor patios, ranging from a classic garden getaway in one of the city's most beautiful parks to newly opened river- and canalside cafes.
Apple syrup is exactly what it says on the jar (so to speak), i.e. syrup made from apples. It’s tart and fruity, full of apple goodness and you can use it in a myriad ways.
This Dutch pâté is a good example of an old-fashioned frugal dish using the nose-to-tail principle of letting no part of the animal go to waste.
This old-fashioned hotchpotch with sauerkraut, potatoes and bacon is wintry and warming. Due to its high vitamin C content, sauerkraut has long been viewed as a vital source of vitamin C during cold Dutch winters. Nowadays, however, we eat 'zuurkoolstamppot' because we crave its sweet-sour-salty flavor.
The subtitle of Kastelenkookboek (translates as 'the castles cookbook') explains it all: 'waarachtige recepten uit de keukens van Nederlandse kastelen en buitenplaatsen', or 'authentic recipes from the kitchens of Dutch castles and manorial estates'.
Amsterdam's cafés have come a long way since the days when stale black filter coffee was the standard. Today, most Dutch cafés serve freshly brewed cappuccino, espresso and other Italian-style coffees and there is a thriving coffee bar culture in the capital city of the Netherlands. Discover Amsterdam's ten top spots to stop for a cup of coffee.
Have you recently bought a Dutch cookbook and your limited Dutch skills are prohibiting you from using it? Then my list of basic Dutch measurements, ingredients, terms and methods (and their equivalents in English) may just be something for you. For conversions from metric to decimal and vice versa, I recommend using a Weight to Volume Calculator.
For an authentically Dutch celebration, you simply have to make this festive cake. There's plenty of freshly whipped cream in this Dutch cream cake, hence the name. To cut through the richness, I like to use tart fruits, like raspberries and redcurrants, in-between the layers of plain sponge and cream.
Steaming is not only one of the easiest ways of preparing fish, it is certainly one of the healthiest. Try this good-for-you recipe with (sustainable) cod, court bouillon, leeks and carrots.
Often mistakenly called Dutch shortbread, these 'boterkoek' are, in fact, unique to the Netherlands. They have a slightly different taste and texture to shortbread, but if you are a fan of the Scottish treat you are likely to love these too.
Ginger beer is a very popular Caribbean drink. It has been edging its way onto Dutch supermarket shelves more and more as the demand from Holland's Caribbean immigrants grows. Making real ginger beer at home is a long process. Here is my homemade cheat's version.
The French name for this treat is 'pain perdu', Americans know it as 'French toast' and the Dutch call this traditional breakfast dish by the rather intriguing name 'wentelteefjes' (literally: turnover-bitches). Whatever you want to call them, this recipe will whip you up a quick, easy and delicious batch of this custardy cinnamon-flavored toast.
Meatballs feature in many traditional Dutch vegetable soup recipes and this one is my take on 'groentesoep met balletjes', using typical Dutch spring vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, celery, young turnip rape ('meiknolletjes'), leeks and carrots with little rose veal meatballs. This seasonal soup can be played with and adapted to any season using what's fresh and available.
These crispy cheesy twists of puff pastry are traditionally served as a savory accompaniment to soup, but they are just as good as a snack.
Ask any Amsterdammer about Holtkamp bakery and you'll hear praise for their excellent cakes, cookies, pastries and savory snacks. In fact, this patisserie is particularly renowned for their shrimp croquettes. This recipe delivers croquettes with a crisp breadcrumb exterior and a well-filled, gooey center of delicately spiced shrimp - a true delicacy.
The custard slice, or ‘tompoes’ as it’s called in Dutch is a very popular pastry here in the Netherlands. The Dutch even claim that an Amsterdam baker invented them, but they’re popular in so many parts of the world now, who knows? And, frankly, who cares? The pleasure’s all in knowing that they’re delicious to eat.
This old-fashioned Dutch winter dish with curly endive, potatoes and bacon may be the very definition of comfort food in cold weather, but it's actually quite good for you, too. Potatoes are packed with potassium and vitamin C, while curly endive is rich in folate, fiber and vitamins A and K.
In the Netherlands, the beloved holidays St. Nicholas Eve (called 'Sinterklaas' in Dutch) on December 5, Christmas and New Year's Eve all have their own traditional sweets. This overview lists the most popular Dutch holiday treats.
Every nation has its culinary icons. The British have their fish & chips and tea, Americans their hamburgers and Coca Cola and Italians their pasta and pizza. The Dutch, too, have quite a few culinary icons that inspire longing in expatriates and uncritical love at all times.
Want to cook healthy homemade meals for you and your baby while you're pregnant? Our list of 10 simple recipes for moms-to-be should get you off to a good start.
You'll find 'slavinken' (bacon wrapped pork parcels) at every Dutch butcher and supermarket. My version includes traditional Dutch meat herbs, which add a flavorful touch.
Christmas is celebrated over two days in the Netherlands, i.e. 'Eerste Kerstdag' (First Christmas Day) on December 25 and 'Tweede Kerstdag' (Second Christmas Day) on December 26, both of which are public holidays. Christmas in Holland is not centered on Santa Claus, crazy commercialism and gift-giving, but on the family and the ambiance of the holiday.
Babi Ketjap is a typical Indonesian stew, featuring pork, aromatic spices and Indonesian soy sauce. The Dutch have embraced the food of their former colony as their own and it has become part and parcel of their culinary heritage. Babi Ketjap is exactly the kind of Indonesian dish Dutch people cook at home because it is so accessible and easy to make.
What do the Persians, Romans, French, Spanish, Indonesians, Surinamese, Moroccans and Turkish have in common? They have all stamped their influence on the Dutch kitchen. Holland, in turn, has left a culinary legacy behind in some parts of the world.
The sea bass in this summer barbecue recipe is first doused in chili, garlic and coriander oil and then grilled in a barbecue basket for maximum smoky flavor.
Author Claartje Lindhout takes a fresh new look at the Dutch regional kitchen, with 3-course menus for each of the 12 provinces.
It's hard to beat soft, tender lovely white asparagus. It's even harder to beat the way the Dutch eat it - swathed in Hollandaise sauce, chopped boiled eggs and slices of ham. This Asparagus Hollandaise is Spring cuisine at its swoonworthy best.
This dessert combines blueberries, blackberries, ginger flavored whipped cream and meringues. I like to call it Meringue Mess.
A look at the history of food in the Netherlands - from the glory of the Golden Age through Holland's subsequent frugal phase and to today's slow culinary awakening.
Forget turkey, the Dutch way to celebrate is with pork. This easy one-pot recipe delivers a juicy rib roast with crispy crackling and oven roasted veggies.
Mayonnaise is so ubiquitously served with fries in Dutch cuisine that a variation on the theme is always welcome. Of course, you can serve this garlicky tarragon mayo with anything you'd normally use the condiment for, but it is particularly good with good old Dutch 'friet' (fries). Yum!
In this recipe, European seabass is anointed with a flavorful garlic and parsley oil and then grilled in a barbecue basket. Grilling seabass brings out the delicate flavors of the fish, while adding delicious smoky aromas.
Looking for something off the beaten track, where the locals go for a drink on a hot summer´s day? Our selection of Amsterdam patios includes plenty of waterside cafes, glorious garden patios and a rooftop terrace with stunning city views.
Almond paste (called 'spijs' in Dutch) is used as a filling in a number of Dutch baked goods, such as 'stollen', 'gevulde koek', 'gevulde speculaas', 'banketstaaf', etc. It's very easy to make your own.
An iconic Dutch snack, the veal croquette ((or 'kroket' in Dutch) remains a favorite at parties and during late night cafe crawls. A crisp, breaded outside reveals a delicate, creamy ragout of veal at its center. But be warned: these delicacies can be deceptively hot inside, as many tongue-scorched victims that have fallen prey to their own gluttony can attest.
Indonesian food is to the Dutch what Indian food is to the British. And, like Mexican restaurants pop up in pretty much every American city, Indonesian restaurants abound in the Netherlands. In fact, the Dutch have embraced the food of their former colony as their own and are more likely to take visitors to their country to an Indonesian restaurant than a Dutch one. Rendang, or beef stewed in spiced coconut milk, is one of the most popular dishes at Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands. This easy rendang recipe can be made in any kitchen and, like most stews, tastes even better the next day.
This oven-roasted dish of potatoes, carrots, onions and sausage is an easy update of an old classic, 'hutspot', that traditional mash of boiled carrots, potatoes and onions. Roasting the veggies in the oven isn't only easier on the cook, but it offers the eater a far more pleasing plate of food, with a range of interesting textures and tastes.
Coleslaw is a typical barbeque standby and fantastic served with steaks, burgers or hot dogs. Kids love it, so it's a great way to get them to eat their veggies. This nutritious salad is nothing like the gloopy stuff many people think of at the mention of the word 'coleslaw'.
These Gouda Cookies are a fantastic party snack. I've been told they taste a bit like Cheez-Its, only more wholesome (I think it was a compliment). At any rate, these savory cheese cookies are nothing if not simple: good aged Gouda, flour, butter, pepper and a touch of nutmeg.
Monk's Mince is my name for 'kapucijnerschotel' (literally: grey pea dish). It is a typical Dutch family meal, with grey peas (or marrowfat peas), minced beef, apples and bacon. Monk's Mince is easy to make and even easier to tuck into.
Frikadellen usually come in the guise of those dodgy-looking skinless sausages that are deep fried and sold at ‘snackbars’; often as a broodje frikadel, squeezed between two cottonwool-like buns and doused liberally with mayo, tomato sauce (or its ‘curry saus’ cousin) and lashings of raw onion. Kooy’s version is grilled and slightly more grown up, served with chicory and sweet and sour ‘mustard fruit’ (cauliflower, carrots and pearl onions preserved in a mustard syrup).
In the olden days, 'rijstebrij' was served at feast days and weddings. Presumably this was because rice, cinnamon and sugar were expensive, exotic ingredients back then. In fact, Flemish Renaissance painter Breughel is said to have painted rice pudding in 'De Boerenbruiloft' (The Peasant Wedding), dated 1567. However, this old-fashioned favorite remains as popular as ever - at least, in my home.
Old is the new 'new' in the vegetable world these days. What could be more fun than learning to cook with 'new' ingredients that have actually been around for a long time? Now that these forgotten veggies, like celeriac, parsnips and black salsify are becoming available again, they have quickly become part of my everyday cooking repertoire. Try these vegetables, they deserve to be remembered.
These delicious curry bunnies are an excellent example of Dutch-South African fusion. The Dutch brought their traditional 'oliebollen' to their former colony, where it was renamed 'vetkoek' and teamed with curried minced meat, packed full of all the wondrous spices Dutch trading ships were bringing back from their other colonies in the East.
This recipe for fruited Christmas bread with a sweet almond paste center is a real winner for the holidays. I have updated the traditional recipe, using cranberries and orange liqueur instead of the usual raisins, currants and brandy. But please feel free to stick to the traditional version.
There is a local saying that Amsterdam was built on herring bones. Holland can thank its Golden Age, at least in part, to this silvery-blue fish.
Similar to the more well-known 'stroopwafel', those delicious caramel-filled waffles sold piping hot on Dutch markets, the 'stroopkoek' (literally 'syrup cake') can be baked in a regular oven. What you get is a caramel-filled cookie that absolutely everyone will love.
What the Dutch call witlof is known as known by many other names abroad, such as Belgian endive, chicory and 'witloof' in Belgium.
From scrambled eggs with shrimp to classic sole with Hollandaise sauce, we have a seafood recipe for every meal and hour of the day here.
Break out of your salad rut with these sixteen recipes for summertime salads.
A favorite treat at Dutch festivities and celebrations, 'boerenjongens' or brandied raisins, are easy to make and can be enjoyed as a drink or used as an ingredient in other dishes.
Pretzels are known and loved throughout the world, but Dutch pretzels are different from the salty snack you may know. In the Netherlands, pretzels or 'krakelingen' as they're called locally, are sweet rather than savory.
Every culture seems to have their own version of sweet glazed carrots. The Dutch enjoy theirs with butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. I've added a touch of lemon to give it a bit of zesty zing. These carrots are fantastic with lamb chops.
This recipe collection places cheese in the spotlight, with recipes featuring Gouda cheese, Bastiaansen Blauw, 'Olde Remeker', 'boerenkaas', hard Dutch goat's cheese, chevre and more.
After stewing for a few hours in honey, lemon juice and spices, the lumpy yellow pear-like fruit becomes aromatically scented, like a flower blooming from a spice jar. Its crisp, cream-colored fresh turns rosy hued, with a sweet-sour flavour that tastes like a cross between a pear and a guava. Zesty freshness comes courtesy of the citrus, while the vanilla pod imparts its mellow mood. Make in advance to enjoy as a luxurious breakfast with crunchy muesli and 'hangop' (strained yogurt) or serve as a healthy dessert.
Chocolade = Chocolate. Dutch Food.
Fragrant pears poached in red wine make for a healthy dessert or a rather different side dish. This is perfect for people who are not too fond of sugary-sweet desserts. Or for someone who wants to add something new and wonderful to their dinner repertoire, instead of the usual peas and carrots.
These delicious South African cookies will be more familiar as 'Hertzoggies' to some. A traditional Afrikaner treat, the little tarts may have been the lovechild of the Dutch's love for filled fruit pies (such as apple pie and 'vlaaien') and exotic colonial ingredients, like apricot and coconut.
The ingredients for this recipe are straight out of a 17th century Dutch cookbook. I've updated the cooking method, but the basic ingredients -- chicken with bacon, butter, herbs and spices -- remains the same as in the original recipe.
Red cabbage and apples (rode kool met appeltjes) is a very old-fashioned, but much loved, side dish here in Holland. It goes really well with hearty meals like stews and venison.
Light, fresh and easy, this salmon tartare recipe is sure to be a hit with fish fans.
Snert = Dutch Split Pea Soup. Dutch Food.
While The Hague ('Den Haag' in Dutch) isn't the capital of the Netherlands, in many ways it acts as if it is. After all, The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State. Moreover, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands lives at Huis ten Bosch in The Hague and works at Noordeinde Palace in the heart of the city. And, all foreign embassies in the Netherlands and some 150 international organisations are situated in the city, including the International Criminal Court, the Peace Palace and the International Court of Justice. The Hague is also the fourth major center for the United Nations and likes to call itself the Legal Capital of the World and the International City of Peace and Justice. With all this going on, it's no surprise that Den Haag boasts a thriving, international dining scene and fantastic foodie shops to cater to its culturally diverse population.
Kohlrabi is one of those forgotten vegetables that flummoxes people. It's a rather odd, green bulbous thing, with weird shoots sprouting from the top and I think most people simply don't know what to do with it. I love kohlrabi's subtle cabbage taste and crisp bite and I think it's perfect for salads, like my Crunchy Kohlrabi Salad.
The little sister of 'speculaas', 'kruidnoten' are tiny rounded cookies eaten at 'Sinterklaas'. They're spiced with ginger, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg.
A collection of 20 sweet and savory recipes featuring the humble apple.
This healthy recipe does what it says on the tin: grated kohlrabi, celeriac, carrots, crunchy apples and currants in a yoghurt and mayonnaise dressing.
Bruges lace cookies, or 'kletskoppen' as they're known in Dutch, are very thin, hard, crispy cookies that consist primarily of sugar and nuts.
Nasi Goreng = A popular Indo-Dutch dish in the Netherlands. Find out more...
This healthy dessert - yes, I said the words 'healthy' and 'dessert' in the same sentence - features apples baked with aromatic spices, honey, nuts and raisins.
The Dutch celebrate the feast day of Sinterklaas on Dec. 5 and 6 to commemorate the life of St. Nicholas.
Muffins are an excellent stand-by when you can't face the idea of pulling on your jeans and going to the baker. These savory muffins are made with simple store cupboard ingredients: 'oude kaas' (aged Gouda) or Parmesan cheese, cumin, milk, flour, butter & eggs. And, because muffins require as little handling as possible, you'll whip them up in no time!
'Ontbijtkoek' is a spiced breakfast cake.
My House of Orange Salad uses the classic combination of oranges and fennel. While many people consider this an unusual match at first glance, they only have to taste this salad to realize that these two flavors - aniseed and fresh citrus - marry beautifully. A dish fit for a queen.
Holland is world renowned for its excellent mussels. For the uninitiated, I could only describe their taste as slightly briny, surprisingly sweet and palate-soothingly creamy. It may sound corny, but they really taste of the ocean. My dish combines mussels with the familiar (carrots and leeks) and the not-so-familiar, briny sea beans/samphire, which seem to bring out the wonderful ozone aroma of the ocean even more in the mussels.
At my house, a luxurious breakfast, brunch or lunch should include at least one variety of smoked fish, and because salmon is the most universally liked, it often features. While Christmas and Easter mornings beg for such breakfasts, I think it's fun to spoil my family with an open-faced smoked fish sandwich every now and again. This recipe is quick and easy, because the fishmonger does the work for you; all that remains is a bit of toasting, chopping and stirring work.
'Boerenmeisjes' (literally 'farm girls') is a Dutch regional speciality from Groningen. They're essentially apricots preserved in brandy, with a hint of lemon adding extra flavor. I think the Dutch name is as pretty as the final product is tasty.
Every family in Holland has their own recipe for 'stamppot' (a puree of root vegetables). Unadulterated peasant food, vegetable mashes like this one kept a hungry nation of farmers going all day out in the fields. Nowadays, it is still very popular as an unpretentious mid-week family meal.
What could be more celebratory than cooking a whole roast suckling pig? This step-by-step recipe explains how to go about it at home.
If you've ever taken a stroll along a Dutch beach, you may have sampled 'kibbeling' at a seaside stall. This recipe uses battered plaice pieces to make these delicious Dutch fish nuggets.
It's hard to imagine nowadays, but sugar used to be a luxury product that came from afar. That's why sugar candies were mainly eaten during important festivities like weddings and on important holidays, such as 'Sinterklaas' and Christmas. 'Borstplaat' is still popular in the Netherlands today and makes a fun culinary gift that can easily be customized for various occasions. Make discs of vanilla-, chocolate- or mocha flavored 'borstplaat', pink hearts for Valentine's Day or red stars for Christmas.
One of the easiest ways to entertain is to serve a cheese plate with drinks or as a savory dessert course. I've combined shards of aged goat's cheese, a block of creamy blue cheese, blocks of interesting nettle cheese (called 'brandnetelkaas' in Dutch, this is sure to be a conversation starter) and a disc of soft goat's cheese with red grapes, walnuts, my seasonal apple & pear chutney and grainy Dutch mustard. Serve with your favorite bread or crackers.
These Dutch Christmas cookies, called 'kerstkransjes' in Dutch, are used to decorate the Christmas tree. However, if you think they’re just pretty to look at, you’re in for a treat. They taste fantastic too.
Stamppot (Dutch vegetable mash) is usually considered a winter dish, but it was such a diet staple in bygone times that the Dutch used to eat it year round. Stamppot Sla is a spring stamppot. It is made with spring-fresh butter lettuce (Hollandse kropsla).
Over 1,320,000,000 pounds of cocoa beans pass through Amsterdam's port every year - a sixth of the world's cocoa production - making Amsterdam the world's largest cocoa port. So, it's only fitting that my dark chocolate mousse uses chocolate in one of its purest forms: with 85% cocoa. This is a good basic recipe that you can play around with.
Nothing conjures up the feeling of summer faster than the smoky smell of a barbecue. Take your next grilling-session to new heights with this recipe for grilled rib eye steak, marinated in garlic and herb oil.
Salmon is native to Dutch rivers, and although not as abundant as they once were you can catch local Dutch salmon in our rivers today. While most of the salmon we eat in the Netherlands today is either farmed and/or imported, recipes for salmon has been appearing in Dutch cookbooks since at least 1514. This recipe makes a light and modern dinner; the salmon is poached in white wine, with a bay leaf and peppercorns, and served with a chive sour cream sauce and a light, dill laced potato salad.
This easy recipe delivers a moist and moreish muffin that could be described as banana bread disguised as a muffin, enriched with toasted almonds and zesty redcurrants.
This recipe makes a traditional cherry pie that is native to the Dutch province of Limburg, where it's known as ''kersenvlaai''.
Why bother make chocolate custard at home when there are so many pints of the brown goo littering Dutch supermarkets' dairy section? Simple. That stuff doesn’t touch this heavenly homemade version. And, made as it is with cheap store cupboard ingredients, it’s a credit crunch friendly dessert, too.
Who says fries have to be bad for you? My recipe cuts down on the grease factor and ups the nutrients. No mess, no fuss and all the taste.
Eggs, that ubiquitous store-cupboard standby, plays the starring role in these fifteen fabulous egg recipes.
If Dutch is all Greek to you, this glossary of common Dutch dishes, ingredients and terms might just help you on your way. I've included pictures to make it even easier.
Kapucijners = A Dutch variety of grey peas. Find out more...
This creamy cocktail features South African Amarula cream liqueur and fresh Dutch strawberries - what could be more summery?
There is nothing forgettable about my Forgotten Soup, it's simply made with some of those old-fashioned veggies that have been labeled as 'vergeten groenten' (forgotten vegetables) in Dutch culinary circles, and as a result have become rather trendy. My soup uses some of these vegetables, including turnip-rooted parsley, celeriac, beets, and kohlrabi.
You could call this the lighter side of mashed potatoes. In fact, you can use cauliflower crush instead of mashed potato in most dishes. It's great as a baked topping for stews and casseroles with a bit of cheese gratineed on top, or simply on its own, as a vegetable side dish.
Oven roasting brings out the sweetness of butternut squash. We've added seasonal spices and dried chili flakes, but you could easily play around with this recipe to suit your tastes and the time of year.
A great herbed butter transforms even the simplest piece of bread or the most boring baked potato. Our classic version can be easily adapted to your taste.
This sweetly spiced stew smacks of the Dutch holiday season. It's flavored with 'boerenjongens', those cinnamonny brandy soaked raisins, and 'bischopswijn' (aromatic mulled wine).
Its refined lemony cream flavor makes Hollandaise sauce a natural choice for delicate dishes like asparagus and fish. Many people seem to think making Hollandaise is something for advanced cooks, but it really isn’t very hard. All you need is the patience to keep stirring it for a few minutes.
Tangy Granny Smith apples, spicy horseradish and creamy potatoes offer the perfect background for the fresh-sour flavor of pickled herring from Holland in this yummy salad recipe.
Chutney, a type of savory relish or jam from India, makes an exotic condiment. East meets West in this fragrant chutney, which marries Dutch speculaas spices with apples, pears, apricots, chiles, ginger and other goodies.
Literally translated as 'tough-tough', these traditional 'Sinterklaas' cookies owe their typical chewy texture to honey. They are often made in beautiful festive molds and taste of aniseed.
This beautiful blonde meal of a soup is made with typical Dutch ingredients, such as potato, celeriac and Gouda cheese. My easy recipe makes a generous pot of velvety soup.
If the goal for match day is to find orange food, we've got you covered. For fantastic fuss-free foods to enjoy while watching football, read on...
Kwark = Quark. Quark, or curd cheese, is a soft, fresh cheese.
If you like peanut butter or satay, you'll love this spicy peanut soup from the former Dutch colony of Suriname.