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This gorgeous gluten-free dessert from Yvette van Boven's cookbook, Home Baked updates the classic creme caramel with a hit of espresso.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Advocaat is a creamy yellow liqueur made from a rich blend of egg yolks, sugar, brandy and a touch of vanilla - and really easy to make at home.
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.
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.
Join me for a virtual culinary stroll along the best foodie spots Amsterdam has to offer. We will visit my favorite market, restaurants, kitchen stores and cheese shop. Welcome to Amsterdam! Page 6.
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.
An easy recipe for spiced speculaas cookies. These delicious Dutch cinnamon-gingery cookies are traditionally eaten at Sinterklaas, a Dutch festival on Dec. 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pancake Puffs (known as 'Poffertjes' in Dutch) are basically fluffy baby pancakes. This recipe teams this Dutch favorite with strawberries & cream.
A collection of 20 sweet and savory recipes featuring the humble apple.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
Both baking buffs and beginners will delight in Van Boven's new baking book, with recipes that are original, dependable and unpretentious.
The Dutch are a nation obsessed with licorice. Discover its origins, how it's made and how it fits into Dutch culture.
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.
What the Dutch call witlof is known as known by many other names abroad, such as Belgian endive, chicory and 'witloof' in Belgium.
The Dutch celebrate the feast day of Sinterklaas on Dec. 5 and 6 to commemorate the life of St. Nicholas.
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.
Eggs, that ubiquitous store-cupboard standby, plays the starring role in these fifteen fabulous egg recipes.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
Traditionally part of Dutch Sinterklaas festivities, 'pepernoten' (aniseed and honey flavored cookies) can be found in every Dutch supermarket and bakery in the months preceding St. Nicholas Eve on December 5. This easy recipe, from Amsterdam's most famous patissier, Cees Holtkamp, delivers a fragrant batch of homemade Dutch 'pepper nuts'.
Kroket = A Dutch variety of the croquette. Find out more...
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.
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.
An excellent and easy scrambled eggs recipe for a Sunday brunch or leisurely lunch.
In a feast similar to American Halloween, small Dutch children take to the streets on November 11 with flickering little lanterns to sing songs and recite poems. As a reward for their efforts, the kids receive candy and sweet treats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
This raw salad recipe is a good way to get people who don't like Brussels sprouts to appreciate one of the world's healthiest vegetables.
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.
Easy to make and delicious to eat, deep-fried camembert with cranberry sauce makes an excellent appetizer for even the most festive of meals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No day of shopping is complete without a relaxing and much-needed meal. We've selected a few favorite brunch and lunch spots in The Hague, all of which are conveniently located in the main shopping areas. Page 5.
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.
This recipe will whip you up a quick, easy and delicious batch of custardy cinnamon-flavored French toast - done the Dutch way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frisian sugar bread, a rich, soft-crumbed Dutch bread studded with sugar crystals, is best when enjoyed fresh and slathered with real butter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chocolate kruidnoten (the small gingerbread-style cookies enjoyed at 'Sinterklaas') have been popular for a number of years as an update to the traditional cookie. You can use milk- or dark chocolate for this recipe, but I think the complexity of the latter complements the heady mix of spices used in this festive Dutch cookie better.
Apple pie remains exceedingly popular at Dutch-style birthday parties or celebrations. These individual Dutch apple pies with apples, raisins, currants, hazelnuts and cinnamon will go down a treat. Miniature versions of cakes and pastries are always popular because they're much easier to serve than their grown-up incarnations. You can simply pop these on a cake stand with a bowl of freshly whipped cream alongside or serve on individual plates with a dollop of cream and you're done.
Candy apples), with their crunchy red candy exterior and tart apple interior, take me straight back to the sunny autumn days of my childhood.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From quick sauteed mushrooms to slow braised beef and aromatic apple pie it's hard not to fall in love with autumn's full-on flavors.
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).
Mussels are a typical Dutch meal and while the use of saffron and ginger may seem very modern, this recipe can actually be traced back to a 15th century culinary manuscript in the library of the 'Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde' (the Royal Academy for Dutch Language and -Literature) in Ghent.
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.
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.
Moist, moreish chocolate cake, studded with pecans, dates and raisins, Yvette van Boven's home baked chocolate pecan cake is the one that you want.
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.
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.
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.
Try this recipe for 'gemberbolus', or surypy sweet Dutch buns potent with ginger.
What better time than fall to enjoy Holland's famous cinnamon-ginger cookies? We've used our favorite Dutch cookie recipe to add a Dutch touch to your Halloween cookie jar.
Chipolata pudding is a gelatine-set dessert flavored with Maraschino liqueur and studded with raisins, glacé or fresh fruits and nuts. This version uses fresh fruits, which we prefer, and has a thick, foamy finish.
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.
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.
Whether you make these baked eggs for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, this recipe produces an easy yet nutritious meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Jachtschotel' (which directly translates as 'Hunter's dish) is similar to what the Brits call Cottage Pie in that it consists of layers of meat, potatoes and vegetables. What makes this Dutch hunter's casserole different are the layers of finely sliced apples. This dish was traditionally made with leftover bits of venison after the end of the hunting season - hence the name - but my version uses easy-to-find beef. Of course, if you should have some leftover venison, by all means use it!
Kruidnoten = Literally translates as 'spice nuts', but I've used the name 'ginger nuts' on the site for these seasonal spiced cookies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bruges lace cookies, or 'kletskoppen' as they're known in Dutch, are very thin, hard, crispy cookies that consist primarily of sugar and nuts.
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.
Once named the official cookie for the Dutch city of Amsterdam, these delicious nougat-studded cookies are also known as 'nougatientjes'.
This creamy cocktail features South African Amarula cream liqueur and fresh Dutch strawberries - what could be more summery?
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.
This apple & cinnamon martini is made with Young Jenever ('Jonge Graanjenever'), vermouth, amaretto and spiced apple juice. It is not overly sweet or dry and, in my experience, it is liked by both young and old alike, making it excellent for all festive occasions in the fall and winter months.
Learn how to make 'duivekater', a traditional tibia-shaped festive bread, at home with this easy-to-follow recipe.
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).
This easy vegetarian croquette recipe combines three types of cheese with potato and spices for a meat-free morsel that'll satisfy any snack craving.
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.
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.
Why make chocolate custard at home when you can find it in every Dutch supermarket? Simple. That stuff doesn’t touch this heavenly homemade version.
Every cook should have a recipe for baked vegetables in his or her repertoire. Not only because they're so ridiculously easy to make - you don't even have to peel the veg and the oven does all the work for you - but because they're so satisfying to eat. This is my winter version, using those root vegetables that take so well to our local soil; potatoes, carrots, celeriac and beets, lifted with a bit of sweet roasted garlic and red onion.
This classic combination of sole, hollandaise sauce and wild spinach is chic enough for a dinner party or special occasion cooking and remains an enduringly delicious choice.
This is yet another version of 'speculaas', one of the Netherland's favorite treats. 'Speculaasstaaf' is a traditional Dutch pastry served at Sinterklaas and Christmas time. Or, these days, anytime. A crispy log made of gingerbread-cinnamon cookie dough, decorated with almonds and crystallized brown sugar, encases a soft, flavorful almond paste center.
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.
Nasi Goreng = A popular Indo-Dutch dish in the Netherlands. Find out more...
My top 10 of delicious dishes that have become more and more familiar in Dutch kitchens, which have their roots in faraway lands.
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.
If you like peanut butter or satay, you'll love this spicy peanut soup from the former Dutch colony of Suriname.
Their name translates as 'three in the pan' because you can bake three of these delicious pancakes at a time.
Break out of your salad rut with these sixteen recipes for summertime salads.
These ideas for using witlof come courtesy of 'Smaakvrienden', a guide to culinary inspiration, filled with ideas, tips, pairings and recipes for some 80 vegetables.
Steaming hot chocolate is as typical on a cafe menu as coffee or tea in the Netherlands. While the drink is most popular as a fall and winter treat, hot cocoa with whipped cream is certainly enjoyed on rainy days year-round. Try our recipe.
Snert = Dutch Split Pea Soup. Dutch Food.
This allium-rich cream cheese tastes terrific on whole wheat bread or sourdough, but also makes a delicious dip with crudités.
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.
The tender yellow yolks melt together with the creamy coconut sauce, and when combined with fluffy, white rice, this is the ultimate in comfort food.
This is our take on the traditional Dutch dessert, Haagse bluf (translates to "Hague bluff", supposedly
This is not a soup made of oranges, but rather an orange hued soup. Baked pumpkin, butternut squash, carrots and saffron combine for a fabulous flavor and carroty color that is just perfect for orange-mad Queen's Day. Or, in fact, any occasion.
Try this healthy, vegan dessert of apples baked with aromatic spices, honey, nuts and raisins.
What's not to love about this banana and caramel dessert from Homemade Winter? It's a recipe from the author's childhood in Ireland and with its sweet flavors and creamy textures is perhaps the very definition of cold weather comfort food.
Children just love 'poffertjes' (tiny Dutch pancakes). This version sees them doused in honey and sprinkles and skewered on satay sticks. Something new and different for a kids party.
The latest craze in Holland, 'truffel kruidnoten' are an updated version of the tiny gingerbread-style cookies so popular at 'Sinterklaas'. Inspired by the chocolate truffle, the spicy cookies are coated in a layer of white chocolate and then covered in bitter Dutch cocoa powder. A new classic has been born.
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.
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.
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.
Today, most of us are familiar with marsala custards in the form of Italian zabaione or French sabayon. This saffron-flavored version was based on a recipe in 'Notabel boecxken van cokeyen', a Dutch cookbook published in Brussel in 1514. It was adapted by Robbie Dell'Aira in 'Kastelenkookboek'.
I've borrowed these ideas for using cauliflower from 'Smaakvrienden', Angelique Schmeink's guide to culinary inspiration, filled with ideas, tips, pairings and recipes for some 80 vegetables.
Most of us are feeling the effects of the global economic crisis - yes even here in Holland - and are looking for ways to feed our families (or just ourselves if we're footloose and fancyfree) that won't break the bank. Of course, most Dutch recipes are pretty frugal anyway.
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.