Getting to Know - and Love - Dutch Cheese
The lush grass that grows in the damp polders (drained land below sea level) gives the black-and-white Dutch cows a glossy and well cared-for look. The creamy milk these cows yield goes into the famous Dutch cheeses.
The towns of Edam, Gouda and Leiden, and the province of Friesland epitomize Dutch cheese. The Dutch have been exporting...
Dutch French Fries
Potatoes are a staple in the Dutch diet. It’s not surprising that "patat" is a popular snack. These french fries most very often served with mayonnaise or peanut butter sauce. Be sure to try them during your stay.
Savory Creamy Meatballs would be an appropriate translation of the word "bitterballen". They are often served at cocktail parties or...
Then Holland’s the best place to be! Taste, of course, is something personal but, in general, the Dutch love to eat sweets! Walk into any of the many ballery shops displaying mouth-watering sweets to be randomly selected.
Here’s a list of sweets specific to Holland:
The Dutch annually consume about 31 million kilos of "drop". Nowhere else in the world will you have you...
Pancakes are an institution in Holland. They can be eaten for lunch, dinner and as a snack, at home or in a pancake house.
The variety of different fillings for pancakes has to be seen to be believed! Dutch pancakes are large and nourishing. A pancake with ham and cheese is a meal in itself.
Pancakes, often eaten with the fingers, are a must at children’s birthday parties....
Blote kindertjes in het gras (lit. naked babies in the grass)
Kidney beans with bacon and syrup
Hete bliksem (lit. forked
When it’s dinnertime, the choice of food in Holland is as varied as the weather. Restaurants representing Holland’s multicultural backgrounds have mushroomed all over, ranging from French to Indonesian to Thai to Pakistani. However, in Dutch homes old traditions die hard and the simple, substantial meals of potatoes, fresh vegetables, meat, chicken, fish or salad, followed by...
Lunch is another bread and butter meal, the same as breakfast, perhaps served with thinly sliced cold meats. More coffee, tea, milk or buttermilk. An "uitsmijter" will satisfy your hunger pains. It consists of slices of bread with slices of cheese or meat, topped with fried eggs. In winter a simple order of Dutch pea soup (erwtensoep) will satisfy your hunger and re-charge...
Start your day with a wholesome Dutch breakfast: fresh bread with butter, jam, cheese, ham or chocolate sprinkles (hagelslag). Yes, you’ve read it correctly: Scatter chocolate sprinkles on your buttered bread. You might also want to eat a slice of Breakfast cake (ontbijtkoek), a cake containing cinnamon and cloves as well as ground ginger. Be sure to drink lots of coffee or...
When in Holland, eat like the Dutch!
All that cycling, the traditional mode of transport in Holland, creates a healthy appetite. The bicycle, combined with the unpredictable Dutch weather, heavily influenced Dutch cuisine, which offers substantial, simple, and straight-forward fare.
Dutch cuisine as we know it is based on a long tradition. This is true of both the recipes...