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A weird thing you might come across in The Netherlands, is that people eat of the wall. There are snack machines in the major cities where you can get your fastfood out of the wall. The most famous one is the Febo. And being back in The Netherlands for a few days I HAD to eat some of these typical Dutch and totally unhealthy snacks :-)) Hahaha, who needs a hamburger and MacD if they sell "delicious" frikandel at the Febo! LOL :-)) Okay.... you probably won't agree with me on the "delicious" part, hahaha, I guess you just have to see this snack as a 'local' thing that only the 'crazy locals' do enjoy ;-))
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'Oude Wijven Koek'
This is a picture of my favourite cake: 'Oude Wijven Koek', or translated 'Old Wives Cake'. Hahaha, it doesn't sound nice, but it tastes delicious! The ingredient that gives it its specific flavour is the anise.
The cake is a speciality of the Province of Groningen. And the best place to buy it is at the bakery! Don't go to the supermarket to buy the cake there, because those taste not nearly as good.
I never found a 'good' Oude Wijven Koek anywhere else in The Netherlands (or in the world) than in the Province of Groningen. All my friends and relatives know this, so every time they visit me, they bring a cake with them..... Yummy!!! Now they even bring it with them to Sweden for me! So sweet of them! :-))
A variation to the oliebollen mentioned above is the appelflap. I just love this snack, even more than the oliebollen. If you want to try out some of these snacks while in The Netherlands, look for a stand like this :"Hollands Gebakkraam". You can see them quite regularly and they sell oliebollen, appelflappen and many more of these type of snacks :-)
To make around 25 appelflappen:
100 grams flower
5 grams yeast
4 tablespoons of lukewarm milk
5 apples, peeled, core removed and sliced into 1 cm thick rings
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
Sift the flower into a bowl. Dissolve the yeast in a little lukewarm milk. Make a hole in the middle and pour in the milk and yeast mixture. Add the egg and a pinch of salt. Keep stirring the mixture until it is nice and smooth. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and put the batter on a warm spot for about 30 minutes until the batter is doubled in size.
Take the rings of apple, sprinkle them with sugar and cinnamon and let them rest for 10 minutes so that the taste of the sugar and cinnamon can get into the apple.
Fill half a (chip) pan with oil and heat to approx. 180 C. Take the slices of apple and dip them in the batter on both sides. Put the batter covered apples in the hot oil and let them bake for about 2 minutes until they are golden brown. Don't put too many in the pan at ones otherwise the oil will cool off too quickly. Ideal is about 3 to 4 slices of apples. Serve the appelflappen with some powder sugar on top.
This tip is going to be about a Dutch candy called Hopjes. This tip is under construction. I will try to add more info to this tip as soon as I can!
Having tea and apple pie
You rather drink tea than coffee? No problem at all! I just love tea, I think you can wake me up in the middle of the night for a cuppa, lol :-)) When visiting people just tell them that you drink tea instead of coffee. As a standard they make coffee when there are visitors, but it is not unpolite to ask for tea instead.
The Dutch drink lots and lots of coffee, litres of it! The Dutch coffee is good and strong and it is served with koffiemelk (evaporated milk) and sugar. Having ordinary milk in the coffee is not very usual. If you want to have your coffee with warm milk you should order a 'koffie verkeerd'.
In the picture you can see an old-fashioned advertising sign for Kanis & Gunnik coffee, a Dutch brand of coffee.
When thinking of lunch or breakfast then I would say the best thing to have is a sandwich with cheese! Yummy! The Dutch cheeses are great, and are my absolute favourite. The unfortunate thing is though that they often taste less bought abroad than at home in The Netherlands. Hahaha, maybe we keep the best for ourselves, lol ;-))
The most well-known is probably the Gouda, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the most eaten one as well. This cheese comes in several tastes varying on the stages of maturity. jong is the least mature one and is mild in flavour. Belegen (my favourite) is much tastier. Oud or old cheese is very strong in taste, with a grainy flaky texture.
Well-known abroad is the Edam cheese (the small round cheeses with the red wax around it). Strangely enough this cheese in not eaten that much in The Netherlands itself. Edammer cheese is semi-soft in texture but slightly drier than the Gouda cheese.
Botterham met hagelslag
Many Dutch skip breakfast on workdays. Lunch, in contrast, is an important meal. To the non-Dutch this is a somewhat simple meal, including bread and coffee, tea, dairy products (very popular) and some fruit.
The Dutch love their herring, eaten every which way, but usually raw, on a bread roll and garnished with onions. Here is a famous VT-er giving the herring a try. I think he liked it :-)
The Dutch eat their French fries a bit differently.... namely with mayonaise!
This tip is under construction. I will add more info to this tip as soon as I can!
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