Category Archives: Holland

An Intro to Dutch Cuisine

THE perception of Dutch cuisine for the majority is shaped by Van Gogh’s ‘Aardappeleters’ (The Potato Eaters), a masterful depiction of homeland peasants sat around the dinner table. Times have of course progressed, but one will find the humble potato … Continue reading

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STAPLE FOODS – Cheese

THE frequently used disparaging term ‘cheese-head’ is often used when referring to the Dutch population, which just goes to show the size and scale of the reputation Dutch cheese has received internationally. Edam and Gouda are the two most famous … Continue reading

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HOMECOOKING – Stamppot

SINCE the spud’s introduction in the 18th century, the potato has become the staple food of the Dutch people, resulting in the home-cooked treat known as Stamppot. A down-to-earth meal (literally), Stamppot involves adding mashed potatoes with varying ingredients like … Continue reading

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SOUVENIRS – Stroopwafels

WHILST neighbour Belgium may have its waffles, Holland most certainly has its stroopwafels, a unique type of cookie that’s been around for centuries, but in 1784 was only known in Gouda. Made with 2 waffle-type caramel filled wafers, the waffle … Continue reading

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HOME COOKING – Snert

‘SOME say that the best snert is yesterday’s (…) the soup gets so thick when it cools that it can almost be cut next day.’ That really sums up the traditional Dutch dish, one so homely it should come free … Continue reading

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PLACES TO VISIT – Amsterdam Tasting Houses

HAVING at one time exported over 1,300 million litres of beer in a year, it’s highly likely you’re familiar with the Dutch powerhouse breweries of Bavaria, Heineken & Grolsch. What you might not be quite so clued up on is … Continue reading

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STREET FOOD – Pickled Herring

Herring is the most popular fish and probably the most typical, traditional and oldest street food in the Netherlands. It has had an enormous influence on Dutch history. The fish has been a staple ingredient in the Dutch diet since … Continue reading

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