My final post in my Netherlands series is all about the traditional Dutch food we sampled. Get ready for some mouth-watering pics.
Let’s start as any good meal would, with the savoury!
A cone of Patat is a popular snack across the whole of the Netherlands, topped up with ketchup, peanut sauce (!) or, more commonly a hefty dollop of creamy mayonnaise.
Often spotted in pubs accompanying a pint of finest Dutch beer, are Bitterballen – deep-fried breaded balls of thick meaty gravy. I think it’s the law that they come with a smooth mustard which gives just the sharpest kick. You can also get these in croquette form for lunch, served with bread and salad.
I was fully expecting to have a good share of dutch cheese throughout the trip, but I don’t remember eating cheese that often! However, I don’t feel too sad about that, as we do have The Cheese House in Cromarty, near to Inverness. However, if you do go to the Netherlands, have a good slice of Maasdammer for me!
Onto the pannekoeken, and we definitely did indulge in these …. twice! Our favourite were in Oudt Leyden.
In Mr B’s below we have Spek, Appel and Kaas (bacon, apple and cheese) whilst I had the ApfelStrudel (apple, cinnamon, raisons, almond paste and icing sugar). Both were served on the classic pannekoeken dishes.
On my wishlist to experience was a hot Stroopwafel from one of the street vendors, and in Rotterdam’s Markthal I got my wish… although instead of stroop, I had Nutella (the dutch are nuts for Nutella!)
Appeltaart was the one dessert that Mr B and I loved the most – there were slight regional differences, but in each tart we sampled, the servings were deep dish and crammed full of spiced apple goodness. Slagroom (whipped cream) optional.
Finally, I must give a plug on Mr B’s behalf for some genuine Dutch beer. I’m not a fan (I joke that it all tastes like Fosters which poor Mr B finds infuriating!) but I would recommend heading to a brewery somewhere in the Netherlands for a tasting.
There are other things that I could have mentioned, but if this post has whetted your appetite, see The Dutch Table for a whole range of national delicacies!
I’ll leave you with a few pictures of the souviners we brought home from our trip (stroop for baking, cake and appletaart mixes, stroopwafels, plus two Miffy memorabillia!)