And frites, and bitterballen…
We left the Netherlands this morning after 5 days mostly filled with cousin catchups (as it should be).
We did take some time to experience some of the culinary delights of the Netherlands though. Toby’s first introduction to Hageslag on bread as a breakfast food was on the ship.
Aunty Sue had done some shopping for essentials before we arrived – milk, bread, fruit and yoghurt types of things – and three types of hagelslag. There was more than Toby could possibly eat in 5 days, so now we have sprinkles for the road.
We also tried frites (of course). I was very excited to be able to translate knoflooksaus as garlic sauce. There are so many food words in Dutch that are very similar to English or French, so I could figure out a lot of things. But knoflook = garlic? Wouldn’t have worked that out on my own. I saw it in the supermarket and was delighted by it. So of course I couldn’t resist ordering it with our frites.
The frites are serious business. We stopped at a little hole in the wall which had all the (hand cut) fries par cooked, which were then second fried to order. They were hot, crispy and delicious.
Another Dutch specialty is the bitterballen – deep fried balls of stuff that is crispy on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside. They’re delicious, and I can see how they would make a great bar snack.
Millie did try the bitterballen, but she wasn’t too impressed. Never fear though, I found something far cuter for her at the supermarket: Miffy baby biscuits!
The actual biscuits are even cuter.
Finally, the last part of our Dutch eating adventure – kaas! Cheese is everywhere, and we ate a *lot* of it. From trying different types of sliced cheese at the supermarket to stopping at the kaaswinkel for freshly made cheese biscuits… it was good. (I’d make a Gouda pun here, but we actually went through Gouda on the train this morning and the proper pronunciation is nothing like ‘good’, it turns out.)
After all that cheese, I’m feeling a little cheesed up. So tonight we are in Berlin, and I have roasted a piece of beautiful pork belly (4 euro a kilo! Absolutely ridiculously cheap.) with new season plums, fennel and apples.
It’s a little charred in places (unfamiliar grill) but the crackling has crackled and it smells amazing. So I’ll end this now to go have our first dinner in Berlin!