Category archives for: Food

Feature: Dutch New Year celebrations in 18th and 19th century America

Kniepertjes (Foto: Marianne van Erker)

Seventeenth-century Dutch settlers who founded the Dutch colony of New Netherland, a huge area wedged between New England and Virginia, brought with them not only seeds, tree stock and cattle, but also their well-established food ways and customs. One Old World and New World Dutch custom was visiting relatives, neighbors and friends on holidays such […]

Recipe: New Year’s cakes

Kniepertjes (Foto: Marianne van Erker)

The combination of caraway seed and orange zest makes these cookies very special. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup light-brown sugar, packed ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon finely textured salt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 egg, lightly beaten ¼ cup whole milk 1 ½ teaspoons caraway seed, crushed somewhat with a […]

Travel Feature: Utrecht – A winter fairy tale come to light

A light dusting of snow on the tracery of the Gothic cathedral dedicated to St. Martin. Canals framed by white wharves below and white streets above. Utrecht doesn’t get a lot of snow – some years, none at all – but when the streets, squares and wharves wear a soft mantle of white, the city […]

Travel Feature: Valkenburg


A drive to the southernmost tip of The Netherlands on a warm summer’s day this past June almost fooled me into thinking I had taken a wrong turn and ended up in another country. France perhaps. At a certain point, probably somewhere past Geleen, the scenery suddenly changed. From typical Dutch flatlands it transformed into […]

Travel Feature: The famous ‘Cuyp’


A walk through the Albert Cuyp market  in Amsterdam on any given Saturday, one of the busiest days, is quite an experience. Approximately 260 stalls line both sides of the Albert Cuypstraat, named after the 17th century Dutch landscape artist and located in the trendy district known as De Pijp. Locals do their weekend shopping, […]

Place: Lage Vuursche


Early in the morning of May 1, 1965, John van Rooy was skulking in the bushes around Drakensteyn Castle in Lage Vuursche. He had received a tip from a friendly informant that a helicopter had landed behind the octagonal 17th century mansion purchased six years earlier by Crown Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands. Could this […]

Cooking: The taste of Suriname


The city of Amsterdam is known for many things, not in the least for its multicultural society. Every nationality is represented in this city, and with each nationality comes food – glorious, exciting and flavorful food. For several years, I lived on the outskirts of Amsterdam, close to the Bijlmermeer. The area is known for […]

Recipe: Pom


Ingredients 6 medium sized potatoes Juice of 1 lime ½ cup orange juice 1 tablespoon brown sugar ½ teaspoon turmeric ¼ cup parsley 2 lbs chicken meat (either breast or thigh) 4 ounces corned beef brisket (not canned) 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup chopped onion 2 tomatoes, chopped 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 tablespoon nutmeg […]

Recipe: Baka Bana


  Ingredients 2 ripe bananas ½ cup flour Pinch of salt ½ cup carbonated clear soda beverage such as Sprite or 7-up Oil Directions Slice the bananas in half, lengthwise. Mix the flour and the soda into a batter, add the salt. Heat the oil, dip the bananas into the batter and fry them golden […]

Recipe: Roti Chicken


  Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter 1 small onion, chopped 3 tablespoons curry powder (or your favorite curry mix) 6 cups chicken stock 2 chicken thighs 2 chicken legs 2 large potatoes, quartered 12 ounces kouseband or green beans 1 tablespoon butter 1 small onion, chopped 1 chicken bouillon cube ½ cup water Directions Melt the […]