April 29, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day is Queen Beatrix’s “official” celebration day and is a national holiday in the Netherlands.
My name is Joanne and it has been “suggested” on occasion 😉 that I can even “talk under water” too! lol
I DO admit when it comes to food, I am “The ULTIMATE Jibber- jabber” (talkative) one who enjoys “listening” too! 🙂
When I first saw The Dutch Festival and being welcomed to the Dutch Club online, I was instantaneously excited and then I thought, what did I know about Dutch foods other than making croquettes?
Thank goodness on this occasion for my friend Mr. Google 😉 (like his help in Oatmeal Amaranth Seeded Bread Cooked in a What? and in Adelaide’s Hidden Gems: Square Mile Squared Tour.)
Thank goodness Mr. Google is one of my closest Food Friends 😉
There were “outside meals” and “inside meals” and I immediately was attracted (by smell and anticipation) by the “snack station”
Kroketten (Croquettes), Broodje Kroket, Broodje Fricandel, Broodje Ficandel speciaal (Minced Meat Hot Dog), Patat, Oliebollen (Cream Puff), Poffertjes (Dutch pancakes above) and Harin kar awaited me! 🙂 🙂
“Okay, pace yourself Joanne”, I “heard” my voice say! lol
I really enjoyed as I was standing in line “listening” (not eaves dropping 😉 lol) to “mature” Dutch people “genuinely” greet each other and it did not matter if they have not seen each other in years or simply the day before; the greeting was all the same.
I took “keen interest” ((not eaves dropping 😉 lol)) in them asking each other what the other was going to order. The consensus was (and they even reached out to me 🙂 ) was “to make sure to order the croquettes” as they reminded them of the ones they used to make! I heard about the “special Dutch sausage” with onions as well as the Oliebollen and I decided to get all three!
I have to admit it was a toss up between the Oliebollen and the Oma’s Poffertjes (Dutch pancakes with icing sugar) but I have tasted Poffertjes before, so Oliebollen won. 😉
“Are you going to eat all of that?” an anonymous female voice did say? I smiled and said, “Wiith a nickname like FANG (Fair Dinkum), these foods MADE MY DAY! It was only then I mentioned, “I am “saving myself” for dessert”, TRUE! 🙂
My new “Food Friend” 😉 “suggested” I better GET IN QUICK (inside) as the Apelltaart (Apple tart), Moorkoppen (Cream puff) and Boterkoek (Dutch Buttercake) sells out each year too!
While “listening” to my anonymous new Dutch female friend relive her childhood memories about her Oma (grandmother) and Opa (grandfather) and her favorite food stories (ie she was in charge at the age of 13 to make the Poffertjes (her Oma’s recipe) at a party; a BIG responsibility!)
She shared her account of her Oma’s special Boterkoek recipe; (and said “every family has their own secret recipe”) she “almost” shared it with me.
I was happy enough to see the smile on her face as she took me to her Dutch heritage “Happy Place” 🙂
In addition to the food, Dutch music played outside (which added to the “VERY” crowded atmosphere).
There was 2 Klompen dancing demonstrations during the day, which the crowds LOVED!
Dutch “band type” music was enjoyed inside the Dutch Club too!
There was also Dutch “related” market stalls, face painting, etc outside to appeal to “kids of all ages”
I LOVE Speculaas (Dutch Cinnamon Cookies) and “seemingly” kids of all ages could not get enough of Dubbel Spekken (Dutch Double Marshmallow Candy) 🙂
I “especially” enjoyed “walking and talking” though the crowd taking more Dutch “Happy Snaps” (with permission of course 😉 )
I was very “appreciative” to those people (you know who you are) who I asked if I could photograph their clogs, TRUE!
Has anyone else ever done something like that or is it just me too!
I have always loved handcrafted authentic clogs; Princess Svetlana (of Lucky Peeking Pork fame 😉 ) and I used to have clogs “when we were little too” They are not the most comfortable of footwear eh?
All in all, I had a VERY enjoyable day. Thank you to all those people as part of the Dutch Club Adelaide that made me feel so welcomed to their Dutch culture. I will look forward to their next series of celebrations and Happy Birthday Queen Beatrix! I hope you too enjoyed your special day!
I just HAVE to ask!!! lol Would YOU think it’s weird if I asked if I could photograph your shoes?
Do you have a favorite Dutch food? I would LOVE to hear about it in the comments too!
I hope through this post I can “inspire” you to try Dutch foods and hope you will share what you make with us all too! 😉