Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Deliciously Dutch Part IV

This is a continuation of a series of short blog posts about our food experience while traveling through the Netherlands this summer. This journey would not have been possible without the hospitality and friendship of the VanVliet family. They opened their home, shared their lives, culture and the love of country with our family.

The Knapp's and the VanVliet Family
Anneke and Loek

I  love experiencing different food cultures. May it be the diversity of New York City, the Pacific Northwest, a local pub down the street, or across the Atlantic.  The more I travel the better I understand my own culture. I got the "what"  in my American culture but with traveling, I understand the "why".

I believe what we choose to eat is a reflection of our traditions, basic values and our beliefs. Americans by their very nature are a very diverse Heinz 57 grown variety. While traveling, I see the nuances, how  traditions are adapted to our way of life, and where our traditions began. I also experience the desire of other cultures to take on some of our American characteristics. It is amazing journey and I hope to continue to rediscover my culture by discovering other cultures.

I can't resist sharing a few more images with you.

Oh! So good! Dutch pancakes with sliced apples, cinnamon and sugar

The Dutch contributed to the American culture and they are proud of their history. They are especially proud of their influence on the development of New York. One of America's greatest cities.
There is no other way to describe Ginger Ale.

I think this photo speaks for itself.
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32 comments:

Heavenly Housewife said...

I london they have a place called My Old Dutch that specializes in all kinds of yummy pancake dishes and deserts, I think you would love it.

sangeeta said...

so we will see your dutch holiday with your eyes....the pancake look so yummy , somebody was telling me that these are so much better than the thicker american pancakes.

and velva....jaggery is unrefined cane sugar which is brown and is made by heating the cane juice till it crystallizes...the crystallization is incomplete though n results in a fudgy mixture which is shaped like round balls or rectangular bars...it is very high on minerals .
see this ...http://www.pbase.com/digitalfestival/image/56360922

Chow and Chatter said...

oh thanks for sharing travel is amazing and such a joy so pleased you had fun you deserve it love Rebecca

5 Star Foodie said...

The photos are great! I would love to try those pancakes, yum! I definitely agree with you that when traveling in other countries, we learn about other cultures but also learn about our own as well.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Groetjes from the Netherlands Velva! Lovely, like I said we may have walked past each other when you were here. Did you come to Wassenaar by chance? Anyway, lovely

Mimi said...

Enjoyed your photos.
Mimi

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Thank you for taking us along on your trip. I love posts such as these so I can armchair travel with you.
Sam

Sophie said...

Hi, I am from Belgium & I love The Netherlands too! I also love the food & atmosphere from Hotel New York in Rotterdam!

Lovely post!

Olga said...

That last photo is hilarious!!!!
I'm always a bit hesitant of taking photos of people because you never know how they'll react.

Grace said...

i would like a dutch pancake (or three)(or five) with apples and cinnamon IMMEDIATELY. good grief, i didn't realize that's what i wanted to have for supper, but it is!

lisaiscooking said...

Great photo. The Dutch pancake looks divine!

Juliana said...

Nice photos...thanks for sharing them...the dutch pancake with apple looks very yummie :-)

zerrin said...

The combination of flavors on the Dutch pancake sounds so nice. I love pancakes sweet.

girlichef said...

Lovely! And I totally agree...learning different food/cultures is amazing! It helps you understand that place better and possible how they relate you/us! Love that last photo :D

Donna-FFW said...

Gorgeous shots.. absolutely love the look of those pancakes.

unconfidentialcook said...

Sounds like a lot of fun, and good food. The pancakes look like what I want for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Very cool! I love all the photos! can I go on the next trip with you guys?

the ungourmet said...

Looks like such a fun trip! Great photos! :D

The Absence of Alternatives said...

I love what you said: "The most basic way for people to share and sustain their bonds with one another is through the simple grace of sharing a meal." I can't agree more (esp. being Chinese and all the cliches that entail... LOL) This post is yet another proof of the tagline of your blog. Love it!

Angie's Recipes said...

The pancake looks really wonderful..

Angie's Recipes

Pierce said...

Thanks for sharing the photos - they are great!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Hi Velva...I've finally finished my poffertjes page! Cause I didn't say it last time, I'm back - love the ginger ale photo! and the lady with the brolly.

Sophia said...

Ah! So many great places to go, so little time (and money)! I really want a good hunk off that Dutch pancake! Thank you for the gorgeous pics...I've got a serious case of wanderlust now!

petite nyonya said...

Hi Velva, I share the same sentiment as you with regard to traveling, discovering & experiencing different cultures and food. One other interesting bit for me is 'HOW' people from different cultures eat their food. In Malaysia & in my own heritage, it is common to find people eating using their hands instead of a fork and spoon :).

NMOS said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. You have a very nice one too. Those dutch pancakes look awesome. I'll have to try those out sometime. Thanks, and keep visiting/following.

Judy said...

Nice photos. The pancakes look luscious. thanks for visiting my blog.

Laura said...

My younger daughter lives in Amsterdam. I was there visiting alst weekend. I love the Netherlands! When I stroll in the city I feel I could live there. And yes, I love pannekoeken!

Chef E said...

I was there in my early twenties and it was my first experience with Europe...I saw women in their late eighties riding bicycles around the city...and many other interesting things that still linger in my mind!

Simply Life said...

WOW, those pancakes look like my dream breakfast!

Thanks for the helpful hints on my blog - I really appreciate it and am hoping for that food processor soon! :)

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What great photos, and such a wonderful trip!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Velva, this is a very sweet post. I, too, appreciate the education and insight that comes with traveling. You are fortunate to know such kind people as the VanVliets, it sounds like you are having an incredible experience.

I love the photo of the woman under the umbrella. Was it that sunny? Or did she feel prettier under that dainty umbrella?

Katherine @ NightOwlChef said...

Got to love those pancakes (crepes)! They looked almost too good to eat... Was that a brown sugar sauce or caramel drizzled on top?

It sounds like you travel like me: the culture and history of the place is inextricably linked to the food and food history. It's hard not to eat/taste your way through a country (with discipline, of course!).

Thanks for visiting my blog this weekend ... I'm glad I get to explore around yours now!!

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