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Re: Cultures of your country / district

Posted: Mon 5 Apr 2010 18:06
by Spanky
To see if the Russians are coming... cold war era fear... :o[/quote]

Okay. Thanks.

I think I have it.

Sort of a Dutch "Dr. Strangelove" device, response?

Re: Cultures of your country / district

Posted: Mon 12 Apr 2010 14:51
by Yvonne
DUTCH folklore traditional costumes NETHERLANDS :

Re: Cultures of your country / district

Posted: Mon 12 Apr 2010 14:56
by Yvonne
The legend of Hans Brinkman:

A young blond boy hears water dripping through a dike. He puts his finger in the hole and saves the city of flooding. The Dutch called the boy Hans Brinker and in Spaarndam is a statue ... ver_Skates

The statue of Hans Brinker : ... rinker.jpg

Re: Cultures of your country / district

Posted: Sun 15 Aug 2010 16:34
by Yvonne
Typically Dutch food,drinks etc. :


The pinnacle of Dutch cuisine: take a kilo of potatoes, boil them to a pulp, add some vegatables , mash the mixture even further .


Do you know what peas look like after they've been cooked for half a day? No? Then you have never seen 'snert', the ugly looking, but surprisingly tasty Dutch pea soup. Best eaten in wintertime
Erwtensoep, also called "snert", is the Dutch version of pea soup. It is a thick stew of green split peas, different cuts of pork, celeriac or stalk celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce), onions, leeks, carrots, and often potato. Slices of rookworst (Dutch smoked sausage) are added a few minutes before serving. The soup, which is traditionally eaten during the winter, is emblematic of Dutch cuisine. The thick consistency of the Dutch pea soup is often described as that " should be able to stand a spoon upright in a good pea soup".[3]

It is customarily served with rye bread (roggebrood) and bacon, cheese or butter. The bacon is always 'katenspek', bacon which has first been cooked before being smoked. The pork and sausage from the soup can also be eaten separately on rye bread together with mustard.

Many so called 'koek en zopie' outlets, small food and drinks stalls which only spring up during winters along frozen canals, ponds and lakes in the Netherlands and cater to ice skaters, very often serve "snert" as a hearty snack.


'Fritters'. Essentially a heavy dough with lots of raisins, deep-fried in lots of oil.

To be continued...

Re: Cultures of your country / district

Posted: Thu 19 Aug 2010 9:52
by Yvonne
Drop :

The best translation would be 'licorice', but 'drop' is quite something else. It is best described as a black, chewy kind of candy with a sweet and/or salty taste. The Dutch like it so much, that you can buy it in hundreds of different types. And none of them taste as the ones you can get outside the Netherlands

Hollandse nieuwe :

Fresh Dutch herring. To be eaten raw, without the bones, but with chopped onion.

Beer :

Heineken :

Grolsch : Image

Amstel :