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Neither here nor there…

The Dutch can't ship enough of the stuff...

In succession to the two earlier childhood memories, there is one more…

Appelmoes. (or apple sauce)

Next to Roosvicee all Dutch children are brought up on the stuff. It is not surprising as the sweet and sour taste easily makes the bitterest sprouts taste like pudding! It is such a super-natural condiment, that it is usually present at each dinner, next to the salt and pepper.

Jars of Mush...

I can clearly remember my brother mashing up his meatballs and boiled potatoes main just to top it off with pale green apple mush…
How cheerfully he would turn his dinner into cement that neatly filled the entire plate. (please know he has come a long way since when he got married and turned amateur chef and gourmand…)
(the mash-up in the picture on the right happened in 2008)

This condiment doesn’t seem to be very popular in the UK, nor can I find any replacement… (custard?! neh..)
I did see it once served with porc in a pub, but that doesn’t make it normal I guess.

Before medieval mush...

This rather surprises me, considering that Apple Mush has been around since medieval times, just like pea soup and spiced bread. (more about these later) It was even mixed with saffron, almond milk and fish livers for lent… Yummy thought indeed!

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