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As more and more of my friends are getting married this year, I have to think of a Dutch traditional drink.

Bruidstranen. (transl.: Tears of the Bride)

Golden wonderment...

This distilled drink is traditionally served at the wedding (or at the dinner after the wedding registration).
There are several recipes for this delicacy, but they all contain one similar ingredient:

Gold leaf…

It is amazing to see the gold twirl around in the clear liquid.Ddistillery A. van Wees/de Ooievaar makes one with a perfume so sweet that promises roses and moonshine…

Wijnand's full selection...

But my favourite is the gently orange flavoured tears from Wijnand Fockink. It is so soft and smooth that it is a perfect mixer for champagne or any other light sparkling wine… How pretty the gold and silver dance in your glass.
And it is dangerously moorish… Brides beware!

Bestnat's bottle design...

Originally a Dutch wife would serve this drink to her husband later in the marriage, in case she wanted to remind him of his ‘marital duty’. If you catch my drift…

Usually Dutch wives would hardly be anything else than direct… but I guess diplomacy is a virtue in married life. (another lesson I learnt from my parent’s 40th anniversary 🙂 )

So Bridegrooms to the Dutch be warned…

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Roll on...

In our family we have several traditions regarding comfort food and nibbles at our get-togethers.

Salmon salad is one of them, mainly consisting of a tin of salmon mixed with ‘whiskey cocktails sauce‘ spread on toast.

Another favourite is ‘Saucijzen broodjes’ or Sausage Rolls.

These rolls are the only thing to make our lively family banter and discussions stop. Once a large dish of them is passed round, accompanied with napkins, it takes about 1 minute before all of us stand with a strange stare with open mouth, trying to cool the scorching hot bite we just under estimated.

At the family celebrations last weekend, this delicacy off course could not be missed. So I went to my trusted butcher and asked his advice on the British approach to sausage rolls.
Off course he more than helped me out.
He showed me that they sell sausage rolls by the yard from the freezer.
He makes the sausage meat and pastry himself and freezes large batches, so they can be defrosted and sliced before use.

I must admit that these rolls really impressed the family…
I sliced the strip into 9 pieces, topped them with some egg and left them in the over to brown and puff up.
These rolls were enormous and needed to be eaten with knife and fork instead of  napkin from the hand…
Best ones we ever had…

Even with a completely different origin and recipe I was so very happy to achieve the same moment of silence, and gasping for cool air.
Some things never change. 🙂

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St. George Slaying the Dragon

This morning I found a treat on my desk, in the shape of a Tea Cake.

It took me a while to put 2 & 2 together…
but I now see this was to celebrate St. George’s Day.

In a way this is a curious celebration, over the last years it has been an up and coming tradition, so I am not really sure what makes a real St. George’s feast…

Where Easter has Hot Cross Buns and  Christmas off course has the Christmas Pudding
St. George doesn’t quite have his fix yet…
Tea Cakes are a pretty good choice, undeniably British…

No Tea, No Cake...

The best thing about them is that they hardly include Tea or Cake, how typical! (In Holland they are originally known as Negerzoen, which would painfully translate into Negro Kiss… Since 2006 (?!) they changed the name to just ‘zoenen’… )

True Brits will probably think it should be something more butch.
So tonight we will go out and celebrate with a good pint in the pub.

Happy St. George’s everyone!

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