The Cuisine of Holland
Brittany Willwerth '20
Over the course of the past week, the team has had a plethora of opportunities to taste the local foods and delicacies. Not afraid to try new things, paired with the fact that we all eat everything in sight, you could say we are coming home happy and stuffed.
The first food that we were exposed to was the sprinkles. Imagine a warm, flakey croissant sliced in half, and spread with melting butter. While this may seem perfect in itself, the people of Holland choose to take sprinkles, either chocolate or rainbow, and delicately dust the surface of the pastry. If you are willing to take it one step further, some of us decided to not stop at sprinkles, but additionally spread hazelnut, jelly, or peanut butter.
Paired with the sprinkles, the team constantly maintained caffeine levels through drinking plenty of coffee. From lattes to cappuccinos, to macchiatos and simple black, coffee kept us running.
The next food some of us chose to taste while watching a professional match at Rotterdam was the Kroket. This deep fried roll with meat ragout inside, covered in breadcrumbs can be found majority of places in the country, including well-known McDonalds.
Following our day on the beach, the staff provided us with a platter or various Dutch foods, one of which included the Frikandel. This sausage type stick of meat is usually served warm and dipped in curry or ketchup. Also at the beach house, we tasted Kaassoufflé, or fried cheese sticks.
Speaking of cheese, or kaas, you could say we ate our fair share of it throughout the trip. Taking every single opportunity to sample cheese, and I mean every time, the team ate and bought various kinds such as gouda to bring home to friends and family.
To fix our sweet tooth, we all indulged in a variety of desserts. The first of these included gelato, my personal favorite. This creamy, rich, ice-cream like mixture brought happiness and content as a side-effect.
Other desserts we all actively sought out were the waffles, churros, and crepes. Warming our hearts and our tummies, these all proved to be crowd pleasers and easily the most photographed foods we consumed.
At this point you are probably thinking how could we possibly keep eating, but we did. As the Dutch would say, "stronger through struggle".
Of all the foods we tried, the one we were most hesitant about was the herring. This traditional raw fish is usually served with onions and smells a little fishy. The few who tried it gave mixed reviews, with some loving it while others disliked it.
The last two foods we all tried while in Holland were by far the favorites. The first of these includes stroopwafels, a warm sandwich of two thin waffles with a syrup in between. Getting the opportunity to craft our own, the team amped up the recipe by adding toppings like cheese, bacon, sprinkles, pop rocks, and peanut butter.
The final food of the trip, and easily the most common was french fries. It seemed like everywhere we went the staff or hosts were offering us french fries. Unlike the US, here in Holland they love the crispy potatoes coated in mayonnaise. Unsure at first, by the end of the trip many of us came to appreciate and love the new take on a classic.
In essence, the food in Holland will forever be some of our favorite memories of the trip. Tasting the food of a different culture allows you to step into their shoes and fully immerse yourself. From salty to sweet to savory, the flavors of Holland will always remind of us the incredible trip we shared together.