Have you ever wonder what is typical dutch food? Holland is known for weed, tulips, windmills.. but certainly not for food! Therefore I decided to show you one of Hollands most typical dishes, Ladies and Gentleman: This is Stamppot!
"A traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several other vegetables, sometimes also with bacon. These vegetable pairings traditionally include sauerkraut, endive, kale, spinach, turnip greens, or carrot and onion (the combination of the latter two is known as hutspot (which is the one I made) in the Netherlands). It is usually served with sausage."
I know I should be studying! I know I know! because I have exams next week. My statistics of the past few days:
But actually the idea of cooking Stamppot (or Hutspot) came to my mind today while being in the library sitting next to my classmate Tomasz , who started talking about cooking! and cooking is a magic word that gets my brain to work again!
The day in Leiden today was lovely! and I had already been the whole day at uni, and studying in the library, so I deserved a break and go for a little bike ride and some grocery shopping.
While doing my grocery shopping, I came across a Vlaai Store!!! (you will see how Vlaai looks like in a minute) I had no idea there was a vlaai store in the city. Vlaai is a typical kind of cake from the south of The Netherlands from the province called "Limburg" which was my hometown for a whole year, so I am a big huge fan of Vlaai and from Limburg! and since I was cooking typical dutch food, why not getting some typical southern cake for desert. (Next week is my dutch mom bday party, and I actually have to go south so maybe I can get to write a post about limburg!)
So, as I usually do, here are my ingredients:
My critic today was Ms. Elaine Hsi-Hua Lin, my lovely flatmate from Taiwan. She liked it, and of course she enjoyed some cake too, for being nice enough to try my food. Thanks Elaine!