Another cute thing I noticed about Dutch people recently: they love soup. Erwtensoep (pea soup with smoked sausage) is a firm favourite and one of their most “traditional” (winter) dishes. And when do you serve soup? In England you eat a bowl at home on a cold winter’s night, as a quick dinner if you’re short on time (shove it in the microwave) and if you’re feeling ill… Heinz chicken soup is a must.
When do Dutch people serve soup? At parties! I kid you not. As if Dutch birthday parties weren’t weird enough already (start and finish times, cake on ARRIVAL, compulsory circular seating plan) then they go and serve soup!
Where’s the cheese and pineapple… the sausage rolls… the cucumber sandwiches? (Ok, English people are strange too…) But you’ve got to admit that our “finger food” is better suited to parties. Bite-sized pieces, nothing wet, nothing spillable, nothing requiring cutlery. How do you eat SOUP whilst holding a drink and a conversation at the same time??
Ok, ok, they don’t just eat it at parties. They also eat it at home. (But the party thing is still weird.)
According to The Dutch Table: “A traditional meal will start with a soup, continue with a main course and finish with a sweet dessert such as yoghurt, pudding or vla.”
They love soup so much that they affectionately call it “soepie!”
I asked the Dutchie why it wasn’t just “soepje” (Dutch people love making things small by adding -je, -pje or -tje onto the end of words) and apparently soepje is perfectly correct… But there was a 90’s advert by Unox in which the catchphrase is “soepie!”
I had to find it of course… so here is is!!
This makes me smile. A lot.