Bitterballen

25 Dutch Dingen

Yup, I know strictly it should be Nederlandse Dingen (Dutch things) … but it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?

When you’re in Holland, either living here, visiting Dutch friends or on holiday, you are bound to run into things which seem a bit strange or that you don’t have at home. As a bit of Friday fun, I’ve compiled a list of some of these Dutch Dingen! How many can you cross off the list? Let’s play Dutch bingo!!!!!!!!!

1. Bitterballen!

C’mon… you know they had to be #1…

Read more about these little round balls of deep-fried deliciousness in Welkom op Bitterballen Bruid.

Any excuse for bitterballen...

2. Stroopwafels

Stroop = syrup/treacle, I’ll let you guess what wafel is ūüėČ Two thin layers of baked dough/batter/waffley stuff with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. LEKKER!¬†

Stroopwafels

3. Clogs

In Dutch = klompen. A wonderful Dutch stereotype…

When in Rome...

4. Bathroom Calendar

Oh yes… Dutch people hang their birthday calendars¬†in the bathroom.

Birthday Calendar

5. Windmills

Iconic.

Windmill

6. Kaasschaaf

Meaning cheese slicer, the kaasschaaf is actually a Norwegian invention, but since their cheese is the right consistency (not too soft, not too hard) these scary devices are widely used in the Netherlands.

Kaasschaaf

7. Hagelslag

… or sprinkles as we call them in England. Not that weird, on top of your ice cream, but the Dutch eat this on bread, with butter, for breakfast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hagelslag

 8. Steep stairs

Have you fallen down a¬†steep Dutch staircase yet? (I must confess I have… ¬†at least twice! Damn you, wine!¬†I thought we were friends…)

Steep stairs

9. Wearing head-to-toe orange

Also known as oranjegekte¬†(orange madness) … this strange act happens on King’s Day and at¬†large international sport events.

Oranje spullen

10. Bakplaat

Cook your own food at the table on a bakplaat (lit: bake plate, meaning: hot plate) particularly popular in the holidays. Read more here: Being Dutch – Part 2: Gourmetten

Gourmetten

11. Stamppot 

Meaning “mash pot”. Potatoes mashed with vegetables, often¬†served with rookworst (smoked sausage.)

Stamppot

12. Beer served in thimbles

A nice refreshing pint after a long day… think again! Ask for a biertje and you’ll receive¬†a thimble of the amber nectar. Remember the glass your Nan gives you for sherry at Christmas? Yep, that’s it.

Beer

13. Smeerkaas sambal

Spread cheese with sambal (a hot sauce made from chilli peppers). If you’re thinking of moving to Holland: make THIS the reason. It’s worth it, I promise.

Smeerkaas sambal

14. Ja/Nee and Nee/Nee stickers

The Dutch solution to junk mail. Ja/Nee = Yes to the free local paper(s) but No, I don’t want leaflets, brochures and other crap.

Nee/Nee = no mail that is not personally addressed to them. Clever, huh?

Ja Nee

15. Slow signs

Supposedly a¬†visual sign to warn¬†you¬†that should slow down and/or¬†that¬†kids are playing. I think they’re little aliens directing the spaceship where to land. (Good cover story, though.)

Slow

16. Drop

Dutch people love liquorice. They also think it’s a funny game to try and feed it to unsuspecting foreigners! You have been warned!!

Liquorice choices

© Autopilot / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

17. Wisdom tiles

Tegeltjes wijsheid: An old tradition where wisdom is shared through tiles often with a humorous twist.

Wisdom tiles

18. Cycle paths

We all know that the Dutch love to cycle… and many cycle paths are red, so that people (tourists) are warned to stay off them. But what happens now?!?!?! Arrrrrgggggghhhhhh!

Cycle path

19. Raw Haring

Ok, so herring isn’t that weird. But the Dutch like to eat it raw. Tip your head back, grab the fish by the tail and Bob’s your uncle! ūüėÄ

Haring

20. Mayonnaise with a side of chips…

Remember the infamous Pulp Fiction quote?

VINCENT: … you know what they put on french fries in Holland instead of ketchup?

JULES: What?

VINCENT: Mayonnaise.

JULES: Goddamn!

VINCENT:¬†I seen ‚Äėem do it man, they fuckin‚Äô drown ‚Äėem in it.

Patat

© Takeaway / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

The best of the rest (aka the ones I don’t have a photo for…)

21. White leggings Рnoooooooo! Just noooooo!

22. Bakfiets – a traditional Dutch tricycle with a large box for transporting cargo e.g. – children!

23. Lack of curtains Рever wondered what your neighbours do in the evening? Take a leisurely stroll down your street and find out!

24. Tiny sinks – with cold water. The Dutch – cheap? Naaaaaaaa.

25. Red trousers –¬†see point 21.

So, how many did you get?

Anything you’d like to add to the list?

Hayley x

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Bitterballen Proeven: Trivio, Loosdrecht

Last night we cycled to Loosdrecht and stopped at a pretty¬†little¬†restaurant by the water to enjoy a glass of wine (Sauvignon Blanc for me, beer¬†for the Dutchie) and take in the view. We’d already eaten dinner, so the plan was just to have a drink, but whilst I popped to the ladies, the naughty Dutchie ordered bitterballen! Naughty because¬†we’re both supposed to be on a “pre-wedding healthy eating regime”… but what could I do? ūüėČ

Trivio Restaurant, Loosdrecht

Veilige Haven, Loosdrecht

10 out of 10 for the view! I love being surrounded by water!! The bitterballen get a solid 7.5 out of 10. I like my bitterballen to be perfectly round, so a minus point for that. The mustard was a bit funny tasting, way too tangy, so that also gets a mark down and the bitterballen themselves were ever so slightly greasy, so a half point deduction. Still lekker and sitting on the terrace was gezellig, so a double thumbs up from two happy customers!

Hayley x

Having visitors means… Going to Amsterdam!

When¬†you have visitors to¬†The Netherlands, you have to go to Amsterdam… right? I love it! The perfect¬†excuse to visit this beautiful city again and again! My best friend came to stay at the weekend and it was wonderful to¬†be able to¬†give her a guided tour.

Like any tourist, top of her list was a visit to Anne Frank’s House. I had warned her that the queue may take a couple of hours¬†– as we hadn’t been organised enough to book (months) in advance¬†– but¬†when we arrived there around 11am it¬†was even a surprise for me!¬†RIDICULOUS!! The queue was so long we couldn’t even see the end of it!! Must have been at least a 4-5 hour¬†wait… so thankfully, it was off the cards. Instead, we did what I love to do best: rondlopen.

I’m a total street art geek, so¬†it’s my idea of heaven…

Street Art vlakbij Anne Frank's Huis (Street Art near Anne Franks House)

Street Art vlakbij Anne Frank’s Huis (Street Art near Anne Frank’s House)

If, like us, you get caught out by the queues at AFH… worry not, there’s plenty in the area to keep you entertained! Her house is located on the famous Prinsengracht (Prince canal!) which has tons of cafes, bars and shops… as if the beautiful canal itself wasn’t enough! ūüėČ

Cheese Museum, Amsterdam

Cheese “Museum” – it’s basically a shop, but I’m not complaining! It’s a good shop! ¬†And next door is the Tulip “Museum”…

Tulip Museum

Tulip Museum

Did I mention it’s a great street for tourists? ūüėČ

When in Rome...

When in Rome…

Tourist shop

Tourist shop

A great little¬†shop¬†for souvenirs (opposite Anne Frank’s House) and not too over-priced. They have everything from magnets and mugs, to stroopwafels and clogs!

And did I tell you about the Street Art in Amsterdam…? Keep your eyes peeled, it’s lurking around every corner!

Street Art, Prinsengracht

Street Art, Prinsengracht

Penguins, Amsterdam

Penguins on Prinsengracht, Amsterdam

Ok, not technically street art… this is actually the window of a Nursery, but still kinda cool…

Nursery window

Nursery window

More Street Art Amssterdam

Once we’d done Prinsengracht to death, we pretty much did a full lap of central Amsterdam. I’ve been to the city 15+ times, but I’ve never seen as much as I did on this particular trip!! Props to my best friend, she was the¬†perfect partner to explore with – enthusiastic, full of energy and¬†despite only being 5′ 2″ she kept up with my long legs all day.

Canals, canals and more canals… aren’t they beautiful?

Canals, Amsterdam

Oudkerksbrug

Oudkerksbrug, Amsterdam

I found out after taking the picture that the first boat on the right actually belongs to a friend of ours! Where was he when we needed a canal tour, huh?? ūüėČ

Oudkerksbrug, Amsterdam

#nofilter

#nofilter

We also had to visit Museumplein, of course…

Van Gogh Museum

Outside the Van Gogh Museum, with bikes in shot… naturally!

And the famous I amsterdam letters!

iamsterdam

Iamsterdam letters, located on Museumplein

And what outing would be complete without the best Dutch delicacy known to (wo)man???

Bitterballen at Cafe del Mondo, Amsterdam

Bitterballen at Cafe del Mondo, Amsterdam

My friend loved them (I’m yet to find a meat-eater who doesn’t, actually!)… and I’d give Cafe del Mondo (Nieuwmarkt) a very respectable 9/10 for their near-perfect plate of bitterballen. A minus point because they weren’t perfectly round and the rocket on the side was slightly sad looking ūüėČ

Amsterdam… ik hou van jou. (Amsterdam… I love you.)

Hayley x

 

Fietsen naar Loosdrecht (Cycling to Loosdrecht)

We didn’t manage to cycle at the weekend as the Dutchie only picked up his bike on Sunday evening (after it had been lovingly stored by a friend for the past 3 years) but we went on our first bike ride¬†together¬†yesterday. The Loosedrechtse Plassen didn’t disappoint and I’m so glad to have them on our doorstep! (In Dutch terms, 30 mins by bike is “on your doorstep” :))

Bike ride to Loosdrecht

Bike ride to Loosdrecht

I was quite proud of myself for getting there without doing something embarrassing like crashing¬†or falling off my bike… you see, I’m not a natural born cyclist. The Dutchie on the other hand was born with a bike between his legs it seems. He was happily speeding along, beer in one hand, phone in the other taking photos! ¬†(He’s one of those annoying people who are good at everything: cycling, snooker, darts, ping pong, even football. You name it, he’ll do it well.) But we eventually reached a happy medium once I’d gained a bit of confidence and speed!

Taken by the Dutchie of me lagging behind!

The Dutchie took this pic of me lagging behind!

We arrived at the lakes at the perfect time, just as the sun was beginning to set, which made for some spectacular views!

Sun setting in Loosdrecht

Sun setting in Loosdrecht

Loosdrecht ride2

Loosdrecht ride9

Loosdrecht ride3

We also saw some people water-skiing which looked like fun, but far too dangerous for a scaredy cat like me!!

Water skiing in Loosdrecht

Water-skiing in Loosdrecht

After we had soaked up the views and taken some pictures, it was clearly borreltijd¬†so we went off in search of beer and bitterballen! Whilst we passed at least 5 cafes en route, it was hard to find one which was actually open at 9pm on a Monday evening. We wanted to stop at “The Quiet Piss” (De Stille Plas – it actually means The Silent Lake, but plassen also means to pee, so I prefer my translation!) but unfortunately it was gesloten (closed.) Sad face.

De Stille Plas, Loosdrecht

De Stille Plas, Loosdrecht

Instead we found¬†Het Praethuys (Old Dutch, it means the Talking House) which was an excellent choice. The lady behind the bar was extremely friendly, nothing was too much trouble and the other patrons were really friendly too – greeting us when¬†we¬†arrived and when we left. It’s located on a caravan/ holiday park (one of many in the area) so maybe that’s just what the community is like there ūüôā Gezellig!¬†

Eetcafe Het Praethuys

Eetcafe Het Praethuys

We had some lekker bitterballen and¬†kippen vleugels (chicken wings). If I’m Bitterballen Bruid, the Dutchie should be re-named Kippenvleugelman! He’s obsessed!

Loosdrecht bitterballen

Bitterballen at Het Praethus, Loosdrecht

I have to be a bit critical and give the bitterballen a 7/10. They were quite small, a bit too much colour on them¬†for my liking and the coating was quite thin. I’ve had better… although they were perfectly edible and served with a tangy mustard (it tasted home made) so props for that!

Loosdrecht bitterballen, bijna op!

Loosdrecht bitterballen, bijna op!

I don’t think I’ve had a BAD bitterbal yet to be fair!

Loosdrecht pub

View from the cafe

A lovely evening in Loosdrecht! I’m sure we’ll visit again very soon! My best friend is coming to visit in 2 weeks, so I’m definitely adding this to our to-do list!

Where’s your favourite place to cycle?

Hayley x

 

Being Dutch – Part 8: Lekkerrrrrrrrrrr

Whilst the Dutchie and I were watching Masterchef Holland last week,¬†I got extremely excited when¬†one of the challenges was to guess the 16 ingredients in… wait for it…

BITTERBALLEN!!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! In fact, I was so crazily enthusiastic¬†I actually¬†went and got a pen and paper to join in the game! Sadly… they turned out to be non-traditional fish bitterballen with a fancy¬†coating. I was truly¬†disappointed that I couldn’t play!¬†ūüė¶

The episode wasn’t a complete washout though, because on sight of the aforementioned bitterballen ¬†–¬†one of the contestants, Rosah, did the “lekker” hand sign which launched the Dutchie and I into hysterics!! (There’s a story to explain… below.)

If you don’t know the word¬†lekker: it¬†means delicious, tasty, yummy. The Dutch LOVE this word and use it at every possible opportunity. The word is now so popular it’s now used outside the realm of food, pretty much anything can be lekker!¬†There’s also a funny Dutch hand sign to accompany it: you raise your hand¬†to ear level with your palm pointing towards your face¬†and wave it back and forward a couple of times… whilst saying the word lekkerrrrrrrrrrr (roll that r!!)

Let’s see Rosah from Masterchef do it:

Lekker hand position 1 ;-)

Lekker hand position 1 ūüėČ

Lekker hand position 2

Lekker hand position 2

Lekker hand position 3… then back to position 1. Repeat as many times as necessary whilst saying the word LEKKER.

Lekker hand position 3… then back to position 1. Repeat as many times as necessary whilst saying the word LEKKER.

Anyway, the reason for the giggle-fit: rewind 3 years and the Dutchie has just moved to England. We’re in a trendy pub Winchester (with a bit of a hangover from the night before) and he’s meeting a group of my close friends for the first time. We order some well-needed pub grub and he’s off: being his charming self and getting on with all my friends as I knew he would. (Bit annoying really! He gets on with EVERYONE!) 30 mins in, the food arrives and the Dutchie looks like all his Christmases have come at once!! Gotta love English pub grub!

We’re happily chomping away¬†on our hangover-curing delights¬†when the Dutchie locks eyes with my friend’s 2 year old son, raises his hand to his ear, does the hand sign and booms “lekkerrrrrrrrrrrrr” in his extremely-loud-and-heavily-Dutch-accented voice. The boy ponders it for a millisecond, but no…¬†he¬†bursts out crying at the top of his lungs.

The whole pub goes silent, except for our table who have all fallen off our chairs laughing!! What the FUCK was that!?!

The poor Dutchie had assumed it was a universal sign! Nope, a freaky-deaky Dutch sign nonetheless!

He’s now known as the official child-scarer in our circle of friends.

Hayley x

Reverse Expat Bucket List

Inspired by Amanda’s (of Expat Life with a Double Buggy) amazing list of things she has done whilst living for 14 years as an expat in the Netherlands. Here is my list after 3.5 weeks…

Any excuse for bitterballen...

Any excuse for a bitterballen photo…

1. Load all my worldly belongings into a van (thanks Dad) and move to the Netherlands.

2. Get Paris the cat a Pet Passport and move her to NL too.

3. Plan (most of) a Dutch wedding… August 2014!!

4. Speak on the telephone in Dutch… eek.

5. Speak to strangers in Dutch (and have them speak Dutch back to me.)

6. Visit Amsterdam, twice.

7. Navigate way round Amsterdam, without help! Assist two Danish guys to find their hotel.

8. Visit Utrecht.

9. Visit Spa in Belgium.

10. Navigate way to Hilversum Gementeehuis on foot and only get lost once.

11. Learn that Dutch (rented) houses do not come with light fittings. Successfully purchase and fit light fittings.

12. Cook a Dutch meal. (Zuurkool.)

13. Attend a Dutch verjaardagsfeest (birthday party)… which started at 2pm and ended at 6pm on the dot.

14. Celebrate the first ever King’s Day.

15. Wear head-to-toe orange.

16. Successfully avoid speculoos and hagelslag.

17. Join a Dutch gym.

18. Ask for (in Dutch) and successfully receive an Albert Heijn Bonuskaart.

19. Eat more bitterballen than is strictly necessary.

20. Receive a Dutch Bathroom Calendar as a present and be genuinely excited.

21. Have a bike stolen before I’d even purchased it.

22.¬†Speak to sister’s potential “suitor” in Dutch, during her visit,¬†and piss her off incredibly ūüôā ūüôā

23. Realise¬†and accept that¬†colleges are closed over the summer so Dutch courses cannot be started until September ūüė¶

24. Sign up to an online course in the meantime.

25. Find suitable local kroeg.

26. Finally get an iphone!!!!

27. Start an instagram account.

28. Start a twitter account.

29. Discover lots of cool street art in the Netherlands.

30. Rearrange alphabetical spice rack due to new Dutch spices: cumin being komijn and coriander koriander.

31. Be unable to accept that list ends at 30 when my age is 31.

32. Oh shit, I’m 32.¬†

Hayley x

Being Dutch – Part 4: Deep-fried snacks

Considering that the Dutch are on the whole, a rather healthy bunch… it’s really quite surprising that they LOVE deep-fried food.¬†You name it – they’ll deep fry it ūüėČ And while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – hell, I’m the world’s biggest bitterbal fan – it’s just surprising that they are so fond of unhealthy snacks. But hey, who am I to judge? Let’s check it out:

Bitterballen – THE best borrelhapje (bar snack)¬†imaginable. I won’t waffle on about how much I love them because I’ve done it here already.

Bitterballen in Culemborg

Bitterballen in Culemborg

Krokets – similar to bitterballen but¬†cylindrical in shape. Come in a variety of¬†fillings: beef, pork, vegetables, potatoes, shrimp‚Ķ make sure you know what you’re getting as they all look the same! Sold¬†almost anywhere. Supermarkets, restaurants, snack bars and even in McDonald’s.

Kroket

© Takeaway / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Frikandel – a¬†long, thin, skinless, dark-coloured meat sausage. Usually eaten warm. Personally, I hate them. But each to their own and all that! ūüôā Often served with curry ketchup or mayonnaise, though some eat it with tomato ketchup, mustard or even apple sauce (!)

Frikandel

© Siebrand / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

FEBO – Wondering where you can buy all these wonderful deep fried products? Look no further than FEBO! A wall of fast-food snacks at your finger tips. As well as krokets and frikandel they also sell burgers – just put your money in the slot and pull your chosen snack out of the wall! An amazing concept and so handy to grab a snack, day or night! Tourists will stand in amazement at this wall of snacks and I can’t blame them. It’s a cool idea, I wonder why we don’t have them in the UK!

Febo, Utrecht

Febo, Utrecht

Loempia  the Dutch version of fried spring rolls. This Southeast Asian dish is commonly referred to as  lumpia  but in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, it is spelled loempia Рthe old Indonesian spelling. As in the UK, these are available from Asian restaurants and takeaways. 

© Kguirnela / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

© Kguirnela / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Patat¬†the¬†Dutch word for chips or french fries… but what the Dutch do differently is the toppings! Remember the infamous Pulp Fiction quote?

VINCENT:¬†…you know what they put on french fries in Holland instead of ketchup?

JULES: What?

VINCENT: Mayonnaise.

JULES: Goddamn!

VINCENT:¬†I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin’ drown ’em in it.

Patat

© Takeaway / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

It’s 100% true. They do drown them in it. If you’re not a mayonnaise kinda person… alternatives include:

  • friet met¬†sat√©saus: chips with peanut sauce (friet is another word commonly used for fries or chips)
  • patatje oorlog: chips with¬†a combination of peanut sat√© sauce, mayo and onions
  • patat speciaal:¬†comprises of curry ketchup, mayonnaise and onion on your chips

This leads nicely onto¬†kapsalon: chips with kebab or shawarma (more on that in a sec) and cheese – normally¬†Gouda. It is often served with a dressed salad, garlic sauce and a hot sauce or sambal. (More on that later too!) In my opinion… the yummiest kebab possible.

Kapsalon

Kapsalon

Shawarma¬†– (known as¬†Shoarma in the Netherlands.) This isn’t deep-fried, but you’ll probably have some patatjes on the side, so it belongs in this list.¬†Although it is often compared to gyros / doner kebabs because it is cooked on a vertical spit, shawarma is chunks of meat rather than slices giving it a different texture. This is the Dutchie’s favourite ūüôā

Shawarma

Shoarma

Sambal ¬†a spicy Southeast Asian condiment made from chillies,¬†¬†with secondary ingredients including shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallots, sugar and vinegar. THE perfect accompaniment to kapsalon or shoarma. You can buy it from supermarkets but it’s waaaay better to make your own. The Dutchie makes huge batches of it and then distributes jars to our very grateful friends and family! He even has his own special labels! ūüôā Maybe one day I’ll share the recipe if he lets me…

Homemade sambal

Homemade sambal

Back to the deep-fried stuff… this list wouldn’t be complete without Oliebollen! (Literally:¬†oil balls)¬†I say they’re doughnuts, the Dutchie doesn’t agree. (I’m right.)¬†The dough is made from flour, eggs, yeast, salt, milk, baking powder and usually sultanas or raisins. They’re then sprinkled with icing sugar. They are traditionally eaten at New Year but there are oliebollen stands around for the whole festive period.

Oliebollen

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Which is your favourite?!

Hayley x

Een dagje uit in Culemborg

During the Christmas break, the Dutchie and I went to Holland for 10 days to catch up with family and friends. We often visit Culemborg, but normally we go straight to our friends house and therefore only see a glimpse of the town from the car window. This time we had a day out (een dagje uit) in this pretty town in central Netherlands…

Railroad bridge over the river Lek near Culemborg

Railroad bridge over the River Lek near Culemborg, The Netherlands

We went walking near the River Lek and despite the mud (!!) it was a beautiful stroll around the countryside.

Culemborg walk near the river Lek

Culemborg walk, – near the River Lek

Once we’d frozen our bits off on the walk, it was borreltijd! Roughly translated as happy hour¬†although this doesn’t really describe it at all! It’s more “social time” or directly translated “drink time” – a borrel can be a drink or a shot. Basically, it’s time to sit down with friends and relax, grab a beer and a glass of wine… and of course, some borrelhapjes! (Snacks beside your borrel!)

We went to Bolderburen¬†which is home to a pancake restaurant, a kid’s farm / playground¬†and a beautiful windmill called¬†molen Johanna (molen = mill).

De molen Johanna, Culemborg, The Netherlands

De molen Johanna, Culemborg, The Netherlands

Molen Johanna was built in 1888 as a grondzeiler – a windmill that can be operated from the ground. Originally, in 1878 a wooden mill stood in its place, however it completely burned down in 1888 and was rebuilt (in just 4 months) as the present stone mill in 1888. It has had many restorations over the years and is looking stunningly beautiful 126 years later!

Anyway, back to¬†borreltijd… guess what I had?? BITTERBALLEN,¬†natuurlijk!!

Bitterballen in Culemborg

Bitterballen in Culemborg

They were a definite 9/10… plenty of mustard, good-sized portion and excellent presentation. They only get one minus point for the lack of mini Dutch flags!! ūüėČ

Have you tried bitterballen? Where’s your favourite place to eat them?

Hayley x

 

Welkom op Bitterballen Bruid

Welcome to Bitterballen Bruid!

Bruid = bride. Bitterballen = a delicious Dutch snack. They’re pretty hard to describe seeing as a Dutch person will tell you they’re filled with “ragout” – however ragout to us English folk is a French stew. (Either that, or you’ll think of the pasta sauce jars: Rag√Ļ!) The outside of bitterballen is breadcrumbs, think something like a potato croquet… but the inside is where the magic happens! It’s like a thick, creamy meat paste… sounds disgusting, tastes heavenly! They’re little round balls of deep-fried deliciousness, served with mustard. Normally I avoid anything deep-fried at all costs, but these are an exception. Don’t think about the calories or what’s inside them, just sit in the kroeg (pub) with a glass of Amstel, or if you’re a hater like me, een glaasje wijn (glass of wine) and enjoy!

Bitterballen

© Takeaway / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for ages, but just never got around to it. Excuses, excuses! But whilst on holiday in Thailand (lucky me!) the name Bitterballen Bruid just came to me. I talked to The Dutchie (aka my husband) about it and he liked it too, so here I am! The blog will mainly focus on being an English girl woman getting married in The Netherlands, learning the Dutch language and moving there… but having just returned from an epic 3 week trip to Bali and Thailand, I might have to squeeze some travel pics and stories in too!

First post, over and out ūüėČ

Hayley x