30 November 2013

Foodie Penpals: The early and festive Dutch edition

My Foodie Penpals package this month is festively tinged. Very sensibly the Dutch don't start celebrating Christmas until the end of November - unlike our UK business corporations who consider any time after October 1st to be fair game - as the day of Sinterklaas is celebrated by Dutch children on the 5th of December with a small gift, whereas the grown ups shift their present giving to Christmas Day.

Sinterklaas, is the Dutch granddaddy of Santa Claus. Yet another fact I wish I had known before. Thank you blogging, again I bow my head. My match, Kim, sent me a deliciously decadent package.


I was really hoping my next Foodie Penpal would be a European one - there is something extra special about opening a package of foodie love from another country; exploring from the confines of a medium sized cardboard box. 

 
Kim sent me the festive kruidnoten (small spiced biscuits), butter almond speculaas and delicious Stroopwafels (wafer biscuits with a toffee/caramel inside - delicious left on a cup of tea for a minute). Honestly, how do Dutch ladies keep so svelte with these to wink at them from the supermarket shelves?

My parcel also included Applechips - dehydrated apple slices which are scrumptious and lasted about 20 minutes, Whilhemina peppermints, and Hagelstag.

Hagelstag are awesome. Chocolate sprinkles (and in this instance tiny chocolate houses) that are eaten on toast.

Chocolate sprinkles. On Toast.

Why did I move to England where the favourite is Marmalade (yuck)? In the brand Kim sent me, the pack contains tiny green chocolate houses called Zaanse Huisjes, houses in Holland.


  
Thank you Kim, it was an absoloutely smashing box!

My parcel this month went to the sweet Kristina, a Gluten Free blogger in Germany so keep your eyes peeled for her thoughts.
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20 comments :

  1. What a cool idea! And happy to hear you like our Dutch treats :-). I'm having friends over next week and one of the things they'll definitely bring with them are 'kruidnootjes'. And I have no idea why hagelslag never made it across the border. Chocolate on bread: what's not to love?

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    1. I loved them! I totally agree about the hagelslag - it's so yum! I guess maybe it's because it seems a little naughty, but then what about Nutella?

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  2. You lucky ducky. We get that same selection pretty much as a care package from Dutch family a few times a year. Once you have hagelslag in your breakfast routine it is hard to let go of ;) We have some kruidnoten hidden away until Sinterklaas brings over some presents- looking forward to eating them. Enjoy!!!

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  3. HAGEL!!!! My grandad bought some back form Holland before I was born and we found it in my grandma's pantry (unopened) when we were about 7. We were so excited about the idea of sprinkles on toast (it hadn't suffered from the time delay - well....I didn't notice in the sugar haze) I then re-discovered them in my late 20s. I know some brits in war time used to have sugar on bread and my hubbie's family like golden syrup sandwiches. All deliciously terrible for you :)

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    1. In New Zealand we have 'fairy bread' which is cupcakes sprinkles on buttered fresh bread, so I'm not quite sure why we didn't make the connection with chocolate sprinkles too!
      Mmmm, golden syrup. I do draw the line at my husbands vinegar sandwiches though...

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  4. Aren't Stroopwafels simply amazing? I may have seen them on sale at Tesco, just in case you start craving for more once you're done with your package. I, for one, am certainly tempted after reading this :)

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    1. Oh, fab!! I think there are mini ones stocked in a nearby mart to me too, so delish!

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  5. Not sure about the timing statement! I saw the first packets of pepernoten in the shops in August!!! That is just wrong. :-)

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  6. Oh what a cool idea! I'm going to check it out now :)

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  7. I'm half Dutch and grew up on toast with chocolate sprinkles!!

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    1. It's such a great idea. I wish I'd thought of it!

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  8. What a brilliant idea to have foodie pen pals! Love your goodie box. Vohn x

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    1. It's a great way to be introduced to new bloggers too - I'm in a book club with one, and meet another old penpal for random London wanders. It's great!

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  9. I've read about this elsewhere. I'm a bit dubious; it all seems a bit cutesy and it wouldn't surprise me if some people put less effort into it than others, so you ended up with a broken Hershey's chocolate bar and not a lot else. But I'm tempted by the different cultures thing it has going on... what do you think?

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    1. I love it. It can be a little hit and miss at times depending on who you get, but honestly the next parcel usually makes up for it - take this amazing one for example. It's so much fun.
      Most of the people taking part are genuine foodies who take a lot of pleasure in putting boxes together.

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  10. I LOVE stroopwafels! We discovered them when a dutch girl introduced them to us in New Zealand actually (as pac and save carried them weirdly haha)

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    1. No way!
      There were a lot of Dutch settlers in NZ but that was waaay back in the day.

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