Tuesday, April 29, 2008

You Bet I'm Dutch!!

Our Dutch heritage is very important to my family. My parents both emigrated from Holland in the 1950’s. We decided that it would be a fun tradition to celebrate that heritage every year. In Holland the queen’s birthday is celebrated the last Saturday of April. Originally it was to celebrate Queen Juliana’s birthday which is April 30. The Dutch tradition is to have street markets and celebrations in every town. So now our family will celebrate “Koeninginnedag”, or the queen’s birthday every year. Our family is always game for a party especially with good food. Pam has a great party house and she is always willing to be a wonderful hostess. The kitchen was decorated with tulips, lace and Dutch flags, three of my favorite things. So our families all came dressed in the patriotic color in Holland, Orange. We ate just about anything we could think of that was an old Dutch recipe. We love to have croquettes with patat frites (hot french fries). To add insult to all of the fat this food is cooked in, we add what is called frite sauce and mixture of mayonnaise and mustard. Pam even served them in the traditional friet bags like the ones we use in Holland. We also had hachee, rodekool, huzarensla, stroop waffles, droop…. need I go on? We stuffed ourselves with good food. Then for dessert we had Dutch apple pie (which isn’t really Dutch but we like it anyway) and Valerie made a cake that looked like the Dutch flag. Pam had gone all the way to Los Angeles just to find a Dutch store to stock up on stuff. Besides our usual camp fire and conversation we played VanderHoeven Family Jeopardy on the big screen and a really tough Dutch trivia game. Opa and Ady were the best at it since they are both fluent in Dutch and since Opa grew up in Holland he knew the country’s history. I love our family; we always have so much fun together. We really know how to play and work together. After all as the Dutch say,

“If you aint dutch you aint much”.

1 comment:

The VanderHoevens said...

That picture can not even come close to having people understand how yummy those fries were coming straight out of the fryer, steaming hot, ready to almost burn our mouths! YUM!!