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Recipe Potatoes and Cheese Posted by on Oct 29, 2010

The Dutch are potatoes and cheese eaters. Therefore it is no surprise that we like the combine them. This is a recipe for, guess what, potatoes with cheese. It’s an incredible easy dish based on four people and takes about 25-30 minutes to prepare. Ingredients 1 kilo potatoes (preferably ‘bintjes’) 500-700 gram young cheese salt…

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Killing the walrus with Fungus Posted by on Oct 25, 2010

In sifting through old emails, I recently rediscovered a traditional Dutch song called “Kaap’ren Varen,” as re-imagined by the 1970’s folk-rock group Fungus.  I learn from the internet that they came from Eindhoven, and that they played and wrote songs mostly for werkend en werklose mannen – working and out-of-work men. I can imagine that…

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Top 5 things to see and do in Utrecht Posted by on Oct 13, 2010

Amsterdam is overrated. At least I, a city-of-Utrecht-lover, thinks so. Therefore I present 5 sights/museums that should convince you to visit this lovely city of mine. Domtoren It’s the trademark of Utrecht: de Domtoren (the Dom tower). You can find this beautiful church in the center of Utrecht, on a square called the Domplein. It…

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Dutch fashion designers Viktor and Rolf Posted by on Oct 13, 2010

I am not sure if Viktor and Rolf are proud to be Dutch, but I do know the Dutch are proud to ‘have’ Viktor and Rolf. For those of you who have no idea who those two icons are: they are a designer duo. Let me tell you a bit more about these extravagant people…

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Recipe Chicken Curry Posted by on Oct 13, 2010

I know, a meal with chicken, curry and rice does not sound that Dutch, because where are the potatoes? But it is and also one of my personal favorites. So let me tell you how to make this meal yourself. There are more difficult ways and easy ways to do it, so I picked a…

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Subsidize your rent Posted by on Oct 13, 2010

One of the perks of living in Holland is that our government, although slow as a snare, is almost always willing to help us (or at least people like me: everything except ‘rich and famous’) out. So here I am, writing from my little-nut-really-mine-apartment, that I can pay thanks to the people from Den Haag…

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Kip, Patat en Appelmoes Posted by on Oct 10, 2010

It is hard to know whether my childhood desire to sing in front of large audiences of people was born of watching Kinderen voor Kinderen, or whether I liked Kinderen voor Kinderen because of some innate musical inclination.  I fantasized about being a part of the beloved Dutch children’s choir, which was started in 1980…

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