Apr 24, 2013

Windmill Nr. 6

Filed under: Expressions,netherlands,Home,suburbia — Tags: , — Kay @ 9:51 am


Typically Dutch scenery and a perfectly normal, every-day view to me. So normal I hardly even register it anymore.

This is Windmill Nr. 6 in Haastrecht—a small, cozy village nearby the village I grew up in and only a stone’s throw away from the edge of Gouda, where I currently live. It’s a so-called ‘bosom mill‘. Its function is to level water by pumping high water from one area (polder) to low water in another.

I snapped this shot as I walked around the premises of Bisdom van Vliet—a museum that appears to have no English website for me to link to—on one of the first beautiful spring days of the year (de dag die je wist dat zou komen). I had my camera dangling around my neck like a tourist at Piccadilly circus.

It wasn’t until I transferred photos from my camera to my pc that I noticed something unusual: the windmill has sails! Somehow it had been restored and it now has sails, something it didn’t have when I was growing up. Googled it and quickly learned the restoration took place in 2010. I’ll go hide in shame now.

Goes to show that it pays to walk around the place you grew up in and look at the views around you with the eye of a tourist now and then.


Afraid it’s genetic. He doesn’t notice sails on mills either, he just loves to run and climb.


Apr 22, 2013

Selada Ayam Bami

Now and then I run into unique books. Books that leave an impression and are so much more than just plain cook books. This is one of them. The book is called Boekoe Bangsa, which means ‘Book of the family‘, and really, it’s the perfect name for it. It’s a book filled with beautiful, heartwarming and inspiring stories from Indonesian, Indonesian-Chinese and Moluccan families. In Dutch, though. It’s a book…

Apr 17, 2013

Byron With a Twist

These potatoes are a ‘quick’ variation to the more classic French Pommes de Terre Byron. I’ll post the original recipe as well, but simply had to start with these. They still take a bit of work, but mainly it’s oven-time. The first few words I muttered after taking a bite of these was: “What are these and how come I don’t have this recipe yet?“. You see, this amazing side dish…

Apr 16, 2013

Blond Amsterdam

Filed under: Expressions,giveaways,Home — Tags: — Kay @ 2:09 pm

Thanks for entering, everyone! Random.org gave me #57, Marcia. Please drop me a line using the contact form in the website so I can get you your package asap!

Apr 7, 2013

Tjap Tjoy

This is a great example of a Chinese dish that goes by several names, depending on your geographic location. Chinese restaurants in the Netherlands call this Tjap Tjoy, but it’s comparable to the American Chop Suey, even though my version doesn’t call for soy sauce. I’ve always been intrigued by Chinese dishes that have little to do with authentic Chinese food. These recipes are about as Americanized and Dutchified as…

Apr 4, 2013

Surinamese Egg Salad

You’d almost think it’s Surinam week on Kayotic Kitchen, after I posted my Surinamese Pepper Jelly earlier this week. Nope, pure happenstance, but in my world it would not be a bad thing if it was Surinam month. Or year, even! It’s by far my favorite food. Now, as much as I adore my country egg salad (forgive the bad photography for I knew not what I was doing), I’m…

Blooming Tea

Filed under: Photography,sundry,Home — Tags: , , , — Kay @ 11:48 am

  The best thing to me about tea flowers is not their delicious and delicate flavour, even though it is a somewhat acquired taste. It’s not the fascinating way they magically bloom as soon as their delicate leaves touch the warm water, even though watching the magic unfold can make a bad day just a little less bad. It’s not how they turn something simple as brewing tea into a…