Jul 20, 2009

Giveaway (Time’s up)

Filed under: Expressions,giveaways,Recipes — Tags: , — Kay @ 7:44 am


Random.org gave me #308.


Which is Kathlyn!

Let me know what address you want me to mail you the package to at Kay@kayotic.nl, or feel free to use the contact form in my site! Hope you’ll like it and thanks for entering!


It’s been a while since my last giveaway. So here I’ve been, pondering the perfect giveaway for a Dutch girl’s food blog, with visitors coming from all corners of the world. Which is a really nice break from pondering the meaning of life, you know? Then it hit me; Dutch food items! Of course! The kinda stuff you can only buy here!

So I’ve prepared a care package with several typically Dutch food items. The kiddo helped me collect them, so if there are little bites taken out here and there, you’ll know who to blame! Because these items might be new to some people, I’ve also printed a few recipe cards for the person who wins the package! Just to give you a few ideas.

To enter, let me know if you’ve ever been to the Netherlands and what your favorite Dutch food item was. Or if you haven’t been here, what food specialty is native to where you live!




Some things need no introduction. No Dutch care package is complete without Blooker Pure Dutch Cocoa. It’s the real deal!


American peanut butter. I’ve tried them all. From Skippy, to Jif, Peter Pan and several others. Turn about is only fair play, time for you to try our Dutch peanut butter.


A personal favorite of mine: Yofresh. You know how I always combine mayonnaise with yogurt, right? They already did it for me, resulting in a relatively low-fat, wonderful fresh sauce that can be used on anything. From salads to bread and french fries.


Speaking of French fries; as the entire world has known ever since Pulp Fiction, we Dutchies eat our fries with mayonnaise. Not any regular ole mayonnaise, though, we use a special french fries sauce that’s slightly different from mayonnaise. This one is spiked with herbs.


I’m also adding Chan’s, my favorite curry masala, an item I still have to buy first thing tomorrow morning, so I borrowed the photo from my Roti Chicken posting. My bad.


We’re quite happy with our Dutch Indonesia connection here, because you see, it gives us full access to amazing products such as Sambal and Ketjap (Kecap) Manis—a wonderfully thick and sweet soy sauce that’s a staple in most Indonesian and Dutch households.


I’m not really sure just how typically Dutch this is, it’s a snack we call borrelnoten. They’re peanuts with a crunchy, savory coating. Very hard to stop eating until you’ve reached the bottom of the bag.


This is ontbijtkoek, a Dutch spiced cake, kinda like gingerbread cake. Literally translated it would mean breakfast cake, but it’s not usually eaten for breakfast. We don’t just eat the cake like this, along with a cup of coffee and lightly buttered, but we also use it to spike up stews with or even crumble some into our ground beef when we make meatballs. My favorite ontbijtkoek is this one, it has caramel and honey added to it. Need I say more?


Hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles), is something I grew up with. Along with everyone else here. Nothing beats a fresh slice of white bread with a thick layer of butter and hagelslag. We eat peanut butter and hagelslag sandwiches here like you guys eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Same effect. This box contains a few small packages with different kinds of sprinkles for you to try.


A white crispy bun with a steaming hot Unox smoked sausage is about as Dutch as it gets.


We use a lot of castor sugar here. It’s a fine sugar that works wonders in cakes because of its quick dissolving properties.


What can I say about Dutch liquorice? You either love it or you hate it. There’s just no middle ground. My favorite is salty liquorice, terrible for my blood pressure, but sooo tasty.


Saving the best for last. No care package without stroopwafels. Crispy waffles with a caramel syrup filling.


Also included are several Dutch fridge magnets and one of my beloved cheese grater planers (oh, how I love that word).

I’ll pick a random winner on Wednesday morning. Good luck!

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      I’ve never traveled outside of the US, though it would be a dream to go to the Netherlands.

      Debbie in Memphis on Jul 20, 2009 @ 8:29 am Reply
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      I’ve never been to the Netherlands but I’d love to visit someday! I live in Washington state, USA, and grew up around apple, pear, and cherry orchards. I’ll claim that as our local “cuisine”!

      LisaLou on Jul 20, 2009 @ 8:31 am Reply
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      Oh, I do love the items you picked! I’ve always been a fan of foreign food items. It challenges my culinary skills!

      Seanna on Jul 20, 2009 @ 8:31 am Reply
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      I’ve not had Dutch food before, but I have a friend who crows about it constantly…What a fun package! I’ll cross my fingers… ;)

      The food item most identified with where I grew up is the one and only Philly cheesesteak. Now that I live on the West coast I’ve tried a few imposters, but nothing beats the first bite of a cheesesteak “wit” (meaning with onions), on a hot crispy Amaroso’s roll from Pat’s or Geno’s. Whew. Makes my heart palpitate just thinking about it. Of course, each one comes with an automatic 5lb weight gain, so maybe it’s better I live across the country now… :)

      A on Jul 20, 2009 @ 8:34 am Reply
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      I’ve been to Amsterdam, where I basically lived on frites, and I’m totally drooling over the idea of stroopwafels. In New York I can pick up a mini version at Trader Joe’s, but here in Colorado, I’m SOL.

      soopling on Jul 20, 2009 @ 8:43 am Reply
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      I’ve never been to the Netherlands, and I’ve been trying to think of something that’s native to America that I can’t live without… but I’m having trouble! It seems that everything I can’t live without is either French, Italian, or Asian! Maybe Kentucky whiskey… :)

      Leslie M. on Jul 20, 2009 @ 8:46 am Reply
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      I’ve never been to the Netherlands, but I love those waffle cookies with caramel (Stroopwaffel)! So good!

      A great giveaway!



      Rosa on Jul 20, 2009 @ 8:51 am Reply
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      Ive been to NL and I am still currently here. My favourite Dutch food would be……….(argh this can be difficult) ok, kroketen. You can say that it is an acquired taste.

      I love your blog, been following it for a while.

      pinay in dutchland on Jul 20, 2009 @ 9:00 am Reply
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      I have never been to the Netherlands, but my husband went last year for business, but he was so busy all be ate was hotel food! He does say that from what he did see, he would like to go again for a holiday and take me, so that’s a good sign!

      Here in South Africa we have so many local specialities as we have so many nationalities that make up the population – primarily the English settlers, the Dutch settlers and the original indigenous people. I think some of the Dutch influenced food is my favourite, seriously, we have things like koeksisters (a sort of braided sweet dough, fried and soaked in a syrup), vetkoek (sort of a fried bun that can be eaten savoury or sweet, depending on the filling – I like curried mince), rusks (sort of like a biscotti, but not and brilliant dunked in hot chocolate). And across the board, the most popular South African meal is a braai – huge chunks of meat grilled on a proper coal and wood fire. A braai is hard to describe, but is so South African and is nothing like a bbq, but nothing like rugby and a braai on a Saturday afternoon.

      Louise on Jul 20, 2009 @ 9:11 am Reply
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      Well, I came through the Netherlands about 7 1/2 years ago now – in January and boy that’s a cold month there!! I took a train from Berlin to Amsterdam in the middle of the night (And freaked out around 2am that our part of the train was being decoupled and due to the lack of sleep spent a frantic 30 minutes thinking we were all going to DIE, but then ended up in the right place LOL) to catch up with my tour group, since I spent an extra day in Berlin since i loved it so much, and almost a whole extra day in Amsterdam as well! Just gorgeous I loved it so much :) My favourite memory is a simple one: my cone of yummy chips (french fries) with marvelous “OMG this is mayonnaise??? THIS is MAYO!!!” mayonnaise on them. Oh, soooooo good. I’d sure I had other things, but that’s what’s stuck in my head :)

      LizzieBee on Jul 20, 2009 @ 9:15 am Reply
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      Hi Kay,

      Love your blog! I spend way too much time here!
      I came to visit just this spring. We saw the Keukenhof gardens, but we were a bit ahead of the tulips. The crocuses and hyacinths were the stars of the garden in March. The favorite food that we brought home had to be the seasoned mixed nuts! The nuts themselves were huge and so fresh tasting. And the spice mix that they are covered with makes them irresistable! Everyone who tasted them wants more.

      Thanks for the giveaway!

      Lisa on Jul 20, 2009 @ 9:19 am Reply
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      Ooh, you had me at Dutch food! :-) Albeit that I’ve spent more time in Belgium than The Netherlands, but I suspect there’s a fair degree of crossover. Whether the food is particular to the country, I remember enjoying waffles with fruit & cream, poffertjes, the most awesome pancakes, speculaas, stroopwaffles (which I can buy here in Sydney – David is now a convert!), chicken cordon bleu (seriously, I’m not adverse to the odd frozen foodstuff!), paprika crisps, and ohhh the chips with mayo. I now can’t have them any other way, why would you?

      My aunt & uncle lived in Groeningen for years, and I always enjoyed when they came back to visit, laden down with all sorts of stuff I loved as a young child.

      But to be honest, my favourite memory is super fresh bread rolls, beautiful butter, and rosehip jam with several cups of coffee, on a beautiful summers day. Whether it’s Dutch or not, that is my abiding food memory of being there.

      Diane on Jul 20, 2009 @ 9:36 am Reply
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      Oh! Hagelslag met pindakaas! Why didn’t I think of that! Usually I just have the hagelslag on butter. I might pick up some of the ontbijtkoek, which I’ve yet to try. I also need to replenish my ketjap manis, which is good mixed with lime juice and sweet chili sauce as a marinade for chicken pieces.

      Alison on Jul 20, 2009 @ 10:02 am Reply
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      Oh my.. i really want those stoopwafels ! :)

      Richard on Jul 20, 2009 @ 10:15 am Reply
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      I’ve been to Amsterdam twice now but I struggle to think of my favorite Dutch food! The cheeses are to die for, but obviously you can’t send those in the post :D.

      Megan on Jul 20, 2009 @ 10:18 am Reply
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      I live in Duisburg close to the dutch border, so yes I’ve been in The Netherlands many many times. Especially to Venlo like all Germans…

      My favourite dutch food is Matjes!! I love it.

      We have a funny family story regarding matjes. My mom sat on the pedestrian walk in a dutch beach town and wanted to eat her matjes. She hold it in her hand, lifting it up over her mouth and just wanted to start eating it. Then our dog came and jumped and stole it!! All the bypassers were laughing at her shocked and surprised face.

      But this period didn’t stop us from loving matjes and our dog too ;-)

      Have a great monday!

      Anne Bünnig on Jul 20, 2009 @ 10:21 am Reply
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      I was in the Netherlands as kid but I never could forget these chips. They were like pommes frites but dried in a red box with ketchup powder. I never saw them here in Hamburg.
      Do you know what I mean? :)
      A really typical dish in Hamburg is Labskaus. http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Labskaus.jpg&filetimestamp=20060222204801
      It is mashed potatoes with beetroot, matjes and corned beef.

      Hope to win this great care package. Love your blog and hope that you will continue for a long time.

      Sascha on Jul 20, 2009 @ 10:26 am Reply
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      I’ve been to the Netherlands several times and I loved everything new I tasted there, except liquorice! I guess it’s really an acquired taste :-)

      Perroula on Jul 20, 2009 @ 10:33 am Reply
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      I’m from the U.S. and I’ve never left the country unfortunately. I live in California and was raised in the agricultural city of Bakersfield. Something that everyone there seems to eat all the time and a lot of people from out of town seem unfamiliar with is tri-tip. The other most common food is basque food. There seem to be many French Basque people who settled here over the years and raise and herd livestock so we have some very well-regarded Basque restaurants as well. :)

      Julianne on Jul 20, 2009 @ 10:40 am Reply
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      perhaps this?


      its a condiment like seroendeng with indonesian food, that :)

      ANneke on Jul 20, 2009 @ 10:51 am Reply
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      I’ve only been to the Netherlands once (though I really want to go back since my ancestors are from there). We were on a choir tour of Europe and spent a couple of days in the Netherlands. We sang in this really old church in Kampen that had the best reverb.

      As far as the best food, I LOVE stroopwafels and I also remember the cheese and the bread being really, really good (and the wine very, very strong). We stayed with some wonderful people there and we have such great memories.

      AnneJ on Jul 20, 2009 @ 10:59 am Reply
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      I have only been to your airport but I would love to try the foods listed! Let me know if you ever want to be gifted some middle eastern dry goods. Maybe we could swap.

      Beth on Jul 20, 2009 @ 11:01 am Reply
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      Never been to the Netherlands, but would definitely love to go someday!

      I’m from India, and although people associate India with food like tandoori chicken, naan etc, I actually come from south India, where its a whole other ball game!


      lemon on Jul 20, 2009 @ 11:19 am Reply
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      one of my good friends lives in the Netherlands so I’ve been there quite a few times. aside from hagelslag and stroopwafels, I love krokets (I think that’s how it’s spelled?).. warm and in a bun with mustard.. so yummy!

      Mette on Jul 20, 2009 @ 11:45 am Reply
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      I live in the Netherlands now, but I’m entering for my family back in Texas! They would love this! Every time I have a visitor, they go crazy for karamel stroopwafels! Yum!

      Lizzy on Jul 20, 2009 @ 11:52 am Reply
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