World on Your Plate: Dutch
The Taste of Holland at Auckland Museum
Saturday 21 August, 2010
The Dutch are well-known for their traditional form of transport: the bicycle. Of course, all that cycling creates a healthy appetite for their substantial, straightforward but incredibly tasty fare. Dutch food is heavily influenced by the country’s traditional pastoral roots, but also its former colonies in the West Indies and Indonesia.
The well-known Dutch appetite for substantial, straightforward but incredibly tasty fare was showcased in the Atrium. We joined Auckland's Dutch community and Willem van der Velde, the proud owner of two Dutch Delight stores on Auckland’s North Shore. Willem demonstrated how to make poffertjes (pronounced 'POFF-ert-jis') , a traditional Dutch batter treat. Visitors sampled the delicious poffertjes and rubbed shoulders with members of Auckland’s Dutch community, which number some 50,000, and enjoyed performances from the Auckland Dutch Dancers.
Blog Recipe for Poffertjes
Poffertjes are small yet much thicker than pancakes and have a light, spongy texture – and the recipe is easy to try at home. Auckland Museum's Peter Fillet remembers Dutch food and includes his recipe for poffertjes. Check out the full story and recipe »