Saturday, November 20, 2010

Guess which broodje is an actual dutch holiday sandwich.

Appel turnover

Speculaas (cinnamon cookies)
Banaan (banana)
Pepernoten (licorice flavored bread chunks)
Mandarijnen (Mandarins)
Kruidnoten (spice cookies)
Marzipan ham


  1. I was perplexed to see speculaasbroodjes advertised at the grocery store. Cookies do not need to be served on bread!

  2. :D ... I thought the 'broodje haring', or a raw-herring sandwich is their favourite!

    If I have to choose one or 2 from the above I would go for the last one (Marzipan ham) first and have the banaan as my second :D Can't imagine having the others ... ;p

  3. Huh... Speculaas on bread is a very, very old custom (my mum did this for me back in the sixties, when I was a little kid, and I've seen it referenced in a book from the early 1900's, describing the author's memories from the 1870's) but I thought that everybody had forgotten it by now..

    From what I can remember, it's actually quite nice when the speculaasjes are a bit stale.


  4. Dear Alicia,

    I love the work you are doing on your blog, and I share your views on cycling. Publications like your own have given us valuable insights on how cycling can (or: should) be approached. Thanks for that. A bit of background on myself: I am a Dutchman, I lived in Amsterdam, and I moved to Dublin, Ireland in January this year. My girlfiriend (who is from Leiden; her parents still live there near cafe Babbels) is setting up a small bike business, I write a blog on bikes.

    I am now writing to ask if you would like to put a link to our blog Dutch in Dublin ( on your website. The blog is a personal account of our cycling lives in Dublin. Our goal is to show readers how romantic a simple thing as an everyday bike ride can be. For instance, we have a recurring item called 'A Classy Commute', in which I interview (colourful) Dubliners on their cycle to work. The Classy Commute stories are meant to show cycling is not something sporty, and that every day normal people enjoy the smell, hearing, and colour of their route by bike. Recent interviews I did were with:

    * Minister Eamon Ryan:
    * Actress Kerrie O Sullivan:
    * the Dutch Ambassador:
    * Minister Ciaran Cuffe:

    Apart from the Classy Commute item, our posts focus on (for example) stylish cycling (see our post on sytlish traffic signs), new bike products (read about our test ride on the urban arrow), or the people of Dublin (see the portraits at the Bernard Shaw pub). I think our stories on Dublin might also be of interest to your readers.

    Yours truly,
    vriendelijke groet,


  5. Cookie sandwiches are awesome dipped in melted butter or caramel cream.

  6. Unfortunately, speculaas never has the chance to go stale in my home... :) But I could dip it in butter.