Today I rediscovered the Gandhi Bazar, an Indian grocery store I frequented ten years ago, when we lived in an appartment nearby. (For Austinites, it’s on the corner of Brodie and William Cannon, catty-corner to HEB.) I love going to Asian grocery stores–they smell wonderful and everything is strange, except for the occasional item we used to have in Australia, like the proper Ovaltine or rusk. Such is the Commonwealth. Continue reading
R and I looked on Yelp for a place to eat in north Austin this evening, and we ended up in Troy, a Turkish/Mediterranean place in a little strip mall where we had been once before, a couple of years ago. Continue reading
Posted in Austin, Books, Eating out, Emigration / Immigration, Food, History, Language
Tagged A Strangeness in My Mind, books, emigration, food, history, immigration, Orhan Pamuk, Turkey
This week’s photo challenge: Harmony.
Last summer we stayed a week in upstate New York with my wonderful brother and sister in law. They took us to visit their friends’ small farm. About thirty acres, if I remember correctly. A stream, a pond, wooded area, swamp, meadows. An open barn where the animals can come and go as they please. Continue reading
Posted in Consumption, Photography, Vacations
Tagged farming, food, harmony, mixed farming, natural farming, New York State, Opinion, photo challenge, photography
Late 1960s Australia. My mother adds a recipe to her limited repertoire–she discovers coleslaw. Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Food
Tagged coleslaw, cooking, food, gerechten, immigration, parties, picnics, potlucks, recepten, recipes, salades, salads
We finally got our new stove after having done without for months. Long story, which I’m not going to bore you with. But now we have a stove and the weather is wonderfully wintry. So the first meals I made were stamppots. Continue reading
Happy New Year!
Well, here I am again, finally. Did you miss me?
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Food, Holland
Tagged Dutch food, emigration, food, Holidays, immigration, Netherlands, nostalgia, oliebollen, traditional new year's eve food
A blogging friend made me aware of this article in the New York Times about eating invasive species such as feral pigs. Feral pigs are a problem here in Texas and it makes perfect sense to eat them. They’re free-ranging, organic, with no added hormones or antibiotics. So eat them invaders, y’all!
Posted in Consumption, Eating out, Food, Nature
Tagged animals, Austin, eating out, feral pigs, food, free-range pigs, nature, organic meat, pork, restaurants, Texas, wild pigs, wilde varkens
The hospital in Cody, Wyoming had what you expect to get as hospital food: completely cooked-to-death veggies, blah mashed potatoes and bland, greasy meat. Pretty close to the high fat, zero fiber diet in hospitals in south Texas when we had the pleasure. They had a cafeteria in Cody, but it seemed to be closed most of the time. However, they did give any of us with B at mealtime a hospital meal as well, free of charge, which was really nice, because they didn’t have to do that. Continue reading
Did I mention that my Dutch library degree isn’t recognized in America, and that that was pretty much the end of my pretty good career? Well, you can take the librarian out of the library, but can’t take the library out of the librarian.
I have always had the urge to arrange books systematically. This may be traced back to my very earliest youth, when rearranging books was strictly forbidden. I have been making up for that cruel Continue reading
Posted in Education, Emigration / Immigration, Employment, Food
Tagged BDA Deventer, BDA diploma, bibliotheekopleiding, Dutch library degree, education, emigration, food, immigration, Librarians, library classification, library school, spices
photo by Multiple Bleiben
I ate some terrible stuff in the Netherlands. Some of it tasty but super unhealthy, and some of it tasted terrible as well. The terrible tasting stuff was mostly food I had as a kid, when I had no choice. Ugh! Continue reading
1. Chicken-fried steak with gravy: ground, fried beef that is kind of grayish, with gravy that is also grayish.
2. Donuts: fried cake rings.
3. Pork rinds: fried pork fat, eaten as chips. Continue reading
Posted in Consumption, Eating out, Emigration / Immigration, Food, Lists
Tagged afschuwelijk Amerikaans eten, emigration, food, gross American food, ice cream with bacon, immigration, Lists, pork brains in milk gravy, pork rinds, prairie oysters
I miss lots of Dutch foods, but here are the top five American foods that make up for them. Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Food, Lists
Tagged American food, bagels and lox, collard greens, Dutch food, emigration, food, French Silk, immigration, Lists, mustard greens, Pho, pumpkin seeds, recipes
I promised a while ago that I would give some stamppot recipes. I know, I know, too many recipes and not enough acerbic social commentary. I’m sure you all really miss it, ha-ha! Continue reading
Considering you Yankees invented peanut butter and even had a peanut farmer for president, you really don’t use it much. Sure, you eat peanut butter sandwiches with jelly (jam for the Dutch), peanut butter cookies and Reese’s Pieces, but that’s pretty much it. Continue reading
Okay, before I piss everyone off irreparably, here’s something completely different: a nice recipe for pumpkin soup that I made up as I went along. Continue reading
When I still lived in Holland a Canadian friend came to visit and we went to see my parents, in part because they lived in Enkhuizen, a wonderful tourist destination. At lunchtime my mother set the table with all the different sandwich toppings she had. My parents looked on in horror as my friend first put jam on her sandwich, then chocolate sprinkles, and then pink sprinkles on top of that! Continue reading
Posted in Food
Tagged America, American, Amerika, boterhammen, Cultural Differences, Dutch, eating habits, eetgewoontes, food, humor, Nederland, Netherlands, sandwiches
Today’s Plinky prompt: if you had your own restaurant, what would you name it? I have actually thought a lot about my own restaurant. So here’s a free entrepreneurial idea for any Dutch people in America or thinking about emigrating to America (although I would stay where you are if you’re still in Holland). Continue reading
The Plinky writing prompt asks me “Coffee or Tea?” and my immediate response is “tea”. But that’s not actually all that true anymore. Continue reading
photo: Tammy Green (Flickr)
My favorite restaurant in my hometown? Hmm, my hometown. That’s tricky. I was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, lived in Amsterdam, them Australia for five years, then several towns in the Netherlands again before emigrating to America. So let me take as my hometown Amersfoort, the last town I lived in the Netherlands, and the town where I lived the longest. As an immigrant, the first place there that comes to mind is the pancake house. Continue reading
If I could go to dinner anywhere in the world tonight, where would I go? And with whom and what would I eat? Well, since I’m in my Dutch immigrant blog mode, I think I’d beam myself up and over to Holland, to the Saturday market in Amersfoort or Utrecht or Amsterdam. Yeah, I know it’s only Thursday, but it’s Saturday there whenever I want it to be. If I can beam myself anywhere, it can also be any time.
Posted in Eating out, Emigration / Immigration, Food, Holland, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged America, Amerika, DPchallenge, Dutch, eetgewoonten, emigration, food, food markets, haring, immigration, Nederlands, Netherlands, salt herring, traditional, United States
Apparently having good company for your birthday is not enough when you go out to eat. In many restaurants the personnel sings a song for the celebrant. And everyone in the restaurant will know about it. The waiters meet near the kitchen and start clapping as they walk to the birthday person’s table. Often they sing and clap their very own house-birthday song: Continue reading
Posted in Consumption, Eating out
Tagged America, American, Amerika, Amerikaans, birthday songs, Cultural Differences, culture, etiquette, food, gewoontes, kultuurverschillen, restaurant, United States, Verenigde Staten, verjaardagsliedjes