During the first month of the Spring semester, it was time for our group dinners! Each staff member invited students to their home to cook for them. The idea for the dinner is that staff cooks for the students, who will be introduced to a Dutch home and Dutch foods! See the pictures below to get an idea of the evenings!Renée welcomed the students to her lovely apartment in De Pijp located near the bustling Albert Cuyp market. Proximity to this market indicates that delicious products were included in this expertly cooked meal (bottom-left)! Annabel lives in a very big, beautiful monumental house next to a park which is a bit outside of Amsterdam (top-right)! Cato lives in a traditional Dutch walk-up apartment (complete with steep stairs) with a view over the canal, with her 3 Dutch roomies (bottom-left)! A short ferry ride to Amsterdam Noord took the students to Jonathan’s apartment, where he prepared a traditional Belgian meat stew. And last but not least, Caroline lives in a somewhat old, but very charming, apartment with a garden just west of the Jordaan, complete with a Dutch roomie and her rather large cat, Lolly!
The most popular dish amongst CIEE staff was Hollandse Stamppot (a typical Dutch stew). Below I will explain how to make this delicious stew; it’s easy to make and delicious to eat as a main course.
A bag of potatoes, salt, pepper, 500 gram of chopped kale, 1 sausage, 100 g lean bacon, a small bag of grated cheese, 20 g butter, 1.5 dl warm milk, 1-2 spoons of olive oil, (stock cube, cashews).
Peel and cook the potatoes for about 10-15 minutes. Prick the potatoes to feel if they are soft. After that pour a small amount of milk in a big pan and add the potatoes (peeled and cooked) with a little salt and mash them, only when the potatoes are really cooked well you can mash them and once that is done you add the kale. The kale mixes easier when you throw it in the pan together with some warm milk.
This is also the time to stir in some butter, grated cheese, some salt and pepper and bacon for extra flavor to the stew. Some people also add a stock cube and cashews for additional flavor, but it’s also tasty without it.
You keep the pan on low heat and you continue mixing the kale with the mashed potatoes, this is the only thing that takes just a little while and a bit of strength in your arms. But just add some milk until it’s a good mash and the kale is soft and the cheese melted. Then, when it’s ready just put a sausage on top of the whole dish and it’s ready to serve! Enjoy!