It’s Chritmastime and I’m feeling nostaglic. I’ve been thinking of Christmases past and all of the fun times with my family, most of which involve food. We really love to eat! Too much, most likely, but life is short and I believe it doing what you love. 😉 Christmases are different now. Better, but different, considering I have 2 families. And the other one loves food too. I’m in trouble!
I was laughing to myself about the fact that people always ask me what “Dutch food” is. “Both sides of your family (mom and dad’s) are Dutch, so you must have a ton of Dutch food. What is it like?” Frankly, I don’t really know. Either it’s what I’ve always known, so I don’t consider it to be Dutch… or, I’m not all that Dutch after all. To me, Dutch food is meat and potatoes, comfort food, good bread, great cheese, yummy desserts, lots of almond paste and flavoring, strong coffee, licorace, King peppermints and licking your plate. Better yet, sopping up the gravy with good bread. For true Dutch cooking, I look to Kayotic Kitchen. This blog makes me homesick for the Netherlands, even though I’ve never been. Her recipes are fantastic and she’s Dutch so I trust that she’s cranking out some true Dutch food. Her photography makes me drool. And, she’s gorgeous. Why does it matter to mention that? Well, it doesn’t, but she is. Check her out… for her FOOD though. So if you’re looking for Dutch food, head over there.
My take on Dutch food is pretty simple. If my family brings it to a potluck or a holiday, it’s Dutch. One of those items is Broccoli Salad. I love love love it and it shows up at so many family events, I swear it’s gotta be at least part Dutch. 🙂 I was craving it like mad over the weekend and had most of the ingredients on hand thanks to my lovely produce crate. Seeing that the hubs is not much of a veggie lover, I decided to go ahead and make the big batch anyway and brought it to my parents for dinner along with a steaming pot of soup. Mmm mmm good.
1/2 pound bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
1 red onion or shallot, thinly sliced
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1/3 cup sunflower seeds, pine nuts or slivered almonds
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup red wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar is good too)
1/2 cup sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cut broccoli into bite sized pieces. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, bacon, onion, raisins and nuts. In a smaller bowl, combine mayo with vinegar and sugar and whisk to combine until sugar is dissolved. Add mayo mixture to the broccoli mixture and toss well. Refrigerate. Serves 8 to 10.