New Baby Protocol

In the Netherlands there are protocols for lots of things: you don’t just pop over to your neighbours for a cup of coffee, but rather plan it in your agenda; and when it comes to a newborn baby, there are several unwritten rules you should try to follow.

So if a Dutch friend just had a baby, these are some things to keep in mind, or, if you are expecting yourself, these are some things you can expect from any Dutch friends who may want to visit, or things to take into consideration in introducing your new baby to the world.

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Strictly Dutch

When you think about typical Dutch foods, stamppot, cheese and frikandel probably spring to mind. But there are also a few foods that are strictly Dutch, falling under the European Union PDO, PGI and TSG schemes that protect the reputation of regional foods.

The European Union quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs first came into force in 1992. The purpose of the law is to protect the reputation of regional foods, help ensure producers receive a fair price for their authentic products, and stop the misleading of consumers by non-genuine products being sold under the same name. These laws protect the names of wines, cheeses, hams, sausages, seafood, olives, olive oils, beers, balsamic vinegar, regional breads, fruits, raw meats and vegetables.

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Kruidnoten Recipe

You know it is nearly Sinterklaas when the supermarkets and shops begin to fill up with chocolate letters, marzipan pigs and kruidnoten!

If you love kruidnoten, then you can buy them by the bag full, in a variety of flavours. This year I even saw mega 5kg sacks at Albert Heijn!

But the recipe for making kruidnoten is super easy! Just 5 ingredients and 30 mintues later and you will have a house smelling of freshly baked kruidnoten, and a bag full to eat.

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