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Don’t Crack up this Easter

Don’t Crack up this Easter


Posted on Apr 2, 2015

Easter can be a time of absolute madness…especially if you’re in Hermanus! We suggest you keep things simple and enjoy Easter the traditional Dutch way. The focus in Holland is on Easter Sunday morning. Children spend the morning decorating boiled eggs that will later be used to spruce up the breakfast or lunch table. While they’re busy the Easter Mummy…umm…Bunny hides some chocolate eggs. Once the children have found all the hidden eggs the family gathers for a hearty breakfast or lunch at a beautifully set table. So keep the kids busy decorating eggs and come to Dutchies for breakfast or lunch. We have some delicious specials for Easter Sunday: Easter Sunday Specials Roast Lamb, potato dauphinoise with Rosemary roasted Autumn vegetables and a minted jus. Slow roasted Pork belly with carrot and apple puree and creamed sweet potato. Salmon and Dill Trout Asparagus Soup Orange cured Trout Carpaccio and citrus ginger salad with wild rocket and cumin Lemon tart Easter Egg Decorating Ideas 1. Wrap an Egg in an Old Tie and Boil In Water with Vinegar more info: ourbestbites.com 2. Keep adding water to the colouring 3. Wrap in lace and dip in...

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Sunny Side Up!

Sunny Side Up!


Posted on Mar 6, 2015

No matter what life brings us, us Dutchies like to focus on the ‘sunny-side of life’. We enjoy sunny days, sunsets, walking on sunshine, or on the sunny side of the street, and, thanks to the Uitsmijter, we LOVE our eggs sunny side up. The Uitsmijter is as much a part of Dutch culture as wooden clogs and windmills. The Uitsmijter is “not a sandwich for dainty eaters or a peckish appetite…it’s here to deal with your hunger”. says Dutch foodie Nicole Holten. Something you eat in the middle of the night after a party or first thing in the morning to deal with your need for food. We hope Nicole will one day try the Uitsmijter we make at Dutchies. It does our heritage proud! Have you tried it yet? Perfect for breakfast, lunch or a late dinner. Let us know what you think. Read this great account of this iconic Dutch dish by Nicole. (There’s a recipe...

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First Indische Rijsttafel of 2015

First Indische Rijsttafel of 2015


Posted on Feb 11, 2015

We know you missed the Indische Rijsttafels over season, but, it’s now February! So it is time for our first monthly Rijsttafel of 2015.Join us on the 19th of February for a convivial evening to remember.  A range of Indonesian style dishes are served with a range of rices to be passed and shared and tasted and discussed. this is the Dutch version of Tapas. Not only is it an excellent way to eat but it is also always ends up being a social and entertaining evening. We know you missed the Indische Rijsttafels over season, but, it’s now February! So it is time for our first monthly Rijsttafel of 2015. Booking...

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Yes you can dance in these shoes!

Yes you can dance in these shoes!


Posted on Sep 30, 2014

Clogs are traditional Dutch footwear that are still worn in rural areas of Holland today. They were the most common form of footwear for hundreds of years because they were durable, practical and waterproof. But can you dance in them? And why are they pointy?! With the Netherlands being below sea-level (Netherlands meaning ‘low lands’) the terrain was marshy and muddy and wooden shoes offered more protection from the wet than leather shoes. They offer protection from heavy objects, are easy to get off and yes, you can dance in them! In fact, tap dancing, probably has it’s origins in dancing in clogs (klompen). As for the points…clogs are designed like this in the Netherlands to help fishermen pull their nets in! Believe it or not – they’re actually really comfortable too (once you get used to them). Here is a collection of interesting clogs we found – which is your...

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Spring is here!

Spring is here!


Posted on Sep 2, 2014

Spring is here! Spring in Holland is always welcome after a long autumn and winter and, like Hermanus, the Dutch celebrate it outdoors. Terraces are cleaned and chairs put outside. People head for the beaches or parks, they cycle through flower-bulb fields or go on an asparagus hunt. Restaurants and cafes set up tables outside for patrons to enjoy the sunny days and people gather to enjoy live music outdoors. In Hermanus we are lucky because the weather is such that we can use the terrace all year round – even in the winter, but we have planned several outdoor music events to enjoy on the terrace now that it’s Spring. We have your favourite band coming to play on Friday the 3rd of October for the start of the Whale Festival – Manouche. So get out your diaries and save the date – or better still, book now. While you’re at it you may want to mark the 16th of September, Prinsjesdag, a very important day for the Dutch that we’ll be commemorating with some traditional Dutch desserts fit for royalty on special. Mark the 19th of September if you’d like to enjoy our monthly Indische Rijsttafel. This is Chef Wayne’s first Rijsttafel with us and we can’t wait to see what dishes this cuisine inspires him to create. So put on your skirts (or shorts) and head to Dutchies to greet the first days of Spring. Remember to take a happy snap when you visit Dutchies and post it on our Facebook page or tweet it to enter our photo competition. There’s a winner every month from September to November....

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Prinsjesdag

Prinsjesdag


Posted on Sep 2, 2014

Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day) is held on the 3rd Tuesday of September every year. This is an important day in the Netherlands and we’ll be celebrating it by having some desserts fit for royalty on special. It is the opening of Dutch parliament and is a festive day with a procession of the Gouden Koets taking the King from the Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) in the Binnehof which houses the Dutch Parliament. When the Speech is finished, the speaker of the Senate proclaims “‘Leve de koning!” (“Long live the King!”) which is answered by everyone present with “Hoera! Hoera! Hoera!” This brings an end to the joint session of the two houses. The ushers escort the King and members of the Royal House to the door. The president then closes the session. When the King leaves the Ridderzaal, the escort of honour again forms in the Binnenhof, and the procession returns to Noordeinde Palace where he traditionally salutes the gathered crowd from the balcony.  ...

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