|Chocolate sprinkles on bread, a typical breakfast or teatime snack. Children are often allowed one sweet, one savoury (mostly Edam or Gouda cheese) sandwich.|
Fabled as a land of giants wearing clogs, the lowlands were bathed in a opalescent Vermeer light so thick that my flight was delayed. I was invited to the Dutch cookbook awards, now in it's sixth year, organised by Fusina Verloop, to talk about my book Supper Club; recipes and notes from the Underground Restaurant to be published in Dutch on November 16th.
The event took place in Eindhoven, a couple of hours away from Amsterdam at the stunning location of an old Phillips factory, where there is now a fashionable restaurant called Radio Royaal. This building has been beautifully converted, retaining machinery and architectural details, furnished with vintage bric-a-brac and a chessboard tiled floor, like a large scale Dutch interior.
|Top Left: Terry Hope Romero, standing next to manga graffiti that looked just like her! Top Right: Kookkaravaantje, one of the winners of the Dutch Cookbook of the year; Bottom Right: Pietro Leeman, in classic Hare Krishna colours; Bottom Left: winner of the Gourmand Illustrated book of the year|
|Top Left: This young lady made a fascinating cookbook not only about vegetables but from vegetables, the paper was vegetable and fruit based. She's only made two copies. Bottom Left: I went to North Amsterdam, an up and coming area, the Williamsburg of Amsterdam, where we ate apple cake at Neef Louis cafe, part of a second hand furniture warehouse. Bottom Right: Journalist and food trend analyst, Marjan Ippel of @Talkinfood, who showed me around|
|Views of Radio Royaal restaurant in Eindhoven|
|Radio Royaal restaurant|
|Radio Royaal restaurant: Top Right: flammkuchen, a thin crispy pizza; Bottom Right: Potato croquettes, another typically Dutch dish.|
|Slicing cheese thinly is very important to the Dutch.|
|Top left: how to drink genever, or Dutch gin, a juniper based spirit that is very smooth. The glass is filled right to the top and you have to bend down to sip it. Top Right: a salted herring brodtje from a stall on a bridge; Bottom Right: liquorice, both salty and sweet are popular; Bottom Left: chips with mayonnaise in a cone.|
|Cafe scene; canal house boats, a DAF car, bicycles.|