Thursday, January 31, 2013


A word that I learnt early on in my new homeland was lekker, which means "delicious". It is used to describe food and drinks - De appeltaart is lekker! - as well as good-looking people. One of my favourite phrases is slaap lekker which means "sleep well", but translates more literally, and funnily, into "sleep delicious"! It is such a useful word!

Just now I have sat down to a cup of tea and a slice of ontbijtkoek - breakfast cake - which was certainly heel lekker! Ontbijkoek is a spiced cake loaf that is eaten at the end of breakfast with coffee, or as a snack.  It's mass-produced here in factories, and available in every supermarket. At an average of 50c a loaf, it's really not worth cooking yourself, and I don't know anybody who does.

This morning on the phone I was describing the goodness of ontbijtkoek to my sister, which I followed up with a link to a great recipe on an even better blog, Global Table Adventure, and thought that I'd share it with all of you too. The blog also details customs associated with each recipe featured, and the Koekhappen - cake nipping - associated with ontbijtkoek sounds like so much fun! A Dutch version of bobbing for apples, but with cake. Everything's better with cake!

Spicy Goodness! Photo from the wonderful Global Table Adventure.

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