Wednesday, December 05, 2007


I thought today should be a balansdag, eating healthy to make up for all the christmas goodies I have had recently, but this morning the coffeetable at work was filled up with kruidnoten, speculaasbrokken, gevulde speculaas and chocolate-covered marzipan. All because it is the 5th of December, the biggest December festivity in Holland: Sinterklaas.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007


There is a traditional Dutch type of cake or cookie called Speculaas. It is usually served and eaten by old and young around the festivities of Sinterklaas (Dec 5th). However, the supermarkets start promoting and selling speculaas along with all of the traditional Sinterklaas and christmas candy already now - in September!
I understand that Sinterklaas is earlier than christmas, and the real enthusiasts would like to start preparations and celebrations early, but three months of eating Speculaas???

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