online workshop edible tulips Verita's Visit Holland

Free online workshop edible tulips & King's Day celebration

A gorgeous looking treat for holidays such as Easter and King's Day ánd the way to impress friends & family. Get your kids together, ask your grandkids to join online and get ready for this free online workshop edible tulips.

online workshop edible tulips Verita's Visit HollandThere are two things I miss right now: you, my participants & the sight of the tulip fields. So, my idea is to do an online workshop edible tulips. This way I can see you, connect with you ánd we can make these tulips together. As this treat looks great on the Easter brunch / dinner table or at any other celebrative event we will connect online on Good Friday 10 April. For those who can't make it: there's a 2nd session on April 27 ( our King's day).

What do you need to participate:

  • cherry tomatoes - I've bought cute tomatoes already shaped like a tulip
  • cream cheese
  • spring onion or green beans

For the King's Day session it is nice to have some orange ones.

If you already made these, or have some ideas of your own, bring them on the table during the online workshop tulip making!

 

When there still is time we can also make an origami tulip. For this you need to square papers of the same size.

As this is mainly my way to connect with you, this will also be your chance to ask questions about Holland & typical Dutch stuff!

I will be going live on Facebook  on

Good Friday April 10  3:30 PM Amsterdam time (CEST) - 

And we'll be doing a Zoom session on

King's Day April 27 5:30 PM Amsterdam time (CEST)  -

Sign in for the zoom session through the link You'll then receive  a confirmation with all the meeting details.

You can check your time on https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/

 

See you there?


Dutch Winter Drink: From Alcohol to Hot Cocoa

Koek en zopie. These two typical Dutch products are lovers, they are meant for each other. Hold your thoughts!  Are you reading this on your smartphone? Great! That means your flexible! Now ask a Dutch person who is closest to you what koek en zopie is. Done? Ok,  now read on to see if he/ she got it right.

Where can you find koek en zopie?

You’ve seen them near an ice skating ring.  I’m talking about the stands or tents selling hot chocolate, pea soup, broodje worst and other food & drinks to warm up after or during your fun activities on the frozen water. In the 19th century paintings these tents were famous for selling koek en zopie.

Johannes Tavernaat (1809-1881) Ice scene with koek-en-zopie tent
Johannes Tavernaat (1809-1881) Ice scene with koek-en-zopie tent. In the Teyler Museum's temporary exhibition 'Real Winters'  in Haarlem.

What is zopie?

Koek en zopie is part of the Dutch ice-skating culture. As soon as it starts getting cold, people are warming up to the idea of frozen lakes and the Elfstedentocht. If you ask a Dutch person today what zopie is, then it's  synonym to hot chocolate. Back in the 16th century people knew better: zopie came from zuipen, meaning to drink heavily. So, originally zopie is an alcoholic drink. On the streets there were rules for drinking, but on the ice all limits were gone. The result: people  got completely drunk with zopie.

What's in a zopie?

Beer was available everywhere and the taste of warm beer made the people feel warm inside. To enrich the taste they added spices which had just been discovered by  the East Indies Company. Many varieties exist of the zopie, recipes differ per person, per region. Slemp, similar to the Indian chai latte is a mixture of warm milk with tea, spices and a good  amount of rum or cognac,  tastes delicious with a piece of koek. I always thought the koek or  cookie is ontbijtkoek, but traditionally the koek is a kniepertje. A kniepertje is a bit like the base of a stroopwafel only finer and thinner. In Groningen and Drenthe these are regional products and eaten especially around New Year.

How to make -a really alcoholic version of- zopie

Landinwaarts, a Dutch tv- program did an item on the koek and zopie. The culinary author Janny van der Heyden made a Haarlem version of zopie. It’s ideal for rainy and (extremely) cold days and makes you feel tipsy right after the first sip. Here’s the recipe.

  • 1 botttle of koytbier ( a strong & spicy Haarlem beer)
  • 1 bottle of  wheat beer,
  • 100 ml dark rum,
  • 100 gr sugar,
  • 50 gram bread,
  • 3 cloves
  • A bit of cardemom powder
  • Some cinnamon powder
  • Tiny bit of nutmeg
  • Piece of lemon or orange

Preheat the pan and slowly poor in the beer. Add the sugar, spices, lemon and bread. Scald, take the pan off the heat and stir in the rum. Serve the mixture directly without straining it.

 

Enjoy the Dutch winter!

koek zopie

Want to know more about Dutch culture, food, drinks and traditions? Celebrate the Dutch way of life and join a cycle tour or choose one of the examples for team building events in the Netherlands.