Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Gloves Off!

Today was a glove-free day!

After sending off our resumes we went to pick up a package from KB and while waiting for TNT to open, realised what a lovely day it was (8C) so had our first unhurried walk around town. We found some undiscovered areas, including our very own nature winkel with a delicious-looking meat section. We had a look at some of the sales, stopped by our adorable Islamic grocer and for dinner I made polenta and ragu. We keep talking about having salads for dinner but warm bowls of comfort food are made for this place.

But we learnt something tragic today. Oliebollen season is over. Oliebollen are, in basic terms, balls of fried dough, with or without raisins, and rolled in icing sugar. But actually they are much more. All over Haarlem and Amsterdam, oliebollen stands had queues of people ordering these golden delights, as well as bollen filled with chocolate, banana or chunky pear filling, apple beignets and waffles. 1.5E for one or 4 for 5E. The servers scoop them into bags in record speed with little sharp forks. Dani's favourite was the banana and well I had to try everything, but loving the waffles especially. Here they are fresh and slightly chewy, although you're left with an icing sugar beard with each bite. We knew the oliebollen were seasonal, but not so limited-edition. Today we noticed the stands were shuttered up or all gone. Oh no!

6 comments:

Deep Kick Girl said...

Oh my god! I feel your pain. These things sounds so delicious I need one immediately, if not sooner. Imagine the horror if Krispy Kreme were seasonal. I don't know if I could live in such a cruel world.

Mabs said...

Oh! They're delicious! Sorry you don't get them anymore.

Cookie said...

if you want to have a go at making them yourselves (which is quite easy if you have a fryer) I have a pack of the mixture to make them:-)

Mathilde said...

yes, they are only around in december and newyears. I realized yesterday that I haven't had one at all this season! :-|

AlphaChick said...

Ooohh! We have those in Bulgaria .. they are called 'mekitzi'. Not seasonal, so you can indulge all year round ;-)

Karen said...

Now just think about all the new delights that will start appearing for you to discover!!