One of my favourite cafe/restaurants in Haarlem is Spaarne66, it’s name comes from the canal “het Spaarne” next to which it is situated. It’s a great place to sit outside, to have a lunch, dinner or just cup of coffee or a glass of wine and on a sunny day you will see dozens of boats go past.
I also love that they have a shelf with cooking books inside, which you can browse through. That is where I saw the Plenty cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi, a wonderful cookbook for vegetarians. I found these spinach pancakes with lime butter, which didn’t seem to difficult to make. And so, when I found the recipe online here, on the site of BON APPÉTIT, I decided to try them out myself.
The only thing I altered from this recipe was that I added cayenne pepper in the butter instead of chili flakes. Because of added whisked egg whites, the pancakes are nice and light and therefore perfect for a lunch. For sure I’m gonna purchase this book soon!
Hopefully these photos inspire you to make them too 🙂 Enjoy!
Yesterday was the best Dutch National Holiday; Queensday or Koninginnedag. you would think that we are celebrating the Queens birthday, but what we dutchies are actually celebrating is the birthday of the (late) queen mom. When our current Queen Beatrix was crowned in 1980, this national holiday was her present to her mother.
Our nation loves our Royal Family and that’s why every year the whole nation puts on their orange t-shirts and we party our orange bums off every where. The Royal Family celebrates with us every year, by visiting 2 places in Holland which prepare a whole tour for the royals with performances, music and (old fashioned) games in which most royals also take part (as a queen lover, I always watch at least an hour of this on tv, screaming every minute “look a nice they are!” “Aren’t they just great!?!” which my boyfriends just ignores after say Yes, yes yeeheees…)
Anyway, we celebrated in the place we live in Haarlem, where loads of people (young and old) try to make a Euro or 2 by selling their goods on the free market, but there are also bands performing everywhere, and – my favorite, on the central square there is a kermis. Enough to do and see! This is the impression I made for you guys.
FYI – the guitarist in front is wearing shorts behind his guitar… 😉
In this time of year it’s great to live where I live, which is a the edge of the bollenstreek or “flower area” Tourists from all over the world make a stop here to enjoy the sight of these flower power fields and no wonder, cause on a sunny day, as it was when I drove through there, the colors are so beautiful and intense.
When you have the change to buy some of tulips or hyacinths, grab the opportunity to brighten up your house with a bit of dutch spring colors.
Update: 3 May – Since I have made it onto Freshly Pressed and this post is greatly visited, I decided to add a couple more photos 🙂
I live in Holland, actually in Haarlem to be exact, which basically mean that the summer is a hit or a miss… this year it started beautifully, blazing warm days, but unfortunately before we had time to get used to the actual sun in July the rain came and it rained and rained and rained a bit more…
This is the only joy a I got from my garden back then; looking at it from the couch with the backdoor open, looking how the sky watered my plants for days and days.
Thank God, we have had some dry and sunny days lately, which I will post about later