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As everyone knows, I am ravenous for all types of food knowledge, from the most basic everyday simple family cooking to the most elaborate unusual word cuisine and every day is a learning journey.
Amsterdam is known for its Indonesian food and this is something I have never delved into. With something like 18,000 islands (including Java and Sumatra) its the 4th most populous country in the world. Calling so many different traditions “Indonesian food” is an oversimplification. The Dutch colonized there for several centuries-so when folks returned back to Holland the new style Dutch-ized food emerged.
Rijsttafel (a dutch word for rice table) is the most classic example of this food. Dozens of small hot and cold dishes all complementing each other in flavor, color, heat and texture is distinctive, exotic and utterly intoxicating. One thing that made my mom happy is the pervasive use of coconut. She is a fanatic for it. She started with a coconut drink and couldn’t get enough of the most fabulous topping where dried ground up coconut and lemongrass is tinged with turmeric. Coconut was her dessert, natch. If you ever visit this old and fantastic city of canals and bridges–eat your Rijsttafel at Tempo Doeloe!
As for my Mama and this trip. She is 82 years old with a youthful mind and spirit! But the ole bod has a lot of miles on it. It’s tougher for her to move around but move around she must! A recent fall left her with 2 black eyes (only, thank goodness). So, we got her a leopard print cane and hit the road. Keeping her spirit nourished and healthy for as long as possible is my main goal! She’s having the time of her life and we’ve survived day 3! Next we see the work of a dutch painter and drink and dine in a classic cafe from the 1920s.
For all your comments, support and activism for MHTV, I can only say that you all are the bomb-diggity!!!