Rijsttafel and Coconut Rose

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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!!!


  • Carol Butler October 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I cannot believe Hallmark is discontinuing “Mad Hungry”. Youu are the best show on about real food. I will contact Hallmark and put in my two cents worth. I don’t watch much daytime,but always looked forward to your show!!!! I am sooooo mad!

  • Cynthia October 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Sounds like you are having fun. We want Mad Hungry back. Hallmark Channel will hear us.


  • Veronica October 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Keep calling Hallmark everyone. 1-818-755-2400 We want all new Mad Hungry episodes.

  • Marilynn Cunningham October 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I will miss you I watch every morning. I too have three”boys” 47,48 and 49. also a “girl’ 50.
    How wonderful to have this trip with your mom. I lost my mom 40 years ago at 61.

  • Lisa October 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Come on everyone. Tell Hallmark that we want Mad Hungry back on with new episodes. Also, keep posting on here with all of us.


  • Dina October 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm


    Sounds like a great trip. We want you back. We will make it happen.


  • Andy October 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    The new Hallmark line up is horrible. I won’t turn Hallmark back on until Mad Hungry is back. Listen up Hallmark.


  • pat October 4, 2012 at 5:49 am

    I called William J. Abbot’s office at Hallmark Channel. He’s the “big man” over there. Everyone should be emailing Hallmark Channel. We want Mad Hungry back on.


  • Ella October 4, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Hi Lucinda,

    Enjoy your trip. Hallmark Channel must have brand new episodes of Mad Hungry.


  • Vivvy October 4, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I am thrilled to see everyone’s comments. Keep it up guys. We all want Mad Hungry back on. I’m calling and emailing Hallmark with all of my friends.


  • Carrie October 4, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Hallmark is blind to see what a great show Mad Hungry is. We will make sure they know.


  • Nan October 4, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Everyone, call 1-818-755-2400


    We must get it back.


  • Maria Breakey October 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Lucinda, enjoy your trip with your mom and hope to see you back on TV with your wonderful show. Since you are not currently on the Hallmark channel, I am not watching their programming. I’m not a TV person BUT your show was the exception.

  • Sandra Lane October 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I just discovered your program a few weeks ago and enjoy it so very much. I hope you will continue with programing some way. I love the recipes and think you have a lovely presentation.

  • Deborah McCaffrey October 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    This is such SAD news! Lucinda you were one of my highlights of the day–I watched your show everyday. I am about the same age as you and considered you a friend coming into my home each day. I adore your sons as well (I am a mom of girls). Please come back–I am not the type of person that ever writes in or expresses my opinion but this has prompted me to write in and I will also call in!
    All my best,
    Debbie Athanason-McCaffrey

  • joey October 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm


    Call 1-818-755-2400 email Hallmark Channel. We want Lucinda and Mad Hungry back on !!


  • Maureen October 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    The trip sounds great. Not sure if I’d like what you had on this blog for one of the new segments of the NEW MAD HUNGRY we are all waiting for but you never know. Watching old shows so I don’t have to face the fact that you are no longer on daily!! Enjoy your trip with your Mom……have lots of good memories, food and fun.

  • Endang Utari October 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Hello Lucinda, I am really really mad with Hallmark Channel. still is now. Come back soon. Any idea you can be at FoodTV.com? or PBS? I love Amsterdam. I am from Indonesia. and I know all of those foods. It’s a pity I cannot stop by rest. Tempoe Doeloe to eat that rijsttafel the last time I was there.Have fun and enjoy your time. BTW, did you go for a canal tour?
    Love – Endang

  • Nelda purdon October 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Love the leopard print cane! The style not the fact that ur mom has a cane! It shows you ladies have style!

  • Nelda purdon October 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Ok Mad Hungry folks – I have been on FB and now here trying to get those of us who really miss Lucinda to help get her back on the air! We need to contact the Hallmark Channel DAILY requesting Mad Hungry get put back on the air and with new episodes!

  • James October 5, 2012 at 1:01 am

    That’s right Nelda !!! Everyone must email and call the Hallmark Channel EVERYDAY and demand the show returns with NEW EPISODES. DO it until Lucinda and Mad Hungry is back.


  • cheryllandon October 8, 2012 at 7:43 am


    I’m emailing and calling all of them. We all want Mad Hungry back on.


  • Eileen October 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm


    Just click and tell them to BRING BACK MAD HUNGRY WITH ALL NEW EPISODES.

  • Fiona October 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I join the legion that are communicating with Hallmark. Whether they bring you back or whether you wrangle a new deal elsewhere, we will follow!

    Continue to enjoy your trip, and treasure the time with your mother.

    Fiona Rogers
    Westport, CT (and former patron of Bon Appetit many years ago–the first time I ever tasted pumpkin soup among other delights!)

  • Melissa K. November 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I am wondering if the Food Network will pick up your series? You are a wonderful teacher and it is sad to waste a true talented expert in the food industry. I did email the Hallmark network and told them that I hoped the Food Network would pick your show up!I hope that you will be back on the air shortly.

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