Als blanke, jonge, Nederlandse vrouw ben ik opgegroeid, maar vooral ook opgevoed dat mensen gelijk zijn. Ongeacht kleur, geslacht, afkomst of religie (al valt bij sommige mensen hier het laatste helaas af en toe te betwijfelen.). Ik ben dan ook een grote voorstander van het afschaffen van slavernij. Want ondanks dat in Nederland slavernij niet meer bekend is als een hedendaagse bezigheid, is het helaas in andere delen van de wereld nog steeds een groot iets. Daar moet dan ook iets aan gedaan worden.
Momenteel zitten we weer in de tijd voor sinterklaas. Een Nederlands traditioneel kinderfeest, waar in de 19e (!!!!!!) eeuw inderdaad slaven betrokken zijn geraakt. Volgens de een zijn de slaven 'overgekocht', volgens de ander bevrijd om vervolgens betaald werk te doen (naar mijn weten is betaald werk niet perse slavernij). In de huidige traditie, die in de afgelopen 200 jaar behoorlijk wat veranderingen hebben doorgemaakt, zijn de pieten geen slaven meer. Kinderen worden hier opgevoed dat de zwarte piet een aardige, donkere man is, die donker is geworden door roet. Hij wordt zo 'zwart als roet', doordat hij door de schoorsteenmantel heen is gegleden om cadeautjes te brengen. En naar mijn idee zijn cadeautjes een positief iets, al helemaal als deze gratis en voor niets worden uitgedeeld.
Ik begrijp dat het belangrijk is om kinderen, maar ook volwassenen, te vertellen, te leren over het verleden in de slavernij, maar vooral ook om te vertellen dat er nog steeds in deze wereld slavernij te vinden is. Ik begrijp alleen niet waarom een traditie, die de afgelopen 200 jaar veranderd is, er bij betrokken moet worden. Vraag een kind van 6 wie zwarte piet is en waar hij/zij aan denkt bij zwarte piet en geen zal gelijk denken aan slavernij. Misschien is dat wel jullie intentie, om slavernij te koppelen aan, tegenwoordig, iets onschuldigs, maar naar mijn idee ben je dan fout bezig.
Tot zover de zwarte pieten discussie. Want er zijn mensen die willen nou eenmaal een kinderfeest 'verpesten' (om het maar kort door de bocht te zeggen), voor een slavernij verleden. Dat deze mensen daarbij de hedendaagse problemen bij pakken is vrij logisch. Als ik op het nieuws hoor/zie dat er een blanke Amerikaanse politie agent 'weer' een zwart/bruine Amerikaanse man of vrouw heeft neergeschoten/doodgeschoten denk ik bij mezelf: serieus? Wat heeft hij/zij gedaan of verdient dat diegene het met de dood moet bekopen? Wat heb je gedaan dat zo erg was dat er geen andere oplossing was dan de dood? Ook hoor je in het nieuws en dergelijke programma's over instortende naaiateliers in Bangladesh, over de slechte werkomstandigheden, om het uitbaten van mensen, ongeacht welke kleur huid ze hebben. Maar vooral over mensen die uit hun eigen land vluchten, in schamele bootjes de zee oversteken naar het 'veilige' Europa.
Vervolgens komt er een bericht van een instituut voorbij dat het slavernij verleden, het hedendaagse racisme, de discriminatie en de slavernij op de kaart wil zetten en er echt wat aan wil doen. Maar wat wordt er werkelijk aan gedaan? Worden er werkelijk grenzen verlegt en bruggen gebouwd? Wordt de wereld werkelijk veranderd?
Begin daarmee. Begin bij jezelf, krab jezelf achter je oor en vraag je af of bijvoorbeeld een kinderfeest werkelijk discriminatie is. Of jodenkoeken discriminatie is. Of negerzoenen discriminatie is. Want als we zo beginnen: ik vind blanke vla discriminatie. Net als wit brood. En witte chocolade.
Met vriendelijke groet,
15 November, 2015
23 July, 2015
A little while ago a family member past away. I was with my mum and she wanted to make a cake for the family, to have something. She asked me to do it and (of course) I was willing to make a cake. The cake isn't that pretty, as in, it's not bakery worthy, but it tasted good (they said). I was glad to be able to do something for them.
Now I came to think about it, it would do great with some homemade marmalade! Haha.
I think it might be a good idea to show you where our fresh food comes from.
My dad and his wife spend loads of time there, to look after the veggies and fruits they've planted. They have several kinds of vegetables and fruits, such as pods, zucchini, lettuce, raspberries, potatoes, tomatoes... The list goes on and on and on, haha. In a small border, my dad's wife has planted some flowers. Sometimes she takes some home, to put on the table or in a little vase.
We have some pumpkins here, but they are still small so we haven't tried it yet. We don't do halloween or thanksgiving, so saving them for then isn't really an option, haha. They are probably going to get used for pumpkin soup or bread.
I think I've harvested the almost the last pods. The plants are getting a bit yellowish, so they've had their longest time, I guess. Those three are of course not enough for an entire meal for three persons, but I will think of something that they come to a good use.
There are also some tomato plants. We really like to see the tomatoes get red, but it hasn't happend yet, because of the lack of sun. We're still in the Netherlands, which might say enough of the Dutch weather, haha. There are at least two or three different kinds of tomato plants, since I brought two packs of Italian tomato seeds from Italy last year. They don't know if they like them, so they also planted some 'normal' tomato plants.
The zucchini plant is a plant to really look after, because zucchini's can be to smal one day and the next day it can be to big. The harvest time for 'the right size of zucchini' is really short. It's okay of course.
There are also some raspberries and strawberries, there aren't many fruits, only about 5 different kinds. Not every kind of fruit is able to grow here of course, others might take to much light or space, but for instance raspberries and strawberries are fine to grow.
22 July, 2015
I may have mentioned in some earlier posts that we use as much of our own veggies and fruits as possible. Now I've made some yellow curry with pods when I was at my moms place. She still had some ingredients that needed to be used (she usually eats at her work, but had some days off), so I've made one of the most delicious curry's I've ever made!!
I've used yellow curry paste, coco milk, chicken, pods, unions, zucchini, leek and paprika... And of course some rice! The rice I used was pandan rice, to me it's a great rice with hot dishes. This is because pandan rice is a bit milky (to me anyway).
As usual I made to much. That Wednesday night I ate alone (my mom had to go to the hospital, to a family member, all of a sudden), but the next day we ate of it and then we still had some left, we ate it with some pancakes on Friday, haha.
When I ate it I realized it could use some rasped cheese (the Dutch way, haha. On the other hand: you can put cheese on everything! Hahaha) or some bread with it. But that's something you'll always find out to late: when you're already eating it or when you've finished it, haha. Thankfully my mom loved it as well, she could eat 2 plates if there was more rice, haha.
How do you like curry?
It was my mums birthday a little while ago so I made her a hazelnut meringue pie with mocha cream. I found the recipe a while ago in a book by Cees Holtkamp, named 'de Banketbakker'. Cees Holtkamp is a Dutch baker of pies, bread, croquets and many other things. His bakings are also to be found at the Dutch Royal Family, they say, haha. When I found the recipe 2-3 years ago I promised my mum to make it for her birthday, but it never happened. Then last year I received a book (as a gift), made/written by Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra, a woman from Guyana, South America, who married a Dutch guy and started looking for Dutch traditional recipes/the Dutch cuisine. People kept telling her that Holland doesn't have it's own cuisine, there weren't traditional recipes and stuff, but they were wrong. She started looking for the recipe's, made them and published them in a book called 'Het Nederlandse Bakboek' (the Dutch Baking Book).
And guess where I found my promised pie? Exactly, at Pagrach-Chandra's book, Het Nederlandse Bakboek. It was simplified, easier for me to make, but still a good challenge for someone who has never made a meringue or some buttercream... I showed my mum, she agreed, I showed my sister who was a bit sceptic, but still she wished me luck (in a good way) and so on it went. I got my ingredients and the next morning I started backing.
In the end it wasn't that difficult. I've mixed powdered sugar, a pinch of salt and caster sugar together, I've mixed roasted hazelnuts and cornstarch/cornflour, and at last I've mixed the egg white's to a foamy substance (keep in mind that there were three different bowls and the last one was brand clean, a bit of fat and it wouldn't have worked). I baked it for 90 minutes in a preheated oven on 130 degrees Celsius.
While it was baking I made the buttercream. It's the easiest decoration you can think of. In this case the base is 300 gr. of butter and 350 gr. of powdered sugar. I've added some instant coffee that was resolved in some hot water and that was added to the butter and the sugar. The difference was immediately visible.
|Me, with a finished pie.|
It was a bit of work, but it was worth it. Everybody loved the pie, even I did, while I usually don't like that kind of things, haha.
Do you like meringue's?
21 July, 2015
I like to cook a lot, as you might have seen with my last post. When my dad and/or his wife take something home from their land and it's not enough to eat we get creative: what can we do with it? So last week they took some rhubarb home. It was (after I cleaned it) only 400 gr. (about 0,88 pound/14,1 ounce). It might have been enough to eat with potatoes for two people, but only my dad likes it that way. Not an option. Now I've made some marmelade of rhubarb last year or the year before, so I thought about it and suggested it. And so it went. I've made some rhubarb marmalade!
In the end I had three full jars with marmelade. As you can see there is a bit of air on top of the jar, I really had the idea they where filled, haha.
Here, in the Netherlands, we have special sugar to add in fruit and then cook it: gelei-suiker. Usually I take the weight of the fruit/veggies I have and add 100-150 grams extra, it depends a bit on the fruit I'm working with. For now I also added the rasp of 1 orange. It cooked for 4 minutes and afterwards I putted it those brand clean jars I had. The sugar is replaceable with other kinds of sugar/jelly products, but make sure when you want to make marmelade, you take a product that makes it marmelade and not only juice!
07 July, 2015
Last saturday, July 4th, I made a chocolate pie! It was delicious. What the fun part was, it was mixed with red beets and coffee! My dad and his wife (not my mom) have a little bit of land where they grow vegetables and fruits and now we try to use as much as possible of the vegetables we grow. For example, we have beets, pea pods and endive, we try to find a recipy to use as much as possible of those three vegetables. Maybe we eat something with pea pods, carrots and zichinni's. An another night we might eat endive, unions, paprika's and tomato's. Just to eat as 'much' as possible from our own land.
So July 4th we made chocolate pie with red beets and at night for dinner we ate beets and potato's from our own land.
- 300 gr. of pure chocolate
- 220 gr of beets
- 60 ml of very strong coffee
- 5 eggs, yellow and white separated
- 130 gr of Sugar
- 200 gr of butter
- 135 gr flour
- 3 tp cocoa powder
- 1,25 'coffeespoon' bakingpowder
- big pinch of salt
We eat our first piece when it was a bit hot. It tasted delicous. When it was cold it was a bit different, it still tasted great, but the chocolate was hard again so there where a bit parts in it, which made it crunchy.
When you make it, I hope you like it as much as we did here!
Recipe: Mme ZsaZsa's book and blog