Monday, August 31, 2009

You can't go to Holland without taking the Poffertjes-test

What a test. A great challenge.

Sunday morning we were warned by Marjolein and Wim, that we had to
take a test that every Dutch have to take, sooner or later.
We were asked bring Helmets, Wooden Shoes and a Rescue Bag.
Holland is not known for high hills and deep canyons, so should we hang like the figures above?
And do something?

- Ok, we said, let's take the test

Of course we did not ask what kind of test it was.
We like surprises. Vikings do love surprises. At least some of them.

In the early afternoon we went from Huizen to Laren. Laren is one of the richest towns in the Netherlands. Formerly a farmer village, then painters and artists strolled to the Town, and now it's a region for wealthy people. People from all over the world come to shop in the high quality fashion and art shops. We were, as said, there on a Sunday. All shops were closed.
Our Euro's burned in our pockets and handbags.

After only a few minutes driving from Huizen via Blaricum (another story - later), we arrived at Laren. Lot's of Cars everywhere.

The Village Center was blocked with French Fences.
No Cars allowed. Lot's of people. I will rather say: Very crowded.

Hm, what is this?
Are people invited to watch Anna and Papa taking the test?
You never know what the Dutch can do?

Suddenly, when we passed a corner:

- Lot's of runners, young and old.
(I think they needed a car to return home after the running)

Was it a test-run?
A test-run with wooden-shoes?
If so, we could understand the need for a Helmet and Rescue Bag.

But, the runners did not wear ordinary running shoes, and no Helmets. Hmmm?

We followed the Runners, more than 1300, up the streets.

Then suddenly:

What is this? A Tivoli? An Amusement Park? Adventure Park?
What could the test be? We went high pulse closer. We had, after all, accepted to take the test.

Let's have a closer look. Wafelen Anno 1837 Poffertjes. What's this? A Test? Hmmm? Sceptical.

What are they doing? Seems to be a Hot Job;-)). Is that the test?

No, no and no again:
They are making the best Poffertjes in the whole of the Netherlands. Most probably in the whole World.

And what is this? A more than 100 year old oven for baking Wafers. Amazing.

The test was to eat several portions. One Portion is 10 pieces. Here with Ginger Jam.

Heavenly taste. We wanted more. And passed the Test. With two A's.
While the Runners had their tests and even the Samba Drummers performed their test very well, Papa went outside to take a Photo. You know, after the first 10 poffertjes, and some old, sweet brown beer, fresh air;-))

This Poffertjes Restaurant only serves poffertjes, in 4 different varations (Plain, with Rhum, Ginger or Grand Marnier) and 1 kind of Waffel.
And different kind of beverages.
In spite of the few choices, it's allways crowded at de Haan in Laren.

Wim and Papa had old, sweet, dark Beer, while the ladies had water.

Even people from California enjoys the famous poffertjes here.
In fact, Marjoleins Cousin and her daughter from the LA area. And a Viking Woman to the right;-) You also see Marjoleins sweet Auntie who hosted the 3x20 Celebratration the day before. (More to come about that wonderful event)

This restaurant, "com de haan" in Laren is only open from Spring to Fall.
They set it up and bring it down every year. The same since "House" in more than 50 years.

It's build around a real Tree, situated in the middle of the interior.

Even the Glass Paintings follow the Seasons. I think this must be Bacchus. Or what do you think?

What are Poffertjes' main ingrediens?

Here you see Buckwheat. That's what make a big difference for the taste and final result instead of using ordinary Wheat. But be aware that Buckwheat is a Nut, and closely related to Rhubarbe as well. Interesting.

You can read more about Poffertjes and this very famous establishment and the history of Poffertjes here.
Google translation (well, you at least got an Idea)

More to come from Holland and France and Switzerland and Norway and -----

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Blogger Carin said...

Never heard about this test! Those poffertjes look very tasty. Perhaps I should pop over to Laren one day.
Glad you enjoyed the surprise!

August 31, 2009 10:29 pm  
Blogger Sandee said...

I'll bet I could pass this test very easily. I'm sure of it since it involves food. Very nice lesson on poffertjes. I enjoyed it very much.

Have a terrific day. Big hug to you and Anna. :)

August 31, 2009 11:37 pm  
Blogger Vagabonde said...

These Poffertjes sound delicious, and with Grand Marnier sounds even better! It sure looks like you had a great time there.

September 01, 2009 3:20 am  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I still don't know what these Pttertjies are...Went to Google and no words were there, just a picture of The will have to let me know, my dear...!
It all looks delightful and like you are/were in a lovely place there in Holland...!

September 01, 2009 4:52 am  
Blogger katztales said...

The best poffertjes in the world when i was little were the ones from the shop opposite the RijksMuseum in Amsterdam. 30 years later I can still taste them!

Great post today!

September 01, 2009 5:23 am  
Blogger Pam said...

I have never heard of poffertjes. They do look tasty!

September 01, 2009 9:16 pm  
Blogger Ginnie said...

You know me, Tor...this will be on my list to see (and taste!) once I move to the Netherlands! I can hardly wait! :)

September 01, 2009 10:14 pm  
Blogger Janet said...

oooh I love that it's built around a tree!!! Those Poffertjes look delish!!!

September 02, 2009 3:16 am  
Anonymous Lifecruiser said...

Ah, yes, the poffertjes, we tasted it when we were in Haarlem near Amsterdam. Delicious!!!!

It looks like you had a very interesting and pleasant stay there! GREAT!!!!

September 04, 2009 12:39 am  
Blogger linsky said...

Poffertjes har jeg aldri hørt om før!
Nå lærte jeg noe nytt i dag også! :)

September 24, 2010 10:38 pm  
Blogger Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann! Her fant jeg svaret, Tor!!!!! ;:OD) ha ei flott uke !

September 27, 2010 9:31 pm  

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