Tonight, to celebrate the husband's birthday I made a typical dinner from the Netherlands. It's not that my husband is Dutch, but rather I knew this was his kind of food. I met my husband shortly after I returned to Canada from living in the Netherlands for a year as an exchange student. I always thought it was wonderful that the man I married had a birthday on Sinterklaas Eve (December 5th) which is the most important day in December for gift giving in the Netherlands. I made stamppot which is the most delicious comfort food and I remember eating it often when I lived there. It's made by mashing potatoes, a green leafy vegetable (I used kale), and a spice packet from a Dutch store (haha! Or more likely gravy was the original way to make it). I served the stamppot with sausages, caramelized onions, and roasted beets and carrots. For dessert I used a fijne cake mix which I'm proud to say that even after 40 years I was able to follow the instructions written in Dutch. I had to look up a few words and I translated a few phrases to be sure I was correct, but it worked out perfectly. .
Last night I can across my blazer from being a #rotaryexchangestudent - these pins came from a myriad of people from all over the world that I met in the course of my travels. Crazy to think that I spent a year in Taiwan over a decade ago and still one of the most profound experiences of my life that I reflect back on regularly. ❤️ #traveler#rotaryinternational#exchangestudent#taiwan