Monday, 20 January 2014

Dutch Delicacies!!!

                    I couldn't believe my eyes when this box was delivered to my bedside!!!!!!


 
Is this posting the result of a silly conversation about eating Dutch sweets in Marie's fishtank? See 0n the brown wrapper, Contains no fish!!!  Heleen!!! This is amazing, thank youuuu!!!
 
 
Real Zeeuwse Roomboter BABBELAARS!!!!! (blue can!) And other beautiful, foreign and interesting treats to aid in my recovery! My stomach is very happy so far! The Speculaas are delicious, similar to Latvian Xmas gingerbread biscuits, 'piparkūkas.'
Heleen said that Babbelaars are yuck, but they are like lightly salted caramel butter lollies, YUM!
The Kinder eggs suffered in the heatwave and were melted, as was the Bros chocolate- all the air bubbles are gone and there's a lump of chocolate in one half of the pack. I tested a Kinder egg and it was still ok, so I'm sure the rest will be fine. A wonderful gift indeed!!
Oh, and here's a card that made me chuckle...
 
 
"Hallo Blobvis!" Vis means fish in Dutch. I know that because my VW mechanic's surname was Vis and I always told him to spell it PROPERLY!!! "VIZ!"
 
Thanks again dearest Heleen!!!
 
 
 
 

21 comments:

  1. ps. I'll save some for you, Pee!!

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  2. Ja, ja, ja, houd wat voor Babbelaars Peeeeeee! kijken kijken kijken ... nah, je hebt om beter te worden, ik denk dat je moet houd ze voor jezelf, welverdiend. Zo'n fantastische pakket van Heleen en zo attent! Kinder Surprise Dat ziet er grappig :-)) Liefde Blobvis, het is leuk om te zeggen. Blobvis. Blobvis. Gij zult BlobViz vanaf nu.

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    1. You have a nice accent, I love it!
      And BlobViz.. Great finding!

      How sweet of you to have Vizma keep the delicacies for herself!
      However, when she's much time in bed and not moving a lot, she shouldn't eat all of it (otherwise the same happens to her as what happened to me since I joined the LVQR mail art project*). So probably Vizma will leave something for you.
      Hint: ask her to not save the drop-veters for you, as drop is to foreigners (er, I mean to non-Dutch people) what Vegemite is to me... (you could try the drop-staafjes first, their drop is surrounded by some more wellknown sweet taste, and maybe from there you can get used to drop step by step)


      * http://vachequiritpostalproject.blogspot.nl/2014/01/more-stats.html

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  3. Hey have you ever tried the "listen" button of google translate? It's fun… I love Dutch.

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  4. I don't know what you said, but YES to the Moet!!!

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  5. You'll meet my two Dutchy friend boys when you visit. I'll make them speak Dutch at you!!!

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  6. You would pinpoint a moet among a million and one upside down leprechauns wouldn't you. AND facing the other way! AND blindfolded!

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    1. moet radar is finely tuned! They don't call me Sparkle for nuthin'!!

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  7. Dutchy friend boys speaking at me, I'm in! (now Heleen sounds forever like the posh newsreader from BBC4. I'm sure it's her speaking the Dutch google translate at me).

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  8. I am glad you like the mail (and that it arrived at all - oow the chocolate... but I guess it still tastes well).

    How funny, the word piparkūkas sounds a lot like 'peperkoek', synonym of 'ontbijtkoek' or 'kruidkoek', a kind of soft breakfast cake with a totally different consistency and ; mouth sensation' than speculaas, but the taste looks a bit the same (I think it is spiced with cloves, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and in former times black pepper (= peper) was an ingredient, too).

    What is a 'Moet'? (in Dutch the verb 'moeten' (singular 'moet') means: to have to / must :-)

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  9. Moet = to have to / must, well, you summed it up perfectly, Heleen :-)))

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  10. I must have Moet. Ik moet Moet hebben. Ja.

    This morning I shared my Speculaas with my mum and sister and we raised our coffees and said , "To Heleen!"
    It comes in 3 sealed packets, so I'll be saving the last pack 'til you get here, Marie!!
    Have you had Vegemite then, Heleen? I was planning to send you some...??!! But not if you hate it!

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    1. Wow, thank you! It's an honour to be coffee-(my favourite drink! with milk, without sugar, please)-toasted from 16,000 kms distance! I really appreciate it. And hope that you, your mum and your sister have enjoyed it. And I appreciate that you will leave something for Marie. I hope she'll enjoy it, too.

      And oh, please don't feel obliged to send something in return!.. (Ecxept for a 10x15 cms piece of mail art by you, showing your favourite animal - or otosin if otosins are not your favourite, it's o.k., too - or a 10x15 cms drawing of a platypus or echidna or kookaburra, my favourite animals, which I think you know well, and no, I'm not greedy at all, how come people think so :-) .

      Vegemite...... Twenty-two years ago I was in Melbourne. For unknown reasons I was allowed to stay in the Janet Clarke Hall, a nice place to be. And in the breakfast room I saw this delicious chocolate paste. Of which I put plenty on my breakfast bread. But it appeared to be no chocolate....
      .. and appeared to be the most horrifying experience my mouth ever has endured (I'm in doubt whether I should exaggerate and tell that my mouth thought it even worse than a cavity treatment by a dentist, but I think that's exaggerated; if one would send me millions of platypus-and-echidna drawings, for in return taking another bite of Vegemite, I think my mouth will allow me to try it again, be it only when after it rewarded by a dropje).

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    2. I have to laugh, Heleen :-))) that sounds like a horrible experience indeed. Probably similar to the one I had the morning I inadvertently put salt in my breakfast cafe' au lait instead of sugar (not so long ago).
      I had vegemite at the Fun Farm and looking forward to mooooooore!

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    3. Salt in the cafe-au-lait, ayyyy, poor you!
      Now I know why I take the coffee-with-milk always without sugar (to not mix it, or have it mixed by others)

      Do I read it right - longing for vegemite... You are Brave!
      (doesn't vegemite taste a bit like cafe-au-lait with much salt, too?!)

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    4. I wish I'd seen your face after expecting a choc sandwich! Vegemite with butter is beautiful! And a great hangover cure, maybe that's why Marie can't wait!! ;-))

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    5. I can't wwwwwwwwaaaaaait!

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  11. Yaaay! So spoiled, as usual…..

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  12. Heleen, I sent you some mail already, in response to the question, "How would we drink Champagne in Marie's goldfish bowl?" before I got this package, and I sent a little something silly, just recently, too. I'll work on those animal cards for you soon!!

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    1. Received, both of them! Such great surprises, thank you so much, Vizma!

      See:
      http://realweirdanimals.blogspot.nl/2014/02/vizma-bruns-2.html (also partly shown here http://iuoma-network.ning.com/profiles/blogs/platypus-mail-art )
      Such a great solution to the question how-to-drink (but I'm afraid Marie's fishtank has to be very big, to contain the three of us, and a goldfish..

      and see:
      http://realweirdanimals.blogspot.nl/2014/02/from-vizma-b-from-marie-w-from.html
      So cute, and I can use it well. Thank you!!!!!

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