What!?! Beatrix!?! NO!!!!

by - Monday, January 28, 2013

Today it was announced that Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who is the most extreme and badass of all monarchs, is going to abdicate the throne this year on April 30th, which (as everyone knows) is her Queen's Day. This announcement has rocked the foundation of our existence, and right now we are trying to figure out how to properly mourn the end of the reign of our favorite monarch ever, may she live forever and ever, hanging with her daughter Mabel.

When I went to Amsterdam 6 (!!!!) years ago, it was the week of Queen's Day, so they had a big celebratory fair type thing. There was also all sorts of orange nonsense to wear and buy around, even in the seedier areas of town.


 If you didn't know, the Dutch freaking love their queen (and who can blame them? She is the best!!!) in their own, very pragmatic (and sometimes inappropriate) way. This is how they roll on Queen's Day:
from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koningsdag

from travelblog.viator.com
The Boy and I are also obsessed and we even had a picture of her up on the photo wall at our wedding.

That is her on the bottom right looking amazing. 

So, clearly April 30th will be a bittersweet day. We are going to bring Beatrix down to the dining room table for the month of April, but I think we are going to have to turn up the decor in honor of the House of Orange. I am thinking I will just get a roll of orange plastic tablecloth and make it really cheesy. 
from partycity.com
Like this, but less glamorous. That and some orange beads and boas should make it a party worthy of monarch who are also oil barons, right?

The Boy also feels we will have to hit the Dutch food hard. And drink Heineken? We will see how committed we get. The challenge in this is we only know how to make two Dutch things- French fries (yep, they are from the Netherlands!) and really thin-crusted pie. I know Dutch food is yummy, and I remember enjoying it. So we did some research, and these are a few of the things that we clearly need to try: 

from pinterest.com
 Andijviestamppot met spekjes- The Dutch do mashed potatoes mixed with veggies (and sometimes corned beef? Not my game), like asparagus and kale, and it looks pretty amazing. Plus, I have seen a bunch of different recipes for it, so I think we can handle this one.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/stroopwaffels-i/detail.aspx
Stroopwaffels- Ok, I know waffles are a Belgian thing, but we had a chocolate dipped one when we were there, and it was life changing. Super awesome. These are waffle cookies with warm filling. Looks pretty awesome. Found the recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/stroopwaffels-i/detail.aspx

From http://www.culy.nl/recepten/klassieke-snert/
Snert- Dutch Pea Soup- This one also looks really good, and I love pretty much anything with peas.  The picture came with a recipe in Dutch, so we had to look elsewhere. I found a recipe for it here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/snert-split-pea-soup/detail.aspx

We also talked about making our own Doners, because that would just be cool and Turkish food in popular in Holland, like most European areas. This is the beginning of a plan, but of course I need to get through Star Wars before I can devote myself to another bout of random themed-ness. I love this stuff.





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