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Romanian Soup Ciorba de Perisoare

Romanian Soup Ciorba de Perisoare

You may remember the posts I did about another part of Holland, the Caribbean islands which are part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. (Yes, I know Holland is actually a region not the country.) My poor husband had to visit the Dutch Antilles for work, and special menu was planned one night of the visit. Was it full of coconuts and exotic islander fare?

Not exactly. Regardless, I thought I’d share the courses and parings for all you foodies out there.

Appetizer – Shrimp Salad paired with “Solo Quinta” 2013 (Rare White Blend)/Recas

Soup – Ciorba de Perisoare (Romanian sour soup with vegetables and meatball – photo)

Click for Romanian Sarmale Recipe

Click for Romanian Sarmale Recipe

Main Course – Romanian Sarmale (Cabbage Rolls made with sour cabbage stuffed with pork, beef, and rice) AND Traditional “Cordon Bleu” (Rose veal meat wrapped around Schweitzer cheese and mushrooms) with spinach and potatoes. Paired with “La Putere”/Feteasca neagra 2013/Recas

Dessert – Cake with vanilla cream, caramel and nuts or fruit salad – Paired with Cabernet Sauvignon 1998/Odobesti

Not what you expected?

Me either. You know how it is when you travel though, it’s hard to say what you might be eating. It’s all part of the adventure.

Related Posts:

This Is The Netherlands?!? (Guest Post and Images by Ryan King)

The Netherlands an Island? (Images of Curacao)

Summer Longing for the Sea (Curacao)


Kristin King is an author and American expat living in The Netherlands. Currently her dog sits to her left and the bedroom balcony door is open on a cool, sunny Dutch day.


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Posted by on October 5, 2016 in Food, Living in Holland, Travel


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Purple Carrots

Our dog thought the carrot variety was fairly interesting too...till she discovered this was not a dog treat.

Our dog thought the carrot variety was fairly interesting too…till she discovered this was not a dog treat.

Did you know carrots used to all be purple? My husband was reading about this to me from our latest nonfiction favorite “1493” which is one of those books that manages to make history very interesting even to a paranormal, fantasy reader like me. I could not remember ever having seen a purple carrot–or any carrot that wasn’t orange.

Talk about timing. What do you think I saw for sale the next time I went to our Dutch grocery, packs of carrots with a mix of purple, yellow and orange. Of course I had to buy them.

Cross cut view of carrot colors.

Cross cut view of carrot colors.

The purple was the least “carrot” flavored–a very mild root veggie, followed by the yellow/pale orange. The regular Bug’s Bunny variety had most of the kick and most of the flavor. If I were a chef I’m sure I could find numerous uses for the lite carrot.

But I’m not. And frankly, I still can’t believe carrots used to all be purple!


Posted by on October 7, 2015 in Food, Living in Holland


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Holland Day 2 – KingDogdom

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 3.30.15 PMWe walked to the Centrum where a pedestrian only area of shops abound. One shih tzu pooch road in a woven basket laced with purple flowers at the front of his owner’s bicycle. Three pomeranians perched behind mesh in their tented wagon. Large dogs were left tied outside establishments where their owners browsed or followed some on lead others not behind their peeps. Our golden lab, unused to the busy place, pulled to greet each canine. When Argos choked himself, a lady urged my son to give the dog more space to roam. We have definitely landed in KingDogdom.

Lunch was Italian with Spaghetti Carbonara for me (a portion for each boy), and two pizzas for the boys. The pizzas are thin and the pepperoni spicy. The ham was a thinly sliced round four inches wide, topped with full-circle slices of pineapple. Argos sat under table till the rain came, and then we were all moved inside. I slipped out to purchase whichever bare essentials I could locate in the grocery maze. It is a bit overwhelming to see no English and nothing I could even identify using my limited German, French and Italian. Is that clothes softener or dish soap?

Euro-scoop ice cream atop small waffle cones in hazelnut, vanilla, and stracciatella (chocolate slivers) was the dessert of choice as we meandered home.

I’m going to like living here.


Kristin King is an author who recently relocated to The Netherlands (which includes Holland). Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint.

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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Living in Holland


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