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Are you planning to stay glued to the box throughout the coronation of Dutch Prince Willem on April 30th? Then why not prepare a festive meal that the entire family can enjoy while watching the change of throne unfold? Below is a typical Dutch orange menu for inspiration.
Wortelsoep (carrot soup)
½ kg of potatoes
½ kg carrots
1 orange pepper
Stock cubes (enough for 1 litre of soup)
1 tsp. of sambal oelek (optional)
1 tbsp. of olive oil
First, peel and cube the potatoes, peel and slice the carrots and onion and cut the peppers into strips. Next, heat some oil in a pan and fry the onion, together with the ginger, coriander and cumin powder. If you like your soup spicy, then you can also stir in a teaspoon of sambal oelek at this point. As soon as the onions are glassy, add in the pepper and gently fry for a further 2 minutes. Now stir in the potato and carrot and cook for several minutes more. Next, crumble in the stock cubes, pour in 1 litre of water and simmer the soup for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes and carrots are nice and tender. Finally, remove the pan from the heat and puree the soup using a hand blender. Serve the soup immediately, garnished with a flurry of fresh coriander.
Oranje plaatpizza (Orange pizza)
1 pack of Koopmans Italian Pizza Base Mix
2.5 dl (250 ml) of cold water
2 small tins of tomato paste
1 pack of mozzarella
1 cup of grated Dutch cheese
1 orange pepper
100 gr. of chorizo sausage (thinly sliced)
1 tsp. of oregano
1 tsp. of thyme
A small handful of fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste
First, preheat your oven to 200 C and grease a baking tray with some olive oil. Place the Koopmans Italian Pizza Base Mix into a mixing bowl and pour in 250 ml of lukewarm water and a splash of olive oil. Knead into a soft, smooth dough, before rolling flat with a rolling pin (tip: sprinkle a little flour onto both your rolling pin and work surface to prevent the dough from sticking). Now place the dough on the baking tray, coat with a generous layer of tomato paste, sprinkle with oregano and thyme and add some salt and pepper to taste. Next, slice both the orange pepper and mozzarella and arrange evenly over your pizza. Finally, top the pizza with a liberal dusting of grated Dutch cheese and drizzle over a little olive oil. Place in the oven, and leave it to bake for around 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. When it’s ready, divide the pizza into 8-10 equal slices and serve each with a sprinkling of freshly chopped basil.
Oranje pudding (orange pudding)
1/2 a small bowl of strawberries
1/2 a small bowl of raspberries
3 sheets of gelatine
1/2 cup of oranjebitter
First, take a 1/2 litre pudding mould, lightly grease it with sunflower oil and turn upside down on a plate to drain. Next, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for about 10 minutes. Then wash the raspberries and strawberries and cut them into small pieces. Now squeeze the oranges and mix the oranjebitter into the juice. Wring out the gelatine and stir this into the juice. As soon as the gelatine is completely dissolved, mix in the fruit and then pour this mixture into your pudding mould. Pop the mould into the fridge and leave to set for at least 4 hours. Once the pudding is firmly set remove from the fridge and place the pudding mould briefly in warm water (approx. 10 seconds) before turning the pudding out onto a plate. Cut into equal portions, garnish each with a slice of orange and a final splash of oranjebitter, and enjoy!
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