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The summer holidays are finally drawing to a close and a new school year is about to begin – so why not make your little one’s first day back to school extra special this year, with a typical Dutch packed lunch?
Dutch children (and indeed many adults) customarily enjoy a sandwich at lunchtime – below are a selection of some of the most popular sandwich fillings with Dutch school children.
Boterham met hagelslag, pindakaas en appelstroop
If your kids love variety, then they’ll simply adore this tempting trio of Dutch children’s favourites. Imagine their surprise upon opening their lunch box to discover not one, but three yummy sandwiches, each separately filled with hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles), pindakaas (peanut butter) and appelstroop (apple syrup). Don’t forget to include a can of chocomel to make them the envy of all their friends!
Alternatively, you can treat your children to one of the best-loved sandwiches in the Netherlands – the ‘Broodje Gezond’ (literally, the ‘healthy sandwich’). To prepare this quintessentially Dutch lunch, cram a bread roll of your choice with a tasty slice of Old Amsterdam Dutch cheese, ham, egg, lettuce, cucumber and tomato and finally top with a generous dollop of Calvé mayonnaise. Remember to pack a carton of karnemelk (butter milk) so that they can wash it all down in true Dutch style.
Boterham met ontbijtkoek
Ontbijtkoek (breakfast cake) is somewhat similar to gingerbread and is traditionally eaten at breakfast time in the Netherlands. Available in a reduced sugar version, breakfast cake also makes an utterly delicious sandwich filling that will truly spoil your kids on their first day back at school. And a refreshing can of Hero Cassis, made from blackcurrants from Zeeland will round off their Dutch themed lunch perfectly.
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