Monday, November 28
While most of you are probably in Christmas mode already, over here in the Netherlands we first got to deal with the feast of Sinterklaas. On the evening of the 5th of December Sinterklaas brings presents to the Dutch children (and some German and Belgian kids too) much like Santa does a few weeks later! In the weeks before the 5th of December children can put their shoe in front of the fireplace (or in our case: the not quite so romantic central heating radiator) and during the night Sinterklaas and his helpers fill the shoe with a small gift and typical Sinterklaas sweets and snacks.
The tiny cookies you see pictured above are called Pepernoten (literally 'Pepper nuts'), well actually they are not called Pepernoten but that is what most people call them anyway. I made lots of them yesterday with the kids and these crunchy 'nuts' have a nice sweet ginger/cinnamon taste. It's a great December snack! If you would like to bake them you could try this recipe. It's not the recipe I used (I buy my spices ready mixed) but I'm sure the result will be equally tasty!