This is a retrospective account of Family Kiwidutch’s December 2011-January 2012 New Zealand travels.
This is about the day when we were in Rotorua (central North Island) just as it was getting hit by the tail end of a cyclone that had been busy doing damage over the Tasman in Australia. To say it was raining hard was an understatement.
We are still debating what we would like to do today, but first things first… breakfast!
For guests used to the ango-saxen style of hot fry-up there is an assortment of bacon, eggs, scrambles and fried eggs, sausages etc .
For the Asian guests there are a whole array of rice and noodle dishes, Congee etc, so everyone is sure to find something to satisfy.
One thing for me personally is really funny in that I’ve lived in The Netherlands for over 18 years now and don’t own toaster because toasting bread is not a Dutch habit, …the Dutch do eat bread for breakfast… but always un-toasted. None of our Dutch friends or relatives owns a toaster.
Since usually I rise early and eat breakfast after I’ve been up for a while, and personally prefer fruit to bread, toast was a habit I was never really acquired when I lived in New Zealand and so one I never missed when I arrived in The Netherlands.
Suddenly I discover that my children (who have never ever had toast at home) have discovered “toast” in New Zealand and appear to have fallen in love with the stuff… maybe it’s the novelty of the self service toasting machine in the corner of the breakfast buffet area that’s grabbed their attention and excitement, but they are now pleading for us to please buy toaster when we get back to The Netherlands.
It remains to be seen of this lasts once we get back home, but since Himself, until now also a confirmed plain bread addict , seems to have caught the “toast” bug too, it’s highly likely that our breakfasts back home will be undergoing a bizarre transformation from Dutch into English breakfast styles.