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August 20, 2014

And The Winners ARE……!!!

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s time to announce the winners of my soap competition / give-away.

It’s a give-away of course because you don’t actually have to “compete”  for the prize in any other way than to have entered your comment on to one of my posts about the fabulous organic soaps made by Nikos in the village of Platania on the Pelion peninsular in Greece and hope that your name has been drawn out of a baking bowl as one of the two lucky winners.

I left the word “compete in there because a) people like the idea of entering a competition and b) the word “competition” was already in my categories list and the word “give-away” wasn’t and adding it as extra was a step too far from my laziness and current level of lack of concentration.

For some reason, although several hundred people log into my blog each day, only three of you wanted to enter my competition to get something nice … for free!  (Come ON, How hard is it to give something away???)

I’ve therefore decided to forgo the backing bowl draw and reward all three of my entrants, and they will be hearing from me soonest about addresses so that I can (send Himself to) get these into the post pronto…

Sooo….  In alphabetical order….

BIG Congratulations to:  

Carrie, a long time foodie friend from across the water in the USA.

Elaine, a fellow blogger from  “I used to be indecisive”   http://elainemcnulty.wordpress.com/

smilecalm,  a fellow blogger from “Together we are one”  http://smilecalm.wordpress.com/

Comments welcome both here and on their blogs to congratulate them!

p.s. If you are seeing my winners names in different sizes, it’s NOT any personal preference or anything like that… WordPress is having some sort of glitch/ small meltdown and I see a screen saying “beep beep boop” … the original texts ARE all the same size in the text editer, but the “view post” option shows the texts in all different sizes. If you are seeing it like that, apologies, I hope the WP glitch resolves itself soonest.

August 13, 2014

Time For Another Competition: Don’t Get Yourself In A Lather (Or Maybe Do!)…

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It’s time for another Kiwidutch Competition/Give-away…

After all if I have been spending days raving on about the natural ingredients of Nikos’s organic soap from Platania on the Pelion peninsula in Greece, then surely it’s only fair that I share a little of it with my readers too?

All you have to do is to write a comment on one of my recent posts about soap and you could win some of this beautiful soap for yourself !

So…. To the important bits…

What to do:  To be in with a chance to win you need to make a comment on one of Soap blog posts of the last few days.

When to do it: Comments should be made between the time of reading of this post and latest before the end of Monday 18th August 2014.

When will you know who has won?  I will be announcing the lucky winners on Wednesday 20th August 2014.

Did I hear you say “winners” ? Yes, I will be drawing two names from a hat  baking bowl at random, so who knows, My lucky winner could be You!!!

 

 

 

 

May 11, 2014

Are You My Winner? Let The Drumroll Begin!…

Filed under: Competition,LIFE,THE NETHERLANDS,Traditionally Dutch — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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On the fourth of May I ran a competition for a surprise package of goodies from Kiwidutch.

All you had to do to be in to win was to make a comment telling me which has been your favourite recent post, and why.

I’ve packed a bag with some Dutch goodies and all it needs now is the address of the recipient.

Since I was delighted with all of the replies and never want to play favourites, I used a random prize selector (i.e. my impartial children) to assign each comment with a number and then used the programme to pick one of those numbers at random to select my winner.

The kids persuaded me that all comments on posts I posted during the time that the competition was running should count, with the logic that if people cared enough to take the time make a comment, then they must have really liked the post.

Arm twisted by my two kids and two visiting cousins who were here for a sleepover,  we scribbled all the names on bits of paper, put them in the hat  one of my baking bowls, and after some squabbling about who got to make the draw, got the littlest kid to draw a name.

Thereafter (Drumroll…) I am delighted to announce that :

 NAVY WIFE CHRONICLES …

of    http://navywifechronicles.com/          is my lucky winner!!!

Congratulations to her and a huge Thank You to everyone who took the time to make a comment… (there will definitely be more competitions in the future on this blog, so for those of you who didn’t win this time, please  do try again!) . I appreciate each and every reader to visits my blog and for me there’s as much pleasure in running these competitions as there is for one of you to win them.

For Navy Wife, I will be contacting you to get your address and then your package will be in the post soonest. Yeah!!!! I hope this makes your day 🙂

                                         Congratulations!!!!

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May 4, 2014

Competition Time! A Blooming Good Feature…

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Who wouldn’t  like having the chance to win something?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an unexpected surprise  gift come though the post?

The floral brightness of the Keukenhof  and the coming of Spring has inspired me to run a competition.

To be in to win all you have to do is to tell me which of my recent posts has been your favourite and why, and in doing so your name will be in the hat as my possible winner.

I will draw a winner on 11th May and one lucky reader will be the recipient of a little goodie bag from Kiwidutch.

The Keukenhof  is full of  features that compliment the floral displays: large statues such as the stylised figure on horseback or the stylised figures , various  artworks some more serious than others.

Two of the more serious statues are wooden carvings of  the composers Brahms and Chopin, one that is taken less seriously is of a seated bare chested lady where I had to wait for a large batch of Russian men to finish taking photographs of themselves handling her considerable “assets”. The more traditional features of the Keukenhof are things like the large windmill that offers a wide view of the exhibition on one side and of the bulb fields outside the exhibition on the other, or the set of traditional bells in the style still seen outside some Dutch churches. Most of all I like the fountains, and the water features like the ponds and mini rills that reflect the flowers and the sky…nature on display, and beautiful.

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Chopin…

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Brahms…

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July 18, 2013

Competition Result: Did YOUR Comment Have The Winning Ingredient?

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Apologies to everyone who entered my competition to win some specialist Indian cooking  ingredients and have been patiently waiting to see the results.

I will be totally honest and tell you I got distracted by end of year school events, family and work commitments and some traumatic events concerning friends and family.

The days have slipped away like water though my fingers and I complete and utterly forgot to go back and sort out a winner… something I’m rectifying right now. I copied all of the comments into one sheet and handed it to Himself to do the judging…  he’s read all of your comments and chosen:  “Doggy’s Style” as the lucky winner to be the lucky recipient of a box of goodies.

The winning comment was :

“Guess who is gonna reproduce this one over the weekend?
Yeah, that’s right, me!!
I could smell the roasted cumin and cilantro, delicious.
Thanks!

Comment by Doggy’s Style — June 13, 2013 @ 10:15 am | Edit ThisReply

…and Himself picked it out because he said he could really feel the enthusiasm behind the comment.  He was also influenced by the fact that it was clear from Doggy’s responses and links that he’d actually tried out some of the recipes, so double kudos.

Congratulations Doggy!!!

I’ll be in touch soonest to get hold of your postal details so that I can get your box of goodies off to you as quickly as possible.

I’m also going to add that if anyone would like to have a copy of the recipes in their “plain”state (without photos) for easier printing out, just contact me and I’ll email them to you.

Thank you  to everyone who took the time to comment…it’s always fabulous to get feedback and see what you thought of the step-by-step recipe posts.

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June 27, 2013

Indian Cooking Lesson, Giveaway: YOU Could WIN Some Of The Ingredients…

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I’ve come to the end of my Step-by-Step recipe series from my Indian cooking class lessons…

I realise fully that not everyone who reads this blog has easy access to an Indian Specialist shop in order to obtain some of the  recipe ingredients.

Since I hope that some of these step-by-step tutorial posts might hopefully entice you to try the recipes yourself, I am offering you the chance to win some of these hard(er) to find ingredients.

All you have to do is to make a comment on any one of the “Step-by-Step Indian Cooking Lesson” posts.

Having sent Himself out to the  Indian Specialist shop,  I have a selection of ingredients here ready to post to the winner. Alternatively, should the winner decide that there is a specific recipe they would like to make, (or set of recipes) then I could also send you more of a specific item in place of ones you might not think you will ever need for instance.

Of course, if you can get any of these items easily in your supermarket or local area (maybe the Ground Ginger?) then you could save me the postage in sending that item to you and again, I’d be happy to pop something in extra that you need instead.

Himself goes to the Haagse Markt regularly and the Indian Specialist is just metres away so packing a parcel “made to measure” is no problem.

I’ll include some photographs here to remind you of all the ingredients we have been using …

I’ll get an unbiased and independent adjudicator (a.k.a. Himself, who has no idea who you all are LOL) to pick what he thinks is the winning comment without any influence from me (he’s guaranteed to be impartial because he doesn’t even know he’s been signed up for this task yet !!!) and then one lucky person will be receiving an Indian Ingredient goodie box in the post.

You have until (until midnight) of July 5th 2013 to comment on as many of the posts as you wish,  …to write something that tells Himself why you’d like to win, something about the recipe, possibly a link  with photos if you have made the recipe, why one or more is your favourite, something you loved learning during the series… or…?  Stand out from the crowd… get creative and be in with a chance!

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Looking forward to seeing your entry!

March 15, 2012

When a Piece of Plastic Stopping You From Going Green… Is a GOOD Thing!

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Since this a car journey that features mostly winding roads, hills, trees and both inland and coastal views, landmarks that are a bit different are welcomed by kids looking out the windows.

But one of the most noticable differences between the generations sitting in our vehicle is that our kids have Nintendo games to play on long car journeys and prefer this to looking out of the window.

(the fact that our Nintendo’s are exclusively reserved for long car and plane journeys and are not out at other times is definitely part of the attraction)

As kids, Himself and I had no choice but to look out of windows : that and the “I Spy” game were our only entertainment.

Since I have always turned green in cars, I regularly offered my parents the alternative entertainment game of “get the car stopped quick enough to get kid about to throw up out of the back seat and onto the grass to get the inevidable over with” with extra challenges of steep gradients, narrow roads, lack of grass verges, passing traffic and possibly bad weather thrown in.

Ah, “anti-car-sickness pills” I hear you say…

…hmmm that was the other game of “how far can you spit the pill?” since I wasn’t great with pills either.

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Nature posted revenge by giving Kiwi Daughter the “motion sickness gene” so I’ve “been there, done that” with the pill swallowing drama and tears from the parental side too and from whoever’s side you look at it, it wasn’t fun.

Fortunately help is at hand from a very unlikely source.

I was allerted to a gadget by a French friend who has the same problem with two of her four children but a more difficult situation because pulling over suddenly in French motorway traffic really is taking your life in your hands.

Not surprisingly also she tried everything and had already been down the unsuccessful pill-with-tears route too, then she found it…

…a piece of plastic that changed their travelling lives.
Like her, I was totally sceptical… come on, a tiny bobble of plastic stuck to a wrist strap…    …that’s IT ???

I stopped laughing when she told me that her boys now had hassle-free car journeys all the way from the Netherlands to the South of France.

Let’s take a closer look at this seemingly silly piece of plastic. It’s a little bobble of plastic, solid, smooth and attached to a one-size-fits-all wrist strap that does up with valcro.

To wear it you place the plastic bobble on the the centre of the inside of your wrist and do it up as tight as is comfortable. This forces the plastic bobble down to press on the pressure point in your wrist and takes care of your motion sickness.

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Easy as that, there’s one for each wrist and if for example you are bobbing up and down in a boat feeling bad, then an additional press on the plastic bobble is also said to increase the fight against nausea.

Before we left for New Zealand I dispatched Himself to the ANWB (Algemene Nederlandse Wielrijders Bond = Dutch Automobile Association) to procure us a few pairs. If any piece of plastic against car-sickness needed to be put through it’s paces, then the winding roads and hills of New Zealand would be the perfect place to do it.

In addition to the car journeys there was the added bonus of the Cook Straight ferry crossing since Cook Straight has been deemed one of the roughest pieces of water in the world (after Fouvoux Straight further south and the Drake Passage off South America).

These places can all be found within the infamous “rouring forties” and are the product of routine high winds that circle the globle at this latitude and either a meeting of two vast oceans (Drake Passage) or in New Zealand’s case, the funneling of big winds and vast seas through narrow landmass gaps.

I’ve had experience of Cook Straight in both it’s extremes: from as calm as a millpond and in the most awful storm in the 1980’s (awful as in: I was clinging to a table that was bolted to the floor but the chairs were sliding past back and forth in alternate directions as the boat rolled from one side to the other… needless to say the rest of the ferry crossings that day were cancelled and the ships stock of “amenity bags for the stomachily unsteady” started to run in short supply.)

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If any stout test is needed to see if these wrist-bands are up to the task, then the comination of road and sea routes that New Zealand has to offer will be sure to show up any strengths and weaknesses.

I’m delighted to report that much to my amazment, these bands really do work!

Ok, we did take rest stops to get some fresh air but we managed shorter and fewer stops than previous trips doing the same route, so much so that we arrived in Picton with just over an hour ahead of our estimated arrival time…

….and  there were no “Mama, I don’t feel good, I think I’m going to be sick” pleas constantly from the back seat, and I personally have never had a less green road journey as this one.

Granted it didn’t cure our motion-sickness 100% but it did help take away maybe 80-90% of the misery and that  for both Kiwi Daughter and I, means that these wrist bands are nothing short of miraculous and we will be packing them on every long car journey from now on.

There is no gurantee that these will work… apparently they help roughly 80% of motion sickness sufferers, to a greater or lesser degree: but if you have suffered car-sickness or sea-sickness, or have kids that do, you will know that a “no-pill” solution that offers any improvement at all is only a win, win, win, win, win solution.

I’m so delighted with these that I want to share my exciting discovery: If you suffer from car-sickness or sea-sickness or know someone who does, then comment on this post before midnight on March 22nd,  2012 and be in to win one of these for yourself!

I have two to give away, so you have two possibilities to win… so drop me a line and be in to win!

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October 15, 2011

And the WINNER is…..

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A few days ago I  invited you to enter a very cheesy competition…  To win some cheese!

To my surprise,  I got  only two comments, and one of them was from Raymund in New Zealand who very sadly we both know I can’t send any cheese to (even if I took it myself on the plane it also wouldn’t get in).

So… Hedwig It’s your lucky day!  You are my winner!

I don’t know if Ed has the Beppino Occelli cheese in stock at the moment, but if he has, there is some with your name on it!

Do you like Blue cheeses?  Since you will already be familiar with Oud Dutch Kaas, I will send you some of the other speciality cheeses that you might not be familiar with. I’ll need your address please 🙂 … I’ll email you.

Congratulations!

Just a note… the cheeses in the photo here is just the remnants of what’s left over in our cheese drawer before grocery shopping day, it’s NOT the prize LOL.

Question for all of my readers though… don’t any of  you like  the possibility to win some of this  fabulous cheese?  200  people viewed the post but only two  made comments,  seriously: did I do something wrong???

Update:  Himself is back from the cheese shop, I put Beppino Occelli on a list but for the rest, just told him to be adventurous since you said you would probably like everything… and we’ve opted for cheeses that  it’s highly unlikely your local cheese shop would have, so hopefully you will have some big taste surprises in all of these.

I had literally 5 minutes to get these packed before he had to dash off to deliver some urgent work to a client,  get the kids to scouting, run errands for Oma, (it’s one of those Saturday’s…) so sorry Hedwig for the rushed packaging job…  The cheeses you will be getting soonest are called “Ulivo, Cruttin Occelli, Cabrales los Picos, Camembert Calvados and Galet du Mas” …the camera was sitting next to the bed so I grabbed a speedy photo for you… Enjoy!!!!

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October 11, 2011

Enter Kiwidutch’s Very Cheesy Competition!

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Ah yes… I know I said yesterday that yesterday’s post would be my final cheesy post… but I lied, got thinking, had a better idea, as to why it shouldn’t be.

Just think about it… I’ve been making your mouth water with delectable photos and descriptions of  Ed Boele’s specialist cheese shop in the Fahrenheitstraat of  The Hague and probably you are now grumbling that “it’s ok for you to have such a wonder in your city but we dont have that where I live“.

Well,  Kiwidutch has decided to share.

Readers who leave a comment  on this post, about which of the posts in this “cheese series” is their favourite and why, will go into a draw to WIN some delectable cheese posted to you direct from my favourite shop.

There are however a few hurdles to overcome: for starters, I know for sure that I can’t post (even vacuum packed) cheese to New Zealand or Australia due to their exceptionally tight food import regulations.

These are countries that have sniffer dogs in airports searching for not just drugs, but also food.

We are questioned extensively about food in bags whenever we enter New Zealand, even the untouched apple that Little Mr. wanted to “eat later” doesn’t make it past the large disposal bins at the baggage check.

In fact none of the food carried on the plane from Singapore (or anywhere else) makes it past these checks either. So I’m truly sorry my New Zealand and Aussie readers, I already know that if I tried to send you some fabulous Dutch cheese it’s destined for the disposal bins  and I’m far too Dutch to post stuff knowing it will be dumped, so please feel free to comment but apologies, you can’t go into the draw.

I have successfully posted Dutch cheese to Canada before, but haven’t yet tried to the USA… elsewhere in Europe, I’m assuming should’t be a problem and am willing to give it a go.

So: whilst I send Himself off on a cheese shopping mission, the rest of you have until 12:00 MIDNIGHT GMT  on Thursday 13th October to comment and be in to win!

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August 13, 2011

(Drumroll) And the Winner IS…..

A week ago I made a post about Stroopwafels and invited readers to make a comment so that they could be in the draw to win some of their own.

Well, the draw has been duely made and a winner has been selected at random by the maybe-not-quite-so-well scrubbed mits of Little Mr. (next stop for him is the bathtub).

I placed the slips in a bowl and put it high enough so that Little Mr couldn’t see the names inside and asked him to draw out one slip. He made sure to have a scrunchy feel of all the little pieces of paper before he chose one,(he’s six, after all, so choosing a piece of paper he couldn’t even see, took a whole minute to eek out the drama)

Drumroll and fanfare please:  The WINNER IS:

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This rummage went on for a full minute… I think he had his hand on every slip at one point or another…

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Finially the moment of decision…

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And the WINNER IS:    ******Elaine! ****** !!!!

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Congratulations Elaine! I will be contacting you soonest to get your address details so that Himself can get these in the post to you.

For everyone else who entered: Many Thanks for doing so, I will be doing things like this more regularly so watch this blog!!!!

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