After exhausting the rest of the family in the Labyrinth on the Belgium side of the Three Country Point of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, the next item on our agenda is lunch.
It’s rather difficult to feed hungry kids when we don’t have anything with us and they were stuck in the maze for longer than anticipated.
Now they were ravenous and although Himself and I looked longingly at the bigger and more sophisticated restaurant close by, the kids spotted some play equipment further up and then the snack bar around the corner next to it, pretty much narrowing down our dining options to one.
A very short wait later, food was going into two grumbling children, improving their mood considerably and Himself and I could relax under the sun umbrella.
One of the things we ordered is a typical Dutch / Belgium item called “bitterballen” which literally translates as “bitter balls”.
In fact they aren’t bitter, rather it’s a slow cooked concoction of meat and spices, the meat is then drained and shredded, mixed with a very stiff white sauce, rolled into balls, and then repeatedly dipped in egg and breadcrumbs and deep fried.
They are a delicious snack and my mother had an old Dutch recipe for it and used to make them when I was a kid in New Zealand so it’s been a favourite my whole life.
Annoyingly it’s a recipe that I haven’t found back and my father got rid of a heap of things after she died of cancer more than twenty years ago, it could be with things he stashed away in the loft or he might have gotten rid of it with other things at that time.
One day I will do some investigation to find a recipe that sounds familiar to the one my mother used and try to make these at home. In the meantime most bars and many cafés have them on their menu so we can just order them when we fancy some. We made this trip some years ago and Kiwi Daughter had just discovered that she rather liked bitterballen more than she thought… needless to say, lunch was a hit with both kids.
That drawing of the highest point in the Netherlands is rather a large exaggeration of the reality…