Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dec. 5th 2009, another Sinterklaasfeest and a watercolor painting too!

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artwork copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Taai-taai cookies for Sinterklaas
approx. 5"h x 7"w - Watercolors on Arches HP watercolor paper

Yes! It's another Sinterklaasfeest (feast of St. Nicholas) tonight!

The painting above is of the special Dutch cookies called Taai-Taai which are baked in lovely wooden moulds in the shapes of Sinterklaas and his helper Zwarte Piet. I happen to love the taste of Taai-Taai, which has an anise and honey flavor along with back notes of the traditional speculaas cookie flavors. The word "taai" in dutch means tough, or in the case of these cookies, chewy (because of the honey in the batter) - they're great when you dunk them in hot chocolate. :o)

If you want to read more about the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas, I have written 3 other posts over the years:
Sinterklaasfeest 2008 (St. Nicholas feast 2008)
Sinterklaas 2007- Pakjesavond (Gift Night)
2006 - Sinterklaas might be the original santa!

I hope everyone who celebrates Sinterklaasfeest has a wonderful "pakjesavond"( gift night).

Oops! I forgot to add this photo yesterday...too busy with pakejesavond, that's my excuse! lol

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Winter Moon in Lemmer, Friesland - The Netherlands - 2009

I was up in Freisland last week and when I saw the view above, I could just imagine Sinterklaas on his horse Amerigo travelling over the rooftops in Lemmer. Cool! It doesn't take much for me to still believe in Sinterklaas (or Santa). :0)

Gelukkig Sinterklaasfeest!
(Happy Saint Nicholas feast!)
tot ziens,
Judy
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4 comments:

Q. said...

I just discovered your lovely blog. Thank you for bringing us your happy perspective on your world, Europe and best of all, your work and photography. Keep up the terrific work!
Q. Cassetti
http://qcassetti.squarespace.com

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks for your lovely comment, Q.
:o)

Meisie said...

Yay! Someone else discovered this most delightful blog!
Love your paiting Judy...and enjoy a Taai Taai for me, haven't had one in more than a decade now...sniff sniff....
Have a wonderful Sinterklaasfees...I hope you were good... ;-)

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Meisie.
:0)
I have a taai-taai tummy now...LOL

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