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June 2017

Upcoming Pub Nights

We are looking forward to seeing you at this month's Pub Nights! It's an excellent time to maintain your Dutch and socialize with other people in the community, while enjoying great food and drinks.

  • Wednesday, June 21st: From 7.30 pm at New Oxford Pub in Vancouver, 1144 Homer Street.

Please confirm your attendance in the Meetup group, via WhatsApp, or by emailing pubnight@dutchnetwork. ca.

King Willem-Alexander reveals he was KLM pilot for 21 years

Some Dutch passengers on KLM flights might have recognized the co-pilot's voice when he introduced himself on the airline's services.

It was not just any co-pilot telling them weather conditions and estimated time of arrival. It was their king.

King Willem-Alexander revealed in an interview with De Telegraaf that he recently ended a role as a regular "guest pilot" after 21 years on Fokker 70 planes operated by KLM's commuter division, Cityhopper, and before that on leisure carrier, Martinair.

He will now retrain to fly Boeing 737s as the Fokkers are being phased out of service.

While it is no secret that Willem-Alexander is a qualified pilot who sometimes flew KLM passenger flights, it was not clear how frequently it happened. De Telegraaf said he does it twice a month.

The 50-year-old father of three and monarch to 17 million Dutch citizens calls flying a "hobby" that lets him leave his royal duties on the ground and fully focus on something else.

"You have an aircraft, passengers and crew. You have responsibility for them," the king told De Telegraaf. "You can't take your problems from the ground into the skies. You can completely disengage and concentrate on something else. That, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying."

Willem-Alexander said he is rarely recognized by passengers, especially since security was tightened on board planes in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

"Before Sept. 11, the cockpit door was open. People regularly came to have a look and thought it was nice or surprising that I was sitting there," he said, adding that very few people recognize him as he walks through Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport in KLM uniform and cap.

And even when he makes announcements to passengers, Willem-Alexander says that as a co-pilot he doesn't have to give his name. So while some people recognize his voice, it is far from all passengers.

"But most people don't listen anyway," he added.

Source: NBC News

Bike Ride in Richmond on June 10th

On Saturday, June 10th, the Dutch Biking Club will ride in southwest Richmond. Peter and Barbara will be there to greet everyone at 10:30 am at the Garry Point Park parking lot (west of Steveston village) near the concession stand. (Between Chatham and Moncton Street on 7th Avenue.) Parking is free.

The ride will start at 11 am and will follow the dyke north on a good hard-packed gravel surface until No. 2 Road. We will cross the No. 2 Road bridge and follow the Fraser River Arm west to the Flying Beaver Restaurant for lunch. We return via the same route.

Enjoy beautiful views of Vancouver and the Georgia Straight along saltwater marshes. "Dutchies" of course show their pride in their heritage by wearing the color "oranje" and it will keep you safe on the road as well. Peter and Barbara will send out an email reminder about 3 days before the event. If this bike trip needs to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions we will reschedule for June 17th; same time, same place.

In event of cancellation only, Peter will notify everyone on his email list on Saturday June 10th at 8:30 am in the morning, so make sure he has your email address. Peter will ask you to sign a liability waiver in the parking lot just before the ride begins. To RSVP contact Barbara at dutchinbc@gmail. com.

Please see our website for the most current information.

Future Bike Rides

  • July 22nd: Barnston Island
  • August 12th: Surrey, Mud Bay
  • August 19th: European Bike Ride, Vancouver
  • September 23th: Fort Langley

Save the Date: Consul will host European Bike Ride on August 19th

On August 19th the Consul will host a European Bike Ride in Vancouver. More details to follow in next month's newsletter and on the website.

N.A.J.M. President's Report on European Festival

Adriana Zylmans, president of Netherlands Association "Je Maintiendrai", reports on the European Festival, which was held on May 27th and 28th at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby:

"The 20th Annual European Festival was a resounding success. Arts and crafts, children's entertainment and activities, authentic ethnic food, cultural displays, and traditional and contemporary performers were highlights of the festival. The association had a Dutch cultural display booth which was very well attended by visitors.

Visitors walked in wooden shoes and had their picture taken dressed wearing the shoes, holding a Dutch flag, sporting an orange hat, and displaying tulips.

Children were given a Dutch-themed picture to colour and a coloured balloon of their choice. Stories about the wonders of the Netherlands were shared, and people glowed about the beauty and fun they had while visiting in Holland and how they loved the people.

If you missed the festival this year, hope to see you next year!"

New documentary on National Geographic: Laura Dekker sails around the world

When 14-year-old Laura Dekker set out in 2012 to become the youngest person to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe, filmmaker Jillian Schlesinger documented the remarkable 518-day journey. In this excerpt from the full-length documentary Maidentrip, Dekker follows the route her parents took 20 years earlier through French Polynesia. Today, Dekker holds the record for the youngest person to sail around the world by herself.

Learn more about the film or download the full-length documentary from iTunes.

Source: National Geographic

Frikandellen Recipe

This recipe was contributed by reader John van Gerven:

"This is my version [of the original recipe, which can be found here]. Same recipe, but a bit different preparation of the shape. I found the other method time consuming and difficult. Enjoy!

  • 1 pound regular ground beef (lean makes them a bit dry)
  • 1 pound regular ground pork
  • 8 oz. ground chicken
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  1. If possible, ground the meat very, very finely; alternatively you can use it as it comes from the store.
  2. In a large bowl, blend the meats together, sprinkling the spices in to get a good mix.
  3. Blend in the whipping cream and mix everything thoroughly. I find using my hands for this works best.
  4. Bring a large, wide pan of water to a boil.
  5. Prep a large baking sheet with wax paper to place the sausages on.
  6. Now, using your hands, form the mixture into sausages (the size of a jumbo hotdog) or even a bit longer (as long as it will fit into your pan).
    I find rolling the meat between the palms of my hands to work quite well for this. It's a bit sticky, so occasionally rinse your hands under some warm water to keep them useable.
  7. Place the finished sausage onto the wax paper.

Note: you can make them any shape you want. Balls, patties, shorter or longer, but I find the hot dog size turns out well for making the frikandel speciaal.

  1. Once you have enough of them on the wax paper to put in the pan, put them in and allow the meat to boil for five or six minutes on a medium boil.
  2. Retrieve the sausages and dry them on a cooling rack.

Once they have cooled, you can freeze them for future use, or put them into the deep-fryer for about 3 minutes. You can test just one the first time. Frozen may take a minute or two longer; they should be a nice deep brown when done. You can also do them in the toaster oven if you prefer.

For frikandel speciaal, butterfly the sausage lengthwise and fill with chopped onions and mayonnaise, or curry sauce if you prefer. I enjoy mine with some Maggi down the middle before the onions and mayo."

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