Saint Nicholas’ Eve

Yesterday my family and I celebrated Sinterklaas. A day later than the actual holiday, which I’ve told you a little about in the last Sweet Sunday post along with a recipe for the traditional cookies we eat around this time: kruidnoten.

On Pakjesavond, or Saint Nicholas’ Eve, our family has the tradition (like most other Dutch families I guess) to prepare a lot of food. And I mean a lot. In my home, we always make a walking dinner or buffet.  Honestly, the dishes we serve have been the same for more than 10 years. strange thing is, some of these dishes we only eat on this holiday. Even though we love them all, it has just become a family tradition to not serve them any other day of the year.

buffet dinnerWhat we always serve is a quiche, most of the time a quiche lorraine. You could make them yourself by using the recipe in the Smoked Salmon Quiche post! To me, a quiche is always a clever dish to make, as you can serve it either cold or warm, and heat up any leftovers the next day!

My absolute favorite dish ever is my mum’s celery salad with cashewnuts. It is literally the simplest ever to make, but soooo good. Recipe will be on the bottom of this post!

Another staple dish, well more staple ingredient, are chicken wings for my lovely brother who basically lives on chicken.

By the way, the big S you see in the middle of the the photo above is a really large sausage roll. Insert heart eyes emoji.

Sinterklaas 2014 (6)There’s also lots of baguettes, with pate, or smoked mackerel and salmon, or tomato tapenade. Basically some good stuff.pigs in a blanketAnd there are some piggies as well! The wonderful pigs in a blanket! Who doesn’t love these?

With all that deliciousness your (first) plate will look a bit like this:

buffetTo say that this is all there is, would be a total lie. Because what’s a children’s holiday without chocolates and marzipan? You will end an evening like this with a belly full of hearty food and sweets, I assure you.

Anyways, at the end of the day, this holiday is all about the presents which, like the food, were aplenty. pakjesavond presents

The wrapping paper and boxes serve a great second purpose as a bed for my little kitty 🙂sinterklaas pakjesavondSo there you have it, that’s what Pakjesavond with my family looks like! If you want to know more about this Dutch holiday, don’t hesitate to ask me!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

PS: I got new headphones, and the Greatest Hits album of Foo Fighters amongst others. I’m so happy.

Celery and Cashew Salad

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 large celery which has about 8 stalks
  • 150 grams of salted cashewnuts
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 5 tbsp yogurt
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Clean the celery stalks, and cut off the tops and ends. Cut the stalks in slices of about 1 cm. Add to a bowl.
  2. Add the cashewnuts, mayonnaise, and yogurt. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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