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A Week of Dutch Menus

 

 

 

The heading on this page translates to “Hollandsche Menus”.  I had first assumed this meant “Holland Menus” remembering that Mom was employed by a doctor’s family in Holland.  The translator programs had no definition for the word “Hollandsche” and a search on it came up associated with a horse riding school, a theatre, and a bank.  However, a Wiki article including the word began with “The Hollandsche Spectator (lit. “Dutch Spectator”) was an important Dutch language newspaper (or an early magazine) of the Enlightenment period.”  So, if the literal translation for “Hollandsche” is “Dutch”, I’m good with that!

 

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Hollandsche Menüs

I
Gevüllte Eier
Schildkrötensuppe
Kalbszunge mit Ragusaus
Neue Kartoffeln mit Spargel
Erdbeeren mit Schlagsahne

II
Rindergehaktes
Kartoffelpüree mit Vietsbohnenslat
Omlette mit Gember

III
Juliennesoupe
Lamsnieren mit Madeirasaus
Kartoffeln mit Erbsen
Fruchtsalat

IV
Slierspargel mit Buttersaus
Kartoffeln mit gekochten Schinken
Flentjes mit Annanas

V
Tomatensuppe
Gebratene Kalbsrippe
Kartoffeln mit Blumenkohl
Citronenvla

VI
Garnelen Croquetten
Bachforellen mit Macheltersas(?)
Neue Kartoffeln und Wurzeln
Caramel Creme

VII
Rinder-Biefstück
Gebratene Kartoffeln mit Salat
Käse mit Zwieback

 

 

Translated (using Google and Bing)

German

Hollandsche Menüs

I
Gevüllte Eier
Schildkrötensuppe
Kalbszunge mit Ragusaus
Neue Kartoffeln mit Spargel
Erdbeeren mit Schlagsahne

Translated:

Dutch Menus

 I
Stuffed Eggs
Turtle Soup
Veal tongue with Ragu saus
New potatoes with asparagus
Strawberries with whipped cream

Ragu Saus, of course, is not that handy stuff in a jar at the grocery store, but likely means a thick, hearty pasta sauce, made with at least one kind of meat, that’s simmered for hours until the meat is tender and the sauce is rich and savory.

German 
II
Rindergehaktes
Kartoffelpüree mit Vietsbohnenslat
Omlette mit Gember

Translated:
Minced Beef
Mashed potatoes with Vietsbohnenslat (Late Season Beans as a salad)
Omlette with Ginger

German:
III
Juliennesoupe
Lamsnieren mit Madeirasaus
Kartoffeln mit Erbsen
Fruchtsalat

Translated:
Julienne Soupe
Lamb kidney with Madeira(wine) sauce
Potatoes with peas
Fruit Salad

Julienne soup is a clear vegetable soup based on dried green peas, carrot, celery, onion and brussels sprouts.

German:
IV
Slierspargel mit Buttersaus
Kartoffeln mit gekochten Schinken
Flentjes mit Annanas

Translated:
Asparagus with Butter Sauce
Potatoes with ham
Crepes with Pineapple

German:
V
Tomatensuppe
Gebratene Kalbsrippe
Kartoffeln mit Blumenkohl
Citronenvla

Translated:
Tomato soup
Roasted Rib of Veal
Potatoes with cauliflower
Lemon Pudding

Citronenvla couldn’t be translated but Citronen in German could be “Zitronen” (lemon) or just to Citron.  Vla translates from Dutch to “Custard” or “Pudding”.   I’m thinking this is something like what we put in a Lemon Meringue Pie.

German:
VI
Garnelen Croquetten
Bachforellen mit Macheltersas(?)
Neue Kartoffeln und Wurzeln
Caramel Creme

Translated: 
Shrimp Croquettes
Brown Trout with Machelter Sauce
Baby Potatoes
Caramel Creme

Sütterlinstube wasn’t sure about Macheltersas but since it’s on trout, I’m thinking something like tartar sauce.  It very likely was a local Dutch sauce that everyone knew how to make.  “Neue Kartoffeln und Wurzeln” translated toe “New Potatoes and Roots”.  The roots part confounded me, so I thought it meant the very first ones that a potato plant makes in it’s growing cycle in the garden.  Caramel Creme could be something like a pudding.

German:
VII
Rinder-Biefstück
Gebratene Kartoffeln mit Salat
Käse mit Zwieback

Translated:
Prime Rib
Roasted Potatoes and Salad
Cheese and Crackers

Plattdüütsch means “Low German” which was my parents’ dialect of the language. The first item on the menu only translated well when it read it as Plattdüütsch. “Rinder” is essentially “bovine” or “cattle”.  “Biefstück” is “beef steak”.  I think the term “Rinder-Biefstück” means simply a good cut of beef. Wouldn’t you want a good roast beef with potatoes and salad on Sunday?

 

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