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Episode 16 of Maastricht Minutiae

Sinterklaas taste test

Dan preparing for the Sinterklaas taste test.

Episode 16 of Maastricht Minutiae is ready for your listening pleasure. Its been a couple of real nose to the grindstone kind of weeks. So instead of having a tale of travel to share, we decided to celebrate Sinter Klaas’ arrival in Maastricht with a taste test of traditional holiday sweets. That does mean we recorded the episode on the same computer, so the sound quality is a bit off. Click here to listen to Episode 16 or download it using your favorite podcatcher.
In Episode 16 we talk about:

  • Dutch Language Class at Maastricht University
  • NaNoWriMo & other projects
  • My continued adventures with Dutch Healthcare
  • The dryer gets fixed! (Finally)
  • The Sinterklaas Sweets Taste Test
    1. Kruidnoten: Tiny crunchy spice cookies traditionally handed out by Sinter Klaas.
      Speculaas Cookies: Spiced cookies with almond slices typically shaped as windmills but also made into holiday shapes this time of year. (Dan’s Favorite)
      Marzipan Sinter Klaas: A fondant like candy.
      Amandelstaaf: Creamy almond paste baked in a staff with a flaky, butter crust around it like a roll. Sometimes shaped into letters.
      Speculaasslofje: An inch-thick speculaas-flavored bread filled with almond paste. (Amanda’s Favorite)

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    Sinterklaas sweets

    Amandelstaaf, Speculaasslofje, Marzipan, Speculaas cookies, Kruidnoten

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