Do you like factoids? (Series) Stroopwafels
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Do you like factoids?
They serve as good conversation fodder after you’ve exhausted the topic of the weather and may also be used as material for dinner party quizzes. I absolutely ❤ them.
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Truly, what is more dutch than stroopwafels? No no no…don’t tell me cheese, clogs and tulips! Or even bicycles, windmills and canals! 😉
Factoid 1: This sweet biscuity thing was invented some 100+ years ago. Apparently by a clever Mr. Baker residing in Gouda in the South Province of Holland. So this Mijnheer Bakker, he came up with a cunning plan to sell his leftover crumbs which were made more appealing by the addition of syrup.
Factoid 2: There are many ways to enjoy the stroopwafel. Assuming that you need some guidance, I would recommend you to try it the traditional Dutch way: by first placing it on top of a steaming cup of beverage. Then wait and eat. It will be toasty and gooey.
Factoid 3: If you live a sedentary life, this might be the right time to consider a more active one - maybe by emulating the dutch habit of cycling everywhere. Why? Well, for one, you just consumed about 200 calories - or 8%-10% of your daily requirement.*
Stroopwafels can always be found in our household. After fasting for so many hours (to be sedated for an MRI scan), the only thing Isabel, then aged 2, repeatedly asked for was some “wafel-strup”. What would you dream of eating after fasting for so many hours? I would be more inclined towards a plate of fried noodles like the Penang char kway teow.
* caveat - calorie requirement used based on the average sedentary man and woman. Obviously does not apply if you are training for a marathon or don’t have a job that chains you to your desk.