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What I Love/Miss (II)

I realized that it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of my favorite little features, so it’s time for an update. (Here’s the inaugural post of ‘What I Love/Miss’ in case you missed it.)

What I love: Well that’s a no-brainer. The Netherlands is not only home to tulips and bulbs galore, but also serves as the main hub of the European flower market. According to the Centre for the Promotion of Imports for Developing Countries, it’s also responsible for re-exporting to the rest of the world the flower produce of many developing countries. Which means that we benefit by having a wide array of beautiful, low-cost flowers available year round. Walk down most shopping streets and you’ll see bloemen shops and stands in abundance. One afternoon I counted seven such venders in a three-block stretch of our nearby Frederick Hendricklaan, and that doesn’t count the inexpensive flowers for sale in my Albert Heijn grocery store. Yes, I realize you can buy flowers inexpensively in many countries, but believe me, nothing beats Nederland for its gorgeous blooms! Flowers are the standard gift to recognize any special celebration or milestone, as well as host/hostess gift when visiting someone’s home. I make it a practice to pick up a lovely little bouquet on a regular basis; they are a thing of beauty, especially during the winter months.

What I miss: broth. I realize that sounds strange, but it’s true. I’ve found bouillon cubes and a jellied version of broth, but no carton or can of broth. The bouillon cubes are every bit as salty as I’d remembered, so I skip that. The Dutch jellied version of broth is quite tasty and comes in various flavors (vegetable, poultry, beef, fish), but it is still a little too salty for some uses. So if it’s for something REALLY important, I make my own broth. Otherwise, I make do. No big deal, just something I miss.

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