The Hague, the 17th of December 2016
Many of us are familiar with The Hague being the international city of Peace and Justice. Yesterday evening however, it was all centered around the 'Peas' here at the canal. Some of the canal residents were invited for an evening out with pea soup. As some of our tenants work for The Hague tribunals, the ICC and other international organisations like Eurojust, we felt that an evening of 'Peas and Justice' was more than appropriate.
Pea soup is a typical Dutch winter dish that is eaten quite regularly by the Dutch during the colder season. The Dutch will tell you that it makes for a hearty meal on a cold day. This 'classic' is a thick soup made with split peas, smoked bacon, smoked sausage and various Dutch vegetables like carrots, leek, celery, onion and more. Traditionally it is eaten together with a type of rye bread called 'roggebrood', topped with bacon.
Fortunately for the vegetarians among us there was also a 'bacon and sausage free' version available which could be eaten alternatively with a slice of 'roggebrood' topped with 'oude kaas' (old Dutch cheese).
It was a wonderful evening with great Dutch food and of course some delightful international company.