Have yourselves a 'bol' at our little Dutch food caravan.
We are back in business! Now that we are at level 1, we will be able to join markets and events coming up, yoohoo. Please check the site to see where we are this week, and we will also list the events on our Facebook page. See you there!
So what is an oliebol?
In the Netherlands, we traditionally love to welcome in the New Year with these delectable little treats. Literally translated they mean 'oil balls' but they are so much more than that! Also known as 'smoutebollen', 'croustillons' 'Dutch donuts' or 'Dutchies' they are deep fried fluffy balls saturated with sultanas (although I make them without aswell) and apple. I deep fry mine in canola oil, known to have several health benefits such as promoting heart health and strenghtening immunity systems. With a sprinkling of icing sugar or a trickle of chocolate/caramel or strawberry sauce, these are a delicious warm treat on a cold winter's day but also a yummy snack all year around.
Their origin dates back to Germanic tribes hundreds of years ago. They are said to have been first eaten by Germanic tribes in the Netherlands during the Yule, the period between December 26 and January 6 where such baked goods were used. The Germanic goddess Perchta, together with evil spirits, would fly through the mid-winter sky. To appease these spirits, food was offered, much of which contained deep-fried dough. It was said Perchta would try to cut open the bellies of all she came across, but because of the fat in the oliebollen, her sword would slide off the body of whoever ate them. The earliest discovered recipe of oliekoecken (“oil cookies”, the direct precursor of the oliebol) came from the 1667 Dutch book De verstandige kock “The smart/responsible cook”. For centuries the Dutch ate oliekoek (“oil cookie”), an old name for oliebol (“oil ball”). During the nineteenth century the word “oliebol” started to be used more. In 1868 Van Dale, a famous Dutch dictionary, put the word “oliebol” in its dictionary. But it was not a commonly used word yet said by “Woordenboek der Nederlandsche taal” (1896), which is another Dutch dictionary. In that dictionary they say that “oliekoek” is a more commonly used term, but then there was a major change and from the early twentieth century the word “oliekoek” was not used anymore and had been replaced by “oliebol”.
What Sets Us Apart?
My name is Mandy and I am a Dutch girl living in New Zealand with a dream to own a food caravan selling typically Dutch treats. My career trajectory has been diverse, from being a Quality Control assessor, to managing a little kindergarten, to working in a library. I have travelled widely and throughout all my life experiences, have always had a passion for food. This passion, as well as a love for being on the move and owning my own little space in this world, has contributed to the thought of starting my own food caravan. In 2019 I decided to take the plunge and with the support of my lovely Kiwi husband, we made 'Mandy's' a reality. I sell yummy 'oliebollen' (traditionally a Dutch New Years treat but too good to not eat it all year around) from my little red caravan and I move around the Hamilton/Waikato District area. From time to time you might see either one of my children, Meg or Jayden, helping me out with serving our customers or eating oliebollen! In the future I am hoping to sell a diverse range of Dutch goodies. Please pop in and say hi, I love meeting new people.
1 oliebol $3
3 oliebollen $7
5 oliebollen $10
Ask us if you would like to order a larger quantity for events/get togethers.
I deep fry these moorish little treats in canola oil which contains both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, making it one of the healthiest cooking oils out there. It has 7 percent saturated fat which helps lower cholesterol. It is also rich in vitamins E and K which reduces skin problems and ageing signs. I use a little sugar in the dough, however most of the sweetness comes from the sultanas, apple pieces and the sprinkling of icing sugar on top! (or if you want to go hard out, a trickle of chocolate, caramel or strawberry sauce). These are not gluten or dairy free, but contain no nuts.
Food on Wheels
Where are we this week?
Saturday February 27th from 10 to 3: Te Kowhai Country Market
Sunday February 28th: Gourmet in the Gardens - Hamilton Gardens from 4 to 8 pm.
If you have an event coming up and you think it would be fun for your guests to feast on oliebollen (and other Dutch treats in the future), please enquire about catering possibilities.
33a Glentui Lane