My name is Raphaelle. I am a girl and I am French.
A few years ago I moved to Amsterdam, and became an expat with all the things that come with it. I can’t really explain it but there is something stirring inside of you soon as you leave your country. You compare all cultural things between your home country and the new one. And part of it, is food and cooking.
The Dutch way of cooking & eating is very different from what I grew up with. Here food is meant to keep you going: lunch will keep you working till the end of the day and diner is at 6pm so you can go do something else in the evening.
I was raised in quite a different way. Cooking is a way to express yourself, be creative, explore and show your family how much you love them. Eating is more than just eating, it’s about sharing quality time with your loved ones.
To be quite honest, it’s probably due to the “culture shock” that I started experimenting in the kitchen. I had to fill the gap, and my first goal was to “food-initiate” my boyfriend and then his family and my Dutch friends.
To encourage you, I created this blog and kindly asked my boyfriend Dennis to participate in each of the post.
Dennis grew up eating barely anything out of the classic Dutch kitchen, so French cooking presents some challenges (think about blue cheese…). In “The Dutch boyfriend’s opinion” column he will share his tasting-experience, his view on the cooking process and finally he will rate the dish.
Good luck with trying new things !