Mandy's Dutchies

 

My name is Mandy and I am a Dutch girl living in New Zealand with a dream of owning 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!

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 or just a yummy snack all year around.

 
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