Only a few things are more Dutch than Vincent Van Gogh, his name is practically synonymous with the Dutch aesthetic. While it’s hard to pin down the quintessential Dutch style, it is nevertheless unmistakable: be it Dutch bikes with their Old-Dutch handlebars, or industrial Dutch beds made popular by period films, or the Dutch ovens demanded by every other recipe in any respectable cookbook.
Opening July 1st, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit will present a great opportunity to revel in the works of an artist that inspired a generation of Dutch designers and tinkerers whose created are renowned on the global stage.
Speaking of Dutch ovens, when’s the last time you actually made something Dutch in one of those? Eclipsed by their French and Italian neighbours to the south, Dutch cuisine is often looked over on the smorgasbord of European culinary culture. So to bring out your inner Dutch masterchef ahead of the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, we’ve put together some of the best classic Dutch recipes on the web.
Dutch cuisine tends to be on the minimalist side of elegant, with lots of vegetables, cheeses and cured meats. These recipes, much like Van Gogh’s paintings, are proof of all the complex and colourful things that can be done with simple ingredients.
Van Dough: The doors to the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit are opening very soon, first to cars (June 18th) and thereafter foot-traffic (July 1st). In the meantime we encourage you to pay a visit to the ‘Museum of Fine Breads’, a virtual space where celebrity-baker Teri Culletto displays her Van Gogh-inspired edible artworks. ‘Vincent’s Sun Flour’, her most recent creation — a depiction of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers on focaccia bread — is our choice for this week’s Dutch recipe. This eclectic recipe features a roster of over fifteen different toppings needed to recreate the famous Van Gogh piece. It’s not just all frills, Culletto has put together a detailed guide on how to bake the perfect focaccia, with a gentle nudge towards bringing out your inner artist for the Van Dough toppings. May just be the weekend baking project you’re looking for!