Today, 26th April, is Koning Day and King Willem-Alexander's birthday will be celebrated all over Holland . On this national holiday everyone gets into party mood and there will be fairs, markets and music shows all over the country.
My old school friend Hannie emailed from Amsterdam this morning to describe what will be happening there. There's a custom of having garage sales when everyone gets rid of things they no longer want. Kids play games in the park , or sells cookies they have made themselves, or play musical instruments out on the street.She'll be singing in a choir outside a café later in the day It's always a fun atmosphere , and very busy and noisy in the centre of the city.
As a sign of national pride ( and because the royals belong to the House of Orange) orange clothes are worn and cooks may create orange food.
Here's my recipe to mark the day.
1 orange ( peeled and sliced)
1 large carrot (grated)
1 small fennel bulb ( finely sliced)
1 spring onion (sliced)
1 stalk of celery ( sliced)
2 tablespoons of lime juice
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon of ginger ( finely grated)
Toss the prepared salad ingredients with the dressing