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The broth thickens: pea soup preparation part of Dutch ‘intangible heritage’
February 15, 2019
A pea-souper Photo: Takeaway via Wiki Commons
In a blow to those who believe the English invented the thick pea soup, preparing a split pea broth has been recognized as a part of the Netherlands’ immaterial cultural heritage.
Cooking erwtensoep, affectionately known as ‘snert’, will be recognized [Dutch only] as a treasured national pastime during the world championships [Dutch only] in Groningen on Friday. The director of the Dutch intangible heritage recognition body Leo Adriaanse told the NOS broadcaster [Dutch only] that the thick stew had ancient roots but was still alive and bubbling in modern Holland.
‘Many recipes have been passed down through families and new versions are always being added,’ he reportedly said. ‘This wide variation in recipes alone illustrates the dynamic of this living piece of heritage.’
At the world championships in Groningen the root vegetable and pulse soup was due to be served with a traditional silver spoon, the snertslaif. It is the 25th edition of the festival, which also celebrates another icon of Dutch haute cuisine, the potato hash-based stamppot. Both are generally eaten with meat such as smoked sausage, ham or bacon.
The Dutch immaterial heritage list includes baking the Dalfenser Mop [Dutch only], a type of biscuit, building midwinter horns [Dutch only] and the Sinterklaas celebration [Dutch only] welcoming ‘Saint Nicholas and the black Petes’.
To be accepted onto the list, practitioners of an activity need to write a forward-looking ‘care plan’ and take a course. The most prestigious pastimes are proposed to a Unesco list of international intangible cultural heritage.