Hugh Keasberry - nephew of Oma Keasberry - presenting her cookbook

Oma Keasberry’s cookbook on display in museum

Grandma’s cookbook ‘Oma’s Indische Keukengeheimen’ (Dutch for Grandma’s Indies Kitchen Secrets) will be on display as part of Museum of the Netherlands, to be set up in the Rotterdam Kunsthal. This honor has been bestowed on her for her influence on Dutch cuisine – presented during this new weekly TV show, which premiered Wednesday 16th…

Rijsttafel not an adaptation of Nasi Padang

When you Google ‘rijsttafel’ you will see from the top results that the rijsttafel is an elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch following the hidang presentation of nasi Padang, an Indonesian dining ritual from the region of West Sumatra.  It’s time to debunk this newly created myth. When it comes to the history of Indo-Dutch culinary traditions there are no…

Neville Keasberry at the Rijksmuseum

Before the times of television and 3D-viewers there was Stereoscope, a device by which two photographs of the same object taken at slightly different angles are viewed together, creating an impression of depth and solidity. My great grandfather Neville Keasberry was a well known photographer in Malang, Java. He had a subscription service you could…

Music with your Rendang

The Land of Our Mothers.

Having roots in both Indonesia (motherland) and the Netherlands (fatherland) I have accumulated a nice mix of cultural elements from both countries that create a sense of belonging. My exploration is ongoing and I keep finding new things that I enjoy. For instance, when eating Indonesian food I sometimes play some Indonesian music to complete…

Dutch-Indonesian, Confusion Cuisine?

‘Pea soup served over rice with sambal oelek? That is not ‘Indies’ cuisine! I get a similar response from people when I tell them that this “Indisch” cuisine offers its version of macaroni and cheese.  Some frown when I explain that  “Frikandel pan,”  (a meatloaf dish) and “Hussars salad” with beets are also “Indisch.” This…