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Cheese 2021

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The job of the cheesemaker is to control the spoiling of milk into cheese. The milk is traditionally from a cow, goat, sheep or buffalo, although worldwide cow's milk is most commonly used and, in theory, cheese could be made from the milk of any mammal. The cheesemaker's goal is a consistent product with specific characteristics and organoleptic requirements (appearance, aroma, taste, texture). The crafts and skills employed by the cheesemaker to make a Camembert will be similar to, but not quite the same as, those used to make Cheddar.

Edam $19

Gouda young $20

Gouda medium $28

Gouda aged $32

Gouda classique $37

Gouda spiced $22

Leiden mature $26

Kilo prices sold per pre-cut pieces

Call Gerda 9746 8420

Call Alice 0412304837

 

 

 



From the board January 2021

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With Our Multiple Function Liquor License comes the option of adding a drink to your meal.
We ask members to consider their options and know the limits. Our RSA certified bar staff and Club Licensee are always available to help you select a suitable alternative.
DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
Have a Plan B and enjoy a night out with friends a nice meal and some music or join in a card game or two. We can order you a taxi or UBER to get you home safely. Only drinks purchased from the bar can be consumed on premises.
Respect our neighbours and leave only good memories

The Board wishes to advise that NSW government health regulations are inforce at the Rembrandt Club. They are updated regularly and at going to print you are required to sign in with a QR code. Our COVID Marshall can assist with this as required. We ask you to continue using our Hall register as well. On Monday 4th new regulations came into effect for our staff and volunteers with regards to face masks, these do not apply to patrons as yet. Our Hall capacity is sufficient with the 4sqm rule applied and allow for social distancing as required. The club provides hand sanitiser at the entry desk and council cleaners and volunteers prepare the venue for your use. We wish all members and guests a very Happy New Year. We are looking to make 2021 a success.

Members and Guests,
Please be advised that the club operates under State Government and Local Council COVID regulations and needs your help to maintain a safe environment for all. You are required to sign our COVID register on entry. Our COVID marshal will take your temperature. The club provides Alcohol based sanitiser for your convenience. Our volunteers and Council cleaners work hard to keep the hall clean so we can keep operating. Your continued patronage is valued. As one we are working together, on the occasion that you are not feeling well, have a cold, sniffle or cough, look after yourself and others and consult your GP and come visit us another day.
Thank you for your assistance,
Rembrandt Board



Presidents report January 2021

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Valued Members,
December saw busy shopping weeks at E.D.A.H. to keep Gerda on her toes and action packed month with the arrival of Sinterklaas at Mt Druitt despite very strict border regulations and quarantine he surprised us with his entourage. This to the delight of young and old. We moved on the week after to a fabulous Christmas dinner by Alice and the helpers in the kitchen. Friday 18th finished off the year with Carols in Dutch and English sourced by Sjoerd and some performed on accordion by Herman. Leny’s efforts saw us run out of raffle tickets. John kept the lines at the bar moving. We are constantly looking to improve on what we do and how we can facilitate even more. Our traditional event themes have always generated good memories and will be a constant in 2021. Friday Nights are themed to give members an indication on what is on. We have done some as promoted special events, like this year’s October fest, others come as traditional events or join in evenings. Friday nights are always about Friends, Food and Fun. With that in mind we encourage you to invite a friend and treat them to a bit of traditional music or a culinary curiosity. Our events coordinator is looking for some new ways to get members involved with some different games or perhaps trivia. If there is a quizmaster in our midst please contact Rebecca. Wednesday have become a steady shopping morning in the Café and a group of Triominos players has made a table their home. New reading material will be a feature as well with regular magazine postings from Holland. Our first batch was received on Christmas Eve including Viva, Flair, Margriet, Libelle, Story and a few more to get things started. Allan J. Potter



Events secretary report January 2021

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Talk of the town
January is here, a New Year after an extremely successful December to end the year, our Christmas Dinner was so popular that we were booked out for the dinner! Everyone enjoyed the delicious spread put on by Alice and her helpers and much fun was had by all. Our plans for the year 2021 include major theme nights each month and a games night on the last Friday of each month. What this means is that 1 Friday will have food/entertainment that is specifically set for the major theme night. All other nights will have a general menu and music. Minor theme night with decorations that brighten the place. A musical guest appearance on occasion. Food theme connection to a Dutch delicacy locally prepared and enjoyed with a drink from the bar. New Year’s Dinner on the 15th January is a minor theme to ring in the New Year with a drink some food and friends. Followed by Friday, 22nd January Our Australia Day theme. This will include some Australian music, Australian food (menu to be posted on FB closer to the date) and Australia Day decorations!
For our monthly major theme nights it will be great if people could book in advance so that Alice can cater for the night. In an effort to bring back some old fashioned table top games the last Friday each month will be games night. On the night people can drop in and play all different kind of games. Klaverjassen is played regularly as are Triominos and Scrabble. Let us know if you want to play other games on any night, there might be more players looking to participate. Rebecca Hook



Kitchen Corner January 2021

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North Sea fish in Holland Holland’s rich maritime history has helped to create a modern fishing fleet that’s won the Dutch industry a major position on the international market, and is now leading the way in sustainable fishing thanks to a combination of policy reform and advocacy. The Dutch fleets comprise mainly of cutters and trawlers, fishing the nutrient-rich coastal waters of the North Sea for a wide variety of species – the most popular include flat fish like plaice and sole, as well as herring, mackerel, cod, and haddock. In addition, the fleet also includes sophisticated vessels for harvesting mussels. Many of these vessels belong to the fleets of Scheveningen, Katwijk and Stellendam, all historical towns with a rich fishing heritage. As well as its large fleet, Scheveningen is known for its daily fish auction, which provides an essential link between the fishermen and trade, helping the morning’s catch to make its way from the sea to the plate in a matter of hours. When unloaded from the boats. Further south, in the province of Zeeland, the harbor town of Stellendam also holds a weekly fish market every Friday morning.



Events secretary report December 2020

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December already! Time has flown! November has been a very busy month. We had a fantastic race day and congratulations to Paulus, Gerda and Wolfgang on winning your races! Paulus and Gerda won shop vouchers and Wolfgang won a dinner voucher. The best dressed prizes went to Jo-Anne and Johan. We also had fun nights with Carnival and Music with Herman.
December promises to be just as busy. We have Sinterklaas visiting us on Friday 4th December as well as Christmas Dinner party on the 11th December and Christmas Carols on 18th December.
Club will be closed from December 19th until the 14th January, reopens on Friday 15th January 2021. So stock up on everything Dutch. Bulk cold food and all cheese needs to be ordered in advance please. All cheese orders to be placed with Gerda (contact her on 02 97468420) BY Thursday for a Friday pickup at the club. Please contact Gerda for all things shop related.
Stay Safe and Merry Christmas. Rebecca Hook



Kitchen Corner December 2020

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The origins of oliebollen are not entirely clear. They are said to have been first eaten by Germanic tribes in Belgium and the Netherlands during the Yule, the period between December 26 and January 6 where such baked goods were used. It has also been speculated that they were introduced to the Netherlands in the 15th century by Portuguese immigrants. The earliest discovered recipe of oliekoecken ("oil cookies", the direct precursor of the oliebol) came from the 1667 Dutch book “De verstandige kock " ,“The competent cook"



Presidents report December 2020

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Valued Members,
This year has been especially eventful. Friday night crowds started off slowly, but with the warming weather that has dramatically changed and dinners have been flying out of the kitchen. Dealing with the COVID protocols has been quite a challenge and we now have a COVID Marshal.
Visitors have been cooperating, so the issue has not removed people’s enjoyment on the evenings.
Some of the traditional events like the Dutch classes have been on hold, but our special events
and theme nights on Fridays have taken off in a big way.
It is with great delight that the klaverjas group has started playing again their regular games, so bit by bit various attractions are returning back to normal.
The operation of the shop, bar and kitchen has shown to be very popular and successful and therefore profitable, allowing us to fulfil our financial obligations.
The Halloween theme night attracted a good crowd, as did the “a day at the races” theme night.
Marion’s bag full of carnival dress up goods made a huge difference to the “Prince Carnival“ event night , our events committee have even more surprises planned for us. The Kitchen has done a magnificent job by keeping up with the demand and special recipes during all these theme nights.
With all these events our licensee and barman has been kept very busy.
It is great to see not only our membership renewals still coming in but even more encouraging is the flow of new memberships that are attending our festive nights.
I thank our loyal regular club attendees for welcoming our new members by explaining some of the Dutch culture and demonstrating true comradery.
On the 7th of November I attended my first AGM meeting of The Federation Of Netherlands Societies held in Illawarra (DASI).
After listening to the reports from affiliated groups attending I was dismayed on reports of declining memberships contributing to financial hardships associated with these clubs,
I now feel proud of our own club’s achievements.
The aim of our committee is to see us progress further and deliver continuity and structure for the future of The Rembrandt Dutch Club.
Finally i would truly like to thank the Board, Committees, volunteers and all our members for your valuable assistance in keeping our club alive.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year. Allan J. Potter



Kitchen Corner November 2020

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Hallo lieve members,
ik ben een recepten verzamelaar, altijd opzoek naar nieuwe en oude ideeen. Het zou leuk zijn als je een echt Hollands gerecht hebt dat ik nog niet ken.
Van koekjes tot locale specialiteiten, als je in de keuken staat te koken denk even aan mij en schrijf je het op en maak er een foto van.

In keeping with Christmas traditions we are taking orders for the sweet almond and pastry coffee favourite the Banketstaaf.
If you have not tried this you are missing out, if you have missed this now is your chance to put your name on one of these fabulous Dutch treats.

E.D.A.H. winkeltje is open Wednesdays and Fridays.
We stock a wide range of lollies for those naughty and nice.
Pepernoten and ‘Strooi goed’ can be pre-ordered.
Need some clogs? Or stocking fillers to put out for the
‘Good Saint Nic’?
Come and see Gerda for some ideas.
Or risk heading to Spain in a bag

Alice Vanderheg



Message from the board

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Members and Guests,
Please be advised that the club operates under State Government and Local Council COVID regulations and needs your help to maintain a safe environment for all. You are required to sign our covid register on entry. Our covid marshal will take your temperature. The club provides Alcohol based sanitiser for your convenience. Our volunteers and Council cleaners work hard to keep the hall clean so we can keep operating. Your continued patronage is valued. As one we are working together, on the occasion that you are not feeling well, have a cold, sniffle or cough, look after yourself and others and consult your GP and come visit us another day.
Thank you for your assistance,
Rembrandt Board

With Our Multiple Function Liquor License comes the option of adding a drink to your meal.
We ask members to consider their options and know the limits. Our RSA certified bar staff and Club Licencee are always available to help you select a suitable alternative.
DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
Have a Plan B and enjoy a night out with friends a nice meal and some music or join in a card game or two. We can order you a taxi or UBER to get you home safely. Only drinks purchased from the bar can be consumed on premises.
Respect our neighbours and leave only good memories



Presidents report November 2020

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Valued Members,
On the eve of our AGM I’d like to reflect on a challenging year. We started with cleaning out Dunheved and on the hunt for a place to call home. We landed in Mount Druitt and got started only to be halted by the world of COVID. Despite all that we have seen a dedicated group of volunteers rise to the occasion and successfully deliver what many thought was impossible. Wednesday coffee mornings has turned into a great meet and greet. Fridays have gone from strength to strength and now with the option of a drink from the bar feels like home again. We are looking forward to bringing back some old traditions and adding a few new events.
Our Octoberfest celebration was well patronaged by members and guests. Some live music by Herman Zirkzee and friends setting the tone for a very festive evening. The delightful meals of Bratwurst and Sauerkraut were prepared to perfection. The addition of a glass of wine or a German beer from the bar providing a good way to round of the evening. All in all very well done by our volunteers.
I’m pleased to announce that Erika Barnes, Marian Achten, Wolfgang Kubale, Edward van der Meulen, Rebecca Hook, Jack Vankuyk and myself are all nominated and available for election to the board. Our aim is to see us progress further and deliver continuity and structure into 2021 for all members.
Our Annual General Meeting is set for Friday 27th November at Mount Druitt community hall. Members are invited to attend, meeting starts at 6:30 PM kitchen will be open from 4:00 till 6:00 for pre ordered meals. Menu options and cost will be posted to Facebook.
RSVP to the secretary Erika 0411176329 or email rembrandtclub@optusnet.com.au
As mail is still arriving to various addresses they need to be sent to
Rembrandt Dutch Club PO Box 605 St Marys NSW 1790
Allan J Potter



Events secretary report November 2020

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Welcome to the November Events. Last month we had some themed nights with “Octoberfest” & “Halloween". On Friday November 6th we have “At the Races night”. This will be a fun filled trivia night with a horse racing theme. Prizes for Winners and best hat. Friday November 27th is Club AGM. The BIG news keeps on coming. We have managed to get Sinterklaas into the country.
Friday 4th December “SINTERKLAAS” 4pm to 8pm is our Sinterklaas party. This will be for the kids of all ages. Bookings are Essential and need to be made by Friday 20th November. Cost is $20 per child (booking forms from the club or emailed on request). The kids will get an activity pack, snacks and popper. Face painting will be available and other activities to entertain the kids till St Nick and his helpers arrive. The kitchen will be open for the adults to have a meal as well.
Great news for Dutch cheese lovers, it’s back! Cheese is now available! Please ring Gerda by Thursday each week to place your order for a Friday pickup! Available will be Gouda varieties (young, medium, classique and spiced), Edam and Leiden. Price per kg available on enquiry to Gerda. As you can see, it’s a busy but fun time the next few weeks. Hope to see you all at the Club. . Call Rebecca Hook 0417 696 415 for all events.



Events secretary report October 2020

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Events Secretary Report
Let me introduce myself. My name is Rebecca Hook and I am 43 year old Registered Nurse specialised in aged care. Currently work for a nursing agency going to nursing homes in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. With the club move to Mt Druitt and COVID happening, it has been difficult to organise any events such as our festival. The easing of some restrictions and us to settle into our new home, we are starting to organise “Theme" nights. This October, we have two the first one is “Octoberfest" on Friday the 23rd with food and music of an Octoberfest inspiration.
Our second theme night is “Halloween” on Friday the 30th of October. Everyone is welcome to dress to the theme if you wish. It would be lovely to see some ghosts, witches, and goblins for Halloween!
Current COVID restrictions that are imposed on us by Blacktown City Council and the state and federal governments, we have to record our members and guests in the sign in register. Numbers inside the hall are monitored and all are advised to social distance where possible.
Also, rules on what you can and cannot do are changing all the time. We are trying to keep abreast of all of the changes as they happen and if they apply to us. Singing and dancing may be a possibility as some restrictions are easing. A solo singer is allowed with distancing rules in place. We possibly have an amplifier with microphone setup that may be able to be plugged into the existing speaker system that is at Mt Druitt Hall, so if you want to provide some singing entertainment on a Friday, please contact one of the board members. Dancing is currently not allowed under COVID restrictions, but we are hopeful that it may change in a few weeks.
Booking in advance for theme nights would be appreciated if at all possible. This will allow the kitchen to prepare enough food for the numbers expected and will allow us to keep to COVID restrictions on numbers. Those who have booked in advance will be given priority especially on busy nights.
Sinterklaas is coming to town again if you have a special someone that would like to meet the good man could you fill the form and return it to Erika or Rebecca at the club.



Kitchen Corner October 2020

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Friday the 23rd October dinner there is Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, this has been a German staple meal for centuries and all that tried know why. Come and order yours so you won’t miss out.

For a Snack, a Bratwurst and Sauerkraut roll hits the spot with your drink.
Enjoy a little music and perhaps a Pretzel with some friends. To add to the atmosphere dressed in Lederhosen perhaps although that is completely optional.

E.D.A.H. winkeltje is open Wednesdays and Fridays. To cater for those chefs that need the real ingredients to bring authentic dishes to life. With an assortment of canned and glass vegetables as well as spices and sauces.
You don’t have to be a Master Chef to try something different.
In October the call for Sauerkraut or Zuurkool, depending on which side of the border you were born on, is high so place your orders.



Presidents report October 2020

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Valued Members,
We are pleased to report that as the weather is gradually becoming warmer we are seeing more members venturing out and visiting the club again. Our COVID safety protocols are now fully implemented to assure our members and visitors remain as safe as possible. We have been trying some different forms of entertainment on Friday’s and are open to suggestions from our members for further improvements. Our liquor license is looking another step closer with a recent visit from our area licensing officer who inspected the premises and was impressed with our club.
On Friday the 25th Mr Henk Plug and guests celebrated his 75th birthday at the club with other members sharing in the happy event. All had a great time and our tireless kitchen volunteers added that little extra to the occasion.
A special thank you to Erika, Edward and Rebecca for collaborating on our new magazine look.
Our Annual General Meeting is set for Friday 27th November at Mount Druitt community hall. Members are invited to attend, meeting starts at 6:30 PM kitchen will be open from 4:00 till 6:30 for pre ordered meals. Menu options and cost will be posted closer to date. RSVP to the secretary Erika 0411176329 or email rembrandt@optusnet.com.au
Thanking you and please stay safe.
Allan J Potter



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