Category Archives: Tradition

1st of May & The Sweet Smell of Muguet

In Belgium, France and Switzerland, there is a lovely tradition of giving sprigs of lily of the valley to one’s relatives and friends on the 1st of May to wish them happiness and good luck. The muguet or lily of the valley originated in Japan … Continue reading

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Fries for Lunch or Dinner

When it comes to fries, Belgians cook them to perfection for the simple reason that they invented them. No, not the French. They invented Pommes Parmentier. The Belgians use large size potatoes and fresh cooking oil. The fries or frites are cut in half of an … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day in Belgium

In Belgium on New Year’s Day, le jour du Nouvel An or Nieuwjaarsdag, children offer greetings of good health and best wishes to their parents and grand-parents for the upcoming year. A heart-shaped vanilla cake, filled with a buttery cream and decorated with marzipan, nuts and chocolate, is traditionally eaten on the … Continue reading

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