Our first day in the Netherlands and Opa (Grandpa) had raw soused herring (Maatjesharing or also called Hollandse Nieuwe) for us. Unfortunately only JJ likes them... so she was in for a treat!
And this is how you eat it, the whole fillet you eat at once, with some raw onions or just like this. JJ loves it!!
The Dutch call it maatjesharing, in Germany and Sweden it just matjes. It is made from young herrings caught before the breeding season started. I think the name is from the old word for young/unmarried women in German. We still have the word maid in Dutch. It's meisje, and in English, maiden.
The fish is put in a brine and the pancreas stays in the fish, so the enzymes make the fish very soft.
In my area Matjes is prepared with raw onions and apples in a sauce of yogurt and cream. The dish is often served on Fridays in the early summer. It's cheap and easy to prepare.
Today we will be eating mussels served Dutch style, but again only JJ likes this, so Jasmine and me will just eat some chicken...
Greetings from Holland!