Holland: The land of stroopwafel

Holland: The land of stroopwafel

When I set out to do this cartoon, I did my research. And I was in the mood to do a bit of a sexy-sort Dutch girl. At first I had the usual Dutch pictures in the usual milking outfit, but I thought something a little racier would keep me in a better mood 🙂

Which it did.

But getting the details right was important to me. At first I did the painting without the background, fearing that the background would be a distraction. As it turned out, it wasn’t a distraction at all. The stroopwafel required a few passes of watercolour before I felt it was right, and I paint a second coat over the woman’s clothes at least a second time because it wasn’t strong enough the first time around.

A little touch was sneaking in the Dutch colours in her outfit (namely the white, blue and red).

About the cartoon:

Every place we go, we run into something we’ve never seen or eaten before. Amsterdam wasn’t an exception. At The Brain Audit workshop, Renuka ran into an unusual waffle—the stroopwafel (pron: strop-wah-fill) and fell in love with it. Why, I’m not really sure because she doesn’t care for waffles and detests caramel, which just happens to be the main ingredient in stroopwafels.

Well, she ate most of the stuff we bought in Holland and anything that we managed to bring home as well.

To eat a stroopwafel “correctly”, you have to be patient. You put the wafel on the rim of the tea or coffee cup. Then you wait. And wait. And wait. And 4-5 minutes later one part has kind of softened while the other stays firm. That’s when the wafel is supposed to make the best impact on your palette.


  1. John van Berghem · July 17, 2013 Reply

    Next time you are in Holland you need to go to the market. And on every market you will find a stand where they make stroopwafels fresh in front of your eyes. You buy one there that will still be warm – so no coffee cup required. I guarantee that all the kings horses and all the kings men won’t be able to drag you away from that stand again.

  2. Donna Stroop · July 10, 2014 Reply

    This is great! My husband’s family name is Stroop and, yes, it is Dutch. Stroop waffles are delicious!

  3. Agavni · August 1, 2014 Reply

    Haha, your last sentence is really funny. So here I am. A Dutch girl. And I can tell you that if you need that process with your Stroopwafel, then it’s old. Really old. So next time, try buying a fresh one. If you can stay with one;-) Love the art by the way. Good job.

  4. Tess Doucet · September 24, 2017 Reply

    Yes! Stroopwafels a-gogo! Cinnamon, by the way, that may be the “secret” ingredient that so pulls on Renuka. And as for patience… 10″ microwave will do it, too =) (but try 5″ first! Don’t wanna burn the babies 😉 )

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