Take the easy-way out and buy oliebollen-mix (which are bound to be on sale on December 31st and easy to find in any supermarket) and empty the package in a big bowl:
Add water and beer (don’t worry you won’t taste it or get drunk from it) to the bowl and use an electronic mixer to mix it all up:
Add an extra ingredient if you wish, like sliced apple or raisins, or pear like in my example and mix it all up some more with the electronic mixer:
After you’ve let the mix rise (for a long while) in a warm room or above a heater, give it all back to your mother because she’s back from work and knows what to do best. She’s puts blobs of your mix in a pan with very hot sunflower oil (at least that’s what I think it is) and waits for the swimming blobs become brown before she fishes them out again:
Put the oliebollen on some kitchenpaper (to get rid of some of the fat) and add a large amount of powdered sugar while the oliebollen are still warm (so the sugar can melt into them):
After all the food was prepared and eaten (or being eaten) we had a lot of time left to kill until midnight, so Gy and his friends decided to teach Yasu and me how to play poker. And maybe it was beginner’s luck, but by the end of the evening all the chips were mine and all the others were out of the game. Too bad we didn’t play for money!
And then it’s midnight and a new year starts, so it’s time to light up the neighborhood! Some cities and countries have professional fireworks shows, but in the Netherlands we like to do it ourselves. Sure our amateuristic fireworks don’t look as good, but it’s so much more fun when you (carefully) do it yourself, and the whole neighborhood sounds like a war zone.
Here’s a short movie to give you an impression of New Year’s night fireworks in the neighborhood: