Eetdate Zahra, Shabnam, Lida met Yannick & Carolien


Zahra, Shabnam, Lida


First we invite Caroline & yannick in our place, and I cooked for them a traditional Iranian meal (ghaimeh & rice ) for the main course and we have some soup and salad too, and we spoke about life in the Nederlands, sport and their job. I think they enjoyed of our dinner.

Then they invited us to their place ,they said our food are Indonesian and Nederlandse mixed because the Yannik’s relatives came from Indonesia 50 years ago. We ate some vegetable soap, something like spaghetti with chicken, and some beens with eggs, and a kind of chicken kebab which marinaid from last day with Indonesian method, and every thing was so delicious.

We spoke about the countries, about the politics and sport and also about the different food for the different country so we had a great time and we enjoy so much, and specially it’s very good for me because I love to know the different cultur and life style.

Thank you so much mr. Hemmen for organized this program for us, God bless you.

Best regards,




Yannick & Carolien

We were excited and curious to meet Shabnam and Zahra in the AZC. I think they felt the same. First thing on the table was a drink, a can of coke! Something we all knew. For starters they made a delicious soup and the main course was made with lentils, rice, salad, chicken and french fries on top! When we were almost eating our fingers along with it, we made careful but nice acquaintance. Shabnam and Zahra talked a bit about their (difficult) life in Iran/Kurdistan and what they liked so much in the Netherlands compared to their countries. It appeared they were also sport fanatics and are going to church more than we are :) It was very nice to meet these hospitable and lovely ladies. Their immigration status outcome is still unclear and keeping them busy, obviously. The uncertain situation they’re in is not easy as we could see.

When we expected them in our place, only Shabnam was there with another friend Lida. Zahra was unable to come. We prepared an Indonesian ‘rice table’ (all different Dutch-Indonesian dishes) for them and talked about the historie of the first immigrants in the Netherlands, from the Dutch East Indies (Nederlands-Indië), also my ancestors. We finished the evening with tea and traditional Indonesian cake ‘spekkoek’. A big thanks to the ladies for the acquaintance and their hospitality and also to the organisation for this nice experience. We can recommend everyone to participate in this simple but great and delicious project!



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