The Dutch Tompouce pastry is pink or orange
28 november 2020 
5 min. read

The Dutch Tompouce pastry is pink or orange

Why the Orange Dutch Tompouce is famous

In the Netherlands we have traditional sweet pastries. And one off these is Dutch Orange Tompouce. The word Tompouce does not translate well in any other language. It’s a lovely vanilla crème between two layers of puff pastry, with a pink glaze on top. Maybe a little touch of whipped crème and you have a delicious Dutch Treat.
Very hard to eat elegantly though. Try one and you will understand, and do not be suprised it will get messy. But once you had one, most Expats want more. Do you know that on some occasions the glaze of the tompouce is not pink but orange? And do you know why?

The Orange Tompouce on King’s Day

In the Netherlands we celebrate the King’s birthday (Willem-Alexander) on April 27-th. It’s an official bank holiday. On that day, all schools are closed, most shops are closed and the whole nation celebrates the Monarchy with festivities. Some Dutch people go crazy on this Koningsdag.  They dress up in orange, they decorate their outdoors with orange.
The Dutch  have all sorts of fun and crazy activities in the streets. One of these remarkable Dutch activities is the Dutch buy & sell stuff from their garage on the Vrijmarkt (Free market).
Orange is the national color of the Dutch Nation and refers to the Dutch Monarchie, the ‘Van Oranje Nassau’ Royal Family.

As a result of the Orange focus of this bank holiday, the traditional pink glazed Tompouce is made orange.
And they wear the special (but not very creative name) ‘Oranje Tompoucen’.
Only for sale at Kings’ Day, but not this year. You might find them in your Backery today!

Orange is the new Pink; Orange the World 2020

This year in the Netherlands you might spot Orange Tompouces between 25-th of november till 10-th of december 2020.
So not only on Kingsday in April, but right now at the end of the year. This orange in these Orange Tompouces symbolises the campaign ‘Orange the World” which is an international  campaign to Stop violence againt Women.
What can you do to support Orange the World and stand up for these women.
These 1 in 3 women that suffer from gender-based violence? You can go to your Backery and ask for an Oranje Tompouce!

Orange the World 2020; Stop Violence against Women

The UN System’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence activities, from 25 November to 10 December, will take place under our 2020 global theme: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. As the world retreated inside homes due to the lockdown measures introduced to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, reports showed an alarming increase in the already existing pandemic of violence against women.

Dutch Orange the World activities

Locally in the Netherlands a.o Soroptimist Serviceclubs are contributing in highly interactive ways (but also Corona-proof of course) to get more attention to the devastating numbers of Violence against Women worldwide.  One in Three women will encounter Violence in her life which is gender-based.  On you can find more regional news on the 2020 activities.

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Mail us if you want more information on either the Violence topic or the Soroptimist Service Clubs in the Netherlands.
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Marian (Hilversum, the Netherlands) is an experienced Training Expert & L&D Manager since 2004. "My biggest passion is to develop people, getting the highest results on all professional levels". Her drive for Excellence has led to her own company Xellens (2004) which delivers Consultancy, Program Management and Training on several journeys that Lead to Customer Excellence. Her most recent customers vary from Unilever, Johnson Controls International, MSD, NIKE, KLM-Air France, Johnson & Johnson and several other Multinationals. Her areas of expertise focus on Communication with Impact, Negotiation & Selling Skills, Customer Experience, Servant & Courageous Leadership, Cultural Change, Diversity, Innovation and Personal Development. All these factors contribute to new ways and possibilities for her customers to stay sharp and in poleposition in their current competitive markets. She has been at the start of worlwide Academies for multinationals like Johnson & Johnson. Marian has high energy and passion for Learning & Development, which was part of her professional career of 26 years. During those years she was responsible for different Business Units (IT), Sales & Marketing or General Management leading positions, set-up of new Innovation oriented Project departments in several sectors like IT, Technical Services, Pharma and Industrial markets. She loves to get people to their next level, creating constructif growth in Companies based on Talent Development. Circulair learning as in Circular Building. She has done multiple projects where she constructed several Learning Academies and Talent Models that are still used and have proven their Effectiveness and Value. She is frequently asked as keynote speaker, mediator and presenter and recommend for her speed in connecting different aspects of issues, constructive thinking with Humor or Moderator during Challenging times. With a Masters in a technical area (Phonetics, Speech Automation), she finished Business School during her first job, and has currently two additional post Masters’ degrees on Customer Experience and Multi Channel Marketing. Also she is a certified MBTI Consultant, NLP Master Practicioner, DISC certified consultant, Ned Herrmann Whole Brain Dominance Instrument consultant, WorkPlaceBig 5 certified consultant, and an experienced Public Speaker, with several certifications (a.o. Black Belt Power Presenter). Recently (2020) she graduated from Robbins Madanes Training her Core100 BCCoach Program. Speaking several foreign languages fluently (Dutch, English, French and German), she is able to adapt easily to different cultures and work environments worldwide. Also Diversity is the spice of life and the foundation under any form of succes. She lived in different countries and is a passionate traveler-explorer. Privateley Marian contributes to the Soroptimists with Passion, doing all kind of world wide project to achieve equal rights on safety, development & education, and rights for Women. Walking, running, a healthy Lifestyle, Sustainablity are Big Interests for her; making the world and people better every day might sumarize it all best. Her son Koen (18) once described her: “ My mum just loves Learning & People so much, I just wished I had her during my High School. She makes Learning just a better Experience!”.
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