Mavis Hofwijk & Karin Vaneker, Amsterdam Zuidoost
Dish with Pomtajer
Pom de Friet
All pictures 2007©Pieter Ouddeken
Dutch artist and culinary journalist Karin Vaneker researches and explores the potential of Pomtajer (Xanthosoma spp.) in domestic cuisine and gastronomy. This venture started in 2003, when someone asked her if the highly popular Surinamese oven dish Pom was of Creole or Jewish origin. Pom uses Pomtajer as a major ingredient. The dish has crossed all kinds of social (and cultural) boundaries and is part of the living or intangible cultural heritage of the former Dutch colony Surinam. When, in around 1975, Surinam became independent a large part of the population crossed the Atlantic Ocean and migrated to The Netherlands, taking with them Pom and Pomtajer.
The research into the roots of Pom has resulted in several articles, recipes and an exhibition. At present Vaneker investigates traditional preparation methods and explores its possibilities in gastronomy and use in the food-industry.
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Karin Vaneker (email@example.com)
T: + 31 (0) 75 68 444 68
M: + 31 6 42 80 9060
Pom op het menu www.pomophetmenu.nl (in Dutch only)
Mavis Hofwijk: www.surinaamsbuffet.nl (in Dutch only)
Thorvald de Winter: www.restaurantapicius.com (in Dutch only)
Katja Gruijters: www.katjagruijters.nl
Debra Solomon: www.culiblog.org
Xanthosoma on Wikipedia, Purdue & GFU