On 3 October I still celebrate Leidens ontzet and I cook hutspot.
This tradition goes back to 1574 when Leiden was occupied by the Spanish as punishment for supporting the Dutch resistance against the Spanish. The city was cut off from its environment, causing a shortage of food and extreme hunger. This and the pest decimated the population of Leiden.
On 3 October a little boy had managed to leave the city and came back with a Spanish helmet filled with warm food: hutspot. It was clear that the Spanish had fled in a hurry, scared of the flooded land. People from Holland had broken dykes flooding the land.
Hutspot contains: potatoes, carrots, cooked and mashed and smoked sausage.
For 2 people:
2 large potatoes, cut in chunks
4 large carrots, cut in pieces as small as possible
Boil the potatoes and mash them for 20 minutes
Add the cut carrots and add water if it looks too dry
Stir the potatoes and carrots
To season add salt and tomato paste