Martin Ligtenberg is the Deputy Provost marshal and Planning Staff Officer in the Joint support and Enabling Command since 2020. He is a lieutenant colonel in the “Koninklijke Marechaussee”, a Gendarmerie type force organization of the Ministry of Defense.
Did you know ‘S-Hertogenbosch, Capital of Noord-Brabant, my home province in the south of The Netherlands, is the origin of the popular “Bossche Bol”?
Basically, it is a large profiterole style pastry, slightly larger than a tennis ball, filled with whipped cream and covered almost entirely with dark chocolate icing. Traditionally, you use your fingers for eating the Bossche Bol, which can get quite messy. The best way to prevent yourself from being entirely covered by dark chocolate icing and whipped cream is by eating the Bol upside down, so that the hard layer of chocolate serves as a bowl. You could use knives and forks as well, causing traditionalists to frown with annoyance.
So, whenever you are planning a trip to The Netherlands, don’t miss to savor a Bossche Bol with your afternoon coffee, it’s a must.”