Archive for the ‘Holland’ Category

Speculaas

Monday, October 29th, 2007



I am hungry and tired when I wake up in the lovely city of Amsterdam. I missed the free hotel breakfast but find a little time before I get on the bus to hit the local food scene. I come across Simon Meysen Brookbakker, a handsome bakery on Van Baerlestraat (Simon has 4 other locations in Amsterdam). I get a hot croissant with ham and cheese built in (delightful), a blueberry muffin (not the best, but certainly not bad), and some Speculaas. Speculaas is a typical dutch cinnamon cookie or biscuit. It is often decorated for the holiday season (similar to gingerbread men). The Speculaas I have here is a thicker piece and is topped with some sliced almonds. More importantly, this piece of Speculaas becomes my travel companion. The croissant fills my appetite, so the Speculaas remains uneaten. I have a little on the way to Hamburg and enjoy it thoroughly. The next morning, I am pleasantly surprised to still have some Speculaas left. I eat some more. At this point I feel a special connection and decide this guy has to make it to Berlin. Well, Speculaas is no longer with me, but I will always have a place for it in my heart.

Stampot Boerenkool Met Worst

Friday, October 26th, 2007


I am about to indulge in a very typical Dutch dish — stampot boerenkool met worst or mashed potatoes and kale (literally farmer’s cabbage) with beef sausage. There is a very specific way to plate this dish in order to truly eat it dutch style. You must make a canyon with your potatoes, pour the gravy in it, and then top with the sausage (see photo). The dish is quite heavy but it is a great pre-gig energy booster. (This is being consumed in the cafeteria in the tv studio for Raymann is Laat (Raymann is Late), a popular dutch talk show).