The Kingdom of the Breaderlands

La dittatrice della cucina

Over the Easter holidays I went to stay in the Netherlands for a while. I spent a fair bit of time in and around Amsterdam, seeing some friends. The new craze in Amsterdam seems to be elaborate little sandwiches and rolls – fancy bread with fancy stuff. I’m not surprised. The Dutch are all about their bread.

The Dutch eat bread pretty much all day, with any variety of toppings. Did you know that in Dutch there is a word for ‘something you put on bread’? Yes there is, it’s ‘beleg’ and it is one of those words that I believe tells you more about a culture than a month’s worth of biological field notes would. The Dutch do bread like no other nation. Breakfast will consist of bread, lunch boxes will be filled with more bread and even to that slight peckishness in the afternoon, a sandwich will often…

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