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Uitsmijter – Uniquely Dutch

It is Friday lunchtime, nearly weekend! I fancy something filling to eat so I decide to have an Uitsmijter. It is a Dutch dish similar to the German Strammer Max, but transformed with Dutch ingredients. There are many variations (see below) but traditionally it involves:  Dutch brood (bread), kaas (cheese), ham (ham), and spiegelei (fried egg). It’s not only filling but damn tasty too 🙂

Uitsmijter - from www.zelfmaakrecepten.nl

Uitsmijter – from http://www.zelfmaakrecepten.nl

The Uitsmijter. The name makes you take note, the Dutch word evokes images of strength, courage and forceful endings. According to the Dutch Table blog the word “uitsmijten” itself means to “forcefully throw out” so “uitsmijter” means “out-thrower”, i.e. somebody who throws something or somebody else out, and does indeed also refer to a bouncer at a nightclub. However, in the food world, it’s the name of a scrumptious open-faced sandwich with meat (although optional), cheese and fried eggs. It’s not a little snack or for those on a diet or with small appetites. The Uitsmijter addresses your hunger, your craving. It’s good…

In the south of Holland, where I was born, Uitsmijters would be served as the last “one for the road before we get thrown out” meal after a night of partying. Hence its name. Another theory says that, because the dish is made so quickly (all you have to do is fry the egg and make the sandwich), it is basically thrown out of the kitchen or the pan. It can be served quickly!

An Uitsmijter is often eaten for breakfast, brunch or lunch in Holland. Being a full meal, the sandwich is eaten with a knife and fork. Because you can decide what bread, what cheese, what meat etc. to use and how you like your eggs fried (most restaurants give this option too) it really is a win-win dish.

Usually ham is the meat used (I like a good smoked ham), but Uitsmijters can also be served with roast beef, bacon, salami, turkey, chicken, bacon or  just with cheese and perhaps a tomato. Other things which you can add are pickles, pesto, mustard, mushrooms, bacon bits sprinkled on top…

The eggs are usually served sunny-side up, with the eggs still runny. If you order an Uitsmijter for breakfast in Holland it is served as it comes. As a lunch item, it usually comes accompanied with a small salad and frieten (chips) on the side or some greens to spruce it up in a more fancy restaurant.

Uitsmijter Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread (toasted if desired)
  • Butter (GOOD quality REAL butter)
  • 2 slices of smoked ham (or whatever you fancy)
  • 4 slices of cheese (decent cheese such as Gouda, Edam, Cheddar, Emmental and so on. No processed cheese please)
  • 1 sliced tomato
  • 2 eggs

Method:

Plate up two slices of bread (or toast) and butter them. Put the slices of ham on the bread, then the tomato, then the cheese. Add butter to a frying pan or skillet and fry the eggs. Some fry their ham (or bacon) too – entirely your choice. When the eggs are done to your liking slide them on top of the cheese on the sandwich, add some salt and pepper and dig in!

Let me know how you like yours!

Uitsmijter - from www.zelfmaakrecepten.nl

Uitsmijter – from http://www.zelfmaakrecepten.nl

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Happy New Year Folks – Short but Sweet Blog about Eggs

Hello all,

One of my New Years resolutions is to blog more so expect ramblings and recipes, some Dutch titbits and hopefully some useful information too.

I started the 31st of December very well, healthy dinner and in bed by 10 pm ignoring the party noises from everywhere in town. It went downhill on the 1st of January when I spent a whole day drinking with old and new friends culminating in the mother of all hangovers on the 2nd (and other embarrassing incidents which we will not go into here). Oh well….much fun was had.

Then yesterday, completely sober I broke a toe walking into a concrete table – pain….silly enormous tear-inducing pain for such a small bone so I’m trying to detox but failing somewhat (ibuprofen and beer does numb pain extremely well in case you are wondering).

The answer to a hangover in case you are not the ibuprofen & beer type is a perfect mix of carbs and protein and I have just the thing 🙂

Squidgy Cheesy Healthy Scrambled Eggs on Toast

There is no set ingredients list for this except for fresh slices of bread, eggs and cheese (preferably a medium or mature Cheddar or Gouda – cheeses like Mozzarella or Brie will not work…you need some bite). Not forgetting a lot of butter!

It’s very simple – toast your bread, spread butter on it (no margarine when hungover).

Cook your eggs in a frying pan with tons more butter, salt and pepper (milk is not needed…optional – just cook the eggs for less time if not using and keep stirring with a wooden spoon) and add grated cheese towards the end until you have a gorgeous mix of cheesy eggs and when ready, pile the very cheesy egg mixture onto the toasted bread slices and dig in.. Simplicity but effective.

You can of course become more adventurous and fry onions, tomatoes, chilis and all sorts of other ingredients first before adding the eggs but I couldn’t be bothered on the 2nd. Sometimes I can and add prawns too or tuna and it turns into a baked potato topping for dinner.

But simple is good and nutritious.

NOM

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

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Euro 2012 Football Food – Deep Fried Brie

So Greece is out of the Euro – what’s new? Tonight’s game looks to be good; Spain vs. France. I’m going all out for France for a few reasons:

  • Spain beat Holland in the last World Cup final (bastards)
  • I speak better French than Spanish
  • I love the country – I spent a lot of glorious summers at our farmhouse in the Lanqedoc region in the South of France when I was a kid/young teenager and I remember the place and people fondly, not to mention the food.
  • My first crush (who wasn’t a member of Duran Duran) was on a French boy – Olivier. He was quite a bit older than me (I was about 13 or 14!) and he never really noticed me, except for saying “bonjour” cheerily when he arrived to work on our property in the morning but I remember him very well 😉

Don’t get me wrong I have been to Spain and love the country and its people too (even dated a lovely Spaniard for quite a long time) but today “je suis Francaise”.

Food of France

Food of France

French food is great. Really what more does one need than a baguette, a chunk of creamy brie and the odd frogs leg or snail thrown in for good measure. I really don’t know why people make such a big deal about eating frogs legs and snails…they are very tasty and in my view no worse than eating beef, chicken or mussels. But for the food purists out there I will give you one of my favourite vegetarian recipes from France today…also perfect for a snack during the football match.

Deep Fried Brie

Warm melted brie oozes out of a crispy breadcrumb coating when you bite into these pieces of heaven. Serve with cranberry sauce and a small side salad and you have the perfect starter or snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) wedge Brie cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs (shop bought is  fine)
  • 3 cups good olive oil for deep frying
  • 1 cup of cranberry sauce (shop bought… you can get it at Nebula Supermarket in Sri Lanka and in good supermarkets in Colombo)

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with some salt and pepper using a fork. Place the bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Dip the cubes of Brie into the egg, then roll in breadcrumbs until evenly coated and well covered. Place the cheese cubes on a tray, and refrigerate for about 20 minutes, to firm up.
  2. Heat oil in deep-fryer or frying pan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Fry the cheese cubes for 3 to 5 minutes, until deep golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels. Serve warm with cranberry sauce for dipping.
Deep fried brie with cranberry sauce - heaven on a plate

Deep fried brie with cranberry sauce – heaven on a plate

VIVE LA FRANCE!!

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Looking for German and European products in Sri Lanka?

I’m pretty much an expat. When I tell people that I live in Sri Lanka the unanimous reply I usually get is “Oh wow you’re so lucky!”, followed by exclamations about how wonderful it must be to live in the sunshine all year round. I’m even convinced my friends and family who know me think that I spend all my time swimming up to pool-side bars (well err… they do know me ;-)) and sipping cocktails in the sun under coconut trees. Not quite (I avoid going underneath coconut trees because falling coconuts actually injure and kill a lot of people per annum in this country!). No – I actually spend most of my time inside under the fan working alone making my living just as others do.

Don’t get me wrong  living in Sri Lanka is great but there are drawbacks too. The main one is missing family and friends  back home and for me a close second second is food-sickness…not of the poisoning kind no, but missing food from back home, cheese in particular.

“That’s not so bad” I hear you shout. Yes I know I can order things from the internet or take a weekly trip to Colombo to shop but frankly because of the import prices and a 50% chance of your parcel ending up with your neighbours, the postman, at the other  end of country or in your dog before you get home we just don’t do it.

Anyway this means us expats are always on the look out for foreign goods to buy (or make) to make our lives even better than it already is. In my home town of Aluthgama we are extremely luckly to have the wonderful Mr. Nishan Fernando in our lives. He owns and runs the Nebula Supermarket (which also has it’s own Facebook page) and goes abroad once a year to source any products that the expat community desire. In return his many friends and expats bring things back for him too.

Nebula German & European Supermarket in Aluthgama, Sri Lanka

Nebula German & European Supermarket in Aluthgama, Sri Lanka

Inside Nebula German & European Supermarket

Inside Nebula German & European Supermarket

The spacious and friendly supermarket stocks everything but is famous all over Sri Lanka for stocking German and other European products that are difficult to find elsewhere on the island, such as German pate, Dutch mayonnaise, Collmans mustard from the UK and countless other things you may miss whilst you are in Sri Lanka.

Specific German & UK products currently stocked are:

Leberwurst (liver pate) – this is one of the absolute best-sellers and great on crackers

Leberwurst (liver pate)

Leberwurst (liver pate)

Gravy powders and seasoning mixes

Gravy powders and seasoning mixes

Lyoner

Schinkenwurst (pork sausage)
Fruhstuck fleisch
Bierwurst (beer sausage)
Jagdwurst (sausage)
Dr.Oetker pudding mix
Collmans English mustard
Dijon mustard
Herrmans mayonnaise
Rotkohl (pickled red cabbage)
Pickled onions, gherkins, capers etc.
Weinsauerkraut (Wine sauerkraut)
Weisswurst (white sausage, white pudding)
Frankfurters
Marmite
Vegemite
Campbells condensed soups
Fleisch suppe. (canned meat soups & soup powders)

German sausages

German sausages

Delikatess sauce zum braten (gravy powders & spice mixes)
BISTO gravy granules
OXO cubes
Maggi and Knorr Fix products
Bitter aus krautern (Salad mixes)
Tandil washing powder (German washing powder)
Sil (German detergent)
Teppichreiniger (German cleaner)
Haribo sweets
Salt sticks, crisps, chips & chocolates

Various cheeses

Fresh brown bread, baguettes and buns
And MUCH more…..

OK I suppose life as an expat in Sri Lanka has it’s advantages too 🙂 – I’ll leave you with some more product pictures. Please feel free to contact Nishan through the Facebook page or his website.

Plenty of pasta to choose from

Plenty of pasta to choose from

AND loads of pasta sauces and dried mixes

AND loads of pasta sauces and dried mixes

German detergents

German detergents

All sorts of condiments

All sorts of condiments

German biscuits sit alongside Sri Lankan favourites

German biscuits sit alongside Sri Lankan favourites

Many types of Nescafe coffee

Many types of Nescafe coffee

And your pets have not been left out!!

And your pets have not been left out!!

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