Monday, May 28, 2007

The Amsterdam Special

A few years ago I was fortunate to be sent to Amsterdam for work. Mornings I got up and wandered the city on foot before I headed off to work. One of the nicest mornings--and breakfasts--I had was along one of the canals in a sleepy little residential neighborhood. I'd popped into a shop and purchased a little sandwich and enjoyed it as the city started to rise.

I've craved that sandwich ever since and recreated it to the best of my ability on Saturday.

The Amsterdam Special
One sourdough baguette, cut into three or four sections
Softened, salted butter
Ripe tomatoes, sliced
Havarti cheese, sliced thin
Salt and pepper

Cut the bread to make a sandwich, and butter liberally. Cover with salted & peppered tomatoes; add at least two slices of cheese to each sandwich. Enjoy with a cold beer outside!


The Sagittarian said...

Amsterdam. I have wonderful memories of there too, the one that stands out the most really was of a couple of us trying to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew (no screw caps back then!!) on a bridge over the canal very late at night. A local policeman was very helpful, thats all I'm saying. My favourite meal was in one of those wee restaurants too, but was a Dutch pancake...I think I'm still digesting it, it was huge!!

Amaroq said...

In Danmark (including Greenland) we could get a nice slice of bread similar to French bread with butter and a slice or two of havarti or other type of cheese in the morning along with a shot of Gamel dansk or two in the morning! That will get your day started!