Foodie Penpals: cheese from Holland

28 Feb

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I haven’t been this excited to receive post in a long time. I arrived home today to find my first Foodie Penpals parcel awaiting me. It was very kindly sent from the Netherlands by my penpal for the month, Lielle – and I had little idea what to expect, seeing as my knowledge of Holland is entirely garnered from a couple of trips to Amsterdam back in my slightly wilder days. (I certainly experienced some culture, but it was not exactly the type to inform me of the country’s culinary traditions…)

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Still, despite my utter ignorance, I knew it would be worth my eager anticipation seeing as I’d received an email from Lielle, asking what my favourite food was, and if I’d like to try the cheese that Holland is famous for. The answer to the first question is ‘cheese’, so the second didn’t take a lot of thought. As such, this was a postcard that filled me with glee.

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Inside, there were cheese straws, a mix of miniature cheeses, two different Wyngaard Affineur cheeses and some kletzenbrood (a sort of semi-sweet fruit and nut loaf).

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The Wyngaard cheeses are undoubtedly the stars here – one is with wholegrain mustard (let’s be honest, never going to be anything other than a winning combination), the other with ginger (not a pairing I’d have thought to try, but one that definitely works). The cheese itself creamy-tasting, with just the right amount of bite to stand up to the additional flavours.

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Things I have learnt from this plate: Holland seems to do cheese very well indeed; ginger and cheese is a good mix; exactly what kletzenbrood is. I would say that these are lessons extremely well learned.

Thank you very much, Lielle!

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