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Toasties : A Very Dutch Thing

As the English are to tea, so are the Dutch to toasties. Toasties are a staple on café menus (though ham 'n' cheese is about as exciting as it gets) and most households have their own well-used toasted sandwich maker. Most, but not ours, so I decided to buy Wingnut one for his birthday. A pretty boring present, even though he's Dutch, right?

Wrong. I'd forgotten he's Dutch AND had been deprived of a toasted sandwich maker during all his long sojourn in foreign lands.

He was very happy. So happy, it was immediately produced for the Dutch lunch guests, who found in it a topic of conversation to last almost the entire meal.

Granted, its ugliness is something to talk about, once you've caught your breath. It's big, black and so clunkily space-age that a countdown from 10 could send it blasting off to the moon. But the Consumentenbond recommended it as its best buy, so that's what I bought.

At the table, I learned that the metal plates on the inside can either be shell-shaped or shaped so the toastie is cut into two triangles. Sudden panic: had I bought the wrong kind?! But apparently, there is no consensus. They can argue this one 'til the cows come home.

I also learned that the non-stick surface is holy, at least to Wingnut... Ent moved to prise a toastie loose with his knife and the LOOK Wingnut gave him almost felled him on the spot. Even though Wingnut knows full well that Ent respects non-stick surfaces as much as he does. :D

As a last thing, have you ever tried to persuade a Dutch child that it's possible to put something other than ham and/or cheese on a toastie? Don't even go there. Climb Everest instead, it's easier.


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Jan. 10th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, you can still get the ones that don't cut them in half? I *only* want one like that because I *mainly* like sandwich toasters for egg sandwiches, and I hate the half the yolk doesn't end up in.
Jan. 10th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Apparently so. Is it an old-fashioned thing? This was a very new model. I've no idea how common the shell-shaped ones are vs the triangle cutters here though.
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
Well the one I grew up with was shell-shaped and none of the ones we've found in the UK or Ireland since about 1995 have been. Also the non-divided ones all have removable plates under which cheese and grease get stuck, because they're not really big enough for a generous sandwich. They're meant for grilling really.
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
These ones definitely don't have removable plates but I'm not sure how generous a sandwich you could make in them. I have a perpetual problem with overhanging crusts, which means you kind of wind up with a double crust.

I feel like I should be providing video evidence at this point. :)
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Overhanging crusts are safer because it means that the contents get safely sealed, very important if you're starting off with a raw egg.
Jan. 15th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the raw egg did sound a bit tricky to do, tbh.
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
Mild cheddar, peperoni, and a slice of pineapple. The Boy likes it!
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
My parents managed! So now I often make Azekeil toasties that contain meat stuff other than ham. Cheese is still a mandatory component, though.

I brought the toaster into the relationship and it's taken a few years but he's definitely caught on to the idea of toasties now. Next step is to convince him a waffle iron is also a sound investment. :)
Jan. 10th, 2014 08:56 pm (UTC)
This is ham in a generic "vleeswaren" kind of way – the majority of toasties here involve either salami or gekookte gelderse worst. And cheese, lots of lovely goudse, jong, belegen, oud, cheese, cheeeese…
Jan. 10th, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, gelderse worst. *nom*

We also used things like mince and leek (left-overs from making mice and leek pie) and left-over meatloaf and such. I admit I have not yet tried this on Azekeil. :)
Jan. 11th, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
Mice and leek pie. Now there's something to do with the little critters tat periodically invade my flat.
Jan. 11th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
where's the "like" button?! ;)
Jan. 11th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Damn. Gave away the recipe! You're not supposed to know what the mince is made off...
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yep, LJ definitely needs a like button.
Jan. 11th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
Of course. The cheese is what binds, nay unites, what would otherwise be merely two slices of toast.
Jan. 11th, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
Ash gouda durbatulûk, ash gouda gimbatul,
Ash gouda thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.
Jan. 12th, 2014 11:00 am (UTC)
There is an inn, a merry old inn, beneath an old grey hill
And there they toast the bread so brown,
that the man in the moon himself came down
One night to eat his fill
Jan. 10th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
Ooh, cheese and Branston Pickle toastie. Staple of my student diet. See also tuna & Branston Pickle toastie.
Jan. 11th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
Tuna AND Branston?! Oh no. So wrong.
Jan. 11th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
On Devices and Contents ...
Ages ago one of my daughters bought me a George Foreman grill. I think it's intended mostly for burgers, so the fat runs away when you cook them. But we don't eat burgers these days, at least not at home.

Anyway, it makes amazing toasties-no triangles or shells, just the whole sammich in one go.

Our favourite, which I recommend wholeheartedly, is cheese and mushroom. 3 minutes and you have a Meal Fit for ...well ...me, anyway.
Jan. 11th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: On Devices and Contents ...
Cheese and mushroom sounds good! I've become stuck in a rut, so think I'll be trying some of these suggestions.
Jan. 11th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: On Devices and Contents ...
I used to have a George Foreman grill - excellent for pork chops, chicken and fish too!

And I love this song by Rich Hall...

Jan. 12th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: On Devices and Contents ...
So that's the same George Foreman as the boxer. Learn something new every day. Thank you, Rich Hall and Patrick. :-)
Jan. 12th, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: On Devices and Contents ...
And he made a lot more from the grill than he did from boxing!

Jan. 11th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
You did know that you can get toasted sandwich makers in the UK, too?

All those years, unnecessarily deprived...!
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I think somehow, it wouldn't have been the same for him. :)
Jan. 12th, 2014 12:21 pm (UTC)
I never realised this was a Dutch thing. There have been toasties in my life ever since my mother bought a toastie maker in about 1990ish... I think it was a fairly new and exciting thing in UK then though. By the time I reached univerity in the late 90s, it was common for colleges to have student-run toastie bars.

My proper machine had to be thrown away due mould in the cupboard, so at present I make do with using a george foreman grill. It doesn't seal the edges, but otherwise it's basically the same thing...
Jan. 12th, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
I don't actually know how long it's been a thing in the Netherlands.

But toastie BARS? That's excellent.
Jan. 14th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
The student bar Oele was known for its Friday night toasties, but a bar entirely devoted to toasties…

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