But, we did it. We found a recipe that incorporates the best of Dutch winter vegetables, and no, it's not stampot. We settled on the un-Dutch recipe for minestrone, and oh wow was it good. As always, epicurious.com came in handy with a great rendition of winter minestrone. There were the usual kinds of substitutions since Dutch grocery stores aren't exactly brimming with produce choices, and I'm just too stinkin' tired to lug myself and the baby halfway across Amsterdam in search of every, last ingredient. Those days have been put on hold until...I don't know when I'll feel like doing that ever again...maybe when the little munchkin no longer needs to nurse and I could in theory blissfully leave her with Niek for days without worrying about her nutrition. In the meantime, cubed bacon went in for the pancetta, the escarole was nixed altogether, and kale stood in as second-best for chard. Why do the Dutch hate chard? I would assume they do, because it is very difficult to track down. Niek doesn't even know the Dutch word for it (snijbiet, in case you're wondering). It was sad not to use it, but the kale proved to be an adequate substitute.
|I love this picture, because it looks like the head of cabbage is leaning into the shot as if to say, "Hello, I'm a spitskool."|