Dutch cheese not unlike Swiss cheese and the Norwegian Jarlsberg cheese. Made from cow's milk, it is aged for at least 4 weeks. It is a semi hard cheese with a slightly sweet, nutty aroma.
Like Swiss and Jarlsberg cheese, Maasdam has holes created by the ripening process, and a smooth yellow rind.
The Maasdam is a new product, introduced 1984 by the Baars company under the Leerdammer brand. It is now made by other Dutch companies under the name Maasdam.
I love these firm nut flavoured cheeses. The Delhaize range of Maasdam cheese should be served in thick slices on fresh white bread, with a good glass of red wine.
Say cheese!!!!! - read story here
Nut ham from the Ardennes
Dinant in the southern region of Wallonia.
Some has called it the Belgian equivalent to Parma ham. It is a relatively lean meat, with little intramuscular fat. It has a nutty flavour and is produced with a relatively low amount of salt.
This 180 gram package of Noix d'Ardennes is produced under the Marcassou brand. It is flavoured by thyme, coriander and nutmeg.
I used the ham as a base of one of my open sandwiches. Nut ham from the Ardenne region was placed on a layer of Dijon mayonnaise, egg terrine, and spanish peppers and served on Danish rye bread.
A New Year's Day brunch - see story here
I try to stock up on Spanish cured products while being abroad. Even though they are relatively expensive within EU-countries, these delicious high quality products are insanely expensive in Norway. This due to taxes to protect inferior quality domestic products from competition.
I bought spicy hot chorizo with a decent amount of olive oil, garlic, salt and devilishly dyed in red hot pimentón. This variety of chorizo made by the Palacios group was semi hard, between a cured and fresh raw sausage. Delicious, sliced on toast with just a little olive oil.
I recommend chorizo served pintxo style, with pesto on a toasted slice of baguette.
Pintxos - easy basque bite-sized delicacies - read story here
More international culinary shopping bags
- A Swedish shopping bag (June 13th 2010)
- A culinary shopping bag (March 14th 2010)
- A Danish shopping bag - poultry (May 11th 2009)
- A Canarian shopping bag (February 23rd 2009)
- Bush Tucker! (December 28th 2007)