A highlight of each of these treks is a visit to De Pasteibakkerij, a tiny charcuterie shop in Amsterdam Zuid. It’s run by Diny Schouten, and Floris Brester, two writers who long ago gave up pad and pen for butcher’s knives and cutting boards.The pair make a formidable combination.
Walking into De Pasteibakkerij is like visiting your favored Aunt Margie’s kitchen. There are baskets of farm eggs, freshly baked loaves of bread, jars of marmalade, packages of butter, shelves filled with cookbooks, and a cold case filled to bursting with rilletes, pates, bowls of fresh radishes, packets of boudin, blood sausage, and a host of more exotic meats.
Big hanging bellies of pork bacon complete the picture.This is where the conversation on Dutch charcuterie begins.
Pork is sourced from Boerderij de Lindenhoff in Baambrugge, a short journey of less than 10 miles. If you prefer your meat local then this is the next best thing to rearing pigs in the courtyard behind your apartment off ReguliersdwarsstraatOccasionally you’ll see a tremendous pig head in the shop. It likely came from Panhof, the small hog farm of former veterinarian Bert Waterval who’s raising a cross of Piétrain pigs and Durocs.
Ethical hog farming is taking place across the whole of the Netherlands.I live in the epicenter of boudin production in the US, Louisiana, where the French Cajuns hold dozens of meat markets and grocery stores where tens of thousands of links of boudin are sold each day. Schouten and Brester’s boudin is as good as any I’ve ever purchased in Acadiana.
If poultry holds more appeal to you than pork De Pasteibakkerij sources from Pieter van Meel’s sons; Thomas, Wijnand and Maurits who took his company over upon his untimely passing in 2012. There is none finer in Noord Holland.Karel Goudsblom provides the loaves of fresh bread. The old Dutch baker has made a name for himself by sourcing grain from Korenmolen de Zandhaas as well as salt from Brittany France. He’s producing breads the likes of which have rarely been seen in the Netherlands. I love nothing more than procuring a bottle of Cantillon from Sterk, a few hunks of cheese from Abraham Kef and an assortment of charcuterie from De Pasteibakkerij. There’s a picnic table near the charcutier’s establishment and on a sunny April afternoon there is no finer way to break bread in the whole of Amsterdam. Address:
1079 LT Amsterdam
M 06 5347 5512 (Diny Schouten)
M 06 8112 0032 (Floris Brester) During the research portion of this piece I stumbled upon a list of ‘five-star pig farmers besides Bert Waterval from Dalfsen. Here are eight pig farmers from this region. They are De Vijfsprong in Vorden, Mangalicahof in Zuidwolde, Mazzelpigs in Wijhe, Ouwendorperhoeve in Garderen, Santing-Meyling in Ruinerwold, Naoberhoeve in Echten, Veluws Land in Vaassen and Twentse Scharrel in Markelo.
Perhaps there are some budding charcutieres living in the Netherlands who can use the above resource to good effect?