Slavink, Corn-on-the-cob with Sautéed Potatoes & Brussel Sprouts.

Sunday 21st August 2011

So we were standing in front of the pre-packed meat fridges. And to be honest, we weren’t very impressed. None of it looked anything like the meat we’re used to. It was insipid & processed looking, rather than the browns, deep reds or burgundies that we see at our butcher’s. I wasn’t sure if perhaps all of it is veal, it’s so pale.

“What do you fancy?” I ask Zeph.

“This one looks good.” He says handing me a pack with 2 hamburger shaped objects inside. It looked like they had been sprayed with the cheesy dust they smoother nachos in. They were labelled Lams. I think not!

“No, they don’t look very nice.” I said.

“How about this?” He persisted.

But I was gone, mentally preparing another egg-based meal.

“Dad, what about this?”

It was 3 parcels of something wrapped in Palma ham.

“I’m not sure what they are Zeph.” I say turning over the packet trying to find something that would give me a clue as to what was inside the neat little parcels. A cute drawing of a cow or a pig would have sufficed.

“Ask the man.” Zeph said.

I located an assistant & approached him with my best ‘I’m a tourist’ smile.

“Hello. Do you speak English?” I asked.

Although everybody & his cousin speaks English incredibly well, I feel it’s only polite to warn them that I’m going to speak loudly & in an almost unintelligible staccato style.

“A little.” Came the international retort for such a question.

“What meat is this?” I asked.

He was telling the truth, he only spoke a little.

“Pig…” I prompted, ready to bring out the big guns and hit him with my extensive repertoire of animal noises.

“No.” He said trolling his memory for the names of English animals.

“Cow…” I continue.

Bingo! He winked, smiled & poked his finger at the package.

Great. Sounded good. A nice piece of beef filet wrapped in Palma ham. In the trolley it went.

With a splash of olive oil, I began pan frying the parcels. I like my steak rare so after 3 or 4 minutes on either side (It was quite thick.) I pulled them out & onto the chopping board.

It was only then, as I sliced into the parcel, that I realise that the cow that we had bought was actually…

sausage meat wrapped in bacon.

I think Holland is calling for me to be a vegetarian too. 😉

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5 Responses to Slavink, Corn-on-the-cob with Sautéed Potatoes & Brussel Sprouts.

  1. rutheh says:

    You are very brave!

  2. Mistral Zagni says:

    All the same it was actually very tasty! You can even make a sausage mistaken for beef taste good! Great veg. Thanks

  3. Stef says:

    Your sides look amazing. 🙂 Vegetarians, unite!

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