Earlier this year Mark and I spent a few nights in Amsterdam for their Pride festival. We stayed at a stunning hotel originally built as shipping merchants offices in the 1600’s called Grand Hotel Amrâth. Just down the road we found a café called Prins Heerlijk. We can best describe this as a Dutch version of our favourite Saturday morning haunt- Brown Dog. Prins Heerlijk, like Brown Dog have a simple menu, and everything is made fresh from smallgoods in their front cabinet, sliced especially for your sandwich. Specials are written on the tables in chalk and on the day of Amsterdam pride; the staff all had pink T-Shirts bearing their logo and the statement “Gay for the Day”, and they blasted campy dutch techno music from their speakers. We were so besotted with their food we had breakfast and lunch there pretty much every day of our trip.
3 slices per person fresh soft white sandwich bread
shaved free-range ham
thinly sliced Maasdam cheese
thinly sliced Jarlsberg cheese
thinly sliced dutch salami
one large free-range egg per person
knob of butter
Preheat oven to 220°C. Make a club sandwich with one of the cheeses and salami on the bottom deck, and the ham and other cheese on the top deck. Pop the sandwiches in the oven for about 3-5 minutes to heat through and melt the cheese. Meanwhile melt the butter in a non-stick saucepan and fry the eggs sunny-side-up. Slide the eggs onto the top of the sandwiches and serve the warm toasties.