Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Go for Belgium with Stoemp

Either this will be a total confusion or actually a nice little post. Therefor I want to set a thing straight fright away, concerning the title of this post. The last word is not referring to a percussion group, originating in Brighton, UK that uses the body and ordinary objects to create a physical theatre performance. So it's not Stomp, but Stoemp. Just in case you where suspecting a typo here. 
Stoemp (now I have to be careful not to produce a typo here) is a Belgium dish with mashed potatoes and other vegetables in it, depending on what you want to use. As I understood it, it's all mashed together, and that is what I did then.

In fact Stoemp originates from Brussels. Maybe that's why you could add brussels sprouts as well. Fine, I didn't. I also haven't been to Brussels myself. When I was in Li├Ęge, Belgium, my friend, who was driving was too afraid to drive in bigger cities and that's why we didn't go further in that direction. So, I've never been there. 
I have been in Bruges, though. Don't mistake that either, because I am not referring to the movie with Colin Farrel and Brendan Gleason here. No I have been to Bruges (maybe that is a better wording as well) about ... eh ... let's think (no, I don't need to think I just read it a few minutes ago) ... 18 years ago.
Still I managed to get a few pictures for you. The quality isn't that good, though, due to the fact I took pictures from the pictures. So here we go for Belgium ... first of all ... with Bruges.

No, I can't tell you what this is, but I must have liked the architecture ... yes, I definitely can't tell you what it is.

Oh, yes, it's a canal. You remember? It should be a famous thing, too, to do a tour on them ... I reckon.

This one you can recognise easily, that the Belfry of Bruges. Again a no for not climbing the tower. For sure you shouldn't attempt to climb the 366 steps, if you are far too fat. Then The 39 Steps would be better (you could try London for that).
After that time travel, Belgium travel sort of thing we are ready to go for Belgium with Stoemp (yes, still not Stomp, they won't be having any concerts in Belgium soon, but you could try London again).
So, finally, we go for Belgium with Stomp ... ah, no ... got me here ... no ... with Stoemp ... at least my version of it ...

500 g potatoes, cubed
3 medium sized carrots, cubed
Hand full of peas (no, they will do as they are)
A big knob of butter
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
A drop of milk (or two)
Salt and pepper

First of all I got the peas, carrots and potatoes boiling so they are going soft.
In the meantime I melted the butter in a pan on low heat and added the onion and garlic.
Once the potatoes, carrots and peas were soft (that wouldn't be any problem for the peas), I started mashing them up a bit (you may have to rinse them first, though), added the onions and garlic together with the remains of the butter to the pot. Then comes the milk or ... yes, you could use cream, too. A little bit of seasoning with salt and pepper and ready we are to go for Belgium with Stoemp.
Obviously ... yes ... very obviously indeed ... you could have a vegetarian meal here, if you wouldn't add those sausages as I did. You could add whatever you like, if you like. Do you like that? Do you like the dish?
Whatever the case, as this is a Belgian dish and Belgium is playing in the World Cup today, you for sure all know, what that means!


  1. I think every culture has a champ, champers or stoemp type recipe, real homely comfort food.

    1. I already have some additional plans for the leftovers ...

  2. You have me planning to stomp now :) love the name stoemp and it looks lovely

  3. I love Bruges...it's so cute!

  4. Looks like the famous Irish champ dish. I confess I don't know much about the Belgian cuisine, but anything with mashed potatoes gets big thumbs up from me

  5. I was just in Brussels and had Stoemp and Sausage at a lovely Pub. Mashed Potatoes Cabbage Garlic Onions butter and Salt and Pepper. Good Stuff!

    1. Good to hear some feedback on that. Maybe I should have some again!


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