Waarom beginnen met Stamppot?

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Example of title from one of the six tutorial videos shot and uploaded by the collective on its Instagram
The Gemma Glitter roze stamppot taught by Nina Schouten & Aafke Bouman
Example of cards passed around the dinner table during the introduction of the ”Stamppot pies” dish
“Stamppot pies” design

Between the 19th and 20th of October 2018, The Soft Protest, Digest, held the first gathering of their ‘Nederland Edition’ at fanfare, in Amsterdam. This event, titled “Waarom beginnen met stamppot?” or “Why begin with stamppot?”, consisted of two consecutive days of cooking, learning and tasting.

On the first day, 7 dutch North Holland residents (from age 23 to over 60) were invited to teach The Soft Protest, Digest how to cook the famous dutch ‘Stamppot[1]’. Using a family secret, a classic or even a TV inspired recipe, these knowledgeable dutchs’ taught the collective how to properly prepare their version of the renowned dish as well as discussing their feelings towards it, the dutch food culture and the dutch relationship to cooking and agriculture as a whole. These conversations were archived and the stamppots stored in air-thighed containers until the next day.

On the second and last day, a crowd of Amsterdam residents (from age 23 to well over 70), as well as the Stamppot teachers, were invited to share a dinner in the fanfare space. This event was put together as a thank you to the participants, as well as an introduction to the research of the ‘Nederland Edition’ of The Soft Protest, Digest.

Produced with carefully sourced products from farms of the Amsterdam area, 3 courses were served. Each course was introduced with a consistent talk on various topics such as:

  • The relevance of eating self resilient plants and cereals on the dutch soil
  • The convenience of foraging wild plants in forests and nearby parks
  • The history of mashed vegetables in the Netherlands
  • The development of meat-free traditional dishes
  • The value of vegetarian meat substitutes

This dinner scenario fostered many lively talks and helped the collective make clearer sense of its (at first glance at least) overwhelming enterprise: designing an environmentally and culturally resilient diet for the North Holland dutchs’.

Take a sneak peek

🎞🎥The dinner party at fanfare

The 3 courses

Five Stamppot lessons

Producers

  • Fruittuin Van West
  • Notes

    1. A combination of mashed potatoes and various kinds of vegetables, often served with a smoked sausage or a large meatball