Cumin cheese

kaaswinkelThe Dutch are pretty famous for their cheeses. The ‘normal’ Gouda cheese is well known internationally, and also the plain Edam cheese is pretty much available in better cheese shops all over the world.
A cheese I have never found abroad though is ‘komijnekaas’ (‘cumin cheese’) — basically a Gouda or Edam cheese with cumin seeds in it, and a cheese we love in the Netherlands (at least I do)!
The cumin seeds give the cheese a mild, nutty flavour and it is very good on a slice of fresh bread or just as is on a cheese platter.

If in Amsterdam, make sure to step in to one of the many cheese shops (don’t worry — although they are certainly ‘cheesy’, they are not at all ‘just for tourists’)! They will gladly let you taste cumin cheese – and any other cheese you would like to try (and there are many)!

xxx Esther

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1. Kristin | October 26, 2008 | Reply

Yum, that sounds really good. I am lucky to have an amazing cheese shop right up the street from me- I’ll have to see if they carry it. fingers crossed.

2. Erika | October 27, 2008 | Reply

There is a small place North of Seattle that makes the best cumin cheese! Yum!

3. Corrina | February 19, 2010

I live in Seattle, would you please give me the info on the place north of Seattle, my girl friend brought the cheese with cumin seed , and I just love it.
Thanks

4. kidletnation.blogspot.com | October 28, 2008 | Reply

That stuff’s pretty widely available in Vancouver… and I agree with you, it’s delicious!

5. Justyn | November 2, 2008 | Reply

Esther –

This is Justyn (mother to Clementine your Tangled nad True baby exchange partner). I am writing because my family will be spending a week or two in the Netherlands on our way to move to Kenya in May or June. I have been enjoying rereading through your posts and thinking of ideas for the trip but would LOVE to see a “visit Amsterdam” type post. It may already exist (I am going through the archives now) but I just wanted to send a note to let you know that more than any guidebook this blog has been great in getting us excited about traveling with wee ones to your fair city!

Justyn
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6. Esther | November 3, 2008 | Reply

Hi Justyn – my son Pim wore the pyjamas you sent us for an eternity! Thanks again!
About our Amsterdam posts: of course you can go to the category ‘cities’, and then click Amsterdam to get all the Amsterdam related posts we have ever written. But there is also ‘a week in Amsterdam’, that hopefully gives you some inspiration…
(And there’s more to come on Amsterdam, so stay tuned!)

7. Thea | April 11, 2009 | Reply

I’m going to Amsterdam for the first time on Sunday and I’m really looking forward to buying some cheese! I’ll look out for the cumin one sounds yummy.

8. Ditte | August 10, 2009 | Reply

Cumin cheese (kommenost) is also very common in Denmark … I have never seen it in other contries than Denmark

9. Rudolf | October 24, 2009 | Reply

Whole Foods sells the cumin komijnekaas cheese you want.

10. Mary | January 19, 2010 | Reply

I agree. My 1st time tasting cumin cheese was on the island of St. Martin/St.Marteen last year. It is absolutely great by itself, with wheat bread, or as a sandwich with smoked ham. Unfortunately, it’s not a popular cheese to find in the Southern states of the USA, but I have not given up on my search yet.

11. Wendy | January 23, 2010 | Reply

There is Cumin cheese available here at Tesco in Budapest :) Delicious!

12. dian | December 20, 2010 | Reply

i have one baby edam with cumin from my husband..but, i don’t have any clue,what kind of food suitable 4 cumin cheese. would u give my some recipe??

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