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Just like Oma's ... "S"
May 27, 2015

Just like Oma's - "S"

"S" is our letter this month as we travel through our series on Germany from "A" to "Z".

We're checking out "S" foods, going to some "S" places in Germany, meeting some "S" people, and learning some "S" words! But first …

Oma's News!

I’m so excited! Tomorrow, I hop on the plane for Germany! My sister and I are taking a 2-week bus tour! I’m leaving with a camera and an empty tummy. The plan is to try lots of REAL German food and take oodles of photos.

Those photos will be finding their way into my next cookbook!

I have several ebooks that many of you have already downloaded, but I'm thinking my next one will be a printed edition. Which do you prefer: ebook or hardcopy?

"S" Foods

1. Spargelsalat (Asparagus Salad)

I'm hoping it's still asparagus season in Germany when I get there. Many restaurants even have separate asparagus menus. I wonder if I'll find this salad there? It’s one that my granddaughter, Lydia, chose to make for our family dinner a couple of weeks ago. She even made it vegan by not including the eggs, but rather serving them alongside.

So easy to make. Check out: Asparagus Salad

2. Spinat und Senfsosse (Spinach and Mustard Sauce)

Spinach is another spring vegetable that’s so common in Germany. It's usually served creamed and often with boiled potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and mustard sauce. A very quick, easy, and healthy meal.

For a super easy dinner, here are the recipes: Creamed Spinach and Mustard Sauce.

3. Sauerkraut Soup

Sauerkraut. So wunderbar. So easy to turn into a lecker side dish. But, have you ever thought to turn it into a soup? WUNDERBAR!

Take a look at this easy recipe. I think you’ll really love it! Check it out here!

"S" Recipe, just for YOU!

Soleier (Pickled eggs)

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups water
  • peels from 3 onions
  • 4 tbsp salt
  • 10 peppercorns
  • ½ tsp juniper berries
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • Put the eggs into a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to boil over medium heat and cook for 9 - 10 minutes. Remove the eggs from the pot and put into ice water to cool.
  • To make the marinade, put 3 cups of water and the remaining ingredients into a pot. Bring to boil, reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes until the water turns brown. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Gently crack the eggs so that the shells have small cracks all over. Do not peel the eggs! Place the eggs into a large mason jar and cover with the marinading liquid. Close the jar and let sit at least 2 days.
  • To serve, peel the eggs, cut into half, and serve with mustard and pickles on the side.

"S" Places

Here are two unusual “S” places to visit:

1. Schwerin

Located in the northern part of Germany in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and surrounded by lakes, Schwerin is known of the castle built on an island in the Schwerier See. The island originally had a Slav stronghold (AD 973) but now boasts a 653-room castle with many domes, towers, and wings that's surrounded by beautiful baroque gardens.

Schwerin Castle Aerial View Island Luftbild Schweriner Schloss Insel See.jpg
"Schwerin Castle Aerial View Island Luftbild Schweriner Schloss Insel See" by Harald Hoyer - Based on File:Schwerin Castle Aerial View.jpg. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

What a perfect place to have afternoon coffee!

2. Spreewald

Just an hour's drive south-east of Berlin, you'll find one of Europe’s most beautiful inland deltas that’s surrounded with forests and farmlands protected as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The best way to see this is by boat … traveling through Sorbian villages that retain their traditional language, customs, clothing, and food.

Widely known for gherkins and horseradish, most of the produce is organic. You’ll definitely want to try the Zander (pike-perch)!

"S" People

  • Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805), poet and playwright
  • Robert Schumann (1810–1856), composer and songwriter
  • Werner von Siemens (1816–1892), inventor, founder of Siemens, the electronics and electrical engineering company
  • Henry E. Steinway (1797–1871), founder of the piano company Steinway & Sons
  • Franz Ströher (born c. 1854), in 1880 founded cosmetics company Wella AG
  • August Storck-Oberwelland, in 1903 founder of Werther's Sugar Confectionery Factory
  • Theodor Storm (1817–1888), author
  • Levi Strauss (1829-1902), the German-American father of blue jeans
  • Richard Strauss (1864–1949), composer, opera composer

"S" Words

Want to learn some German words to use in the kitchen?

  • Saft - juice
  • Sahne - cream
  • Salbei - sage
  • Salz - salt
  • Sardellen - anchovies
  • Sauer - sour
  • Sauerbraten - sour pot roast,(marinated)
  • Scheibe - slice or piece
  • Schinken - ham
  • Schnittlauch - chives
  • Schnitzel - cutlets
  • Schokolade - chocolate
  • Sellerie - celery
  • Senf - mustard
  • Sosse - sauce
  • Spargel - asparagus
  • Speck - bacon
  • Spinat - spinach
  • Suppe - soup
  • Süss - sweet

OK, I’m off to pack!

As I travel through Germany for the next couple of weeks, I hope you'll follow me on my Facebook Fan page. Remember to like the page, so you won't miss any postings!

Tschüss and guten Appetit,
Oma Gerhild

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