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Recipes from Germany
September 06, 2012
QUICK FIX RECIPES
Newsletter Issue #20 - September 6, 2012
Ready for something new?
Ready to celebrate German food?
Summer is almost over and, for many, it's time to get back into that everyday routine. For me, tomorrow I leave Germany where I've been for the past six weeks.
It's time to go back home to Canada and back to my kitchen and my office. To my kitchen to cook and adapt the many recipes I've collected over here. Then, to my office to post them to Quick German Recipes.
For those of you who are also following Quick German Recipes on FaceBook, you'll have read about Cayen. We stayed at her Sterdebüll-Hof Ferienwohnung (“vacation house”) in Nordfriesland, a district in Schleswig-Holstein.
Cayan loves cooking and shared her tortes and cream puddings with us. She gave me binders and binders of her recipes, many hand-written, to look through and copy.
It'll be fun trying out her family favorites. She particularly likes recipes that are "ratze fatze" -- a real match for Quick German Recipes!!!
Lately, I've had several requests for strange sounding recipes. Often they are phonetic spellings. It's been quite a lot of fun to decipher them.
For example, Sue asked for a recipe of “Kisenschmuck.” Thankfully, she added what she knew of the recipe, that it was made with eggs and flour and then cooked in grease/oil/lard.
“Kisenschmuck” translates as “pillow jewellry.” Interesting name for a recipe. Even googling didn't help. Then, I applied as many German dialects to the pronunciation as I could, and up comes "Kaiserschmarrn".
I had posted that recipe originally after Roger asked for a recipe for “Crostedi” (also a phonetic spelling) which I tracked down as “Kratzeti” which is the Austrian name for these German pancakes.
Sue'll let me know after she makes them if it's the recipe she's been looking for. In the meantime, if there's a recipe you're looking for, even if you don't know the right spelling, just ask. Write it phonetically. Give as much of a description as you can. I'll do my best to track it down!
Similarly, several have asked for a recipe for “Saure Sosse.” I mentioned it to Cayen and she knew right away:
"Just fry up some bacon and onion and stir in some sour cream. Makes a sauce that goes with almost anything."
It's one of those “just a pinch of this” recipes. Nothing written down. So, this is one I'll need to play around with and when I'm ready, I'll post it.
“Saure Sosse” translates as “sour sauce.” Others think it may be the sauce that goes along with "Sauerbraten" which is marinated beef. Its sauce is “sour” with the addition of vinegar or wine. If anyone else has any ideas, please let me know.
In the meantime, I'll be finishing up the regions of Germany in the next Quick Fix Newsletter. There's only one region left: Bavaria. After that, I'll be exploring a new aspect of German foods in the following editions of Quick Fix.
Now, I need to start packing. I'll pick up some more cooking magazines to read on the plane. Then, it's off to my own kitchen!
What's New at Quick German RecipesWhile over here in Germany, in our "vacation house", there was a "mini-kitchen." Had a chance to try out a recipe I adapted from a German cooking magazine. Forgot to take pictures, but it'll be one I make again once I'm back home.
Try this vegetable frittata when you need something special for lunch.
Quick TricksHere's a hint I also picked up in one of the many cooking magazines over here. I haven't had a chance to try it, but it sure sounds interesting.
To clean mushrooms, dust the dry mushrooms with flour. Toss together lightly. The dirt should adhere to the flour. Then put the "floured" mushrooms into a sieve and rinse with cold water. The "dirty flour" will wash off, leaving clean mushrooms.
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