Life Abroad

Over before it really began – MSL

It was only two weeks ago, during a layover at the train station in Frankfurt to be more exact.  To kill some time, we took a stroll through the book store.  Large train stations have amazing bookstores.  I like to peruse the magazines to see if I can find the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine in the International section.  This time, I did not find it in english but in german!  As one who channels Martha at times, you can magine my surprise!  I was so excited and let out a little “woo hoo”!  I did get a few stares but I didn’t care.  I almost ran to the other side of the store to show my husband what I stumbled upon.

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I did not care that it was in german, even though my german is not really fluent.  I thought this would be a great way to improve my language skills too as well as get my monthly Martha Stewart fix in paper!

Unfortunately, my excitement was short-lived.  While happily reading my find, I flipped to the last page.  Well, my husband did and handed the magazine back to me.  Auf Wiedersehen… WHAT!??!! No way!

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I did not even know the magazine was being circulated over here until the last issue.  😦  This is the one magazine I would love to receive as it unfortunately does not deliver overseas.  I didn’t even care if I had to read it in german.  To have a family member send one to me, the postage is $20.00.  I’m not that desperate!  Am I?

I never saw an issue on the newstand here but then again, I do live in a very, very small city.

At least I can find her on the net but…. it is just not quite the same as sitting down with a cup of coffee or tea, curled up in my favorite chair and losing myself in an issue of Martha Stewart Living.

Auf Wiedersehen….

 

 

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food · Holidays · Recipes

A very vintage Polish recipe for the holidays.

003It is that time of year again.  For us, we celebrate the traditional Christmas.  When you are married to a person of a culture different from your own it is fun to create new holiday traditions that reflect both cultures.  Although for us there are some definite differences between Bavarian and American culture.  Then again, not as broad a difference as other cultures.  As I come from a German and Polish background, we grew up with many of the traditional German and Polish foods.

One in particular a Polish dish my grandpa used to make, traditionally on Christmas Eve and Good Friday.  Pierogi.  Now, I know in Michigan they serve this Polish meal up with different fillings,  sauerkraut, potato and cheese to name a few.  Originally the pierogi was made with a dry cottage cheese filling.  That is the way I like them best and the only way I will make them.

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Mom in her kitchen – 1974

If I may…. I just have to share a little family history about this recipe.  I remember when I was very young, my Mom and Grandpa, in our very 1970’s decorated kitchen, taking over the kitchen table to make up a huge batch of Pierogi’s.  It is a lovely memory.  Later, my brother took over for Grandpa and then when my brother moved South, I was thrilled to learn how to make them and take over him.

My mom never had a written recipe, it was one of those you learn as a child and just know how to make.   I will do my best to give you as exact of a recipe as I can in case you care to try your hand at making these.

Before you begin anything, cover your table with paper bags.  I tape them with masking tape to my table.  You really need to do this step as it can get a bit messy with the flour.

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For the Cheese mixture you will need:

2 lbs dry cottage cheese (this is not always easy to find, especially in Germany so I just buy regular cottage cheese and press it into a mesh strainer to get rid of the liquid, the cheese has to be dry.)

3 eggs

salt & pepper  to taste

Mix these together and set aside.

For the Dough:

3 cups flour

2-3 eggs (use three if the eggs are rather small)

water (as needed by the teaspoon)

Mix the dough ingredients until it becomes a thick consistency.  Roll out the dough in a lot of flour until thin.  Cut into circles with a knife (around the size of a large coffee can?)  Put the filling in the center of each circle, fold in half and pinch tight.  This is where it may get a bit tricky.  In order for the dough to stick you do not want much flour on the part where you pinch it together.

Par-boil until they float.  Set on aluminum foil lined cookie sheet in between layers of waxed paper.  (I use parchment paper as waxed paper does not exist here in Germany.)

You can do that step ahead of time,  just leave them covered on the counter till it is time to cook them.

Oh, don’t forget to chop up some onions.

Using a large skillet, fry them up in quite a bit of Crisco and onions.  Crisco or a lard similar to it really does work the best and gives the Pierogi the proper flavor.

A little salt and pepper or sour cream can be added if desired when serving.  I personally love them with just a little salt and pepper.

Oh, my I am hungry for them now!

So back to the whole tradition thing… Christmas Eve we have Hawaiian Toast (a Bavarian tradition) and Christmas Day we have Pierogi.  Do you have a special food for dinner as your holiday tradition?

 

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Coffee Chat · DITL

Weekend Recap & chatty stuff

Well, I am back from celebrating my birthday in Holland.  To say I had a wonderful time is an understatement!  It is a memory that I will cherish forever.  As this wasn’t really “traveling” but more like visiting, I sadly do not have many photos to share.  Also, the one day we visited the Wildlands (which is an adventure zoo in Emmen) it was so cold outside that I had issues with the lens of my camera steaming up.

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I didn’t add any effects to this photo.  So, I put the camera away and just enjoyed the day.

Another of the highlights from my trip was shopping in the city of Groningen.  If you don’t know me,  I have a deep dark secret.  I love makeup, especially MAC.  I haven’t bought any since living over here as it costs twice the price in Europe.  But…. because of my birthday, I was spoiled…

My husband took so much video of this trip.  I am wondering out loud, if I shouldn’t make a YouTube channel to share all the videos in the future?  Hmmm….  He loves to do the videos and I love to take the photos.  We make a good pair, don’t we?!

We also got to see an old steam train while we were waiting to board our connection in Nuremberg.  It was so beautiful, iconic and loud!  I don’t have a good photo as it was dark out, but my husbands video is pretty cool.

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So that was my weekend and since I have been back I finished the final de-clutter project in our home.  I know, I probably should have shared that too.

I have brought up all the christmas decor from the cellar and am working on making our home holiday ready.

On a not so happy note, while we were away,  our city hall, which was over 600 years old burned down.  So devastating!  Thankfully no one was hurt! Here is a rooftop view looking into the building from the newspaper.

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One thing I love about living here is the rich history of many of the buildings and the architecture.  We will be heading into the city later today as our Christkindlemarkt opens tonight.  I don’t know how festive it will seem this year with the empty shell of our “Rathaus” looming over the square.  But… I will let you know.

I think or rather, I know I will be sharing a bit more on this blog about “my days” in the coming year.  I still am on the fence though about “vlogging” on YouTube.  Let me know your thoughts on that, I could really use a little imput.

Well, I need to get a move on as the beautiful sun is rising,  so must I.

 

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