We’ve been living here in Western Germany for a little over 8 months. We have developed comfortable routines during this time. We get up in the mornings, Dirk takes Jack for his morning walk while I get the coffee started and breakfast on the table. Cheyenne gets ready for work at the Vet office. Then, after a small breakfast, they are off to work, and I get started on my daily tasks. I have Newt the Cat and Jack the Dog to “help” me with my chores. I have really found that I LOVE being the Haus Frau.
Each day that I wander out into town is still an adventure, but I am more comfortable with my surroundings. It’s no longer feels frightening and too loud. I can manage getting a bus ticket, I know which bus goes to the various parts of town. I am able to buy my train ticket and either go into Köln or Brühl( I am sure I could go other places too, but I haven’t had a need to…yet). I can find the things we need in the stores, and ask for things if I can’t. Sometimes I have small conversations with people I encounter, and sometimes I run into friends.
Lately, I have been trying to cook a new recipe at least once or twice a week. I don’t want to get too comfortable or fall into a rut with our meals. The family has been supportive and seems to like everything that I have made so far. I think I have gotten pretty good at making Putenschnitzle and my Orange Chicken with rice is pretty damn good if I may say so myself. My mom was a very good cook back in the day. But, the only seasonings she ever used were salt, pepper, powered onion, powdered garlic, and Lawry’s Seasoning. So, I have been trying to be a bit more adventurous with my cooking than my very MidWest upbringing has prepared me for. I have found that I really like Indian and Thai foods with curry in them.
So, today I decided to make a curried potato and lentil creation. I found the recipe on line. It has taken me all afternoon to make.
My creation does not look like the picture on the website.
It does not smell delicious like the food at the Indian Restaurant.
It does not taste like anything I have ever had………. or ever want to have again.
Now, I am currently trying to reach my husband in hopes that he will stop at the Döner shop on his way home and bring us some Turkish food for dinner.
Each day is still an adventure here in our little part of the world. Tomorrow I will try another new recipe, and hope that it turns out delicious, or at the very least, edible.
How about you? Do you try new recipes that use spices that you did not grow up with or do not usually cook with? Do you like to be adventurous with with your food?