Food Glorious Food!
Ok, so I admit it. This month I got a little homesick. After my whirlwind trip to the states, I started craving foods that are less readily available around here. So, rather than whine about it, I set out to do something about it!
First up, I really really wanted a piece of cake. Only, I am the only one in the family who actually eats cake. And I didn’t want to eat an entire cake! So, I made a cake and sent it to BFG! That way, I only had to eat one piece! Besides, these folks have all been burning the midnight oil to get ready for their awesomely cool new Kickstarter for Ravensdale! Great Goop! I encourage everyone to check it out. Fun Orkish mayhem and over the top Goop-punk! This one looks like a lot of fun, so I will happily endorse it right now. If you have a few bucks to contribute to a very worthy kickstarter campaign, please consider it.
Ok, now back to the foods. What else do I miss?
Fried Zucchini! But, I don’t really have room to do a lot of deep frying in this kitchen. So, I went for the healthier oven-fried variety. Still hit the spot! Just dip em in an egg wash and then seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan. 400 degrees F (200 C) for 15 minutes in a well oiled pan and voila!
Next, my sweet tooth attacked again, and I found myself missing the homemade cannoli shells that a local shop used to make for us. There are probably Italian restaurants around here that have cannoli, but being able to make them myself again would be great! Unfortunately, I am not thoroughly satisfied with the shells for these cannoli bites, but I will continue to experiment. Filling of sweetened ricotta and mascarpone is going to work anywhere, though!
As long as I was on a sweets roll, I might as well make some donuts! There are no donut shops in this area of Germany, though they do make a little filled “donut” pastry that is sort of like a jelly-filled. I like Old Fashioneds, though, so for that I have to do it myself. Ok, old fashioned donut holes, but it works for us! A little powdered and cinnamon sugar and Mwwwahh!
Finally, I think I have mentioned several times that Asian food is scarce and crab is unheard of. There are some sushi places, but I was taught that if you walk into a fish restaurant and it smells like rotting fish, walk right back out again. Following this rule locally has left me with no sushi restaurants to use! So, today the kids and I set out to make our own. And, you know what- it wasn’t that hard! We found some fake crab that we like and gathered our other ingredients. For the rice wine vinegar we had to visit France. But, we got it! Woot! My first attempt turned out just a little too thick and uneven. But, we quickly got the hang of it. Plus, it turned out to be a nice project for a summer day.