|Flag courtesy of Wikipedia|
Area: Over 350,000 sq km; 63rd biggest in the world
Slightly smaller than Montana
Population: Almost 81,000,000; 18th largest in the world
Second largest in Europe after Russia
Economy: Based on GDP per capita the 5th biggest in the world and the biggest in Europe
Source: CIA World Factbook
Next up in fast-forwarding through Danielle's life is...Germany! And not only Germany, but Germany in Colorado at Christmas.
Why such time travel? Sickness, tiredness, general lack of time. What does that sound like? Yep, that's right, time to have another baby! And this time, although we didn't know it when I cooked this food, there were twins. Turns out that makes things a lot more interesting. There were a lot of foods I had aversions to, and just making a shopping list was difficult sometimes. So bear with me.
Anyway, Germany! As you may be able to tell from the Hetzel in this blog's title, my husband's family has some German in them, so they were more than willing to help me out with this one.
I found two recipes I wanted to do, and one of them was specifically a German Christmas recipe. Thank you, sauerbraten! It has to marinate for three days, so it is extra-special and usual only done for the holidays.
First you combine a ridiculous number of things and bring them to a boil to make the marinade. The most interesting ingredient here is Juniper Berries. They aren't really available many places. So instead, my father-in-law picked them. Yep, he found a juniper bush and picked the berries. Talk about local sourcing.
I thought maybe this would be good served with potatoes, and Kevin's mom suggested potato pancakes. Perfect!
|Our nephew liked the spread.|
This sort of thing is a really good way to use, as I said, a normally-tough cut of meat. It is amazing what three days of marinating and then four hours of cooking can do. Plus a delicious gravy.
Yes, those things seem to take a lot of time. Most of it, however, wasn't active cooking. I was actually surprised at how little direct-work it took, although I did have a lot of help. I'm not sure I'll be doing this again, but if you want some German Christmas I highly recommend you try it.
Next time: More Germany