Friday, May 5, 2017

Grandma's Love and a Linky

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Samantha and I recently saw a program on TV about traditional German food. It inspired me to make a dish that I remember from my childhood. I grew up in the USA and in Germany. I had grandparents living in both countries at the time. The ones in Germany we called Oma and Opa.

One big way that my Oma shows her love is through her cooking. She has always made good food and just thinking about her cooking makes me salivate!

One German dish that came to mind was Goulash and Spätzle. We made it this past weekend. I made the Goulash and I asked Samantha to make the Spätzle. The last time I made it was so long ago that it felt like a first for the kids. I am including a photo below with some tips and links to recipes, if you're interested in giving it a try!

My Opa has subsequently passed away and my Oma has moved to the States. Both of her daughters are there. She first went to stay with my mom and step-dad and now she's staying with my aunt and cousin. My Oma is originally from Brazil, but she has German and American citizenship. She speaks four languages! The countries where she has lived are Brazil, Austria, Germany, the USA, and Mallorca, Spain and currently she is back in the USA. My mom, for example, was born in Brazil but grew up in the States.

The last time we saw my Oma was when we visited the States in 2013. Three of our kids met their great-grandmother for the first time! I shared some of these photos before and I hope you don't mind seeing them again.

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Goulash with Spätzle

Everyone who tried it enjoyed the Goulash and Spätzle that Samantha and I made, pictured above. I didn't follow any recipe exactly. I tend to improvise and Samantha had to as well, since the Spätzle dough needed more milk than what the recipe stated. For that reason, I chose to include two recipe links below that look trustworthy. I also included a recent photo of Samantha.

The key to making Spätzle is to make sure that the dough doesn't get too runny (about 1 cup of milk to 3 cups of flour). The way Samantha made ours was by using a make-shift piping bag and piping worm shapes into a large pot of boiling water. Once the noodles float to the top, spoon them out with a slotted spoon. Scrape the bottom of the pot for any that might be sticking. They only need a few minutes to cook. Add a bit of butter to the bowl of cooked Spätzle to prevent them from sticking together. If Spätzle is a strange concept for you, then think "dumpling noodles." That's all they are really.



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