Spring has finally sprung!
The sun is shining, rain is pouring, flowers are blooming, and Germans are picknicking. It took 1.5 months for Spring to catch on here in Germany but we are so very glad it did! Unfortunately for me, with sunshine comes sunburn. I’ve only been “lightly toasted” so far but I am very, very eagerly awaiting the arrival of our shipment from the USA which (if I remember correctly) includes some sunscreen.
Speaking of our shipment, we erroneously thought it was arriving last Friday. We were sorely disappointed when we realized that we had misread an email from the shipping company. I am desperate to have our stuff back, especially my clothes and our kitchen equipment. I have been dreaming about our Wustof’s and mandolin as I struggle to slice, chop & mince with dull knives. Oh, and I also miss our measuring spoons. It appears as though Germans aren’t into measuring ingredients…? Neither of the apartments we have lived in so far have had measuring spoons or cups. What?! I haven’t come across any in the grocery stores either, though I haven’t been to a real kitchen store yet.
Anywho, until our shipment arrives I will have to julienne by hand and do Gordon Ramsay-style measuring. (If you don’t get that reference go check out Gordon’s videos on YouTube, his “small pat” of butter is half the stick.)
For your enjoyment, here are some photos from last week, along with a throwback I just found on my camera!
1. I just found this picture of us on Christmas Day in Old Town Alexandria on my camera! I will always miss that beautiful waterfront.
2. Since I don’t have a
reason to get out of bed job right now I have turned my attentions to fitness & cooking (contradictory?). In regards to cooking, I have been trying to tackle new ingredients, techniques, etc. Last week I attempted to make this recipe for Mole Verde Zacatecano from my new best friend, Saveur.com. I foolishly thought that German supermarkets would stock tomatillos because I had an idea in my head that they were also in Spanish cuisine…wrong on all accounts! Consequently, I had to sub some green tomatoes from Spain (not an adequate substitute) and the mole didn’t quite work. I also ran out of fresh jalapeños and had to use a habanero so it was hot, hot, hot. Despite the missing ingredients, etc. it was very tasty! 5/5 would make again, with or without the correct produce. 🙂
3. Banh mi wieners! I was inspired by Damn Delicious to make this spin on one of our favorite Vietnamese sandwiches. It’s not sophisticated or difficult but it is damn delicious. And it gave me motivation to pickle some carrots!
4. The humungous Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central train station). We popped in here for a few minutes on our way to the main tourist area of the city just to see the spectacle! It is the biggest train station I’ve ever been to – there are four floors with loads of restaurants, clothing stores, grocers, etc. It’s pretty cool to visit just to see all of the hustle and bustle!
5. After seeing the Hauptbahnhof, we walked our way over to see some of the most popular attractions in the city. The building in this picture is the Reichstag building where the German parliament meets. It is possible to go up inside the glass dome and walk around the edge of the dome (example) but you have to register ahead of time. Thus, the dome will have to wait for another day!
6. I think this picture pretty accurately sums up the feel of last weekend – sunny & colorful. I love these new kicks I got from H&M for $10!