The Food Issue

Being in Europe for 3 months means not eating out all the time.  It is just too expensive.  So, once we stopped visiting big cities like London and Amsterdam, we have been able to book apartments with kitchens.  When you are traveling with a chef, you might as well taken advantage of her great cooking skills.  So this blog will feature a few meals.  Well, pix of a few meals along with a meal from Kassel.  More on that in a minute.  Here are a few things we’ve whipped up on our trip:

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Above, we have Ascoli Piceno wine, left over Munch brats on toast (with red sauce), a salad and Liz’s Broccoli and rice soup.  The bread is German Rye.

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Here, we have spaghetti Bolognese with Sutto Merlot (from Veneto area near Venice), a salad and Dinkel bread (this is an ancient wheat grain called Spelt, from Germany).  The bread has a full texture and bursts with flavor, but a bit lighter on gluten.IMG_1697.jpg

Next up, salad and Le Coste white (from Veneto), bread from a local bakery, Indian Kurma Potatoes and 3 pastries from Kapp, a bakery in Edingen near Heidelberg.  Pictured is a fruit tart, chocolate tart and we still can’t figure out the chocolate cake-likeIMG_1698.jpg pyramid (but it was good).

Here, we have left over Kurma potatoes, salad, grilled Ahi tuna and a baguette sliced and toasted.  The Sutto red is the Merlot.

Finally, this one is for Mom and Dad Bohm.  Remember our new friends that we met in Brunate above Lake Como?  They invited us to visit their home town of Kassel and spend a day or two with them.  Instead of going out, Iris, Alfons, Liz and I decided to cook!  What to have?  Well, here we go:

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Thinly sliced red and orange beets, with goat cheese, pumpkin seeds, drizzled with white balsamic vinegar reduction.

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Second course was black Beluga lentils (with onions and garlic) with sauteed parsnips in a sherry vinaigrette.   Wow, black lentils keep their shape and consistency and taste great when in combination with sauteed onions and garlic.

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Lastly, prime steak with red wine sauteed mushrooms, new potatoes and salad.  We brought Loire Valley bubbly to start,  Italian Pinot Grigio for the seconds, and Ascoli Piceno  red to accompany the steak.  What a wonderful dinner and evening!  Now Mom and Dad can replicate the dinner.  Let me know how it turns out.

As I blog, we are hanging out in Weimar, Germany.  I will blog again shortly, and finish up our Heidelberg stop, as well as our Kassel visit.  Bon Appetit!

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Author: euro916

I am a college professor in the music department of Utah State University. I will start my sabbatical on May 1, 2016 and plan to document the year's experiences in this blog. The sabbatical consists of musical endeavors in Europe/UK for 3 months, and half a semester as guest artist in a couple of California universities. Thanks for following!

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