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Thursday, September 27, 2007

German onion pie

This is a very typical German dish. It is eaten mainly during the early months of fall and accompanied with a very young white wine which is still fermenting in the bottle (Federweißer).
I prepared this recipe lately for our friends Katie and John from the US and I thought I'd share it with you.

Preheat oven to 425°F. First you prepare a dough similar to a pizza dough. You need

500 g flour
one 42 g lump/block/cake of yeast
1/4 litre (250 ml) milk
110 g butter

First you dissolve the yeast in some lukewarm milk. If you use a kitchen aid or a Bosch MUM you add all the ingredients safe the rest of the milk and let the machine prepare the dough. Add the milk little by little, so that the dough does not turn too sticky. Let the dough rise.

Afterwards spread the dough on a baking sheet.

Now prepare the toppings. You need
200 g cubed bacon
75 g butter
appr. 1.2 kg Spanish onions (others will do to I guess) in stripes
300 g sour cream
3 eggs
1 TS caraway seeds
1 TS grounded caraway
salt & pepper.

Fry the bacon in the butter on medium heat. Add the onions, the caraway seeds and pepper. Then pour in half of the sour cream. Simmer until the onions are soft. Let cool.

Mix the rest of the sour cream with the eggs, season with ground caraway and then add to the onions.
Spread this on top of the dough.

Put into the oven and let it bake for about 40 minutes.


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Saturday, September 15, 2007


I thought I'd share some more pictures. A week after our wedding we left for a weekend get-away to Leipzig as a mini-honeymoon (or as our friend called it a "mini-moon"). We spent three days in Leipzig which is situated in the Eastern part of Germany (which was the GDR until 1990).
My DH's father was born there as was my grandma, so there is quite some family history attached to that city. Fortunately the weather was great. We spend hours walking around different parts of Leipzig and sitting in nice little pubs. Some of the sights we did include the Thomaskirche (the church were Johann Sebastian Bach, the composer, worked and is buried), Nicolaikirche (where they had the important and famous prayer meetings connected with the Monday demonstrations which led to the downfall of communism in the GDR), the Stasi museum (Stasi was the secret service in the FDR spying on the citizens), the German Administrative Court and the Völkerschlachtdenkmal (a monument commemorating the battle at Leipzig which the Allies won against the invading French emperor Napoleon I in 1813).

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Nice surprises and lots of cooking

This week was filled with nice surprises. I received several packages with the mail, two on Monday and one on Friday. The first two contained books (have I told you already that I love books..?), R.C. Sproul's Knowing Scripture and Real.Life.Scrapbooking by Rebecca Cooper.
Then on Friday I received some new scrapbooking supplies. I especially love the chipboard mini monos by Basic Gray and the Photo Cube Kit from Making Memories. For the first time I also ordered lots of different patterned papers. I'm exited for keeping some memories with them :).

I also cooked lots this week. Almost every day we cook from scratch. So on the menu we had Chili with cornbread crust (a first), a pie with fennel, apples, potatoes and blood pudding and also a German onion cake with bacon. I will post some recipes with pictures hopefully later next week!
Have a wonderful Sunday!

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Great give-away!

Tim Challiess has started a new round of give-aways on his blog. It is an incredible chance to win interesting, challinging and good Christian books. This time the prize is really special: you can win all six volumes of the Reformed Expository Commentaries series. I am so exited about those books. I downloaded the first chapters of the commentary on Hebrews and I love it. There is so much solid biblical information in there.

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