Sauerkraut with Sausages; zero tolerance for picky eaters — 11 Comments

  1. We all need heros like that Katie. I don’t imagine I would have eaten sauerkraut as a child but I can’t imagine my mom serving it to us either with her staunch British roots.

  2. Since my mother was a (chain)smoker, my brother and I would wait her out. Once she ran out of cigarettes, she’d try to hold out, but never could. She’d leave the kitchen, we’d dash to the garbage disposal, and she couldn’t prove anything. We all laugh about it now …
    But it wasn’t like we got an alternative dinner either. These people who cook four meals for four family members, I don’t get it …

  3. That story sounds suspiciously like my family dynamic, too. We are all steadfast and it often resulted in the kind of power struggles you described. Looking back, I have to wonder where the idea of an enjoyable family meal went awry. That wasn’t enjoyable for any of us.

  4. Hi Katie! This dish looks yummy! We have a market in town that makes the best gluten free sausages – so this recipe is giving me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing, Ina

  5. Val, my mother had German roots – that explains a lot ;-))
    Charlotte, like you we ate it or went hungry… we ate it.
    Zoomie, well, most of them were enjoyable… it’s just that the others were more, um, memoerable
    Ina, thanks for the comment… ;-)) Hope you like!

  6. I swear that we must be cousins!
    I can’t tell you how many times I was sent to the kitchen to finish eating my teaspoon of squash (or peas, or brussels sprouts, or yams) so the rest of the family could have dessert. I’d sit there miserably staring at the little mound that was growing colder and colder and every so often Mum would call from the dining room, “Have you finished yet?”. Usually, I did manage (eventually) to swallow the offensive vegetable of the evening without gagging very much. But once, I remember carefully hiding it in the garbage and being terrified for days that I’d be discovered.
    Alas, I had no heroic siblings to rescue me. They all loathed the vegetables as much as I. And we all had to eat at least some of everything that had been prepared.
    I eat just about all vegetables now with relish. (I still draw the line at mushy okra) But I’ve only very recently discovered that I quite like sauerkraut.
    Mmmm, buckwheat pancakes!! I adore buckwheat pancakes and always have! I would have happily rescued you on the buckwheat pancake night! (Buckwheat crepes are fabulous with creamed ham and spinach inside.)
    Recipe here if you’re interested:

    P.S. Did your mother ever make you eat cheese souffle? What a nightmare THAT particular lunch was when I was about 7 and my older sister was 10. I think it was only the several glasses of milk we drank that made it so we weren’t too hungry to go to school that afternoon. I STILL have difficulty with cheese souffles… and my sister won’t even be in the same room with them.

  7. Elizabeth, buckwheat crepes are the considered a staple in Brittany and most of France uses them for savory crepes – so I can buy very good ones, fresh, at the supermarket. But (now, don’t gag) I would put a poached egg in the middle of that creamed ham and spinach. I’ll check your recipe – thanks. I agree about the mushy okra (bleh) – and I would add any and all vegetables that come in a can (except kidney beans) My mother never did cheese soufles…..

  8. Too late!!! Just reading “poached egg” was enough to initiate the gag reflex. But my husband agrees with you and loves to add the egg to his (guh guh guh).
    You don’t make your own crepes? They’re dead easy.
    Hope you like our creamed spinach etc. with buckwheat crepes when you try it. (Hope you could find it! Just in case you had difficulty – I did, and it’s my site – here it is:
    Mercifully, my mother discovered fresh vegetables when I was around 14 and never again resorted to serving canned (except with kidney beans). But my introduction to broccoli was less than happy – it was in Chicken Divan. Why on earth would anyone want to pre-cook broccoli and then place it under chicken to bake for 30 minutes more in the oven? Brrrrr. Greygreen mush, anyone?

  9. Elizabeth, I used to make my own… But the buckwheat crepes I buy are so cheap and so good…. and so easy….
    My mother never moved away from the canned. Carrots were always fresh, and green beans, peas and sweet corn were fresh in summer but that was it. Oh, forgot, rutabaga was always fresh – and I loved it. Weird, huh?

  10. Yes, very strange. I suspect that my mother switched because she discovered how much better the fresh vegetables tasted (not to mention that suddenly people weren’t whining so much).
    Except corn. We still had canned corn (except in summer when it was on the cob.)