Roast Ham with Mustard Sauce; Happy Christmas Eve

There are over 40 different types of dry-cured ham in the display case at my supermarket: Prosciutto from Italy, Serrano from Spain, Westphalian from Germany, Bayonne from France and a few dozen more better and lesser known varieties from all over Europe. There are around a dozen types of wet-cured hams, in big, perfect, long … Continue reading…

Red Sauced Shrimp; Driving without a license – legally

Driving in a foreign country can be a puzzling challenge when you’re visiting. As a resident, one may come to expect some of the strange behavior…. but one may still be a long way from actually understanding it. Take the cacahuète, for example. The peanut…. The nickname for a tiny little caricature of a car, … Continue reading…

Rice Florentine; Season’s Eatings; Weekly Menu

It’s that time of year again…. The holidays are creeping ever closer  Season’s Eatings! Should we do it again? It’s a world-wide holiday gift exchange. If you would like to join the fun, leave a comment.  I’ll collect real names and addresses later, by e-mail. Here are the details: Season’s Eating’s is a spicy/herby/foodie gift … Continue reading…

Barbecued Veal Chops; Weekly Menu Plan

We plant; we water; we weed; we hoe. We wonder if it's all going to be worth it…. We wonder why the tomatoes don't set; why the beans don't grow, why we're the only one without zucchini blossoms. Then, one morning we wake up and everything is ripe and ready for picking. NOW! Today I … Continue reading…

Fried Zucchini; How do you eat? Survey wants to know!

How do you eat? When eating in restaurants in the US I’m usually asked: ‘Would you like an appetizer?’.  The question always makes me think of Potato Skins or Cheese Curds or something similar…. Something to nibble on while deciding on dinner. The dinner which will consist of a first course, a main course and … Continue reading…

Salad with Sausages, Potatoes and Chevre; Weekly Menu

The thing about gardens is….. You plant….. And wait. You water….. And wait. You hoe, weed, check for disease, check for bugs…. And wait. And than, overnight, everything is ready…. All at once. Even when you carefully stagger plantings, as I try to do, Mother Nature manages to manipulate the weather so that one day … Continue reading…