My husband and I decided to go to the university sports centre this week for some rock climbing. It was his first time, and we didn’t want to wait for the next intro class, so we had a private class with one of their climbing instructors. I appreciated the review — I’ve only climbed once … Continue reading Climbing & Baking
I recently had a free weekend and the sudden urge to make pastry. For the first time. Thanks to Ottolenghi’s cookbook, I had a rough puff pastry recipe and the encouragement that it “isn’t so difficult.” (Thankfully, I hadn’t noticed the slightly less encouraging statement at the start of book: “Cakes and pastries can sometimes … Continue reading Making Puff Pastry
Last year, before leaving Germany, we received a book of recipes as a gift. Not just any recipes — each of my husband’s colleagues contributed a handwritten recipe of their own to share with us. In the move, I somehow tucked that book away with non-cookbooks, and it wasn’t until the day after Christmas this year that … Continue reading Apfelstrudel
It just so happens that my husband’s birthday and my birthday are only two days apart. A while back we started a tradition of celebrating the day in between, our “average birthday.” It’s a nice way of consolidating the celebrations. However, it didn’t work out that way this year. My husband’s birthday was on Rosenmontag, … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Us!
Every Christmas morning, my family gets up and makes cinnamon rolls and orange danishes. You know, the kind that you buy in a tube. I hate orange danishes. I really don’t like orange flavors added to other foods. But cinnamon rolls are lovely. I made some cinnamon rolls last December, soon after arriving in Aachen. … Continue reading Fun with Food
I tried baking cookies yesterday, but they fell flat. Literally. I had a recipe (from the US) for sugar cookies, and on my last trip to the grocery store I picked up some Natron (baking soda) and Backpulver (baking powder). I have already explained that baking powder here is different and thus tricky for baking US recipes. … Continue reading Adventures in Baking: Flat Cookies
As translators know, a translation is never just about the words. Translation requires understanding the meaning behind the words and then expressing that meaning in another language. As I discovered recently, recipe translations are no exception! I don’t normally translate recipes in my daily life as a translator, but I work with recipes all the … Continue reading Baking US Recipes in Germany