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May 20, 2010 6:46 pm 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2010 10:16 am
Tonight was the night for Germany...I think even Super Dave the Girl Cat wanted a bite! On the menu tonight was German Currywurst< German Zwiebelkuchen (Onion Pie)< German Potato Salad< and Barbarella's German Pancakes< with my own Carmel-Disaronno Apple Filling. It's been raining cats and dogs the last couple of days, we lost power last night and when I drove Bob to meet his shuttle this morning, there were at least 3 cottonwoods knocked down by the wind. Avon put it well---we are starting to mold! Anyway, the fur kids were lazy today and not underfoot, so that's a good thing!

I don't know how this isn't driving Bob sure would me...vultures!! Bob has 4 treatments left and then they will scope his throat and see if he needs additional ones. They ran the scope down on Tuesday and the tumor has shrunk by 3/4's. That's cause for celebration!! And we need to celebrate! He's been grouchy, grumpy and tired. He tried to eat tonight but didn't have much luck even after taking his lidocaine syrup. But he did manage to taste everything and gave it all thumbs up.

The start of the onion pie...peel and cut 3 pounds of onions. This only took me 45 minutes to do because I had to stop every minute or so and splash cold water in my eyes to take away the sting and then I had to wait for them to quit tearing's worth the effort, to me....

because this was the end result. Gorgeous to look at and it tastes phenominal, too!

Again, thanks to Beckey Dodds...not only for the information you are about to recieve, but a huge thanks for the custard powder and wonderful chocolate I recieved today...I'm going to mess around with that this weekend. And I have to say, Beckey, I always thought I had really nice handwriting, but yours puts mine to shame!!!

Germany is a rich agricultural country with many cuisines. Germany, a powerful empire, was unified in 1871, until then there was no capitol. In the unification, Berlin was chosen as the capitol city and remained that way until the end of World War II, in 1949, when the country divided into the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) with Bonn as the capitol and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) with East Berlin being it's capitol. Germany remained this way until the decline of the USSR and the end of the cold war when it was reunified in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other European countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the Euro.

This is the dressing for the German Potato Salad...bacon grease, sugar, flour, water and cider vinegar...

And, of course, green onions from my container garden...they are quite tasty!

Come together with crumbled bacon for a delicious treat...German Potato Salad! I've never had it, I've looked at recipes dozens of times and thought I wouldn't care for it, and, for the record, I was so far off base with that assumption, I wasn't even in the ballpark! It's fantastic and I think this will be my new potato salad from now on....YUM!

Germany consisted of what had been several loosely integrated kingdoms, in the west, Prussia, Saxony and Bavaria. Each kingdom had it's own specialties whcih it shared during the first four brief decades of unity. Some of the specialties, such as Konigsberger (I don't know how to get the dots over the "O") Klopse-meatballs made of ground pork, beef, bacon and anchovies, served with a creamy sauce, has achieved the status of a national dish. Regional specialties are dictated by was has been traditionally grown, raised or caught in the area.

Pork is the most common meat and Germans can do magical things with it. Sausage making has become an art form an dit is said there are as many varieties of sausage as there are towns in Germany. Cabbage is the national vegetable.

This is the Currywurst tasted to Bob and me like Spaghetti-O's. And when I was a kid, I loved Spaghetti-O's, this brought back a wave of nostalgia for me...

I was iffy at first, I thought it looked like chopped up hot dogs drenched in ketchup and I wasn't digging that! But, again, I made an @ss outta myself with my assumption...another fantastic dish!

And here is my German dinner! Absolutely to-die for!

And I can't forget those delicious pancakes! Or crepes, or blintzes or whatever....the first one was a pain in my @ss to flip over, the second was a breeze! I ran a toothpick around the edges first and then folded it over with my heat resistant spatula...

My Caramel-Disaronno Apple Filling: 3 red delicious apples, peeled and cored and sauteed in 2 tablespoons of butter. Add in cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to taste along with a teaspoon of vanilla and 2 tablespoons of Disaronno (a super good, top-shelf amaretto) and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar...let it all hang in the pan until it smells great and the apples are soft and put it on top of those German pancakes....oh, yeah!!

Just like that...that's what I'm talking about!

Groceries for tonight's dinner ran me $15.55 and that includes the $6 hand mixer I got at Walmart. I burned up my last one when I made the Irish dinner. I was able to still put $4.45 into the Beach Bag for a total of $125.85 after 20 weeks...can you believe this is almost half over...20 weeks...REALLY??? But, yes, it has been this long.

Neither person that Bob pulled out of the hat last Friday responded back to my emails, so Bob and I chose countries. Bob chose Ethiopia and I chose Cambodia. I got thoroughly spanked on this was shameful! You all, apparently, want to see Ethiopia!

Oh, I almost forgot!! I went to reach into the cupboard for a baggie and smacked my left middle finger on the sharp cutting strip for the aluminum foil and got a pretty decent cut that went through my nail and into the nail bed and along the cuticle. It took a good couple of hours of a pressure bandage, but it finally quit bleeding. If I would have cut myself anywhere else, I would have had to put this dinner on hold to go and get stitched up...but I'll be fine and I have cut myself WAY worse than this before...just a lesson...always close those stinking boxes with the sharp cutting edges!!! What can I say? I am a klutz!! Until we meet up in Ethiopia next week, pray for Kathleen's friends' little boy, Benjamin and I wish you all peace! I'm out!!

May 20, 2010 6:55 pm
Beautiful job again. Glad to hear Bob's tumor is shrinking or at least appears to be, sorry he doesn't feel great. How's Yul blending into the family? May the sun shine in your neighborhood cause I think I'm molding too due to the rain!!!!
May 20, 2010 6:57 pm
Yul is still up in Olympia at the vet...I don't know, Leah may fall in love with him and not want to give him up...either way is ok with me, as long as he has a home!
May 20, 2010 6:58 pm
Oh yeah OUCH! Kitchens and sharp objects! Hope the finger heals well!
May 20, 2010 7:01 pm
Poor kitty. At least he ran across some good humans to take care of him.
May 20, 2010 7:06 pm
Great blog as always..... Chocolate is good huh??? Thanks for the comment about my handwritting lol.... Anal retentive there too!!! Good news about Bob.... :o)
May 20, 2010 7:07 pm
Chocolate is a food group, are you kidding!?!?! LOL! I had to hide the chocolate so Bob would stay out of it!
May 20, 2010 7:12 pm
Good job as usual ww.Sounds like everything is going in the right direction for you guys.Your quit a trooper with everything you've been going through.Your meal looks so good.My ex was German and I miss those good meals his mom used to make for the family.Hubby is Polish and French and his mom's a good cook.She's introduced me to food I've never had before.Have a good night.Talk to you soon.
May 20, 2010 7:12 pm
Good news about Bob's tumor.... congrats on Dinner well done!!! :D
May 20, 2010 7:23 pm
Ooooh.... I forgot to add, I dont know how to do the umlauts (ööööüüüüäääää) either?? I have a German keyboard!!!!
May 20, 2010 7:26 pm
yeah...those things!
May 20, 2010 7:29 pm
the cat picture = awesome!
May 20, 2010 7:31 pm
LOL!!! They change the sound of a word, it's second nature to me, and I am trying but I can't think of any examples to explain what I mean..... Sorry!!!! There is also ß which makes a double S sound although not commonly used any more!
May 20, 2010 7:35 pm
That's cool, I want a German keyboard!
May 20, 2010 7:39 pm
No you don't all the keys are the wrong way got to make space for all the freaky keys.... Ö Ä Ü ß and then you have Druck, Ende, Bild, Alt Gr, Einfg, Entf, Rollen, Untbr, S-Abf...... Etc.
May 20, 2010 8:04 pm
that would be cool!
May 20, 2010 8:09 pm
Okay first this looks great as always. I love German potato salad. Second the problem with reading your blog is I always want to go eat even if I have just eaten. Hmm is that really a problem =) I make a different style of German pancakes for my kiddos all the time, they puff up? Must be a different type of recipe? Finally 45 minutes cutting onions that is a feat my friend, I am impressed! My brother was a prep chef on the slope while working through college. He cut so many onions once his nail bent back - yuck. Good news for Bob still praying for the best.
May 20, 2010 8:17 pm
How C &#214; &#214 l, I got a mention. That onion pie looks very, very, very good WW. Did you use a sweet onion? And it's very true, after today and by this weekend, I expect that I'll be completely moldy. (due to rain and case you think I'm weird or something :)
May 20, 2010 8:30 pm
Nice one! I've enjoyed all your travels so far, but this is my fave food-wise! I think it appealed to my 1/4 German nature. That onion pie would look great in our deli and I LOVE German potato sland but havn't had it in years. Glad Bob's reslts are positive. As always your animals are darling/crazy!
May 20, 2010 8:44 pm
It's good to hear that Bob's tumor is shrinking. The food does look good, for sure! My husband travels to Germany every year, but oddly his favorite place to eat is a Chinese restaurant. He says it's the best Chinese food he's ever had...and he also goes to China at least once a year! Oh...and I love Super Dave the Girl Cat...we have a girl cat named Grandpa.
May 20, 2010 8:58 pm
Looks FANTASTIC! I just ate and Im looking at everything just flat out drooling. I love German food. That onion pie is to die for! Thanks for posting WW. Hope your hubby is feeling better soon.
May 20, 2010 8:59 pm
I've never tried German potato salad- is it served warm or cold? I'm so happy for you and Bob. I know this has been so tough on both of you and I'm happy that things are improving. &hearts;
May 20, 2010 9:19 pm
Wonderful blog witchy! Germany is my favorite country in Europe, the food is heavy but tasty. Germans are all tall and thin, I don't know how they do it!
May 20, 2010 9:26 pm
looks amazing as always! i know i haven't mentioned this to you, but since you're sort of going through this as well i thought i would let you know that today i found out my mom is cancer free. she had non-hodgkins lymphoma and was in stage 3 (of 4) and as of today she is cancer free. she had one chemo treatment today and one more left in 3 weeks just to be safe. and the rain/hail lately has stunk! i don't mind rain (since i am use to living in the Pacific NorthWest) but man i am ready for some sun. love the animal pics and of course your food looks amazing.
May 20, 2010 9:49 pm
May 20, 2010 11:05 pm
Oooo! Can I start with dessert? Those apple pancakes right edible! ;o) Glad Bob's report was on the encouraging end of things. (Also, Amber's news up there about her mom). GoodEatNZ used onion jam this week, and here you are making onion pie. If I didn't know better, I'd think you were both sniffing something, but I TRUST your culinary savy...both, so it must be just ME that's bemused. ;o) Ethiopia here we come! (and remembering Ben, as well.)
May 21, 2010 3:19 am
Fantastic! I love that picture of Dave the Girl Cat and the vultures! I have a few of those that hang around here - annoying, but oh so cute. Good news about Bob's tumor shrinking - keep it up! Hurray! And, those apples - OMG! I love disaronno it would be great on apples like that. Your green onions look pretty darn good, too! Can't wait for Ethiopia.
May 21, 2010 4:30 am
Good job - AGAIN - well done, and all the best to Bob.
May 21, 2010 4:42 am
Great blog as usual. Very happy to hear about your husband's good report.
May 21, 2010 4:44 am
Happiness abounds in your blog! Good NEWS about Bob, Good FOOD and Good GARDENING! Poor furry kiddos - did they get any table scraps at least? LOL :)
May 21, 2010 4:49 am
I read your blogs every time you post one but this is the first time I am commenting. First, great news about Bob's tumor! Second, I love German Potato Salad. I have my grandmothers recipe which is made for every family get together. Third, I am going to have to try the onion pie.
May 21, 2010 5:15 am
OK,'d you do that over the "O"'s??? I used a 3 lb. bag of boiler onions and they made me mad. I bought them at Winco and several of the onions I had to cut half or more away because of mold....LOL!
May 21, 2010 5:24 am
Everything looks absolutely delicious! That onion pie is a work of art. Wonderful news on Bob's tumor shrinking. Stay strong and keep cooking!
May 21, 2010 5:34 am
Hi can call me today, I answer on Fridays!! amber...we need to have a margarita at the me at bwitchywoman at hotmail dot com and I'll send you my phone number!! Besides that, Bob and I BBQ all summer long (isn't that a Kid Rock song) and would love to have you and your husband come out...and I can make vegetarian, too!!
May 21, 2010 5:41 am
Another fantastic blog and another delicious dinner, Laurrie! I love German potato salad. Your pictures are beautiful - wish I could try that onion pie. Great news about Bob's tumor - keep it up!
May 21, 2010 5:58 am
I am a new reader and I so look forward to your latest blog. Very inspiring what you pull off in a small space and using your containers too! Love it. God bless. The picture with Bob trying to eat with his friends peering in, priceless!
May 21, 2010 6:15 am
i saved your email address. have you ever been to the kelso theater pub? they have great pizza and usually good beer on tap as well :)
May 21, 2010 6:28 am
I have been there...I went and watched Shrek on my birthday there when it first came out! LOL!!
May 21, 2010 6:52 am
Another feast! It all looks fabulous. What wonderful news about Bob's tumor. It's almost over!
May 21, 2010 6:59 am
Hi WW, That is fantastic news about Bob's tumor!! I also love the picture of Bob eating his food with the "kids" peering over his shoulder :)And I am SO EXCITED ABOUT ETHIOPIA!!! Can't wait to see what you come up with. Also, I am praying for Benjamin as we speak.
May 21, 2010 7:04 am
Hey WW, your dinner looks fabo as always! Those green onions look nice ; ) too. I'm thrilled to hear about Bob and will continue to keep you guys in my prayers. That's awesome!!!!! Can't wait to see what comes from Ethiopia! I can't tell you how many times I cut myself on those boxes and it's always when I'm marinating something that calls for lemon ! Ouch!!! Take care and see ya on the flip side!
May 21, 2010 7:58 am
Oh, God, dragonfly...I'm making carne asada today, so I am dreading the lemon in the's gonna sting like an SOB!! Just the breaks, I 'spose!! Hi, Olivia...those "kids" drive me nuts...they act like they are starving, but, in reality....I spend $50 on a bag of dog food and there's no possible Sasha is just a "piggle wiggle", if you're eating it, she wants it...I think she's on a Just Say No To Dog Food campaign. Hey, Cactus...I was planning on calling you this weekend!!
May 21, 2010 8:47 am
Good news! Your dinner looks delicious - that dessert made me get up and get an apple to snack on, lol. Not quite the same, but.... Thanks for some good ideas!
May 21, 2010 10:24 am
here is a little peice of advice for the onions, one word, cucumbers. htey have saved me countless times have a pair of them cold ready to go when you start and when they hurt justpop them on for a few seconds i tell you it works evry time. glad to hear bob is better.
May 21, 2010 10:46 am
That's good to know about the cukes, god of desserts....they're not just for under-eye baggage anymore...LOL!
May 21, 2010 10:59 am
I think this is your best post yet! Everything looks amazing. All of your pictures look gorgeous. Budding photographer you are. Tip for cutting onions: Wear sunglasses while you do it and the vapor won't get in your eyes as easily. I never tried it because onions don't make me cry odd enough. But always worth a shot!
May 21, 2010 11:03 am
I wear glasses all the time anyway, it doesn't help me at all....LOL! I'm just one of those wuss's that cries over cut onions, I guess!
May 21, 2010 4:28 pm
I feel your pain - make French onion soup a couple of weeks ago and cried through the whole slicing process. The onion pie looks delicious - I can almost smell it. And I am so glad to hear about Bob's progress. Take care of your critters.
May 21, 2010 4:33 pm
Hey SW...I don't know what it is about onions, but OMG!! It's ridiculous!! I'll try the cuke thing next time, that sounds like it might just work!!
May 22, 2010 7:41 am
I'm so glad Bob was able to taste the meal. I pray that he pulls through with just the 4 visits that remain! Your meal looks delicious! (As always!)
May 22, 2010 7:49 am
We are crossing our fingers, sueb...thanks for the prayers, we are truly, deeply grateful for each and everyone that all of you send our way...I 100% believe that all of you that have sent prayers and positive thoughts have had a hand in his recovery and, to me, that's just, for lack of a better term, awe-inspiring. I made carne asada last night and I'm thankful he could actually get a piece of it down. He was too. He loves steak in every size, shape and form. Every time we go out for Mexican, carne asada is what he orders, so it's great to know that I can just make it here and for a heck of a lot cheaper...thanks for the compliment on the meal. Germany has been, by far, one of my favorite was absolutely delicious and I will be making those recipes again when Bob can eat them!
May 22, 2010 8:34 am
So late, too! Wonderful blog, WW. I lived in Germany back in '93 and miss that food! Zwiebelkuchen!! Haven't even thought of that in years! Great news about Bob! Prayers & love to you both.
May 22, 2010 8:47 am
This meal looks great!
May 22, 2010 8:55 am
Hey there, Cyndi! That drives me nuts when Sasha does that! I call her a vulture!! But she's cute, so it's forgiven. I have to give a pimp for your blogs on here, they're guys, please go read 1gdcowgrl's blog!!
May 22, 2010 8:57 am
Hi, Staci...I would love to visit Germany! Bob lived there when he was a kid; his dad was in the Army. His younger brother was born there! Thanks for the prayers, we appreciate each and every one of them!!
May 22, 2010 8:58 am
jennkl...thank you and nice to see you!
May 22, 2010 9:32 am
oh no, you are going to end up with a lot of custard powder... I just went to the post office yesterday.
May 22, 2010 9:37 am
Yum! Excellent blog once again. Hope this week is better for Bob.
May 22, 2010 12:20 pm
LMP! You are awesome...that's so cool...I will learn to use the custard powder, never worry!! Thank you so much, I appreciate that!!
May 22, 2010 12:47 pm
Hi there, Cookin are things down your way???
May 22, 2010 7:14 pm
Hi WW! I haven't been around this week, swamped with everything...but had to check out your Germany blog. Everything looks great, especially your spring onions! That potato salad is gorgeous and I bet it tasted even better. Glad to hear the encouraging news about Bob...I know 'shrinkage' is a bad word to men on most occasions, but not this one!!!!
May 22, 2010 7:17 pm
Ooops! That above post is from me! My DD has her own 'handle' and I just can't get used to checking to see who is logged in when I sign on, sorry!
May 22, 2010 7:32 pm
So glad to hear Bob is progressing well. You two are troopers! I love the Super Dave picture. As usual your meal is phenomenal.
May 22, 2010 9:12 pm
OMG, Wyatt...good thing I didn't have a mouthful of water when I read that last true! How true!! ROFLMAO!! Thanks, BigShotsMom...Dave is quite the little character!
May 22, 2010 10:13 pm
I LOVE onions. Have since I was a little girl, when my daddy would make onion and mayo sandwiches for him and me. I will have to try that onion pie, BTW, it looked AWESOME. So did all the other food. As always the writing was superab. I am praying that they get it the first time. I hope that he gets to feeling better. I will also pray for you friend.
May 23, 2010 6:30 am
Wow! That onion pie looks fantastic! I don't know that I could cut 3 pounds of onions, though!
May 23, 2010 6:51 am
Can you UPS/overnight that onion pie to NJ? It all looks so good!!! Great news, that tumor is going bye bye!!! I'm so glad he could eat this time, know that you are in our prayers, ChrisTina
May 23, 2010 7:55 am
Good morning, mdawntrader! I gotta ask the story behind your screen name, it's intriguing! And, thanks so much for the prayers!
May 23, 2010 7:56 am
Hi, favorite Caribbean all need to read Barbara's blogs! I got my idea of my Beach Bag from her!! I want your life...oh, to on the water in a sailboat, you live the life, my friend!!
May 23, 2010 7:57 am
Hey there, ChrisTina...he wasn't able to eat much, as much as he wanted. I'll be making this menu again when he's able because it was KILLER!!
May 23, 2010 8:34 am
Everything looks great!! :)
May 23, 2010 8:56 am
I love your guts, BF!!! I'll skewer ye with me cutlass, lassie and blabber to all the crew about it...LMAO!
May 23, 2010 2:29 pm
WW...its not really that intriguing. I took the name from one of my favorite books. Its a sci-fi book written by Joan D. Vinge, its actually 3 Books, The Snow Queen, World's End, and The Summer Queen. I have been using mdawntrader since finding the books for the first time. They are awesome books, and I read them alot, probably more then I should. Moon Dawntrader is one of the characters. Most just call me Moon, there are a couple of guys on the NASCAR blog that call me their Moonbeam, LOL. So there you go, intriguing, I guess to some it would be, LOL.
May 23, 2010 2:33 pm
OMG, everything looks DELICIOUS! I would love to make this dinner for my RM, who was stationed in Germany for a while (and misses the food and beer!). That onion pie!!! That potato salad!!! What a great dinner!
May 23, 2010 2:44 pm
Now I'll have to totally check out those books, mdawn! Thanks for sharing the story!!
May 23, 2010 2:45 pm
Hi CookieWeasel...I haven't seen you in a while, how have you been?? This was one of the top five dinners so far, it was all fantastic...especially those apples on the pancakes...YUM!!
May 24, 2010 7:09 am
WW, I am not typically a big fan of German food, but this all looks AMAZING! MY BF loves this type stuff, and I can't wait to surprise him and make him a German meal! Thanks for another great "trip around the world!"
May 24, 2010 8:32 am
You just might find you like German food with pancake was so good!!
May 25, 2010 4:47 am
I'm new to the AR community and your blog, but just had to comment and say you must be Wonder Woman to cook all of that in one day! LOL Everything looks amazing, I'm going to check out that potato salad recipe, I adore potato salad. That finger cut description made me cringe! OUCH! Glad you are ok and it's nice ot meet you :)
May 25, 2010 4:53 am
Dang, late again. Wonderful blog. Brought back memories when we were stationed there. Looking forward to the next country. Bob you look great!
May 25, 2010 8:38 am
Wow, another mouthwatering menu- you are my idol!!! I always look forward to your blogs! Good news about Bob too!!!
May 25, 2010 10:53 am
I am hopeing that your finger is better, We use to live in the NW (Seattle) currently I live in Yucaipa, Ca. its a small town thats growing fast... I am an avid reader of the twilight series and when I saw you were from Forks, I said wow they live where the series Twilight is based and then read what you said.... Wow!...Have a great trip! God bless your husband and yourself through this journey! Be safe. I am glad I don't live in Germany the food sounds like it could clog my veins, currently my son is stationed there at Sembach, the Army M.P. base.... he misses his food from home and people who speak! Take care.
May 25, 2010 12:31 pm
I just wanted to say that I love your blog. I have been reading it for awhile, but haven't commented yet. I've gotten to the point where I look forward to reading it, and hearing how Bob is doing. I'm so happy that things are turning around for him. Love all your fur kids, and your container garden makes me jealous. I can't wait to see your next meal.
May 25, 2010 12:33 pm
good stuff WitchyWoman! I am half German, so it REALLY looks good. I have never been a fan of German potato salad,but yours actually looks good! BTW, I was making my usual rice and lentils, and as I was cutting sweet potatoes I cut my forefinger almost where you did. I did not go through my nail though...OUCH!!! Mine goes from the nail down to the first knuckle. At least it got my husband to do the rest of the chopping, lol. As if I have never cut myself in 40 years of cooking. Anyway, I thought of you right away and felt empathy. :) Yummy recipe! I have to try those apples, I have Amarula, should work....yum! Great job! My German half is hungry now!
May 25, 2010 1:47 pm
Yummo and well done Witchy. Believe it or not, the best German food I ever had was in Australia.. go figure. Good news for Bob.. you should treat him some night to dinner in Rainier at the Interstate Tavern.. the crab dishes there.. well, let's just say you'll be spoiled forever. She makes an open-faced crab sandwich that is to die for. Crab comes in right off the dock across the street and down the hill.
May 25, 2010 4:22 pm
Hi BellesAZ...we go over there for the crab sandwiches all the time...they ARE fantastic!! I also like to stop at the Lighthouse Inn in Linnton there jsut before you get into Portland on Hwy 30...the owner has a Mexican cook that can make fried razor clams you can cut with a butter knife! He always gets a $20 tip from us every time we stop!!
May 25, 2010 5:03 pm
I just finished reading a few of your blogs from the past few days... so are you traveling around the world and cooking their foods?? or are you just cooking the different foods over the next few weeks??? either way I wish I could do something like that... I dont think my husband would even try different types of food, or my teenage daughter for that matter. :)
May 25, 2010 6:17 pm
Hi kwixcam...I am cooking a different country's cuisine every week for a year and I'm doing it all in my 21 foot RV. This week I'll be making Ethiopian cuisine for my 21st week. I hope you continue to read and enjoy the blogs! Thanks for stopping by!
May 25, 2010 7:37 pm
Wow that cat picture is an eye-opener! lol. :) The food looks amazing!! I love reading your blog! Best of luck with continued treatments!
May 25, 2010 9:08 pm
Oh WW, you have out done yourself again. I love onions and I could eat that whole pie by myself!! I am part German and I love the food! We have an Alpine Village here in LA and I go there and get the Best sausage and kraut add spicy mustard and rich brown bread and you have a wonderful lunch. OMG!! I come home and put a sausage sammie together and it's like a party in my mouth! I need to get over there and get more. Glad your dinner turned out so well. I hope your hubby gets better soon. Take care of yourselves. Your blogs always Rock! Love, Patty
May 25, 2010 9:28 pm
Wow!!! Excellent blog! Especially like all the photos. Nothing like a picture to get the juices flowing! I'm still new here and haven't figured out how to add pictures yet, but I will catch on eventually. Thank you for the warm welcome! XXX Gabriele
May 26, 2010 6:30 am
newchefgirl...I cracked up when I got that shot of Super Dave the Girl Cat...she has QUITE the personality! Hey there, Patty Cakes~I'd really like to visit Alpine Village, sounds like a super cool place! Hi razzberryice! I layout my blogs on blogger and copy and paste them over here. You start with your pictures, load those first, add the last one first, then when you're done with pictures, add in your text and copy and paste here. I like blogger layout much better! Glad you enjoyed the blog, I hope to see you again!
May 26, 2010 6:53 am
Food looks fantastic as usual. Wish I'd had breakfast first before reading. Now I'm really hungry!!!!
May 26, 2010 8:09 am
freezermama...the food WAS should make the sausages for breakfast!! LOL!
May 26, 2010 10:29 am
WW, I've never tried this but one of the cooks does it: freeze the onion(s) for 20 mins or so -- it's the JUICE that makes us tear up! Might be an issue in an RV tho' - anyway, just a thought! Keep the ball rolling!
May 26, 2010 3:17 pm
You live in an RV with two large dogs AND a cat? Does the cat go out to get away from the dogs or do they all get along? I love the picture of the dog watching Bob eat! And just sitting close enough for a bite of Bob's dinner if it should come his way! Your dinner sounds fantastic -- German food is so yummy! It sounds like you're feeding Bob well -- and I hope he continues to improve.
May 26, 2010 3:29 pm
Hi kasue...Super Dave the Girl Cat only goes outside sporting her hot pink harness and leash. I don't let her roam. I learned a hard lesson with that 2 years ago when she got hit and broke her pelvis and had to have pins put in. It was costly hard learned lesson for us. The vulture little dog is Sasha and her and Dave don't exactly see eye to eye all the time. The dogs have never bit at her, I've had Dave longer than I've had my husband, so everyone knows who rules the roost in our house! It's not hard to live in a small space with everyone, it just involves a ton of sweeping since the park we live in actually built on volcanic ash that was dredged out of the Columbia River after Mt. St. Helens erupted. Thanks for reading!
May 26, 2010 4:53 pm
Actually it is a Hoot! In October, they have an OctoberFest of course and it is sooo much fun!!!! The chicken dance is the only dance I can do and not look like a pogo stick!
May 26, 2010 10:03 pm
What a great blog.. I never thought life in an RV could be so wonderful. Thanks for sharing so much of your life and my best wishes to your Bob.
May 26, 2010 10:51 pm
Very nice blog. Yes I am drooling too. Want to try the apple pie filling recipe. Sounds yummy.
May 26, 2010 10:51 pm
I Germany.
May 27, 2010 4:32 am
Hey, still trying to figure out how to type an ÖÄÜ?? It's actually easy, use the charmap that comes with windows and it'll let you copy any letter there is into your text! :) Aside from that, being from Germany I can say that your food looks pretty authentic! Actually, a special kind of sausage is used to make currywurst. You can get it here on every corner, but probably not in the US...
May 27, 2010 6:14 am
Hey Patty Cakes, I don't think I'd even be able to do the chicken dance, I have 10 left feet and no sense of rhythm as far as dancing's funny...I can keep a beat with music, but not dancing...I look like I'm having a seizure or's pathetic!
May 27, 2010 6:15 am
Hi in an RV isn't ALL that, but, I have to say, it's very intimate! If I want to change my mind, I have to go outside...LOL!
May 27, 2010 6:16 am
TWAIN_HEART, that apple filling was super good, I also did the same with should try it!
May 27, 2010 6:17 am
Hi Olli...what kind of sausage do they use in Germany? Just curious, that way I can look for it! I'm definately making currywurst again, it was delicious!!
May 27, 2010 6:39 am
It's actually simply called Currywurst! It (i.e. the recipe) differs depending on where you are. They are even different in east and west Berlin!!! A lot of people simply use Bratwurst (the ones you'd get for a barbecue) or brewed sausages (similiar to Hot Dogs). The actual Currywurst isn't stuffed into some bowels buit has a thin plastic skin that needs to be removed before preparing it. It's a pretty long sausage (about 12" or more I'd assume) and is about 2 fingers in diameter (or a little less). It has a different aroma and consistency than any other "Wurst". :) After it's done, you cut it into pieces (like you did) and serve it with the sauce and some curry powder on top. Typical sides are fries or white bread/a roll. If you ever need any stuff (ingredients) from over here that can be send by mail, I'd be glad to help, no problem.
May 27, 2010 6:41 am
That's awesome, Olli, thanks for the offer!!
May 27, 2010 7:31 am
Great blog again WW! My grandmother used to make the greatest German Potato Salad (God rest her soul) Nobody made it like her. Oh my gosh those blintzes look amazing! I want them RIGHT NOW! Beautiful work! Peace ~
May 27, 2010 8:18 am
May 27, 2010 8:20 am
I love your German menu! I've lived there as a student, and my husband spent some years there while in the service. We both love German food, and sometimes cook it ourselves. My best wishes for Bob's health, and please keep up the great blogging.
May 27, 2010 9:08 am
You're very welcome. I'm glad to help out! No problem if you don't need anything, but if you do my email is 'ttts at'.. I forgot... all the best to Bob, hope he'll be better soon and able to enjoy your cooking!
May 27, 2010 10:38 am
Thank you again, Olli! I may take you up on that offer, that's incredibly kind of you to do that...I'm finding all kinds of awesome people that are reading these blogs, and it's absolutely cool!
May 27, 2010 10:39 am
Watch for the Ethiopian blog which is coming up tonight, sure is smelling good in here!!
May 27, 2010 5:01 pm
Hi! I was wondering if you were still roaming the county in your RV! Thanks for the onion pie recipe..I've been looking for one since 1983! I'm back blogging so come visit.
May 27, 2010 5:32 pm
I will do that, cocojo...nice to see you back!
May 27, 2010 5:35 pm
Hey what do you know, Soul Sisters!! Ya!! LOL You and me both GF! If I can do it, ANYONE can! TEE
May 27, 2010 7:19 pm
Love your blog WW and I'm happy for your hubs. Still sending the prayers up for him and will for Benjamin. This is the best remedy for cuts, stubs, nicks, whatever (almost!!) Take a fresh clove of garlic and crush it on your cutting board, scrape it onto a small dish, add small teaspoon of honey and mash the garlic and honey together until they make a paste. clean the wound up with soap and water and dry well. spread enough of the garlic paste onto the wound then wrap with a clean bandage (not a bandaid). Each day, clean again with soap and water, dry, spread the garlic paste on the wound, then wrap again with a clean bandage. Try it and see how quick it heals. Garlic is a natural healer. Honey blocks any germs from getting in. Love, love, love the German recipes and all the photos.
May 28, 2010 1:07 pm
As I said, you're very welcome. I'm just doing what I'd appreciate myself so to say... Just be sure to email me in case you need something to make sure I don't miss your message!
May 30, 2010 10:41 am
The pancakes/crepes are also called Palatschinken. Try the potato salad dressing over mixed greens then slice the crepes into strips & serve on the sides, kinda like croutons. One of my favorite meals growing up. Good to hear Bob is getting better & better!
Sep. 20, 2010 10:16 am
did you fold your crepe in half in the pan to finish cooking or did you actually flip them over (whole)? I don't want to add oil(butter) but it does make flipping easier. :)
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I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published, I've had my blog featured in a magazine, I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper and I'm already one year into my cooking venture of Around the World in an RV. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States