I swear.. if it KILLS me I will get a grip on how to cook for my family over here. To date I have ruined cupcakes, pancakes, cookies, roasts and I’m sure other things that have slipped through the cracks of my brain when it comes to Dutch cooking. I actually don’t have much of an excuse- as I now get along with Elan (the stove) fairly well… but still find that I struggle with dinners. I’ve lamented my confusion with groceries and how to cook in general.
I have my tools- I use my Google translate to help me navigate through directions on the recipes and ingredients on the box. I even have a little go-to converter that assists with what a ‘ml’ is vs. a ‘dl’ or an ‘el’. I know the US measurement system is complex and an overall mess- but I KNOW HOW TO DO IT. I am not so great with all of these. If you’re listening Google Chrome (or some app designer) please make an app that I can take a photo of a box, upload it, and poof! Get it translated on the spot. Any idea how long it takes to type ingredients into Google while wrangling 3 kids? Not to mention spelling these ingredients is challenging to say the least.
Today for my #iPPP contribution I thought I would share some pics from the week (mostly tonight’s dinner) and try to show why it’s so difficult for me to master this art in a country that has (for the most part) different variations of meat & potatoes.
First up is a pic of a cup and saucer from littala that I bought yesterday. I saw these back in December at a local shop in the city center and just loved them. At the time it wasn’t convenient for me to carry them home- so I put it off. Well, the other day a new friend popped in unexpectedly for tea- and I had nothing to serve the tea. My (only) two coffee mugs were dirty and they were pretty blase. Thus, yesterday I was bound and determined to pick up a pair. Thanks to my husband for reminding me that I wanted them! The Le Creuset ramekin (backgound) will make the perfect teabag holder- and was on clearance for 3 euros. Nice.
Next up, tonight’s dinner. I am thoroughly confused. Back home if I made a roast type thing in a crock pot- I would add my veggies and come consomme or a bouillon cube, some beer- and maybe garlic. Here- I went to the butcher and tried to explain all of this. I just got a brand new crock pot from a friend of mine (huge score) and have been really missing mine from back home. I wanted to make a roast with veggies.
I went to the butcher and tried to explain what I was doing. I ended up with this- which cost me around 20 euros (!).
I had carrots and onoins- so when I placed my online grocery delivery over the weekend I (thought) I ordered bouillon and brown sugar. I have no idea what this is. The fact that the ‘boullion’ comes tea-bag style kind of freaks me out. Also shown- crystals of brown sugar. I was feeling quite smug that I had found brown sugar. Well, if this is the form of said sugar I may be in trouble. Those are the rock crystals at the bottom.
Here’s what it looks like all thrown into my UK Crock Pot (smaller than the US version) with dark beer, dash of soy, pinch of brown sugar crystals, and teabag boullion. Dinner will be.. as usual… interesting.
And lastly- to show that we aren’t totally unable to eat normal things, here is Chase dominating a flaky croissant fresh from the bakery around the way.
As always, a special thank you to Greta & Julie for hosting the grooviest linkup in town. Interested? Go read Greta’s post today and just join. It’s about as easy as you can get and the group of bloggers that participate are fantastic! ——> Sad to say I won’t be joining next week. A six day holiday in France then Switzerland is calling our name. I wish this was going to be as fancy as it sounds– but the kids are coming with us.