My youngest child is starting Kindergarten this week and everyone keeps asking me, “what are you going to do with your new free time?” After much hemming and hawing, I came up with the most obvious solution: I’ll write an Austrian/central European cook book.
What, that’s not obvious? My family is enjoying the local food and I enjoy cooking. So far, so good. I have two English language cook books with Austrian recipes, neither of which truly reproduce the wonderful food. I also have German language cookbooks on Austrian, Slovakian, and Czech cooking that use metric measures. Converting recipes into English and American measures while I cooking isn’t practical, so I’ll just write my own cook book, dammit!
How, you ask? In three easy steps (I love my lists):
- Go to restaurants and when I find a food we especially like, write down the German name, make notes on its flavors, and photograph it.
- Search for a recipe, translate it into English, convert measurements into American standard, and cook it, tweaking the recipe until it tastes like we remember it.
- Publish the finished recipes here and compile them into a Shutterfly recipe album (hence the photographs).
Wanna play? When I publish a recipe, try it out. Tell me what you think of the taste and, if necessary, give me a reality check such as “we can’t buy that ingredient in the States” or “cooking time in a non-convection oven is actually (x).” You know you want to.