Some of you may already know this, but my husband was born and raised in East Berlin, Germany! (What you maybe didn’t know is that since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated by accents in a person’s speech. I always thought it would be cool to marry someone with an accent!)
My husband and I were talking with another family from church that we have been wanting to have over for dinner. (I suffer from hyper-hospitality-ism. I would have someone over for dinner every other night if I could!!) We started talking about German dishes and finally made some solid plans for dinner!
I planned on making Roulladen with Mashed Potatoes and Red Cabbage – the epitome of German meals! If this isn’t real bona fide German food, than nothing is! But, I had never made Roulladen before! I was pretty nervous. I have watched my wonderfully fabulous mother-in-law make it many times, but I always get a bit apprehensive when I think about doing it myself. This is definitely a “company” meal as there are several steps involved but the outcome is lecker! (“Lecker” is German for Yummy!)
After a phone call to my mother-in-law the day before I was to make the meal, I felt a little bit better about the steps but I sure was wishing she was here to look over my shoulder.
Then, IT arrived!
What is IT, you might be asking? (even if you weren’t asking, I’m going to tell you!)
IT is my birthday present from my family in Germany – a webcam!!
I didn’t know that my husband and my mother-in-law consulted together to think of ideas for my birthday, but they did and they picked out something perfect. I wanted a webcam for lots of different reasons and was quite glad to put it to use!
Now, what does all this have to do with Roulladen and a German cooking class?
I’m getting there! Be patient! 🙂
On the big day, as I was getting ready to start making the Roulladen, my husband asked if I wanted him to call his parents on the webcam? I was so excited!! Now, she could look over my shoulder and tell me what I was doing right or wrong. It helped me feel much more confident in how the dish would turn out.
I showed her the meat I had bought – she said it looked good. I showed her how I squirted on the mustard – she said it was the right amount. She reminded me to put on salt and pepper – I always forget salt and pepper. I had a one-on-one cooking class with a real German cook! All because of my new webcam!
By the end of the meal with our friends, I was so happy that the meal turned out well! It really did taste like it did the first time I had it in Germany about four years ago! Yum!
Now, who wants the recipe?
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