G is for Germany: Sauerbraten and Spaetzle

So, I know there are no pictures here.  After about three weeks of fighting with my camera and SD card and computer, I’ve decided to cut my losses.  This will be a blind post.  You’ll have to use your imagination.  You know what beef looks like, right?  And noodles?  And a crockpot and boiling water?  Good.  See, we don’t need those stinkin’ pictures anyway.  But I digress.

I was quite excited when I got the letter G.  After France, I figured I’d end up with something like Ghana.  But nope, fortunately I was able to pull another country whose cuisine I’m familiar with.  I wanted something traditional, but also relatively simple the day of serving — the fiance and I had Pre-Cana, and I knew I wouldn’t have hours to dedicate to an intricate meal.  This crockpot sauerbraten ended up being the perfect thing!  But I couldn’t just serve meat and gravy.  So, instead, I turned to spaetzle.  Back when I was a gluten-eater, I would devour this stuff.  And yet, I hadn’t had it in three years.  My cousin sent me a gluten-free recipe for spaetzle and together with my sister and fiance managed to make a big bowl of it.  It was messy and sticky, but it turned out to be delicious.  Enjoy this brief (albeit belated and blind) trip to Germany, and prepare yourself for more regular and illustrated posts!!

Continue reading