Welcome to Down Home Family style German cooking courtesy of Suzannah from OMAS KUECHE - My German Food Diary! Suzannah says that her love of traditional food was inspired by her honeymoon as well as her grandparents!
"My mother is German and my father is half German," Suzannah stated. "Which means I have two German grandmothers. One is still currently living in Germany along with my aunts, uncles, and cousins while the other moved to the states in the 50’s and has lived here since. Having been born in Germany, but mainly raised within the states, I didn’t always get to experience a lot of German meals."
Traditional Eats - Not Always the Case!
- SÜSSKARTOFFEL KROKETTEN– “SWEET POTATO CROQUETTES”
Suzannah has embraced her heritage, and traditional German style cooking, which shows clearly in her blog. However; She confesses that this was not always the case and that preparing quick favorites is still a common practice! As with many home cooks - real life and time crunches come into play.
"I love to eat! I also love to cook and grocery shopping is one of my favorite things on earth," Suzannah said. "However, with the busy world we live in, I'm like everyone else - sometimes you just have to stick to cooking quick favorites like chicken tacos, spaghetti and meatballs, or grilled pork chops. Those all taste good and are a great quick meal."
Discovering her Food Heritage
Suzannah syas she's always been in touch with her German roots - after all she was born there. As can be expected, growing up in the states honed her taste buds to the dishes mentioned above such as pizza and tacos. According to Suzannah a trip to Germany opened her eyes not only to redisocering her family's heritage but also to some amazing eats!
"It was a trip to Germany for my honeymoon that started my passion for trying to cook some of the delicious foods I enjoyed during the visit," Suzannah said with a smile. "I rediscovered the world of delicious German cuisine. I was able to visit and spend quite a bit of time with my family there. I had the joy of experiencing several traditional dinners including a Christmas Goose.
While trying the many foods, I realized many Americans, myself included, think of German food as just sausage and potatoes. While there is a fair share of sausages and potatoes, German food includes many other types of meats and vegetables, including a plethora of salads, a strong dose of herbs and spices, and a desire to use of all parts of the plant and animal."
Every Recipe... But One!
Suzannah says that the purpose of her growing blog is simply to try German recipes, cook some great food, and share the experience with readers. At the same time she expects a goal more closer to home to be fulfilled.
"I hope to reconnect with my German heritage... through the recipes I try and the foods we discover. Some will be family recipes provided to me by my Oma. And I will share everyone of them as I go... except her Stollen recipe! I have been sworn to secrecy on that one."
The Blog, OMAS KUECHE - My German Food Diary, will also include recipes and dishes from German cookbooks that Suzannah picked up during her visitas well as a few tips for leftovers! "Since both my grandmothers were raised during World War II, I was taught at a young age never to waste food, so I may throw in a few of my own uses for leftovers."