"What's for dinner, Mom?" "Why don't they have (insert food/drink here) in Germany?"
When we first arrived in Germany in 2005, I felt lost as a goose in the grocery stores. I couldn't read German and so we ate the same foods over and over again. It was "comfortable" and I was already trying to deal with everything else that I literally didn't want to think about food. Baking and cooking is a stress reliever so this was an upset in my whole system and stress ruled until the "food giant" in my life was conquered. After a few months, something had to change and that something was ME. I was hiding. I was fearful.
I finally asked God to help me and here's what He did ...
On this particular weekly shopping trip, I kept looking through the strore. My nerves where just about shot as I looked and couln't find what was on my list. I asked myself, "Why did I even make a list?" Just as I was about to become a huge puddle on the floor, a woman came up to me and she spoke ENGLISH! She introduced herself as Mary Beth and asked me if she could help. I held back tears as I explained my dilema. Mary Beth and I spent almost an hour in the grocery store that day and I found just about everything on my list. A few days later I was invited to her house. I sat on her sofa and poured my heart out over a cup of coffee. She's been in Germany for over 25 years so she had some nuggets of wisdom to share. We sat at her kitchen table as she shared her recipes with me and spent time going over how to make things from scratch rather than open a box.
My life was changed from that day on. The "food giant" was conqured.
Since then I have enjoyed cooking and baking in Germany and now I spend way too much time in the grocery stores because I am simply fascinated with the differences rather than fearful because of them. Since the topic is about food, I had to include one of the recipes from Mary Beth. So simple and delicious! Enjoy!
- 2 cups sugar 1 cup flour
- 4 eggs 2/3 cup cocoa
- 3/4 cup oil 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well.
Pour into a 9x13 pan and bake at 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C for 25 minutes.
God is faithful in every situation. He's concerned with every detail of our lives.
What did you do to adapt to the "food" culture of your new country?