Sunday, December 7, 2008

Shove it in Your Face!

Week of December 5th
In yet another global skip around ethnic tables, Schaefer and I have decided to attempt German cuisine this week. Even though I can't pronounce half of these dishes, I've noticed a few large similarities between German cuisine and more familiar cuisine. For instance, here we eat Minute steaks and there it's known as Weiner Schnitzel. But the principal is the same- cook cheap meat, quick and tasty!

These kinds of similarities seem to crop up in a lot of ethnic recipe comparisons and I have to admit it gives me a warm feeling to imagine that all of these chefs are stomaching up to the a hot stove for the same reasons. Plus, it gives me a lot more confidence agreeing to try something called Birnen-Bohnen-Speck... Which is apparently only fancy-Germanic speak for pears cooked with bacon and green beans as opposed to a magical incantation used by a fariy grandmother.

This week's menu plans and details after the jump...

Saturday: Weiner Schnitzel with Red Cabbage and Spetzel. Red Chuck.
Sunday: SF Bike Coalition's Winterfest! We love these guys and so should you! New Belgium Ale.
Monday: Flammenkuche with Cabbage. Bir.
Tuesday: Potato Pancakes with Sliced Apples and Cabbage.
Wednesday: Birnen-Bohnen-Speck.
Thursday: Cabbage Rolls with potatoes
. Bir.
Friday: Choucroute Garni with Spetzel. A nice friendly, Riesling.

Photo, upper right: German Family's weekly groceries; from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio via flikrfeed.