Spätzle

Spätzle

It’s been a great experience learning about Swabian culture, and I’ve learned a lot. My favorite recipe that I tried, though, was this one for spätzleThe dominant flavors of this thick, hearty pasta were nutmeg and white pepper, although there are a few varieties different from the one I made. This dish fills you up quick, so it’s best served in small portions or as a side dish.

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Flädle Uberbacken ~ Swabian Baked Pancakes

Flädle Uberbacken ~ Swabian Baked Pancakes

Today I tried this recipe for flädle uberbacken, a sweet pancake dish that’s baked with applesauce, raisins, and almonds, but with my own modifications. The supermarket had run out of plain applesauce, so I used cinnamon applesauce. I had run out of white flour, but I still had spelt flour (which is also a Swabian ingredient) so I substituted the last 1/4th cup of white flour for spelt flour. Instead of milk, I used vanilla-flavored almond milk for a dairy-free version.

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How to Make Painted Cookies . . . Without Special Tools or Ingredients

How to Make Painted Cookies . . . Without Special Tools or Ingredients

Last week, I set out to bake some sugar cookies. I’d been trying to think of a creative way to visually represent each culture I research on this blog, so I thought, why not decorate the cookies with flags from upcoming regions?

I’d always been a fan of creative cookies, but I’d never thought of painting cookies with food coloring until I saw this example, this example, and this example on Pinterest. I had to try it. I read some tutorials on how to make royal icing as well as how to pipe and flood cookies (totally doable with freezer bags and no special tips), but I hadn’t looked into the details of food coloring—I could just use the standard tiny blue, green, yellow, and red bottles with the cone caps, right?

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What I’ve Learned So Far

Here’s what I’ve learned from this project so far:

I’ve been reminded of how much of our planet is covered in water by having coordinates land in the ocean more than anywhere else.

I’ve been reminded how big certain places—Antarctica, Africa and Australia, for example—are.

It has changed my interactions with people. I’m learning more about where they’re from, and thus, more about them as people. Food is something everyone loves and feels connected to, and everyone’s an expert when it comes to favorite regional foods.

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Hello, World!

Hello, World! I’m so excited to begin this project with you. I hope you enjoy following along! Let’s get started…

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Join me as I generate random coordinates on the planet and attempt to learn to cook those regions' cuisines.

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