Thursday, March 31, 2016
The joys of simple foods
Lawdog and his lady came over for supper tonight. I was feeling in the mood for something vaguely Teutonic, so I nipped over to a local specialist butchery (expensive, but by far the best meat in town) and asked whether they had German savory sausage. Mirabile dictu, not only did they stock it, they were right then and there stuffing casings with it in the back of the store. A short wait, and eight great big fat sausages emerged (each weighing on average a third of a pound - they were huge!). They followed me home, along with German-style Spätzle egg noodles, four cheese pasta sauce and beefsteak tomatoes, all courtesy of Aldi.
This evening I fried the sausages in a little beef lard, adding a chopped onion for the last few minutes of cooking. The spätzle noodles simmered until they were al dente chewy, whereupon I drained them, returned them to the pot and added the four cheese sauce. Sliced beefsteak tomatoes waited on the counter, and a jar of Polish sauerkraut sat on the table. Suffice it to say, we stuffed ourselves. The combination of flavors and textures was absolutely delicious. (The bottle of Beachaven Chardonnay that accompanied the meal added considerably to the feast.)
We're all thoroughly enjoying these get-togethers every few days. It's one of the nicest parts of Miss D.'s and my move to Texas.