One of the great things about living here are all the cooking classes CHIC offers. Recently I took a German cooking class, featuring "winter menu" foods. The only thing that could have made this class any better would have been a nice tall German beer.
We started the class off making Schwarzwaelder Kirsch Becher (Black Forest Cherry Cups). The dessert tastes better if they set for at least an hour so it made sense to make them first.
Next, we made Mixed Salad with Bacon and Mushrooms. It was a delicious mixed green salad with a homemade mustard vinaigrette dressing and warm mushrooms and bacon.
A Kartoffelgratn it Saurer Sahne (Potato Gratin with Sour Cream) came next. It was very easy and to make it a bit fancier, each serving was made in an individual ramekin dish.
The menu consisted of two main dishes, although our teacher told us that normally you would only make one. However, she wanted to teach us both, and who was I to complain about two main dishes?
The first one was called Rinderrouladen, or in English, Beef Roulade. It is a piece of thinly sliced beef with onions, pickles, mustard and fresh thyme rolled inside, then sauteed in a vegetable cream mixture. In the end this mixture is turned into a vegetable cream sauce and served with the beef. I was a bit worried about what exactly this would taste like, but I really liked it. I think if I could make this without the kids watching me, they would really enjoy it too.
The second main dish was Schweinefilet im Speckmantel, or as we called it, Pork Fillet Wrapped in Bacon. This was my favorite of the day. We braised the meat on the stove and then made a garlic and walnut cream sauce to be served with the meat. It was like heaven in my mouth.
We steamed some fresh vegetables and our meal was complete!
If anyone wants one of these recipes, post here or email me. I would gladly send them to you. Not a menu for quick weight loss obviously. In a few weeks I am going to another German cooking class. This time it is a traditional Easter menu. I can't wait.