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© Anna Nehl 2010

Sigrid

Süßes &Gebäck
Süßes &Gebäck


If you like my thick pancakes, then you came to the right place. This is a collection and modfification of those recipes that I became fond of in the last 30 years as well as a collection of new recipes that I will still learn to love just as much one day.

When moving to New York from Bielefeld after getting married in 1980, I felt like being thrown in at the deep end. Sure, thanks to Dr. Oetker, I was capable of shoving several tasty cakes into the oven (not surprising for someone born in Bielefeld!), but how was I supposed to prepare a roast? I never had to prepare meals daily nor did I have to cook for visitors! So I was urged to look into several cookbooks and try out new things. Gradually, I created my own recipes, like my first official dinner “Roastbeef Strips” (which was a great success by the way).

Since then, I have always been looking for the best recipe of a certain dish. For example, I didn’t find the best home fries at home in Westphalia but in a French cookbook. I was especially inspired by Wolfram Siebeck, Julia Child („If you can read, you can cook.”) and Elfie Casti. Additionally, my vagabond life allows my to get to know diverse tastes. Of course I also looked into the cooking pots of my relatives and friends. Jean-Marie in Algiers  for instance, taught me that you don’t need a thermometer to cook a leg of a lamb. Stanley’s turkey stuffing! Aunt Elfriede gets the credit for the pickle recipe, “aunt” Bime and the Derdzinskis also have room in my recipe collection, as well as Gene, the cook of our neighbor in Manila, who shared some great tips for making pie doughs.

Inspite of everything, for me, cooking is not about making a perfect dinner. It’s more about sharing a meal with friends and family - and if it also tastes good, the better!

I’m happy if I could stimulate your interest for cooking and I would be even happier if you shared your thoughts and/or experiences with me.


Sigrid


P.S. At this point I want to thank Anna-Marie for her support. She created the layout, took the pictures and accompanied my cooking with a lot of patience.

Anna


Eating Mom’s pancakes makes me feel good.

This particular taste is far more than a simple sensory perception on my taste buds - it triggers childhood memories. Pancakes were always coated with a thick layer of Nutella when coming home from school. Each time I was sick with a cold, I could count on my Mom who cooked up the spicy Tom Kha Kai soup for me. The same goes for her annual birthday brownies or the pastries she decorated with little cookie cutters - all these tastes are memories of something good, of something familiar, of home.

On the other hand, some things evoke horrible memories: I used to hide unwanted leftovers from my plate under the crab cakes,  the brussels sprouts generally remained untouched and for a long time, I was grossed out by the soft things swimming in the lentil soup (until I found out eventually that they were just potatoes).

But all in all, in spite of being very picky as a child, I found many recipes I loved (e.g. beef goulash with napkin dumplings, sweet salad, etc.).

These wonderful recipes should not get lost, I thought, and so I used the time between school and university (in Lithuania) to observe my mother's cooking. I bugged her with all my questions, took pictures of her cooking steps and wrote down the recipes in a way that they could be understood by cooking amateurs like myself (and also my brother). I finally created a cookbook called "Sigrids Beste". Additionally, the project had a convenient side effect for me: I learned how to cook - a thing which came in handy when moving out from home the same year.

But the story is not over yet. "The project has to live on!" my Dad said a while ago. And so I created this webpage which will accompany her on her culinary voyage around the world. I'm excited about her new recipes (especially her vegetarian dishes!) ‘coz her dishes don't only trigger memories but they also taste damn good!


Anna

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