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    Posted November 18, 2011 by
    city, Germany
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    Dinner Is Served


    What ends up on our dinner table depends a lot on my moods. Yes, I'm very variable in my meal plans.


    On a good day, when I'm in a good mood to experiment, and am mentally prepared to clean up, dinner can be quite exciting. That's when meals get very experimental --- a concoction of flavors and spices from around the world, thrown into a pan or pot and hopefully, the end-result tastes good enough to be enjoyed.


    Picture 1 shows a Green Cabbage dish I cooked recently. Never quite knew what to do with green cabbage but since there was a packet of freshly shredded green cabbage in front of me at the supermart I thought 'What can I lose but try do something with it'!


    Threw the packet of green cabbage into a pot, added diced onions, butter, beef broth some paprika and left it to simmer in the pot for about 45minutes. Before serving I threw in some garlic salt and sliced sausages and left it to cook for a further 10minutes. I was very surprised to taste the end-result - D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! It doesnt look terribly exciting but it sure tastes amazing, accompanied with a bottle of beer. Green cabbage is definitely here to stay as part of our dinner menu.


    On a not-so-good day dinner gets simple. Either a frozen dinner thrown into the oven (sometimes with extra ingredients added to enhance the flavors), Abend-Brot (typical German evening meal of cold cuts, sausages and bread) or a grilled chicken from the 'Chicken-Man' who parks his mobile stall outside the local supermarket.


    Picture 3 shows half a grilled chicken served with a simple mixed salad with yoghurt dressing and bacon bits and a small portion of wild rice. I did the salad and wild rice bit while the chicken came from the 'Chicken-Man'.


    Picture 2 was a no-brainer meal. A couple of Thuringer sausages were thrown into the oven together with some frozen Duchess potatoes and served with a light, sweet mustard. I claim credit for the side-dish of apple-kolrabi salad seasoned with apple cider, honey, olive oil and a sprinkle of cumin.


    A 'Feel Fat Day' means dinner gets down to meatless salads, basic oil and balsamic dressing and a couple of sliced onions thrown in.


    When the good husband is not home for dinner, the meal goes all the way downhill --- sandwiches, a packet of instant noodles  or sometimes Uncle Ben's microwavable flavored rice!



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