Of course, on their trail across the world, Keira and Teun come across places offering lovely food and drink. So, Nancy's chatting about European foods here today. Nom nom...
Hello Cathie, it’s lovely to be here with you today on what is almost the last of my blog stops for the launch of my ancestral mystery, Topaz Eyes, published by Crooked Cat Publishing.
|German sausage - Free image www.123rf.com|
Teun would have to try real German sausage, “Wurst”, at some time, or other. Perhaps he’d nibble on “Bratwurst", or "Knackwurst”. Fiona encouraged me to try "Nürnberger" which I believe to be a specialty of the area – though my memory may not serve me totally correctly. (Help from Cathie, perhaps?) It was eaten with a drizzle of mustard and wedged between a crispy white bun - though I remember it being different from a burger bun.
|Kartoffelsuppe with Frankfurter sausage - Wikimedia Commons|
For a main course Teun might try a pork dish with potatoes, like “Steak mit Pilzrahmsoße und Pellkartollfeln”. He might also like a Sauer Kraut dish of cabbage. Keira would really encourage him to try a black forest cake for dessert. The old city of Heidelberg was dripping with drinking places that were fantastic, and naturally Teun would have to try the pubs which sold different beers. I’m not a great beer drinker, but I loved the local wines. The Schnapps was to be missed either!
Move now to Vienna. Since Keira has never been to Vienna they might both try a traditional soup with dumplings. I’ve been to Austria a few times, my first time in 1964 when I went skiing near Innsbruck. The abiding memory I have of the food was of loving the clear soups which nearly always had dumplings floating around – large, medium and small - and soup with noodles. In 1964 the pork schnitzels were a novelty for me and definitely to my taste - with or without any accompanying sauce. Move forward to 2002 when I re-visited Vienna. I could afford to go to some finer restaurants serving world dishes, but my husband and I sleuthed out the side streets which still served traditional Viennese dishes, and served the local wines and beers. We were not disappointed.
In the novel, Topaz Eyes, Keira takes Teun to an Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam. Since the Dutch have an association with Indonesia of long standing, Indonesian restaurants are quite plentiful, and a Rijstafel is popular with tourists. This is a set meal for a number of persons (2,3 6..any number really) and is a banquet of small taster dishes. Some Amsterdam restaurants were known to serve as many as 30 different courses/ options back in 1979. Today, I’m not so sure of how many, but I think there will be a good number on offer. If unfamiliar with Indonesian cookery it is a great introduction to it, though some dishes are very spicy. It would be a good way for Teun and Keira to balance out the simpler dishes they’ve already tried.
I couldn’t write Topaz Eyes, or indeed this blog post, without mentioning Poffertjes met boter en poedersuiker.I totally love them! They are a dish of around 12 tiny pancakes topped with butter, a squirt of lemon squeezed over and a dusting of vanilla flavoured icing sugar added. Absolutely scrumptious! Some Poffertje Huises (cafes selling them) offer other toppings, though I believe what I’ve just mentioned is the basic traditional variety. Read Topaz Eyes to find out why Teun gives Keira a smacking great kiss in the middle of the Poffertje Huis!
|Poffertjes - Wikimedia Commons|
Again, in Amsterdam there are different beers to try and of course Genever - Dutch gins of many types.
A peculiar invitation to Heidelberg embroils Keira Drummond in the search for a mysterious collection of extraordinary jewels once owned by a Mughal Emperor; a hoard that was last known to be in the possession of Amsterdam resident, Geertje Hoogeveen, in 1910.
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An ex-primary teacher, Nancy Jardine, lives in the fabulous castle country of Aberdeenshire – Scotland. Her husband mans the kitchen, her offspring only an hour’s drive away. When time permits, ancestry research is an intermittent hobby. Neglecting her large garden in favour of writing, she now grows spectacularly giant thistles. Activity weekends with her extended family are prized since they give her great fodder for new writing.
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Sunday Blog Hop!
Today, Nancy's not just visiting me, but also fellow Crooked Cat author, Jeff Gardiner - who turns up at her's too, chatting about his new release, Myopia!
See Nancy interviewing Jeff here: http://nancyjardine.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/an-interview-with-jeff-gardiner.html
And here's Nancy's post on Jeff's blog: http://jeffgardiner.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/interview-with-an-author-nancy-jardine/
Go have a read! :-)