The Mutual Life cafeteria in Waterloo, Ontario used to serve really good, hot meals. In the beginning (like in the 1800s!) I think they were free but eventually there was a small charge… maybe 75 cents or $1.25! Continue reading “Mutual Life Cafeteria Hot Potato Salad”
A couple of high scoring wines at very reasonable price with enough structure noted to carry the into the next decade or more. I would expect to cellar the Australian wines for 4-5 years and then end up with some outstanding wine for a very reasonable price. Continue reading “Cellar Selections Sept 17, 2016 LCBO Release”
This month’s release features Ontario wines and there are some interesting ones. I will also be stocking up on some sparkling for the upcoming holidays and there are a couple of good choices in this release. The November, December release offerings tend to get very pricey in anticipation of the holidays so these are looking even better. Continue reading “Sept 17, 2016 Wine Picks”
I can’t decide which potato salad I like best! This is the 3rd variation of German potato salad I am posting. The base of this is the same as Warm Potato Salad with Beer– only the dressing is different!
This creamy one is really interesting as well because of the warm butter, beer mix you pour over the hot potato dice. I think you will get a lot of people asking what is in this salad because unless you have seen the recipe it is hard to put your finger on on what you are tasting.
I like this one with Schnitzel because the creaminess offsets the dryness of the schnitzel cutlet. You can keep it relatively calorie light by using light mayonnaise and light sour cream.
As you may know from my other posts my favourite new way to cook my potatoes is in my pressure cooker, 15-17 minutes for 12 whole medium size potatoes! And no mushiness! I feel like I am becoming a broken record!
This recipe is so delicious. It lends itself to Oktoberfest season more so than summer. Warm potato salad in summer just doesn’t feel right!
All German potato salads that I know of start by cooking your potatoes whole with skins on. That way they don’t get overcooked or mushy. But today I just discovered that the way I like to cook them best is in the pressure cooker. You may know from some of my other posts what a fan I am of my pressure cooker but today I became an even BIGGER fan!
I cooked 12 medium size potatoes in the pressure cooker, whole, skins on in 11 minutes. It took the pressure cooker about 5 minutes to come up to pressure. Compare that to about 40 minutes on the stove top! Because the potatoes sit on a rack above the liquid the skins didn’t even break open, let alone have the potatoes crack and get mushy in parts. They were perfect!! I am never going back to boiling on the stove!
The other key to a great potato salad is to mix the warm potato dice with a mixture of melted butter, salt and cider vinegar (plus my secret weapon ingredient below!). The warm potato will absorb this mixture and it builds a depth of flavour that can’t be replaced with just adding a dressing at the end. This works even for a salad you intend to serve cold.
I used a light beer, Corona actually. You don’t want too heavy a beer to overpower the other flavours and a dark beer will throw the colour off and becomes unappealing.
This salad is so flavourful. It is good warm or at room temperature. My husband would eat it cold as well but I am not sure I would!
You may also like my Warm Creamy Potato Salad! Check it out!
Red cabbage is such a good side dish-it is a little bit tangy and it really brightens up a plate! You can fix it and forget it in your slow cooker! Continue reading “Slow Cooker German Red Cabbage”
The Oktoberfest theme continues! We often have a houseful of weekend visitors during Oktoberfest. The key to relaxed entertaining when you have multiple cottage or house guests is organization and smart selection.
You can put these ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4-5 hours (or more since it is very forgiving!) and have self-serve as guests filter in at different times of the day or evening. You can keep the Warm Potato Salad on warm setting in a slow cooker for a number of hours as well. And voila! You have a casual meal that tastes great no matter what time your crowd comes in. Or – you can keep a supply of sausage buns beside and serve Sausage and Sauerkraut on a bun with German mustard.
In my English Canadian childhood home my mom used to heat sauerkraut up on the stove in its brine and then serve it. Yikes! What we didn’t know then!
Then I met my husband! His mother was an amazing cook. I came to realize that after many years most of my holiday go-to recipes are German! (Wait for the German Torte recipes to come!)
She never made her sauerkraut from scratch although many local Mennonite families do and sell it at the St. Jacob’s Farmers Market. That can be delicious but I have no quarrel with regular store-bought sauerkraut from a jar or a can!
There are all kinds of sauerkraut variations too..
The base sauerkraut is the drained sauerkraut, a couple of Tbsps of fat (bacon, pork, veg oil), about a 1/2 cup of liquid, black pepper. Never add salt to sauerkraut-there is enough residual salt from the brine.
- You can brown a boneless pork shoulder or butt roast with a diced onion and some oil and black pepper and then smother it with a couple of jars of drained sauerkraut, 1/2 -2/3 cup of liquid (white wine, beer, apple juice, broth) and let it simmer for an hour or two on your stove top. You should be able to shred the roast with 2 forks when you are done and mix it evenly through the sauerkraut. This approach lends a ton of flavour and makes the sauerkraut a substantial dish on its own.
2. You can add a couple of chopped, peeled apples to make a sweet sauerkraut.
3. You can add a teaspoon of caraways seeds to make it Bavarian style.
4. Cook it with sausages and add some boiled potatoes to make a full meal.
There may be as many sauerkraut variations as there are German cooks! But I love them all now!
Sauerkraut is good for you! It is low in calories and they say fermented foods are good for your digestive system.
This is another of my favourite recipes. I just got fresh, fresh, Ontario apples at our market and they were outstanding in this pie. I heard on a radio program once that most of the apples we can buy in our supermarkets are at least four months old by the time they hit the shelf. I know apples keep if properly stored but it sure makes a difference if you can source some fresh apples in season from an orchard or market near you.
This pie uses my Easy Pie Crust recipe and the filling is generous. I was afraid that my top crust was going to be too thin by the time I got it big enough to cover the mound of filling but it forced me to roll it out thinly and it was wonderful.
I like this recipe because it cooks long and at a bit lower heat. Often pie recipes start the first 15 minutes at 425 degrees and then reduce to 350 or 375 degrees. I find my crust is always too brown when I do this. With the even temperature on this bake time my crust was a light golden brown.
You will want to bake this with a pan underneath to catch any juices. There is so much filling in this pie you will definitely need it.
I served it with Apple Cider Ice Cream for a double apple hit!
You can celebrate Oktoberfest with this Oktoberfest Schnitzel no matter where you are! Continue reading “Oktoberfest Schnitzel”