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Tabbouli Dance (Thank You, Daggero)

I’m in my office trying to write a blog entry and AdventureMan is next door, and it’s been a long time since I have heard him laugh so hard. He is laughing and Holy Smokes, he is almost dying laughing, and it’s all Daggero’s fault, my friend Daggero, my mysterious friend who has commented for so many years now on my blog that I think of him like a brother, although none of us have ever met.

Here is what was making him laugh so hard. Once I started watching, I was laughing, too. It is a total hoot, not just the song but all the fun they had making this, and the utter decorum with which he ‘shakes his booty,’  LLLLOOOOOOLLLLLL!

Notice also, his home has some very nice art pieces. 🙂

October 24, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Entertainment, Exercise, Food, Kuwait | 9 Comments

Onion Soup of the Pfalz region of Germany

I am printing this just as I found it. The thrill to me is that I can read it and follow it! It is from a blog called ‘Grandmother’s Best Recipes in the Pfalz’ and today I am making Pfalzerzuppe! (It is a onion soup made with creme and a little caraway seed; I often used to eat it at Neuleiningen Castle, in the Bergschanke restaurant.

Zwiebelsuppe

“Zwiwwelsupp”

Zwiebelsuppe ist nicht gleich Zwiebelsuppe. Oder auf pfälzisch: Zwiwwelsupp is net wie Zwiwwelsupp. Die nach diesem Rezept ist jedenfalls sehr delikat und würzig.

Zutaten:

  • 10 mittlere Zwiebeln  (onions, middle sized)
  • 500 ml Sahne  (cream)
  • 1 l Hühnerbrühe  (chicken stock)
  • Pfeffer, Salz, Kümmel  (pepper, salt, caraway seed)
  • Butter
  • 2-3 EL Mehl  (flour)
  • 1/5 l Weißwein (aber bitte Pfälzer Wein!)   (white wine, Pfalzer white wine, PLEASE!)

Zubereitung:

Geschälte Zwiebeln kleinschneiden und in Butter nur ganz leicht anbräunen. Mit dem Weißwein ablöschen und zur Hälfte einkochen lassen. Das Mehl darüber streuen. Die Brühe und die Sahne hinzugeben und ca. 20 Minuten köcheln lassen, dann abschmecken.

Tipp:

Am Ende des Kochens noch drei Eigelbe mit etwas Sahne verrühren und unter die Suppe ziehen, dann aber nicht mehr aufkochen, sondern gleich servieren.

October 24, 2010 Posted by | Cooking, Cultural, ExPat Life, Experiment, Food, Germany, Interconnected | Leave a comment

A Day in Flomaton, Alabama

All we knew when we started the day was that we wanted to explore a little bit north of Pensacola, maybe even up into the part of Alabama that is across the state line to the north (as opposed to the part of Alabama that is across the state border to the west). We thought we were having a very boring day until we wandered into Flomaton, and AdventureMan discovered a railroad museum.

Flomaton is at the very top of the map:

The railroad museum was also an older house, now the museum, and an older 2 room cabin out back, moved from its original location. Here is a recreation of the old front parlor:

The Railroad Collection room:

The log cabin was out back of the house, and had two women spinning wool into yarn on the porch, who very graciously allowed me to take their photo:

Inside the log cabin – we were told the couple who lived in this cabin had 12 children; they slept on the floor on pallets at night:

At the museum, there was a flyer about “Back to your hometown weekend” in Alabama, which just happened to be that very weekend. The town was full of returning people, there had been a parade and fireworks the night before (three former homecoming queens told me about this) and there was a street fair to celebrate Home Town Flomaton. 🙂

It was nearly lunchtime. We could smell Barbecue. The street fair was just a block away and there was parking right there, right by the fair. It was so much fun:

People were so kind and so helpful. This young woman was grinding corn, and we speculated that it must have been a great modern invention, and a real time saver, when it was invented. A woman passing by said she remembers her own mother using the same machine; all the corn was then taken to be ground, and stored in large airtight bottles in a dark ‘keeping room’ with preserves and food to get them through the winter.

This band was playing blues, gospel and country music, and they were pretty good!

As we stood and watched the choir, another woman welcomed us, and told us we really needed to see the new library (it was gorgeous!) and if we hurried, we could catch the Raptor Show at Otter Point. A Raptor Show!

Inside, there was a butterfly house, and several displays of local natural life:

There was also a wonderful hiking trail out over the wetlands, well maintained and beautiful:

The Raptor presentation was very well done, informative and funny, on many levels. They had a large audience of children, who learned a lot, and also adults like us, who also learned a lot. The bald eagle’s beak is deformed by PCB’s, which, although banned back in the 1970’s, are still present in the environment in quantities high enough to cause birth deformities. The only reason they were able to adopt the bald eagle, a protected species, was that while he can hunt, he cannot tear his food apart with his malformed beak.

It was a day full of gracious hospitality. People were so kind to us, and went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to explain what we were looking at. For a day that started with no clear goal, we felt like we had been abundantly blessed by happening across this beautiful October day in Flomaton, Alabama.

October 24, 2010 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Civility, Community, Cooking, Cultural, Entertainment, Events, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Pensacola | 6 Comments