Homesickness fades when your kitchen smells like home. I've always missed my family and friends wherever I lived across the world, but by cooking up the flavours of Germany and smelling the aromas of home, I felt instantly soothed. Homesickness was what first drove me into the kitchen many years ago, and to this day it is the place that makes me miss home less.
MY APPROACH TO GERMAN FOOD Having lived abroad for most of my adult life, I have always turned to German cooking whenever I got homesick or was seeking the comfort or simply the indulgence of German food. I've called many places home over the years (USA, Australia, UK), but no place has felt like home the way Germany does. Not just because my family still lives there, but because it is the place that pulls at my heartstrings and gives me butterflies every time I return.
I've encountered many clichés about German food around the world; I'm not denying some of them are true but Germany has so very much more to offer than Beerhall food and Sauerkraut-laden dishes. Wherever I've lived, I've always tried to introduce authentic German food to my friends and the reactions were always of pleasant delight!
Recently, I've noticed more people becoming interested in German food. It has been showcased in a BBC TV Series as well as in several food magazines; however, most of the time I found myself shouting at the TV presenter for mispronouncing names of either local dishes or places to the point where they are totally unrecognizable. On top of this, I have seen food magazines proudly printing mispelled names of dishes in headlines, showing quite some lack of research or the real interest and enthusiasm in authentic German cuisine that I am convinced it deserves!
My goal is to introduce authentic, lovely German food. Sometimes I will present this in its classic form, and sometimes I will be adding my own modern twist to it. Either way, you can rest assured that it will always be presented to you with genuine pride in the heritage of both the recipes themselves as well as my own.