It’s Asparagus Season

It’s Asparagus Season

I’ve known my hubby for 6 years. And I’ve learned that White Asparagus Season or “Spargelzeit” in German, is eagerly anticipated by many Germans, due to the fact that it usually is a sign of Spring. This season starts in April and can go on until 24th June. Now that we are living in Germany, I can confirm that the locals go “spargel-crazy” during this time. All restaurants add this delicate white vegetable to their menus and you will almost always find the best white Asparagus on the markets during the week. Now notice how I keep saying “white” asparagus – that is because this seems to be the only Asparagus worth the wait!!! And trust me, a kilo can cost anywhere between €4.50 and €15. And even though you can...

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Learn German, they said. It’ll be fun, they said

Learn German, they said. It’ll be fun, they said

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? If yes, did you ever think of learning German? When I was in my teens, I had already picked up the traveling bug. I didn’t yet have my passport (no, this came at the tender age of 23 🙂 ), but I enjoyed our family vacations up the Garden Route and up the West Coast. I also knew that one day I would travel. And at the time it was always: Paris! Which of course made me think of learning French. Well, many years later, I find myself living in Germany and going to school 4 hours a day, 5 days a week – to learn German. Admittedly at the beginning it was certainly not by choice: if I had my way, I would sleep late, read, blog, sew, bake and watch Scandal all day. But as per my immigration status, I was enrolled,...

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What I miss most…

What I miss most…

I have been an expat for nearly 6 years – which is not too long compared to other expats, I know. But it has been quite a journey: traveling and living in a different city than the one I grew up in. The world has so much to offer in terms of culture and cuisine, yet one can’t help but miss things from our childhood or food items you grew up eating. If you ask my mother, she would tell you I hated stewed Sweet Potato and Custard for dessert growing up. Now that I am no longer living in Cape Town, I actually made it for dessert the other night. I first introduced hubby to Biltong (South Africa’s version of American Jerky – only LOADS better) when we were dating and he can’t get enough of the dried meat. Back in Dubai, one of the...

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Easter

Easter

We recently celebrated Easter. Now since there are many different beliefs as to what this holiday is all about, I am not going to open that discussion. What I do want to do is share with you some of the things I did in preparation for this long weekend we had. Firstly I must add that my parents-in-law visited us over the Easter weekend. They live roughly 488km north of us. I prepared the guest bedroom which also happens to be my Hobby room. I made some table decorations and even had some helpers… Granted, they were not very helpful. In fact after about 10 minutes I started to realise things were getting out of hand and they were sneaking chocolates away. It was only when Ben decided to visit, that the others kept their paws to themselves. I baked a bit as...

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The SaffieGerm

The SaffieGerm

So I have been living in Germany since November last year. And it was not an easy transition. Don’t get me wrong: I was really happy to leave Dubai (after 5 years over there, I kinda just got over it already). And I was looking forward to fresh air, green grass and trees, birds singing, buying alcohol in a grocery store (and drinking alcohol in the cinema!!!!). I was looking forward to ordering Pork off the menu at a restaurant without first having to check the website to see if they even serve Pork. What I was not prepared for was the cold, and the grey, and the red tape, and the old (or rather ancient) rules they have here. And I guess you could argue that you trade certain things in for other things, but when you are in that situation you really...

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