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One of the many things I look forward to the most when visiting home is the happy smell of freshly roasted and brewed coffee in the morning coupled with the smell of just-out-of-the-oven bread and mouthwatering pastries…
…all while preparing the “breakfast table” for a nice and hearty German breakfast. If not everyone is making a little family trip to the bakery and butcher shop together, I will usually be tasked with boiling the eggs (a real German breakfast egg has a runny yolk & firm egg white) and finding the perfect ratio of coffee grinds to water, while my mom and/or twin sister make their way to shopping for the essentials of a German breakfast: crispy baked rolls and seasonal pastries from the bakery in town, fresh meats from the local butcher, accompanied by freshly sliced cheeses and some fruit for a refreshing vitamin kick!
Since moving to the US, I have been attempting off and on to bring an authentic German breakfast to the table, but the excitement is usually dampened by the non-competetive selection of breads, meats and cheeses found here – they just can’t keep up with “made in Germany!” Luckily, there are a few places closeby (including a small bakery with amazing, yet expensive, croissants!… for those days when I don’t feel like spending 2 days making my own croissants) at which we can find a variety of meats and cheeses, as well as local Farm to Market bread. Although it’s not a perfect substitution, it’s approximating the real deal close enough to make me feel right at home…
It’s all about improvising until I get to be home again in August for our castle nuptials at Burg Rheinstein..! But if I can successfully bring Germany to America one step at a time, maybe my Fernweh (a German word for “far pain,” meaning missing some place far away!) will become less and my family will come visit more.
Until August, my beloved Germany!
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