Family Recipe

Knowing a recipe by heart: Oma's zweiback

They got engaged by mail. He always likes to say how she got engaged two weeks after him. He knew she would say yes.

Her young love and the excitement of moving to a new country was sweet. Reality also set in. Speaking only low German is not very practical in Canada. Once they were settled and had started a family, she sent her first child to school and realized how quickly her young daughter was dropping German in favour of English.

A Family of Bakers / New Year's Cookies

I’ve always been a bit intimidated by all the baking skills in my family. That’s why up until now, I’ve stuck with cooking. That’s my domain. My mother and my Oma are amazing bakers and I’ve always had the privilege of enjoying their baking. But I realize that my Oma won’t be around forever, and the only way I’m going to learn is to bake with her. And baking with her is turning out to be the most memorable time I’ve spent with her. The recipes that she uses aren’t like the recipes I use. They aren’t complete. You’re just expected to know what to do once you read the list of ingredients.