French expatriate in Kassel in Germany, Linda Andler is married to a Chilean. On her blog, La Vida de Lindadita, she shares with her readers her favorite recipes but also her travels between the three countries and the different culinary specialties she brought back. The family's heart swings between Chile and France, and of course, their new place of residence. For, this mother of two children opens the doors to her kitchen!
A tailor-made kitchen to prepare good meals
As a great lover of gastronomy, Linda built her custom open kitchen in her German home. Generally, in France, the kitchen and the dining room are two separate rooms, and this is what was the case in this house. To have more space and in particular to store the dishes of their two children, the couple decided to remove the door that separated the two spaces to make an open kitchen.
Linda often cooks recipes straight from Chile, where her husband is from. Who says Chili automatically says spices! And in Linda's kitchen, that's not missing! They are used to prepare Chilean specialties such as empanadas (meat donuts that are also found in Spain), papa's tortillas, a chupe de jaiva or a pastel of choclo. What put a little sun on the plate, especially when the German winter is harsh. A dining area has been set up in the kitchen to be able to dine or "tomar ounce" as we say in Chile, that is to say to snack on toast bread (with avocado, cheese or jams for example ) with tea or hot chocolate.
German culinary specialties
On a German table, we usually find wholemeal or cereal bread, a bottle of bionade or beer, cold meats (salami, ham, pâté ...) but also cheese even at breakfast! Forget the good French baguette! Unlike Chile and France, where we eat a lot of white bread, in Germany we mainly find rolls to eat with sausages (Bratwurst) or black bread, wet or not. So be careful to keep it well and put it in the fridge in parchment paper because it can quickly mold. Linda opted for an airtight container designed to keep bread fresh longer because she often makes homemade bread. Among the typical pastries, there is the snickerdoodle cookie, whose recipe Linda has revisited on her blog, or the apfelstrudel, an Austrian cake very popular in Germany, based on puff pastry filled with pieces of apples and grapes served with crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream.
Celebrate Christmas in Germany
During the holidays, Christmas markets invade the cities of Germany. You can taste large sausages in rolls, sugar-coated almonds or fruit skewers bathed in chocolate of all colors. In all supermarkets and good bakeries, there is stollen (served hot or cold), a fruit cake stuffed with marzipan, or with poppy or almonds according to the recipes. The pretty pink tea, which can be seen in the photo below, is made up of caramelized almonds (scrunchies), apple and hibiscus. The taste is similar to the kinderpunsch (which means "punch for children"), served at the Christmas markets. This drink is an alcohol-free version of glühwein, French mulled wine.
BBQ in the garden
Linda's kitchen gives access to a garden. The small family having moved in less than a year ago, they have not yet finished fitting out the exterior. But in the future, the blogger would like to plant aromatic herbs and / or fruit trees. In Germany as in Chile, barbecues are an institution! Whether they are made with sausages and rolls (the famous Wursts) or with meat and corn on the cob, it's always a good opportunity to invite friends!