July 2019: Now We’re Cook’n!

Yes, the sun is out, the rain is gone, and we’re moving on! We’ve visited some of the coolest towns in the Netherlands. Just to catch up, Last month we landed in Hattem and welcomed our friend Mike aboard! The next morning we headed to Kampen which is a larger city with an old city center. We stayed in the old fishing harbor in the center of town.

We took a walk around the city and discovered colorful alleyways and historic building.

and the maintained historic city wall.

After two days of exploring Kampen, we took off for Elburg. This had to be my favorite town. Small quaint and locals in all the cafes.

Of course, we had to introduce Mike to Bitterballen. It is one of the Netherlands favorite snacks. As for me, you’ll never see me make them gluten-free. I can’t stand them. I think it in all the leftover part of ? and put through a grinder then rolled in balls and covered in bread crumbs and fried! Not my cup of tea! How about you Mike?

After two days Mike and Lutz made a two-hour bike ride to retrieve Mike’s car. The next morning we said farewell to Mike. And enjoyed our last evening in Elburg.

Our next stop was Harderjwick where we met up with our boating crew from last year. Alise, Paul, Mark, and Gerde. What a great visit and tour of this super quaint walled town. Plus the restaurant was perfect with a fresh salmon salad!

We left Elburg and made a three-hour trip to Spakenburg which is heading toward Amsterdam. Although this is known as a very touristy location, we were fortunate to arrive before the crowds, This is one of the oldest fishing villages along the IJsselmeer. It was a main trade route for the old merchants. Their boats are called Botters. Many of the Botters have been handed down over generations and a strong comradery exist today. You can see them working on them during the week and meeting up for a beer or two, or three…

Of course, we had to check out the local museum and visit the school!

It was interesting to read that the children were provided with clothes which were to last four years. Hmmm, I didn’t read that to Lutz!

Our mooring was right on the corner where the Botters went out to the Ijsselmeer and returned each day. One afternoon we had the occasion to observe a traditional funeral of a captain of a Botter. The family and the casket of the deceased captain were aboard his Botter and moored next to us.

Friends and families who attended took their Botters to sea and when they returned they would drop their sail as they passed their dear friend and family. It was very heartfelt to see over fifteen Botters salute their sea mate and family in this fashion.

Today we are now in Naarden. It’s about two hours west of Spakenburg. The old city is a fifteen-minute bike ride away and well worth the trip.  It’s the oldest maintained double-walled city with an existing moat in all of Europe.

What would a bike ride mean without a flat! Thank goodness we made it back to repair Lutz’s bike before our next adventure!

Stay with us as we head to Amsterdam to pick up Jennifer and Steve our dear friends from the USA. They will be visiting for a week as we take a short tour of the canals just north of Amsterdam. I plan to make our fourth of July a tasty one! Check out these meals for celebrating this next week.

Recipes for July!

It’s time to get out that Barbecue and get cook’n! This fourth of July or any time add a little south of the border to your day. Most of these delicious spicy dishes can be made ahead. All you need is to light up the grill and slap on the beef!
Carne Asada…
marinated in Cilantro Chimichurri!

Top this day off with Quinoa Mexican Salad!
Click on the pictures and get started prepping for the best fourth of July ever!

Resources & More: Cognitune-Smarter Health

10 Health Benefits of Bone Broth Protein Powder Supplements!

This site is loaded with information! I love their list of ten benefits of Bone Broth! Click here to check it out and if you’re looking for…

 

 

 

 

June 2019: Grey Skies Ahead!

What a month! Rain, Rain, Rain…and thunder! Now, nothing but grey skies coming my way. We’re making our way to Friesland via the historic water trade route. So much history and quaint old villages. I highly recommend that if you’re looking for an excursion this summer head this way.  Many of these walled cities have existed since the 1100s or before, and still maintain their charm. Historic inns and restored Bed & Breakfast await you.

We left Mook, NL and with a guest on board, Margrit, Lutz’s cousin and headed to Nijmegen NL. Nice little village along the Waal Canal, the name of the Rhein in the Netherlands.

Took a walk through time visiting the local Bike Museum.

We made a one night stop in Lathum along the way intending to head to Doesburg. But, after chatting with several boaters they recommended we bypass Doesburg and head downstream to Zutphen as suggested along the IJssel river.

Here’s a small map of where we’re headed. 

Arriving in Zutphen we found a slip in the historic harbor right in town. Plus, we were blessed with two days of sun!         There were key Museums telling the tales of the battles and restorations after several wars.

A stroll through this super city revealed medieval castles and churches.

Side streets with canals weaving their way through the town blooming with flowers from the recent rains.

We had one last hot day and after our farewell dinner with Margrit, Lutz’s cousin, and her husband Julian, we headed for Deventer.

Landing in Deventer, the forecast began to look grim and clouds were rolling in. Our sunny days were over! A storm was on its way so we harbored and hurried to town to check it out.

The city was amazing. Streets twisting and rambling through the center of town filled with secret alleyways some decorated with flowers.

While others were filled with colorful umbrellas.

Of course, we had to have tea in one of the side allies with a local cake that was carried on merchant ships as they traded along the waterways since it lasted longer than bread! I was in luck they made gluten free!!!

The only thing that distracted from the beauty of this cool little place was the invasion of a circus which filled the center of town and blasted a conglomerate of noise.

Off we went the next day to Hattem. We arrived yesterday and fell in love with this very small village. The harbor is directly in front of the city.

Lutz was rather impressed since it only had one shopping street. This charming, romantic village is a classic example of the unique villages in Netherlands.

This is the coolest city thus far. It is small enough to tour in 2 hours and filled with restored and many original buildings. It’s surrounded by a small canal and It even has its own windmill!

There’s only one main street with a beautiful view of the town church and side allies begging to be explored. Plus it saves us money since there are fewer shops!

Today we visited the Bakery Museum. It was so realistic. The Museum is in the actual bakery from the 1400s.

The fake folks made it seem so alive! Loved how they had the kids working as well.

The scenes were really great and original tools and machines were displayed as well.

Of course, they led you to a bakery to part take with a fee but…we declined and headed to another well-known attraction, the Chocolate Shop! And yes, I did partake ONE piece. Come on, just one.

We decided not to head out and harbor for a day or two in Zwolle on the advice of locals. They indicated it was big and busy. Instead, we took a chance and rode the thirty minutes by bike to Zwolle and hopped a ferry along the way.

Our friends were right! Zwolle was a hectic city but the market was huge and filled with color as the sun decided to peek through.

We returned home just before the storm set in. We’re still here in Hattem for a while and plan to baton down the hatches again since thunderstorms and rain are on their way. We’ll do some more exploring like biking to nearby villages (weather permitting), sampling legal foods and visit Aton Pieck Museum, the illustrator for many of Grimms Fairy Tales. 

Thanks for joining us on our travels. Oh by the way…I PASSED my German drivers test! Woo, glad that’s over.

Until next month, may your days be filled with sunshine, health, and good food!

Resources & More: The Healthy Foodie

This lady is incredible. I found her site five years ago and loved what she was doing. She took Paleo to another level for me and made it alive. Sonia provided some great recipes that helped me along the way and also inspired me. Today she is exploring the Vegan life but her recipes are still adaptable and so healthy. Click here to more!

Hey there!

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN!

I’m Sonia, a former overweight, heavy drinker, chain smoker, and food junkie now trying to find my own healthy balance, one meal at a time.

Recipes to beat these days of grey skies!

I made it to my favorite organic meat stand in time to get the last whole chicken. I needed some warm bone broth in this cold weather. Sure you can cook this babe on top of the stove by why? This Crockpot Chicken Boney Broth is delicious and can be cooking all day while you’re working or heading to the park with the kids, Click here for the recipe.

Warm up that salad with some Spicy Avocado Dip or Dressing. I love cutting up veggies and dipping! This recipe can be a dip or a salad dressing and is easy to put together at the last minute. Click here to read more.

 

May 2019: Waiting for the sun!

Ok, this is not how it’s supposed to be. Rain, Rain, Rain, and then snow in APRIL! We’ve returned from our wonderful trip to Vienna and Italy. Had a quick pit stop in our home in Kaiserslautern and then off to the boat for a week over Easter holiday to deliver the goods!        The sun was out and the weather happened to be super, the first in a long time. We prepared the boat for our four-month travel to Friesland, NL.

And our guestroom is ready!

While in Ophoven, our harbor on the corner of Belgian and the Netherlands, we even got in a bike ride one sunny day.

There are ferries all over this land to transport cars, people, and bikers across the million waterways.

A super plus veggie bonus for this Easter holiday…spargel season begins! Thanks to this amazing season and a bit of sun we had a beautiful holiday on the boat. This recipe is a keeper…Asparagus and Spinach Eggs Benedict made with my homemade Spicy Hollandaise Sauce!

Then it was back to Kaiserslautern, and more RAIN, to give our home some tender loving care. Spring cleaning and just relaxing for a while, in the RAIN. Lutz headed to France for an “old guys” friend event (old in every way).

I spent my time with my dear friend Marilou (right) and my new friend Iwana (left). Watching movies and walking the streets of Kaiserslautern window shopping. Then a fine dinner of my favorite Chili Lime Shrimp. And no, that is not my ice cream coffee! I kept with hot tea and little Marilou had both the iced coffee and ice cream…lord to be young again.

We headed back to the boat on April 26th and brought our last load of supplies to begin our journey to Friesland NL.  But it was STILL raining and nearly freezing temperatures. Finally, one day of no rain we quickly headed to the “Cash Gas Station” to fill up Virus. She sure drinks a lot of gas! And yes, it’s the first figure, 538.61 Euros!

With the weather constantly changing from a drizzle to pouring rain and clouds we decided to wait it out in Ophoven for the sun to peek through before we hit the canals.  Having WIFI, I was able to spend a lot of time experimenting and creating some simple dishes in my little toaster oven. Plus eating some of my favorite soups, Lutz’s Lentil Soup, Sambal Oelek Asain Soup, and, of course, my favorite, Tom Kha Gai.  I won’t leave you hanging, I did create some yummy desserts as well. I’ll post this one soon. It’s a convertible recipe. You can use it for cookies or crumble. Plus no eggs! Use rhubarb or mixed berries, either way, the bottom has a snap and the center is a tart filling and the top a tasty crumble.

Mostly I read gluten-free sites or books in my favorite place, in the sun, when it came out. As for Lutz,

he played with his favorite toys and worked!.

Finally, the sun decided to cooperate. We took off before it could change its mind and made our way to Venlo, downstream the river Maas passing Roermond where we stayed for 3 days. This trip took us four hours to go 50KM so you can see we really are cruising. We were the only ones in the harbor…until the weekend came!

The city is filled with beautiful restorations since most of which were bombed during the war. This is one building that survived, the Mayors House or City Hall.

We also got to enjoy the company of Lutz’s cousin, Margaret, and her husband Julian for the day.

After our stay in Venlo, we headed to Leukermeer Harbor which is a two-hour drive from Venlo. Once again, we were the only ones in the guest harbor! Lovely three-day stay and sun came out off and on with a bit of rain.

Three days on this peaceful huge lake and no rain on the morning we had planned to leave, we cruised Virus, to a very nice harbor near Mook, Plasmolen Haven. This is where she will stay for the next two to three weeks. Duty called us back to Kaiserslautern. Lutz had to catch the hour long train ride with his bike back to Echt where he then biked for another hour to Ophoven, where our car stays for the season. Then he drove back to get me and the dirty clothes! 

We’re home now for a few appointments. One of which I am not the least bit excited about…I have to take the German driving test to get my residency card. I hate tests and the fact that I’ve been driving here for twenty years makes me crazy. I’ll keep you posted. I get three tries to pass!!!!! We might have to come back home again.

This month, since we were stationary waiting for the sun, I had plenty of time researching sites and reading. I wanted to share three cool sites that have inspired me! Each site has so much to offer in the way of nutrition, health, or cooking. I’m sure one of these sites can answer your burning questions and or meets your needs or interest. I’m always looking for fascinating sites so if you have a “go to” site please share it in the comments below!

Site 1:

Hypothyroidmom

This site, The Hypothyroid Mom, was one of the first sites I discovered while finding my way. She’s like a “rebel WITH a cause”. Her story of finding her way after miscarrying is pretty amazing. I know two people who went through similar situations and after changing their diet were able to conceive. It really works! Maybe this is you or maybe you know someone who is dealing with conception. You ought to check this out and pass it on. She also discusses other thyroid issues that are pretty interesting. Check it out! Click here to read more.


Site 2:

National Academy of Hypothyroidism

Who We Are

The National Academy of Hypothyroidism is a group of thyroidologists, headed by Kent Holtorf, M.D., David Brownstein, M.D., Denis Wilson, M.D., Michael Freidman, N.D., and Mary Shomon, who are dedicated to the promotion of scientifically sound and medically validated concepts and information pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of hypothyroidism.

If you like reading pertinent research you’re going to love this site. It’s FILLED with the latest information and research on Hypothyroidism. I mean packed from setting testing standards for doctors to classes and seminars. If you have questions or just love to read the research, head to this site! Click here to read more!

Site 3:


Paleo Grubs is radical recipe site…seriously! If you’re thinking about changing to Paleo or adding some delicious Paleo recipes to round out your meals, this is the place. It’s so cool. I even bought their download book and use it a lot. The recipes are simple and the pictures show you the outcome! YEAH, no failure. I do eat grains once a week but this site helps you replace those with simple suggestions. So far everything I have made form this site has been yummy. You can click here to get started. Be sure to look up, Easy Banana Ice Cream 3 Ways on their site!

Resources & More:

Supplements That Should Be Taken With Food, by Suzy Cohen

With the number of supplements, most of us take, it can get confusing when to take them and how. This article is super for knowing which ones are critical to take with food to get the maximum absorption. Suzy shares some simple information on how to get the most out of your daily routine of supplements. Click here to read more.

Recipes for this month!

As promised here is one of my “Street Eats” made legal! Delicious Bruschetta recipe that is quick and delicious.

Plus you can enjoy this Asian Spiced Veggie Broil with any meal. You can also add bite-size chicken or some shrimp if you want to make to a full meal!

Well, thanks for hanging out with us and I hope you stick around for June newsletter next month. No interruptions as far as I can of so it looks like we’ll finally be on our way north to Friesland. See you all then!

April 2019: Street Eats with The Cook’n Coach

We’re back from our April travels! What an amazing adventure exploring and sampling savory and sweet “street eats”. Just to let you know, I worked my magic to stay gluten, soy and dairy free but sometimes things just happen. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the resort stocked a full shelf of gluten-free foods. I don’t usually buy gluten-free products but when in Italy “I needed” pasta and this was the safest way to enjoy the culture and the cuisine for me.

For those dishes that veered off my beaten path, I’ve been frantically working to turn them into squeaky clean dishes without gluten, soy or dairy. So during the next few months keep checking my site to see some crazy good “street eats conversions” gluten, soy, and dairy free delicious eats! While traveling I often prepared many meals in our apartment kitchen using local spices and local ingredients like this delicious Asparagus and Chicken Pasta. I’ll be posting this and more soon.

First Stop!
The trip was so enjoyable and the weather conditions were just right. A little sprinkle now and then but no downpours. We made a slow drive to Vienna and stopped halfway in the area of Passau for a night. Definitely a tourist city but filled with history and culture. We arrived 2 weeks before the Easter holiday so it wasn’t too busy but tour boats arrive now and then with a “boatload” of site sight-seers.  We stayed at an old hotel called Am Paulusbogen, on the river and decided, after walking the streets of this delightful town our hotel offered the best selection and price for trying some local cuisine! We weren’t disappointed. I enjoyed the local fish while Lutz dined on something I refuse to cook, liver & onions!

Breakfast was a sinch. I brought my own gluten-free bread and created the best arugula egg sandwich in the world…eat your heart out folks!

The next morning we headed to Vienna. It was super weather and spent four days touring and sampling some street eats. Just outside the museum, we found a cool cafe. Lovely homemade veggie soup (a dash of parmesan) and sweet potato fries with some savory dips!

We even got to sneak in a few dinners with Lutz’s son Dominik. He’s an amazing landscape architect #schulte&schoenes and has a nose and palate for good eats as well! He led us off the tourist-filled streets to a hidden authentic Austrian restaurant called Gasthaus Wolf. This is a must if you’ve spent all day touring and want off the beaten path to relax and enjoy the quaint building and a taste of Austria.

Traditional Appetizers: Dominik enjoyed Liver with Pickled Beets and Horseradish, Tongue (Lutz again!), And just when I said I don’t eat liver I ordered the Flädle Soup with a Liver Knödel. I might be changing my mind about this liver thing!
    

Main Dish: Dominik enjoyed Stewed Pork and homemade Spaetzle. Lutz tasted their Semmel Knödel with liver and veggies. I stayed safe with my favorite Pork Medallions and Potatoes!
                


Driving direct to Tuscany would have been a ten-hour drive. So I made plans to stay two days in a super cool Airbnb in Velden directly on the Wörthersee. It is in Austria just before leaving the alps and entering Italy. We were so excited but upon arriving it was like a ghost town! Apparently, this place is hopping in the summer and closes up tight as a drum in the winter and spring.  The only “restaurants” open were pizza, kebab, and fast food. Finding a restaurant that served local cuisine was a challenge and included driving to them directly to verify they were open offseason.

After driving around to several we located Landhaus Kutsche on the top of the hill overlooking the sea. They were only open during the offseason 4 days a week and we happen to hit one of those YUMMY days.

We so enjoyed our meals in this cool restaurant. I love veal and had their schnitzel unbreaded with vegetables and a little side of potatoes. Once again Lutz delved into a delicious traditional meal of boiled beef and horseradish veggie puree. AND of course, we had to sample the Bavarian dessert, Kaiserschmarren, and fresh Plum Compote. It’s made from pieces of pancake fried and then covered in powder sugar! YES YUM!

Our drive to Tonda Tuscany took six hours and upon arriving I decided to whip up my delicious One Pot Pasta with bacon and gluten-free noodles. Breakfast was always easy since we had a kitchen in our apartment. I stayed with my gluten-free bread, egg and some kind of fresh fruit. Of course, we had to try Truffle Bruchette and Tomato Bruchette! I immediately went to work to create a legal serving of each. Recipe to come in the near future!

We enjoyed a delicious meal at the resort restaurant for my birthday and what an amazing spread. Of course, we tried their Panna Cotta! My Dairy Free Cardamon Panna Cotta with Berry Compote was much better and legal! Lutz took the Steak with truffle sauces and I had gluten free pasta with tuna and eggplant loaded with spinach. Oh yeah, and parmesan cheese…just a touch.

During the whole trip to Italy that weighed heavy on my list of “street eats” was to find a gluten-free pizza and TADA! The resort had a Wednesday night pizza spread in their outdoor woodburning oven which included gluten-free pizza! It was amazing and I bought an extra one for my breakfast and lunch the next day! Lutz loves his sardines and I went for the “everything” pizza.

One evening in the restaurant at our resort they offered a four-course truffle meal! Right up our alley but mercy me $$$$$ so I enjoyed a delicious salad with grilled vegetables while lutz indulged in this scrumptious meal of truffles.

First came the appetizer of truffle cheese, truffle salami and a quail egg on toast with truffle slices. Then arrived truffle risotto followed by the main course, beef in truffle sauce. His fourth course was a generous slice of one of the local desserts!

On our way home to Germany my palate was reintroduced to the distinct tastes and flavors that so represent this beautiful country and culture. We stayed with friends in Freiberg for one night. I was served the tastest German meal by Gabby. She paid attention to every detail for me. What an excellent host and we even invited ourselves! She served us a lovely plate of homemade goulash, with boiled potatoes and a side of fresh seasoned carrots and peas. Plus homemade stewed apples.

For dessert, I enjoyed a bite and the whole time I savored it I was thinking of ways to transform it. I have a plan! It will consist of gluten free Cantucci (hopefully homemade), frozen cherries, coconut whipped cream, coconut yogurt, and a bit of honey. I am on it folks so check back soon! Actually, I can’t wait to get cook’n!

Keep your eyes peeled for “transformed” recipes and more on my site during the next few months. I only send my newsletter out once a month but am posting new recipes weekly so be sure to take a peek now and then to see what I’ve posted. Maybe one of these “transformed street eats” will be perfect for your palate. 

Heading Out again!
Now to start packing for our next adventure. We’ll be heading to our boat, Virus, the first of May until September. We’re planning to motor our way to Friesland in the Netherlands. Should be a nice trip and so looking forward to having our dear friends, Jennifer and Steve Goodbody joining us for a week.

Crockpot Italian Whole Chicken
As I promised in my last post, here it is! Crockpot Italian Chicken. This is so delicious and easy. Seriously! Place this baby in your crockpot for 8-10 hours while you are at work, shopping, all day at soccer or sleeping and bam! Plus it takes no babysitting! Click on the title to read more.

Resources & More: 12 Ways to Winterize Your Body
It looks like winter is not giving up! Seriously, I’ve been in contact with so many people in the USA who are getting hit hard and over here in Germany as well. I love to read Suzy Cohen’s articles and with Hypothyroid I’m always cold and felt susceptible to getting sick until I read this article! Click on the title to read more.

 

March 2019: The Cook’n Coach Hits the Streets for Some Good Eats!

OK, well I haven’t quite stopped cooking altogether it’s just that I’m back and we’ve been on the go ever since we’ve returned from the USA. April we’re taking off for a month long road trip. How to eat “sweet” (clean, not sugar) on the streets while traveling in Europe is my new move!

We got home from one rainy country to another safe and sound but then we were off again! It seems like the months of March and April I won’t be doing much cooking. If I do get the chance to cook at home then it will definitely be something from my website. Maybe one of my yummy soups or one of my super grill dinners. At least I know what I’m eating!

I’ve decided that March and April’s posts will be pictures of legal (ok, legal-ish) foods I eat while traveling. I know many of my subscribers travel a bit and this might help when ordering or locating good restaurants. Plus I’ll make sure to share the name of the restaurant and address so if you’re in the area you can stop by!

So let’s begin!
Coming home was wonderful but not to an empty cupboard! Of course, the closest place to find fresh healthy food was our favorite Vietnam place, Saigon Bistro located at Eisenbahnstraße 68A, 67655 Kaiserslautern. I failed to bring my camera but here’s what I ate! Yes, I did eat rice but next time I’ll ask for more veggies. At home, I make my own Tapioca Spring Rolls and  Tom Kha Gai with cauliflower rice. They have changed hands so…was a little different from the original owners.

     

Bright and early Saturday morning we were off to the open market for some fresh goodies. Our favorite organic veggie farmer was there as well as our favorite meat stand Doug’s Farm. I got my fresh chicken for an Italian crockpot dish I’ll post later. And stopped at the Asian store from some coconut cream milk! You never know when you’ll need it. Then Off we went to the Black Forest to check out the Fastnacht events in Wolfach.  If you’ve never been to the Black Forest to share this wonderful century-old tradition in chasing the winter away you have got to go one day. It is so full of culture, history and amazing craftsmanship of masks carved from wood. Truly a must see! The parade of Kaffee Tante (Coffee Aunts) was led by a band of drumming chef’s as they hurried for mid-day coffee. 

While in Wolfach we spent one evening at our favorite restaurant, The Hotel zum Hecht located at Hauptstraße 51, 77709. This unique treasure has been here and in the same family for generations. Lutz’s father frequented this quaint restaurant as a young man and throughout his life. The chef is AMAZING and I strongly recommend reservations. The lighting was low so the pictures do not do justice but the taste, flavors, and presentation are top notch. 

We started with a Cream Lemon Chili Ginger Soup with Fowl.

This was followed by Asparagus Risotto with Fresh Grilled Fish & Shrimp.

Then arrived a Lemon Sorbet with Mint & Vodka.

The main meal was Roasted Local Veal, Pea Puree, Brussel Sprout and Creamed Potatoes, Red Onion Chutney.

Ending with an amazing dessert of Chocolate and Vanilla Panna Cotta/Mousse, Cream Catalan and Orange Salad.

So need I say more? This meal was amazing and at least I avoided gluten…as far as dairy, well don’t get the creamed potatoes or the desserts!

We made a day trip to visit Elli, Lutz’s late cousin’s wife in Bigen. We headed out for a mid-day lunch at one of Elli’s favorite spots, the Zum geschwollenen Herz (The swollen heart). It’s located at: Vorstadt 21 55411 Bingen am Rhein Germany. They do have a website in German and English with amazing prices.

This little local place has been around for centuries. It feels so strange to be eating in an establishment like this. I always wonder who sat in my seat hundreds of years ago? Apparently, it was the local pub where the tanker and ship captains would come to tell their stories. I suggest reservations. The place was packed by 1 pm. My meal was a no brainer and one I LOVE any time and any day. Feldsalad (field salad) with beef stips and potato bacon dressing! Lutz was quick to decide for the deer meat special with potato dumplings or what we call knoedels. Not only was this delicious but the prices were so great for such a large meal! They have daily specials as well.

Oh, let’s go back to the Panna Cotta…
My impressive dinner experience at the Hecht gave me inspiration! I now realized what my purchase of cream of coconut milk was going to become! I could make my own version of Panna Cotta, why not?  So back to the house we came and for a few days, I was off the “streets making my own eats”! This is by far the simplest and most elegant dessert I’ve ever made. It is luscious, creamy with a hint of vanilla bean and a mist of cardamon that invades the last bite as it accents the coconut cream. Top this crazy easy recipe with some berry fruit compote or my Medieval Raspberry Compote and you’ve got a 5-star dessert! Click here or on the picture to get my version of Dairy Free Cardamon Panna Cotta with Berry Compote!

Resources & More
While in the USA lot’s of folks asked me why “I” didn’t eat soy products. I know many folks out there eat it including the vegetarian and vegan communities and have no problems. But I thought that as well until…click here to see what I found out!

Goodbye for now…
I hope you enjoyed this little food tour and are looking forward to my April post as well. It should be filled with locations, pictures, and yummy food. We will be off to Munich, Vienna and then Italy. For the whole month of April, I will have to dodge gluten, soy, and dairy while eating on the streets… it should be interesting. Of course, I’ll pack my stand-by goodies and do some research on local foods and “safe” places to eat. One eating establishment I will visit again in Vienna is the Italian restaurant located around the corner from our hotel. They have gluten free pizza…the best (oops, there goes the dairy)! Until next month, keep on creating every day by cooking something new! Follow me with #streeteats!

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