One thing that really astonished me when I visited my friends in Germany was the amount of time we spent around the table. It didn’t happen every meal, but occasionally we would sit there for hours grazing on food and chatting. One more morning we started breakfast at 9:30 and didn’t get on the road until noon.
And I was bothered! I’m embarrassed to admit it, because obviously I’d like to paint a picture of myself as extremely chill and happy to be around people making small talk for hours like I don’t have a care in the world. Probably one part of my unease was that much of the small talk was actually in German. And the other part is that my culture is messed up and we rush around like crazy fools for the better part of the day. So nurture, not nature.
Anyway, I eventually relaxed and had the wonderful feeling that I really didn’t have to go anywhere or do anything. It was very nice.
We spent one of the nights in a flat drinking Christmas tea and making waffles. German waffles, from a cookbook that all good German girls have, so my friends said. If you can interpret the recipe, feel free to look at the ingredient list. Otherwise, translation follows below.
Auf Wiedersehen meine Freunde,
Adapted from German Linda’s recipe
250 grams butter
250 grams sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
500 grams self-raising flour
500 milliliters milk
Cream butter and sugar with a stand/hand mixer. Add the eggs, mixing to combine. Next add the flour flour, then stir in the milk and vanilla. Pour batter into a hot waffle iron, and use as directed.