It’s that time of year again…Oktoberfest! I’m looking forward to cooking some of our favorite German foods in the coming weeks, but none is more appreciated than homemade spaetzle…well, other than Black Forest Cherry Torte! Here’s the recipe I use…it makes a lot, so you might want to halve it if you don’t like spaetzle as much as we do (or if you don’t have seven members in your family!). I use a little less nutmeg than many recipes call for, because I find it a bit overpowering, but feel free to adjust to your tastes.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch fresh ground pepper (white is traditional, but I use black)
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
- Shredded Gruyère cheese (optional)
- Sauerkraut (optional)
Mix together flour, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg. Beat eggs well, and add alternately with the milk to the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Working over pot of water, press dough through spaetzle maker or colander with large holes, dropping into water. Cook four to six minutes. Drain well.
Sauté cooked spaetzle in butter. Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley on top. For an extra-special treat, add some shredded Gruyère cheese and sauerkraut while sautéing the spaetzle.
This may be the most Maggie Smith quote ever!
“On Christmas Eve night, we and our guests gather in the Great Hall for a night of well-mannered frivolity.” Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
I need to make sure we have some well-mannered frivolity on the schedule for Christmas this year!
Bunny received an awesome gift for her birthday in July…two tickets to go to Powell Hall and hear the St. Louis Symphony play the score to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while they showed the movie on a big screen. Today was the day, and she asked me to with her…we had an amazing time!
We got there just after the doors opened, and had a fun time walking around in our Pinup Girl Clothing House Harlequins, people watching, and enjoying an “Enchanted Brew” at the Met Bar:
The ushers at Powell Hall are extremely nice, and we had no trouble finding our seats, which provided us with a great view, and perfect acoustics:
The performance was outstanding. The St. Louis Symphony was so good, and so unobtrusive, that I occasionally forgot we were hearing a live orchestra. The crowd was great, too. It was clear that everybody there was enjoying the show, and it was really fun to get to see a Harry Potter movie with other fans!
This was my first St. Louis Symphony experience, and I really hope it isn’t my last…everything about our time at Powell Hall was so much fun!
Last year, the Fab Five and I went to the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, the oldest free hot air balloon event in the country, for the first time, and while it was hot outside, it was a lot of fun. But after all these years of living in St. Louis, I still hadn’t made it to the balloon glow, which is held the night before the race. Last night, even though I was tired after a long week, I decided I needed to take the train down to Forest Park and check it out, and thankfully, the girls wanted to go with me (these things just aren’t that much fun when you’re by yourself!). We had a lot of fun walking around, checking out all the balloons, and talking to some of the pilots about what flying a hot air balloon is like. We also got what I think is the best possible view…we arrived just before sunset, so we got to see all of the balloons in the waning daylight, and then watched as they lit up as darkness fell.
This is a great event, and while it normally takes place in a different part of Forest Park, I think this location on Art Hill, where the balloon light can reflect off the water in the Grand Basin, is superb!
“Dismissed. That’s a Starfleet expression for ‘Get out!'” Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager
Hard at work on handwriting!
Teaching a first grader and high schoolers at the same time is interesting, and something very new to our homeschool. Here’s an example of the zaniness you can expect in this situation. Earlier this week, I was quizzing Turkey on the Periodic Table of Elements. I got to “What does ‘F’ stand for?” and there was a momentary silence in the room as he mulled it over. Out of nowhere, Chickadee piped up, “Fluorine!” Now, I know she listens to her siblings’ lessons sometimes, but I was really not expecting her to remember something as unusual as Fluorine, and provide the answer at the correct time! I’m really interested to see how her education continues to unfold, because I think she’s retaining a lot more than I had anticipated!