I am recovering from jetlag, dear friends, and yes, I crossed continents in this pandemic time. Not easy. I will tell you more in a separate post. Today, I just want to show signs of life lest you think I have disappeared forever into the void of the internet!
We are in Germany. Far from the tiny house, far from the beach, far from our plants, far from the sun and humidity. It is summertime here to the lovely tune of 15 C. I know I do not need to tell you I brought the wrong clothes.
We are staying in a large flat renovated by Markus’ parents. The tiny house could fit inside the bedroom. My new kitchen is nice but have yet to be complete. I cope by imagining that I am on an AirBnB and must use what implements are available.
On my fourth day here, I went to the market. Not so far from home, a pleasant walk. It was comforting to find shiny tomatoes, beefy bell peppers, and earthy mushrooms waiting for me. Food is food on every side of the world.
I still cook Asian everyday, sometimes fusion. It is fun to experiment and try new things. I particularly enjoyed the introduction to stone fruits that Markus and his mother gave me. In The Philippines, we do not have apricots, cherries, peaches, or plums. It is nice to discover these tastes and textures.
The condiments are a learning curve, too. I was surprised to see my black tofu a glossy white after the oyster sauce here behaved differently from the one I know back home. The soy sauce tastes different and the vinegar not as sharp, too. But we continue to eat well and have fun reinventing our food.
This is all I can say for now. I hope you are all well. I am looking forward to catching up with you all. My brain is still foggy and my body is exhausted after all this time but I hope to recover soon. Lots to share with you then. Much love from Germany.