Tuesday, March 23, 2010

coming home to the countryside

 What a joy to be back in the countryside! Fresh air, birds singing, a haze of green creeping over the hills and fields. So many little things to discover, like that fat, sleepy toad in the second photo. Wild garlic greens to harvest. Planks of wood used as tiny bridges over laughing creeks. I am so happy to be home!
The trip to Frankfurt to write and record a commercial jingle went well; I was working with an old friend, and we always have so many things to talk and laugh about. But my favorite part, big surprise, was when he whipped us up a delicious bowl of Frankfurter Grüne Sosse, which is a regional specialty and probably the one thing I miss about living in Frankfurt. Frankfurt Green Sauce is made from hard-boiled eggs, oil, vinegar, salt, and generous amount of seven fresh herbs, namely borage, sorrel, cress, chervil, chives, parsley, and salad burnet. In more frugal times, daisy leaves, broad plaintain leaves, and dandelion leaves were also used. Cooked complete eggs are used together with sour cream or quark as a creamy base. Some variations use buttermilk, yogurt, or cream. The sauce is served at room temperature with peeled boiled waxy potatoes and hard boiled eggs. The greens mixture, which Frankfurters are very particular about (compare it to how southerners feel about gumbo ingredients), is sold wrapped in rolls of pretty paper packaging, where it is kept moist and fresh.

Here are two photos I found so you have a better idea what it looks like:

 It has the most delicious fresh flavor and I hope to make it myself one of these spring days and then share the recipe with you!
As fun as it was to visit my friend and be in the studio again (I haven't recorded in years), I am overjoyed to be back here in my humble home, with my husband and our sweet little Kiki. 
When the plane took off from Vienna to Frankfurt on Friday, I watched the landscape go by like I always do...I love seeing the clusters of houses, the glistening lakes and ponds, and especially the stretches of forest. Eventually, about five minutes into the flight, I recognized our town...and then the hill and fields I walk on every day! I saw the little cemetary with the bordering evergreen farm, and the meadow with the birch and the oak. As we soared over them, I felt I was looking at my life from above, and almost expected to see myself and Kiki, miniscule in the expanse of land, making our way along the tawny fields. It was a strange and exhilerating feeling, and I was overcome with a deep love for my life, and for my home, and my little family. It was a true gift to see it all, so small and yet so meaningful, from way up high, as God and the angels must see it. 
Home! Wonderful home!
It's so good to be back.

xoxo country girl


  1. Welcome back! I'm glad you had such a nice time :) And the Grune Sosse sounds/looks absolutely delicious! My mom loves German food, so I'm definitely giving her the recipe :)

  2. I have never heard of Grune Sosse, so interesting and delicous.

  3. i connected immediately to the feelings you had, when flying over the area you live. swoon!
    waving to kiki*

  4. That sauce looks delicious!!! We need a recipe!!! And I'm still jealous of all that fresh garlic!!!! Glad you had a good time sweetie! :) xxx

  5. Welcome home. So glad you had a good trip. And it is wonderful to come home to those you love and to a place you love.

    Ick...toady...great pic but I don't like toads. I would never harm one, they eat bugs.

    The green sauce and eggs is a bright and enticing picture. I've never tasted such a treat but I may give it a try.

    Happy Spring!

  6. Welcome home sweetie! I have missed you and cannot wait to hear all about your adventure and your commercial
    Love Morwenna xoxo

  7. Wonderful photos! So fresh, springy and ALIVE! :-) Glad you made it home safe. :-) That sauce sounds amazing! My German friends always make the most lovely sauces. :-)

  8. oh what a sweet post, the coming home reminds me of how i feel too, a serenly happy and contented joy.
    so glad all went well and now you are back safe and sound. i've been to frankfurt but did not eat that delicious dish, it seems i've missed out!
    xo lori

  9. Such a lovely post Dawn. Welcome home.
    Also, I had never heard of Frankfurt's Green Sauce ~ and now I am hungry for it!

  10. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, feelings and enthusiasm for family, home and food.
    Love that you took a photo of the 'greune sosse' wrappers:)...it reminds me of pesto in the south...my advise it to use any and all greens available at any time, it can onle be good for you.

  11. Oh Dear Dawn, I am so-so glad to see you back home and back on line! I have missed you so much! Your photos and food look amazing and I can't wait to see your recipe.

    Well dear...welcome home!!




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