Re: What Kind Of Food Did Your Grandmother Make?
My maternal grandmother was a phenomenal cook. She was actually a cook for one of the royal families in Germany, the Hohenzollerns, before coming to America.
My favorite was her marrow bone soup. Little marble sized balls of bone marrow, seasoned bread crumbs, eggs, and chives in a beef broth. Unbelievably good. Another favorite soup she called strudel but it was not the pastry. It was large stuffed egg noodles (similar to ravioli but much better) filled with a mixture of ground beef, pork, and lamb with scallions in a chicken broth. Also incredible. She also made pancake soup. It was sliced up German crepes served in a beef broth. In addition, she made the best vegetable soup I’ve ever had. I’ve never had German food in any restaurant the came close to hers. I remember eating at Luchow’s in NYC with my high school German class and all the kids raving how good the food was while I was thinking that it tasted like dog food in comparison to Grandma’s.
She served many roasted meats including turkey, goose, beef, and pork, and of course, German wursts and cold cuts served on various dark, dense breads. She served a wide variety of vegetables as well, mostly grown in her own garden. She also grew a wide variety of berries and fruits. Deserts were often open faced fruit cakes made with apples, peaches, plums, or other fruits in season. A favorite was her onion cake made with flour, eggs, and onions, similar to a quiche but much better with the slightest bit of sweetness.
She lived a healthy life up until a week before she died at 92. She was shovelling her own walk and mowing her own yard (a very large yard) up to age 88. Even when we moved her into senior citizen housing, she’d walk up and down 6 flights of stairs rather than take the elevator. I remember playing tag with her as a kid (she was in her mid 60s at the time) and chasing her through her garden. I trapped her in a corner with a stone wall on one side and a hedge on the other. I figured she was caught but I was wrong. She leaped over the hedge! She was amazing!