Monday, December 10, 2012

Alsatian gastronomy

La Choucroute....Warm sauerkraut topped with sausages, pork shoulder, and poached knuckle of ham, surrounded with steamed potatoes + a chilled glass of Riesling.....
Maybe it was my German heritage but I thought it was just heavenly!

Quiche Lorraine served with a winter salad....
Mary said it was delicious!

Mussels and frites....they may be regarded as the "poor man's shellfish"
but I can't think of anything better!  


As for wines, Alsace is gifted with rich soil, perfect for cultivating vineyards responsible for the production of some famous white wines such as GewurztraminerRiesling, and Pinot Blanc . A glass of Gewurztraminer is the perfect complement to Munster Cheese.  
We learned a lot on our wine tasting adventure, specifically which "wed wine goes well wit 
goose foie gras...twy a nice shiwah".  You had to be there!   

Sweets..... what the French are famous for!
Kuqelhopf is a raisin and almond yeast cake, kind of like our Mother's bunt cake!
I must admit, walking by these bakery windows and the smell of fresh baked gingerbread made me want to re-think this gluten free life I'm living! 

Oh, how I envied my friend Roxanne who managed to eat a warm fresh pretzel (with a Coke Lite) every single day!  
I made up for it by tasting the Gl├╝hwein in every market!  


A Tale of Two Cities said...

It all looks so heavenly--I love that part of France! So glad Rox got her pretzel fix while she was there!!! She's buying a pretzel in my last blog too.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I could resist the Kugelhoph... but I would have been right there with Roxanne with a warm pretzel!

Those plates do remind me of the German meals we enjoyed.