Easy Cucumber Salad

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Ingredients Required:

3 Cucumbers

1/4 cup vinegar

Enough Water to cover top of your cucumbers when sliced

1 swirl of olive oil   (sorry measurement came from my mom – this is how she measures) when questioned she stated not too oily – I estimated about a tablespoon

Makes Approx 8 – 10 servings

 

This salad should be prepared one and a half hour before serving for maximum flavour

Take cucumbers and remove skin, Then use peeler for the cucumber to make extra thin slices for the salad.

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Everyone thought this was the strangest peeler they have ever seen but it did the job.

cucumber salad peeler

 

Add the vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and your swirl of olive oil. Add enough water to cover the cucumbers. Mix all ingredients together.

Let sit until serving for the yummiest cucumber salad.

 

 

 

Classic Potato Salad Kartoffelsalat

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Ingredients Required:

Medium Pot of  Medium White or Yellow Potatoes

1  Medium Onion Minced

1/2 Cup Vinegar

1 Tsp Salt

5 Pepper Mill Crunches

 

Cook Potatoes ahead of time. Potatoes should be really cold before you start peeling off the skin.  See Opa inspecting the job.

potatoe salad

The Potatoes should then be cut into thin slices. Add pepper, salt,vinegar and onion. You may have to use 2 bowls to mix the ingredients.  Let stand for half an hour before serving.

 

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Home Cooked Pork Roast

Ingredients Required:

2 –  3 lb of Pork Roasts (they will cook faster than one large piece) – make sure they are marbled for a tender roast

3 cloves garlic minced

1 1/2 chopped onions

3 knorr chicken cubes

salt and pepper to taste

4 glasses of water

3 tsp cornstarch

Cook on 400 Farenheit

Serves approx. 8- 10

 

pork roast
pork roast

My mom cooks it in a foil container – she does not add any oil  or grease to the pan before putting in the roasts.

Mom massaging and drying the pork roast a bit before putting them into the pan.

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Add water to pot roast.   Cook for an hour then turn over and cook for another half hour.  Now add onions, garlic, chicken cubes and salt and pepper. Cook for another hour and a half hour.  Test for doneness by using fork – if it goes through easily the roast is done.   Remove from oven and pour  drippings into stovetop pot.  Add cornstarch to drippings to make gravy. Boil and stir mixture  to thicken.  Add salt and pepper to taste. This roast and gravy goes really well with the dumplings featured on this site.

 

Finished Product
Finished Product

 

Oma’s German Dumplings

 

Ingredients Required:

Package of Dumpling Mix

1 Large Egg

2 Cups Water

Makes approx. 7 Dumplings  enough for 2 people

 

The 3Bs asked our Mom and Oma (same person) to teach us how to make German dumplings. They are called KNÖDEL in German.  They are so delicious we ask for them all the time for special dinners. She was more than happy to share her recipe and thought it was a hoot that she was going to have it on a blog. We had such a great time in the kitchen listening to her instructions for these – please be aware some measurements on the recipe are not entirely exact as that generation cooked with a pinch and a swirl here and there.

Boil a large pot of salted water – salt the water to taste – make sure it is not too salty.

We used packaged dumpling mix for the base – picture is shown below. The owner of the recipe (mom/oma) swears that this package type is the best.

best one around

 

For each package you will need to add 1 large egg and 2 cups of water

Mix together to  consistency of dough – it has to be a bit soft not crumbly – if it is not quite right add a bit more water.

It needs to stand for 10ish minutes – add a bit more water yet again – the texture should be soft and smooth but not watery.

Then roll palm size Dumplings.  Apparently the Dumplings were a bit bigger  as you can see in the next picture but no matter they still tasted good.

making dumplings

 

Add to boiling water.  Drop the Dumplings in carefully.

Let the water come back to a boil. Once the water starts boiling again turn down the heat and simmer on medium (about 20 minutes) till they float then take out carefully.

 

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Serve with gravy.  This is usually made with a pork  roast and gravy at Mom’s House.