What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?
I worked in a bakery in Vienna, whenever I wasn’t studying at the university. I had seen a sign in the window of a famous coffee house and I wanted the job so badly. The Austrian kitchen is famous for its cakes and pastries. I got the job, and on my first day I was wondering if I would be allowed to eat a piece of pastry now and then.
“You eat as much and as often as you want to,” they said and I could not believe it. I was sure that couldn’t be. I asked again and they verified. “Go ahead…eat all you want.” What an invitation that was. I ate cakes until they came out of my ear. Cheesecakes, the famous Sacher Torte, the Linzer cake; you name it -I had it all and not just once.
I ate sweets for about 2 week, then I couldn’t stand it anymore. Just the smell of cakes and pies made me sick to my stomach. Until this day I don’t eat cakes or pies very often. I loved working there. Now you have me reminiscing.
What is your favorite month of the year?
September, is my favorite month. Then the summer heat is over and we can open the windows again. The air is fresh and crisp and the A/C isn’t needed. September is the months when nature paints the most beautiful pictures.
What three things in nature do you find most beautiful?
Trees, trees speak to me like. I love wildflowers and of course the mountains, that’s were I was born, that’s in my blood.
List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)
Dill – I love fish and European cucumber salad, it’s one of my most used spices in the kitchen.
Cumin – I like the taste of it in roasts and in Mexican dishes.
Curry – Austrian “Curry wurst” or Indian dishes. I love it either way.
Paprika – It gives dishes a tasteful “kick” without overpowering the original taste.
Chinese Five Spice – I just started to learn to cook Chinese and I love it. It’s not as complicated as I thought it would be.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week was wonderful. My husband quit smoking, we celebrated his birthday and everything that I had planned, worked out the way I wanted it to.
This week will be challenging, but I am looking forward to it. I am juicing for 10 to 14 days, I do that every year. The first days are always hard, but it’s so worth it. My yearly cleansing…so to speak.
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