1. Europe 2017 - Carrefour Hypermarket This is the first of my articles relating to our European trip in July. We visited Copenhagen, Berlin, Bremen, Amsterdam, Bruges, and our final destination, Paris. While there, I wanted to go to a large retail store and see what is was like and hopefully purchase some goodies to take home. We were traveling light and could not take too much with us, but I still had to get some more cooking things!
Looking online for a place to go, I read about the Carrefour chain and its hypermarket in Paris. This hypermarket was equated somewhat to our Walmart superstores. Of course, I had to go and see for myself. When we first walked in, the non-food items were displayed near the entrance and they did resemble what you might see at a Walmart. However, when we got to the food section, oh my...Absolutely no comparison.
There were amazing breads, cheeses, meats, seafood and on and on. In the top picture is a crepe machine in the distance. In the video below you can see it automatically making huge delicious looking crepes (unfortunately, we didn't try them).
Carrefour Crepe Machine, Paris - YouTube
I wish I could have brought home some different flours seen in the picture above, but flour is a bit heavy to travel with. I did, however, purchase many other culinary items and in future articles/videos, will be comparing and contrasting. Coming next up next: French yeast vs. Aldi. Stay tuned...
Side note: One thing that I noticed in all the countries we visited in Europe, is that the ingredients listed on products appear to be more natural than those same products in the states. Especially when it comes to artificial food coloring. I've never understood why most pickles in the US have yellow food coloring in them. A topic for another article!
I had some left over pastry/pie dough in the fridge and wanted to use it up, but didn't feel like rolling out dough. Because I make my pie dough with butter, (recipe) it gets extremely hard when cold. So...I decided in my moment of laziness to try something new. I just chopped up some fruit (apples, pears and plums) into small oven proof bowls, added some sugar, cinnamon, flour and lemon zest (didn't measure) and gently mixed with a spoon. Then I thinly sliced my pie dough into disks and placed it on top of the fruit. Baked at 400F until bubbly. Didn't time it, but I think it took around 30 minutes. They were so good that I thought I would share. Happy Baking!
Recently, it was German Week at Aldi. Being a German based company, they often carry German made products, but during German week they have quite a few extra special food items. Many of their German products are great quality, especially the chocolate kind (which, fortunately, they have year round). I just wanted to share with you a quick, delicious meal made with Aldi's Bavarian Bratwurst, German Style Sauerkraut, Bavarian Sweet Mustard and fresh apples. Ingredient quantities are flexible.
Bavarian Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and Apples
In a fry pan over medium heat, saute about ½ cup chopped yellow onion in 1-2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, until tender and just starting to brown.
Add 2 small apples, cut into chunks and continue to cook for about 2 minutes.
Stir in 1 cup of packed sauerkraut that the juice has been squeezed out of.
Add 2 bratwurst and cover. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until the bratwurst is hot throughout.
Serve with Aldi's Bavarian Sweet Mustard! Delish! We had it with sweet mashed potatoes - while not traditional, it was real good.