Being on “vacation” in Austria to visit my family means lots of Austrian food smiling at me all the time. So, a typical day usually starts with a coffee and some slices of a sweet, braided raisin loaf with unsalted butter and Mum’s homemade blackberry jam (of course … homemade, what else) or a kaiser roll with unsalted butter and homemade apricot jam, or dark sourdough bread with unsalted butter and jam (you get the idea, right?). I admit, I am one of those people who love sweet breakfasts and will carefully observe you across the breakfast table if you would reach for cheese or ham (hummus for breakfast hasn’t made it to Austria yet).
Breakfast is usually followed by a big lunch such as Fleischlaiberl, something like beef and pork patties mixed with bread (google it, you will like it) with mashed potatoes on the side and Topfennockerl for dessert (huuuh, difficult to describe, close to sweet cooked quark/ricotta dumplings, coated in toasted, buttered breadcrumbs … heaven is right here).
In the afternoon, around 3 or 4, it’s coffee and cake time. I’m talking about homemade cake – today for example, we had sponge cake with a meringue layer, topped with blackberries and black currants who have been sitting in the freezer since last summer. Around 6 or 7 pm, it’s time for the last snack, usually something cold like an open face sandwich with dark bread, cheese, cold cuts, and veggies.
Why am I telling you all this, you may ask? Honestly, I don’t know, but on this point you must have noticed, that I like to write about food. No wait … I actually had a point: The last couple of weeks before I came to Austria, I developed a granola obsession. In our tiny apartment, where we have absolutely no pantry space left, I baked about 5 different batches of granola and stored them in empty jam jars in every corner. No space means you have to eat granola day by day, usually for breakfast, to shrink down the supplies. Back in Austria, I kind of miss granola for breakfast now. Especially my basic go-to version with walnuts and almonds. So yesterday I ended up making a batch here, at my parents home, my favorite kind.
Heaven is right here … yes, again.
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