Life in Germany Part 1: Bäckerei

Here begins my series on my life in Germany this summer! I am spending about a month and a half in Frankfurt working at a lab at Goethe University, and I am excited about exploring a whole new city and culture.  I’ve been here about a little over a week now and let me tell you, not knowing any German at all is a problem.  Everyone told me that everyone in Frankfurt speaks English, but that was a lie.  The language barrier has spawned such huge problems as struggling to find the baking powder in the supermarket, being unable to read the settings on the washing machine (and therefore taking 30 minutes to press “start”), and not being able to understand if someone is complimenting me on my skirt or saying something completely unrelated. Continue reading “Life in Germany Part 1: Bäckerei”

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Breakfast Polenta with Balsamic Strawberries

Most of a bag of Garofalo pasta (calamarata), the end of a bag of lentils, about 1/4 cup of wheat berries, 1/3 bag of cornmeal, some vinegar, a little sugar, too many rolled oats, and half a bag of cocoa nibs. That’s what my pantry looks like right now, and as much as possible must go before the end of the week, when I move out for the summer. Continue reading “Breakfast Polenta with Balsamic Strawberries”