Monday, July 06, 2009

the flag doesn't come down until you finish the leftovers

Canada Day was too hot for anything more than sitting in the shade with a cool drink and waiting for dinner time to roll around. How's this for timing - as if by magic, the July issue of Canadian Living magazine arrived in our mail box mid morning. As usual, a bit late to try out any of the holiday recipes, but very welcome nonetheless. You can't be all that picky when subscribing to magazines from oversease. They show up when they want to and there's nothing you can do about it. Sometimes I'm amazed they get here at all.

We started with these smoked salmon and marinated red onion (so good!) appetizers.

Here are some skewered vegetables ready to be thrown on the grill

And everybody's favourite - potato salad. Bacon, hard boiled eggs, red onion, dill pickles, chives, parsley and mayo.

The ribs were done in two steps, first dry rubbed and oven baked and then tossed with a beer-based barbeque sauce and finished on the grill. The original recipe is for beef ribs. I used pork because, you know, we live in Germany. I don't know that I'd use this recipe again. It was good enough, but I had to doctor it up a little to get it to taste the way I thought it should taste.

Dessert was a giant fruit salad

The stars of the show were strawberries from two villages away, yellow cherries from the neighbour's tree and raspberries from our very own garden

In British Columbia, where I'm from, summer is all about locally grown fruit, especially the just-picked berries you can buy at roadside stands. This cake kind of reminded me of that. No recipe, really. The filling is cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, pureed berries and gelatin.

Well, the leftovers are long gone so I guess we can take the flag down for another year.

But before I do that, I have to tell you about the conversation our German neighbour H and I had on Friday.

H: (pointing to the Canadian flag) Hey, was war das für ein Tag gestern? (Hey, what day was it yesterday?)

Me: Es war eigentlich Mittwoch, nicht gestern. Canada Day. Kanada Tag. (Actually, it was Wednesday, not yesterday.)

H: Ahh, Kanada, keiner da! Ha ha ha! (Ahh, Canada, no one's there!)

Me: Ha ha, sehr lustig (because this is a standard German joke that I've heard a million times). Ja, und Sonnabend feiern die Amerikaner den Unabhängigkeitstag. (Ha ha, very funny. Yeah, and on Saturday the Americans celebrate Independence Day.)

H: Ach, ja, richtig. Und die Kanadier feiern dann mit, oder? (Oh yes, that's right. And the Canadians celebrate along with them, right?)

Me: Emm, nein, aber... (umm, no, but...)

He's been living beside us for fourteen years now and I swear he'll never get it. Oh well.

But hold on a second, this year I DID happen to spend the fourth of July with a couple of fabulous Americans and their loved ones. More about that in my next post.



At July 06, 2009 5:48 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

The food looks amazing. The veggies caught my pallet the most this time! I must be craving bbq veggies! :) Funny convo!

At July 06, 2009 8:34 AM, OpenID pippasporch said...

Happy Canada day, Mausi! Such gorgeous food you always make. Makes me loooooooonnnnnng for summer...

At July 06, 2009 9:22 AM, Anonymous ian in hamburg said...

I've never, ever heard anyone in Germany say "Keiner Da" though I know a few Canadians for whom it fits. :)

Bookmarked that rib recipe - looks good!

At July 06, 2009 9:48 AM, Blogger Alison said...

Looks like a fabulous feast!

At July 06, 2009 2:54 PM, Blogger an aussie in mondragón said...

All that food is making me hungry!

At July 06, 2009 2:57 PM, Blogger J said...

hahahaha! After 14 years I'm surprised he doesn't automatically wish you a Happy Canada Day ever 1st of July.

At July 06, 2009 4:22 PM, Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Mmmmmm. The food. These summer holidays are all about the food (ok, the fireworks too). That potato salad looks awesome!!!

At July 06, 2009 5:23 PM, Blogger Lesley said...

It all looks absolutely delicious!

At July 07, 2009 7:26 PM, Blogger Pam said...

We did an epic trip through Canada around Canada Day and learned to sing Oh Canada! Our home and native LAND! And now, every year, I sing it, but usually a day or two late. Coz I'm American. :)

At July 08, 2009 12:15 AM, Blogger Ginnie said...

I never should have looked at this minutes before eating my supper, Christina, because now I wish I were at YOUR house...a couple days ago!!! You sure know how to do it up big!

At July 08, 2009 12:02 PM, Blogger Yelli said...

Food porn at its finest! I miss my BBQ!

At July 09, 2009 11:33 AM, Blogger The Big Finn said...

I think I'll do veggie shish kabob tonight. Thanks for the inspiration.

At July 12, 2009 5:36 AM, Blogger beaverboosh said...

Yummy, been eating fresh berries bought by the roadside at the summerhouse for the last month! You'd swear god added sugar this year!

At July 12, 2009 5:05 PM, Blogger poppy fields said...

As usual, your food looks so good!

At July 15, 2009 8:35 PM, Blogger R. Duckie said...

When I was in Austria I would get that joke about Canada all the time... and when I drove to the Walbran valley with my Austrian ex, as we passed by miles of untouched forest and mountains, he decided there really wasn't anyone there. I always love your food pictures, and dream of cooking one day.

At July 17, 2009 8:27 PM, Anonymous american browser said...

you make the most beautiful food and your photographs are just divine. have missed your posts.

At July 21, 2009 1:14 PM, Blogger Berlinbound said...

That spread makes me want to put on a plaid shirt and pop a Labatt's!


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