my little family in franconia

Monday, July 18, 2011

i mentioned in this post the importance of my fellow fulbrighters in franken (franconia) ((whoa, alliteration, much?)) and how, despite living in different towns, the group of us managed to get together regularly.  we liked to meet on the weekends, on the rare occasion that all 7 of us were in franken; usually, at least one of us was traveling. 

i think my favorite gathering of ours was a “franken party” that took place in nuremberg at our friend matt’s apartment – a very old, very cold, very charming and very cozy apartment.  he made a vegetarian chili and i brought a box of jiffy cornbread as well as funfetti cake mix and icing to go along (courtesy of one of my mom’s care packages).

fun fact: matt has a german roommate (aprx. 68 years old) who, like most of the germans i know, takes ‘eating green’ very seriously.  i think this is great – very inspiring.  suffice it to say, though, she was horrified by the jiffy cornbread and the cake mix/icing combo.  every time i referred to the cornbread as such, she corrected me by saying “you mean corn cake” and i more or less made the actual cake under the kitchen table out of fear that she’d inspect the box’s list of ingredients as she had the cornbread (which, as you can imagine, did not go over well).  and thus, the night included an unexpected little lesson in patience/self-control for me, as every time she announced, “i will absolutely not be eating this cake”, i fought the urge to say “that’s terrific! more for us unhealthy americans to consume! yaaaaay!”.

all jokes aside, the night was very pleasant, the veg. chili + cornbread was to die for, the cake + milk was a delicious success (despite the near-crisis of not having a cake pan, quickly averted by using a bread pan!) which tasted just like america (what more can you ask for in a dessert, really?) and we even enjoyed a second dessert, in the form of chocolate chip cookies (made by matt), which strangely resembled the cookies in the berenstein bear books a great deal.

and then we ended the evening with a reenactment of HIMYM’s slapsgiving song.  with a room full of HIMYM fanatics and a piano, it was only inevitable.37649_995542896977_8609134_57477773_250612_n butter dish 1253790_10100479967757610_4920974_62187760_6413102_n247550_10100479967508110_4920974_62187748_5572977_ncannoli247205_10100479967518090_4920974_62187749_2886513_n

16 comments:

Megan said...

Um, no, that would drive me insane if I brought something to a dinner party and someone stood there insulting it all night. Rude.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

No, she was nice, just a cultural clash of sorts. She kept referencing that something like that would never be sold in Germany but at this point, we are used to the whole "Americans are unhealthy, Americans are fat" stuff. The night was still so much fun.

Mackenzie said...

that is just pure ridiculousness! jiffy cornbread mix can literally change lives, and people are only prolonging the onset of happiness by not eating it. yes, i feel that strongly about cornbread. as i should. but really, that is kind of bonkers!

Mackenzie said...

that is just pure ridiculousness! jiffy cornbread mix can literally change lives, and people are only prolonging the onset of happiness by not eating it. yes, i feel that strongly about cornbread. as i should. but really, that is kind of bonkers!

Tucker said...

i want matts home.

and sometimes you just have to have multicolored cake! it's a must.

kim said...

Hehehe, she sounds like my former German manager. They just like pointing out "wrong" things, it's never personal, they just feel it's their duty. "The Xenophobe guide to the Germans" explains this (very funny stuff and all so true)
I never had cornbread. Or chili.

Jeneric Generation said...

I didn't know what you meant by Berenstein Bear cookies until I saw them. Ummm they DO look exactly like BB cookies! Also, I love the bookshelves in the dining room. Everything looks so cozy!

Rachel said...

Um Funfetti and Slapsgiving? We are destined to be friends.

Jan said...

The cake looks yummy. I can't for the life of me remember what the Berenstein Bears' cookies looked like. Maybe I'll go do some research in our books!!

Barbara said...

Oh the Berenstein Bears. That brings back memories!

debbiecutieface said...

sounds delicious and like a good time! And honestly, sometimes it's nice to eat unhealthy crap. Whatever.

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

It sounds like you had an icnredible night with your friends! Haha and your right, at least there was more for you guys! That cake seriously looks delish. It's making me want to eat the vanilla bean cake sitting on the counter and I might have already had 2, okay, maybe 3 slices today. Haha.

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Emily said...

Sounds exactly like the Germans I met while living in Bavaria ;) well....the older generation I should say!

Bekah said...

Oh this has me laughing! The whole cake thing is a cultural difference that caught me off guard (when I made my mom's famous pumpkin "bread" for my very first thanksgiving in Germany)

me: " would you like to try some pumpkin bread?"
german: "sure...wait, this isn't bread, this is cake"
me: "no, look, i baked it in a bread pan. its bread. also, there is no frosting."
german: "but its sweet."
me: "well, we are eating it with the meal and there is no frosting. its bread. don't forget to save room for pumpkin pie."

Jenni Austria Germany said...

@bekah,

i love it. sounds alllll too familiar to me. :)

renee jennifer said...

I could really go for a piece of that delicious looking cake right now! I don't think i'd be able to turn down a piece of it either lol.