Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Friends, Beer and Pie

Hey! First, I want to say thanks to everyone that caught the first Cooking for Real episode! Hopefully you get to tune in again for week #2 and new people tune in as well! I've been saying, "tell a stranger"!! I got good news back about viewership, so hopefully we keep the momentum! Ok, so this past Saturday my best girlfriend Natina came to hangout from D.C. to celebrate. Me, her and my boyfriend piled into his car to meet two other friends for dinner at Zum Stammtisch, a yummy German restaurant in Queens. This is the most authentic German food I've had outside of Germany other than say Disney Land in Florida. (is it land or world in Florida? I always forget) Yes, btw, I think maybe the reason the food is so authentic down there is they have the money to ship in the right ingredients and hire the right chefs, but there's a whole German section down there at the park that adults would love!! Ok, so anyway dinner at Zum Stammtisch was perfect as usual. I had two Pilsners and was done! If you are ever in NYC, get over to Queens for some Bratwurst, Schnitzel, and Beer! Make reservations, it is packed on weekends. A 1 hour wait, but with reservations, 5-10mins. My dude was the designated driver and good thing, because I could barely give directions on the way home, lol. I used to be able to hang with the tough guys and now 2 Pilsners knocks me out. I have a pic of my plate, but it was taken 1 beer in and isn't the best representation of what it looked like, it's blurry and framed funny. Too funny. I had my favorite, Jagerschnitzel with German Potato Salad. I do a version of Jagerschnitzel in an upcoming episode, hope you catch it. Okay, then the next morning we got up, I made breakfast and we watched the show on a 5 minute delay because I was taking time plating and getting everything outside of cooking done. I love DVR! I just got it a couple of weeks back so I can record the show and also avert some remote control arguments teeheehee. Anyway, it was good having my friend and my guy there. Natina then informed me she wanted me to make a Key Lime Pie. She treats me like a restaurant when she visits, sometimes walking in the door and spouting off menu items she expects to see while visiting. It's hilarious, luckily my pantry can handle it, but one time she showed up when I was in heavy veggie mode and was not too happy. I made her meatless meals for 2 days lol. So, this time in addition to what we've begun to call "The Natina Breakfast" (complete with 3 eggs, hash browns, bacon, and anything else, but not stopping at the three, those are just the foundation), she also ordered "fresh baked bread". Then early Sunday she's sittin' on the couch and says "key lime pie" ... to that adding "wouldn't that taste great?". So, I went and made a Key Lime Pie, well, I didn't have key limes, but you get it ... I thought, if I make it now it'll be able to sit and we can have it later. You can't eat one of these right out of the oven. I add zest in just about anything that requires the juice of a lime and the crust was extra buttery. Next time I'm gonna make the crust with cinnamon grahams and see if it adds anything to the taste. So around dinner time when I go to give her a slice before she went out to the city with some other friends, she decides she didn't have a taste for it! lol! She is so high maintenance teeheehee ... you know I was like, fine ... more for me. Here's the pics... whipped up some cream and sugar then topped it with some more zest. Don't hate on my platin' skills ... I'm studying. Gimme a few more months teeheehee. Again, thanks for the support! Tell a stranger!!!!





6 comments:

Jay said...

I love German food! And German beer is pretty nice too!

Have you ever been to the Texas Hill Country just north of San Antonio? New Braunfels and Frederickburg? They're a couple of towns settled by German immigrants back in the day and they have some very good authentic German restaurants and even a couple of microbreweries there. Great stuff if you ever get the chance to visit that area.

Oh and Happy Birthday. ;-)

Sunny Anderson said...

Jay, yep! I've been to New Braunfels! I lived in San Antonio the longest in my life! Food was yummy, couldn't tell you where I ate though. Lemme tell ya, Zum Stammtisch is amaaaaazing!! & Yeah, I love dark to all the way light beers, so yummy. Better than wine most times! And thanks! I'm 33!! Been workin' all day! Yipee!

goddessj said...

Happy Birthday Sunny! That key lime pie looks delicious and reminded me that I haven't baked one in a loooong time. I loved your first episode and I started your show as a topic on televisionwithoutpity.com and while there aren't a lot of comments, all of them have been favorable :-) Looking forward to Sunday's show.

Maggie said...

I think I just gained five pounds reading that post.
Yum!

Sunny Anderson said...

thanks goddessj! hope you like episode #2 :-), the pie is kinda perfect for right now too. still creamy for winter, but light for spring. thanks again 4 the luv!

Daniel said...

Where can I find your recipe for german potato salad as seen on tv?