A taste of Vienna (from our kitchen)

I studied Spanish in middle school, high school, and college, which came in handy for the time we were in South America.  But until recently, the only German I knew came from the basic phrases I had learned from my parents or general osmosis (“gute nacht”, “danke schön”,…) or phrases from things I’ve sung in choir (“Freund, ich bitte hüte dich, Scorpionen schleichen sich unter jeden Stein”).  Recently, I started learning German more formally with Rosetta Stone, a computer program that tries to teach language in an immersion style.  Of course, being here in Vienna has provided its own opportunities for language immersion.  All of that was a long-winded way of getting me to the word of the day: “Hundertjahrflut”, meaning “hundred year flood”.  Yes, Austria is having its second hundred year flood in eleven years, and it happens to coincide with us being here.  So we have been a bit stir crazy the last few days. (The flooding isn’t causing any problems in Vienna at this point, just in other places.)

So, in honor of terrible weather driving us inside, here is a visual tour of some of the great things we’ve been cooking.  Vienna is a city with great food, and over the past few weeks, we’ve certainly been contributing in our own small way.

Be sure to check out more great stuff on Bowen’s blog, both from our time here and from before.

A delicious salad with yogurt dressing

A delicious salad with yogurt dressing

Risotto with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and bacon

Risotto with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and bacon

Pork chops with sauteed onions and roasted scallions

Pork chops with sauteed onions and roasted scallions

Polenta with chicken and yogurt sauce

Polenta with chicken and yogurt sauce

Polenta with sauteed veggies and a poached egg

Polenta with sauteed veggies and a poached egg

Caramelized onion, potato, thyme, and gruyere pizza

Caramelized onion, potato, thyme, and gruyere pizza

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

Lentils

Lentils

Lentils with feta and tomatoes

Lentils with feta, fennel, and tomatoes

Chicken, avocado and radish salad with creamy dressing

Chicken, avocado and radish salad with creamy dressing

Beans with Chicken

Beans with chicken and fresh bread

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