For Valentine's Day this year I cooked a dish that reminds me of home like no other. It's a family recipe that my Mom knows by heart and my Dad gets on special holidays. Spareribs, sauerkraut and dumplings:
Here's my plate before I started inhaling it. Not everyone likes it. I didn't like it until I was an adult and came across a very similar dish in the Czech Republic. I craved home-cooked food at the time and I instantly became obsessed with the dish.
The tricky part about the recipe is that it wasn't really written down. My Grandmother, Anita, wrote a copy for my Mom a long time ago but my Mom has since changed parts to simplify the recipe. This is the recipe that my Mom told me and I adjusted on my own.
For the Dumplings: These are the dumpling when they were boiling, as they start to get done, they float to the top of the water.
3 c bread crumbs (about a half of a loaf dried on a tray for a day and broken up in a food processor)
3-4 c grated raw potatoes (…
What does Alicia do on vacation? She plays with Legos. I got this awesome Lego Architecture set for my birthday and I finally had a good chunk of time to take it out and play with it:
It's basically a big box filled with white and clear Lego bricks. My first creation today was a modernish two story house with a roof deck:
It's a terrific set, even for those who don't have many Legos. Because of the sheer number of bricks (1210 to be exact), you can create a wide variety of structures. It even comes with a few small boxes and two clear plastic trays with dividers for sorting out bricks. I shall have much fun with this into the future.