One picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say. Thus, this blog will be mostly pictures. German emigrants, having no cameras, had to store pictures of the "old homeland" in "their minds'
eyes." Surely the images faded as the years went by. Fortunately, I can stop the fading of my memory pictures with pictures from my own camera, and the photography skills/pictures of some very kind residents of the "Alte Heimat"
Monday, April 4, 2011
Practical Beauty Underfoot
Ernst from Trier spied a treasure when he was out walking in the woods near Trier, "I found this Maronenroehrlinge, (in English, bay boletus) which, together with some other mushrooms, became my delicious dinner later. Together with boletus edulis or "Steinpilz" in German, the bay boletus is one of the best edible mushrooms in the region. The yellow pores become dark blue when you touch them, so many people think they are toxic. But slowly fried in butter, salted and peppered, the bay boletus is delicious. During times when a loaf of bread was a treasure, mushrooms were an important part of the daily menu. It was known which mushrooms were edible and where they grew; the knowledge was handed down from generation to generation. Some mushrooms were preserved, especially dried for use in winter or put in a vinegar marinade."