When our Germans were here, they brought us gifts which included a German cookbook, chocolates, little carmel waffle cookies, marzipan (sorry Cookie - it's long gone), a Marlena Dietrich CD and a sampler pack of these:
These being little rectangles of German bread made from grains, not flour, with seeds* and tasting a bit sour, since they are made with a sourdough starter.
The gift included 10 - 50 gram packs, each containing two little slices of crust less, pasteurized bread. Mara said they eat the breads with jam or cheese at home.
I was a bit skeptical, but I decided to give them a try (since the other goodies are gone or in hiding**) and I opened the box, left it on the counter with the portion I selected on top of the box, before going to bed one night.
When I went to make breakfast in the morning, that portion was gone, so I took another one from the box. After spreading a light layer of cream cheese and strawberries on it, I took a bite.
And another and another, it was so good, moist, nutty and crumbly, but filling and sort of tangy too. It spoke to something in me.
I like breads enough, but the good ones are always by the loaf full and bread is only fresh for a bit, so you have to eat the whole loaf, right?
This little bread was just enough and it might just what my somewhat sluggish digestion needs.
I decided right then that I would hoard the rest of the box, planning on eating one portion a day, for as long as they lasted.
I was a bit confused about the missing portion since Griffin had said he wasn't interested and Gary is a white bread kind of guy. I asked Griff and he said no, he was still working his way through the waffle thingys, but Gary said, "that was bread?"
It turned out that he saw the packet I left out and took it into work with his lunch. He opened it up and took a big bite and promptly spit it out, as he thought it was a chocolate brownie.
Ha! Kind of serves him right, but since my tiny bread days were numbered, it was a big waste.
I thought about trying the nearby Gourmet grocery, but I've seen their tiny German section and no bread there. I also thought about the Wegmans, but we went over that German section when the girls shopped with us and no bread there either.
I was fretting about this while I was talking to Cookie on the phone a few days ago and one of us thought to try Amazon***, where, sure enough, they sell German bread.
There is a catch though, the two slice portions aren't sold, instead there are 7 slice loaves, each weighing 17.6 ounces and they are sold in lots of 4 or 12.
With the holiday weekend and all, I'm sitting here waiting for 17 1/2 pounds of bread and with my delivery track record with Amazon, I'm worried. The things I am near desperate for, are usually delivered late or damaged and I'm down to 4 portions of bread.
Seriously, I'm trying to knit**** while I wait for Wednesday to get here, but I've got a super secret project to get moving on and I'm afraid that if I get distracted, it will be Thursday and I'll be breadless.
* Sonnenblumenkern means Sunflower Seed - I've learned my 7th German word!
**Two boxes of chocolates were hidden somewhere and I can't find them - either someone else found them or I'm getting better at this.
*** Some of the reviews are mixed - it's either the best food ever or something that even dogs won't eat.
**** There really is a sweater on the needles - I'll wear it to the intervention that is sure to come after this bread obscession takes it's toll.