Back to the cookbooks - I just picked a few off my shelf to talk about -
1. The 100 Best Tapas - these are very simple recipes and all are listed in English and Spanish and there is a picture for each one! Did you know that Tortillas in Spain are an omlette/potato item? Here in Texas a tortilla is a bread substitute and we joke that we can go for days eating everything in a tortilla and not have to use silverware! Anyway a Spanish tortilla (pronounced Tor-tee-ja) has sliced potatoes, onions, cooked omlette style in olive oil.
2. Rezepte - German-Texan Culinary Art by Nevilee Maass Weaver - back when everything was Hausgemacht. This simple cookbook tells as much a story of the Germans who settled in Central Texas as it does recipes. Also included are German expressions like 'Man soll dem Tag nicht vor dem Abent loben' - One shouldnot praise the day before the evening, or 'Don't count your chickens before they hatch'. The recipes are simply written, ex.
Kohlsuppe (Cabbage Soup) - put some chopped bacon, potato slices, chopped cabbage, salt and other seasoning in a pot. Cover with water and cook till vegetables are done. (me? I need more direction than that!)