Pivo Prosim!! In other more English words – BEER ME! It’s Oktoberfest people – and it’s time to Oompa-pah! And with Oktoberfest is all about the Oompapa and well, obviously – the beer.
And to celebrate this fine time of year – this Czech girl figured it was high time to put a little extra oomph into the proceedings with my favorite homemade dish of quite possibly all time – the schnitzel. Or as it is pronounced in the homeland – tzriskes.
No, it’s not “triscuits” – contrary to popular belief and Ben who can’t trill an “r” to save his life. But I married him for other reason than the ability (or inability as it were) to trill r’s. Tzriskes have been the go-to dish my grandmother serves when company comes over, usually along with her dumplings, sweet and sour red cabbage and if we’re luck zemelbaba or egg and potato salad.
One bite of a little tzriskes, a little red cabbage and a little dumpling is the stuff dreams and a 9-year old Megan’s dreams were made of. Back when I was 10, my mom and I went back to the Czech Republic to visit the remaining family that was there after my grandparents and my mom fled the country during the occupation of ’68.
During our three weeks there, lunch was often eaten at the pub down the road from the apartment where we stayed. Everyday, without fail, I ate tzriskes, dumplings and cabbage – to the point the server didn’t even ask for my order, it was just presented and promptly devoured.
The trip came full circle for my mom and I and my grandparents who we went with – to meet my great-grandmother and great-aunt who my mom hadn’t seen since her wedding to my dad and I had never met before. At the tender age of 8, my mom with her mother and father were on a family camping trip when they received news to flee the country after the occupation, so they escaped with a suit case between them and into Hungary where they stayed in a camp for six months before coming to the States as refugees. With the choice of new home in Chicago or Seattle – they settled in Seattle, where my grandpa became a lead electrical engineer at Boeing – having never worked on planes before coming to America, and my grandma worked at the corporate bank offices of Seafirst until her retirement. If ever there were people to admire, it’d be the three of them.
When the time comes in life for me to devour the food of the home country, it always brings back memories and ties the past with the present. Good food isn’t just about the taste, but the memories too.
And beer. Cause ya know – we Czechs love our beer.
For More Beer Week Schnanigans check out these lovely ladies!
Kirsten at Comfortably Domestic – introduces us to a local Michigan home brewer turning passion into a business in her “Welcome to Beer Week” intro
Megan at Country Cleaver – celebrates her heritage and Octoberfest in style with one of my favorites – Schnitzel & Dumplings
Beka at Kvetchin’ Kitchen – joins in the fun with her review of the Outlander Brewery.
Mads at La Petite Pancake – creates a fiesta in Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos
Allison at Decadent Philistines – takes Four Peaks Brewery Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale to new levels with a spicy German mustard, ale-soaked sweet potato oven fries and Maple-Ale Ice Cream; some people are just overachievers.
Katie at The Hill Country Cook – reviews the Double Horn Brewery in Marble Falls, Texas
Kirsten of Comfortably Domestic – is back with Black & Tan Brownies
Carrie at Bakeaholic Mama – thinks outside the box with hard cider and a fabulous Woodchuck Sweet Potato Bisque; this is why I love fall.