Now that I am married AND living in Germany, home to many Uber-hausfrauen who would put Martha to shame, there is more pressure. My life has been made easier by a discovery that German supermarkets have something that American supermarkets do not: Maggie Mix. Maggie Mix is pure genius. Basically it is just different mixtures of spices and sauce thickeners in little packages. But on the back of every package is a recipe for an instant meal.
My shopping goes like this. Enter supermarket. Go to Maggie corner (I must add that Knorr is an equally good brand, which they actually sell in the U.S.). Look at saliva inducing pictures. Pick the picture that looks most appealing that day. Read the back for the recipe. Buy needed ingredients plus either already made salad or frozen veggies (I told you I was lazy when it comes to cooking). Go home. 45 minutes later. Lunch.
Yesterday I made this:
Basically you mix hamburger meat with the spice mixture and throw in some Gouda and salami cut into cubes. You then place the mixture in a dish and cover it with frozen pastry crust. 40 minutes later you have this:
It was pretty tasty and the German was mighty impressed. I often miss "American" food, but I now swear by Maggi. I am convinced that it would be a huge hit in the U.S. Someone should really look into marketing it over there.