Practice Day 2 in Essen

Monday was a second practice day for me and another rainy day.

Draws and results

I ran errands early, grocery stores and picked up my newly strung racquet.

I went to a Rewe, a supermarket chain here. I found more of the colored German eggs. I read about them yesterday and found out they are boiled eggs “Brotzeit Eier”. They used to be available only at Easter but now are available year round. I also found more chocolate and some water, with and without bubbles. I also got some German rolls. I know France is famous for its baguettes but to me, the bread in Germany is unsurpassed. There’s lots of whole grain rolls with nuts and seeds, and they are reasonably priced and delicious.

Next I went to Aldi. Aldi also owns Trader Joe’s, and had several items sold under the Trader Joe’s name, including peanut butter and pistachios. I found pfifferlings (a type of mushroom, chanterelles in the USA) there (they will make an excellent addition to a pasta dish.)

At both Aldi and Rewe they had a sign “Kundenparkplatz” and either 1 or 1.5 std. “maximal parkdauer”. It means you have to display this device on your dashboard (every car comes with one), with the time set to hour you left the car, or you can be towed.

After picking up my racquet and a can of balls (12.5 euros for 4 balls…about $15 a can!), I had lunch. Of course I had to try one of the colored eggs (which of course were not refrigerated). It was surprisingly delicious, perfectly cooked.

I practiced a bit in the afternoon with Dagy Spernader for an hour or so, and it was raining most of the time. After that Heide Orth and Heidi Eisterlehner arrived and we joined Dagy and Sabine and a few others to catch up. I think I am warming up both Heide and Heidi tomorrow and also hitting with Dagy and Sabine!

Dagmar, Sabine, Carolyn, Heide Orth

2 Responses to Practice Day 2 in Essen

  1. Avatar Liane Bryson
    Liane Bryson says:

    Try sautéing the Pfifferlinge in butter and then serving them with scrambled eggs. Delicious! And yes, German bread is THE BEST!

    • Avatar Carolyn Nichols
      Carolyn Nichols says:

      Yes, I like them that way…I actually cooked them with tomatoes and regular mushrooms and added them to whole wheat pasta with some butter…extremely tasty. I love pfifferlinge!