Though I am German, French food has always played a big role in my life. I grew up in a part of Germany only minutes away from the French border, where both language and culinary traditions mix and mingle in the most special, sometimes peculiar way. After more than a decade spent in Munich, my family and I moved to France (to a suburb of Paris, to be exact) around two years ago. Surrounded by delicacies and outstanding produce, learning the basics and secrets of French cuisine has brought me an incredible amount of joy from the moment we arrived here. As a stranger, a foreigner lucky enough take a closer look, it´s with a mix of curiosity and devotion that I lift the lids of the cocottes to see what´s simmering inside. Discovering the grand classics for myself, from an outsider´s perspective, I learn something new all the time, often surprised that French cooking is easier than I had thought (and sometimes the opposite). Of course, I also cook the dishes from my German childhood – they “belong” to me in a very different way than the French ones: If German food is the heritage I was given, French food is the heritage I have to conquer and, in a way, to earn.
Looking for a blog title, the name `mamangerie´ came to mind, a fusion of the French words maman, mummy, and manger, to eat – a little play of words to sum up the French influences in my cooking, and referring to my favorite every day ritual: sharing a home cooked meal `en famille`, all the family around one big table – that´s simply the best part of my day.
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