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Let the Games Begin!

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Let the Games Begin!

Well, 2010 is in full swing now. The holidays are over and it’s time once again to take the show on the road.

First trip of the year was to Garmisch, Germany. Not a bad one to begin with, either.

View from my room

View from my room

The weather was pleasant enough with lots of snow on the ground and on the slopes making me wish I were there to ski.

But, all was not great at the beginning. I arrived at Munich airport and went to get my rental car. The people at the Sixt counter were unimpressed with my valid 3rd Air Force driving license (and expired Tennessee license) and refused to let me have a car. I explained that I have been driving all over the world to include Germany on that license and asked them to reconsider.

They called the cops.

Well, the Polizei showed up, examined my license, declared it valid in their eyes, but left it up to the teutonic twits at the car rental counter.

They refused.

Walked next door to Europecar and ten minutes later was driving out in a nice Audi.

The rest of the trip was far less dramatic. Got a lot accomplished business-wise, had a few drinks with colleagues, and had a decent German meal in a fun little gasthaus around the corner from the hotel. I ordered hirschgulasch, which is a venison stew and it was served with spaetzle. Es wurde fantastisch!

Impromptu entertainment by one of the locals

Impromptu entertainment by one of the locals

If I could live there I would weigh about 500 pounds.

Lisa playing a selection of Bavarian music

Lisa playing a selection of Bavarian music

Anyway, back home in the UK, working on my rain tan. <heavy sigh>

A little cooking therapy tonight, I suppose. I’ll be making Shrimp Victoria.

Shrimp Victoria

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup dry white wine

1¬† onion — chopped

2 pounds large shrimp or prawns — cleaned and deveined

2 cups sour cream

2 cloves garlic — minced

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon white pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Melt butter in skillet, add onion and garlic. Saut√© for a few minutes until onion is translucent. Add wine, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Let simmer 10 – 15 minutes until heated through. Add shrimp to the mixture and, stirring constantly, simmer for 2 – 5 more minutes or until shrimp is just cooked. It is very IMPORTANT that you DON’T OVERCOOK the shrimp! You can adjust the salt and pepper to taste by not adding the full amount at once. It is, however, supposed to have a bit of a bite.

Serve over rice.

This and similar recipes can be found on the “old” Sandwich site in the section, “Dishes to Impress Chicks.”

As always, remember… Life is a Sandwich. Eat it Up!

Mike


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