Hello there! Grüß di!
Welcome to my little cooking blog.
I’m a first generation German Canadian that has lived her adult life in different parts of the United States. My childhood summers were spent in Germany visiting my Oma and Opa in the Main-Spessart region of Northern Bavaria. There my Oma spoiled me with my favourite foods – grießbrei (semolina pudding) smothered in melted butter and sugar, warm strawberry pudding, lentil soup with würstchen (wieners) and potato dumplings with gravy. These recipes, along with many others, will all be a part of this journey.
Currently, I call the green, but often rain soaked, Seattle area home with my ever-supportive husband and our small menagerie of “house animals” – Tui, Noushie, Jaikk and Kona. When I’m not covering every inch of our tiny kitchen with well used cookware, you will likely find me daydreaming about traveling or living abroad, doodling animals, playing video games with the husband or knitting with the latest addition to my yarn stash.
Why a German Food Blog?
Over the past several years I’ve really come to love cooking and have become quite passionate about food. I love tackling new culinary challenges but German cooking, especially regional recipes, is something I’m extremely eager to explore. I thought this would be a wonderful way to share what I learn and give me an excellent outlet for my artistic skills. It also gives me a great excuse to learn more about my DSLR camera and photography.
Lastly (and most importantly), this is for my Oma Hilde. I had always wanted to spend some time learning how to make her recipes under her expert tutelage. Unfortunately, this never came to be because she passed away suddenly a few years ago. Since she was that amazing type of person who cooked more by memory and taste than by following recipes, there’s little to go by now other than what others learned from her. Oh, hindsight! Now I’m setting out to glean and record as much as I can from family members, longtime family friends and most especially, my marvelous mother.
Maus is simply the German word for mouse and, interestingly enough, it is pronounced exactly the same. Aside from the fact that Germans like their mice (Diddl Maus, Die Sendung mit der Maus), it is often used as a term of endearment, especially for children. It is particularly popular in my extended family. To this day, my mother still calls me “Diony Maus” and I love that. Also, I simply adore animals. There will always be some sort of animal in anything I do creatively for myself.
How do you pronounce your name?
I’m sure some of you are wondering how the heck to pronounce my name. No worries! I get that a lot. It’s dee-OH-nee.
My Personal Artwork:
If anyone is interested in viewing a little of my personal artwork, feel free to meander over to my Portfolio Website. I also sell my work on Society6 and Redbubble. A small, shameless self promotion but that’s what artists have to do.
Thanks so much for the visit and letting me share a little about myself.
Real quick note about the artwork on the website:
All of the little drawings on the website are created by me. I’m going to ask very nicely that you please ask first if you want to use them for anything other than things like pinning or saving it for your own personal collection. How would you feel if you saw one of your photos on someone else website or flyer? I had it happen and it’s not a nice feeling. Thanks for understanding!
Feel free to drop me a line!
Photos of Diony by Lara Schneider Photography