Our son phoned the other day to ask if I had a recipe for pinkelwurst. Pinkel is a sausage especially popular in northwest Germany where my family comes from. It consists mainly of bacon, pork, beef suet, oats or barley, onions , and other spices. It is eaten with kale, or grunkohl. People in Germany take long winter walks called “Grunkohlfahrt” or Kale walks, and then return home to pinkel, kale, and schnapps. I have never eaten it, nor do I think I will ever make it. I certainly don’t have a recipe for it. I don’t care much for kale. Son said it was ok, he found a recipe and translated it from the German. He has a friend who is a butcher, and they have plans for making it. He then reminded me that I had the job of assembling the crib for their child, due in April, when I visit them over Christmas.
Daughter then texted me, asking if I could send her the blueberry coffee cake recipe. I found it and sent it. Then she asked me if I could make just one more kind of cookie to send her in the care package I had promised her, since she isn’t coming home for Christmas. They were chocolate mint cookies. I said I would if I could find the ingredients. I found them and made the cookies last night. All the care packages went out in Mondays’ UPS shipment.
My paternal grandmother always phoned my dad when she needed things fixed around her farm or house, even though my uncle lived a mile up the road from her. Dad always went to help her, even though she always bragged about how well his brother was doing, and never had anything good to say about my dad. Grandma never forgave Dad for his untimely conception before she and Grandpa were married. In her mind, Dad could never do anything as well as his brother, but she depended on him all the same.
I find it interesting how family members depend on one another. We really do need each other, but oh, the stress of it sometimes. I worry that my children are far too dependent on me. Pinkelwurst? Really? Why assume I know all there is to know? What will you do when I don’t make cookies anymore? Why did Grandma criticize yet demand? Oh, these families!
What does (or did) your family depend on you for?
What do (or did) you depend on your family for?