Ah the metric system, it still occasionally trips me up. According to the geniuses at Wikipedia, “The United States is the only industrialized country that does not use the metric system as its official system of measurement.” Which makes it oh so much fun when one of us americans moves overseas and tries to remember all those conversions learned (and long since forgotten) in 5th grade.
I spent my first few months in Germany just trying to figure out how to buy food. A Saturday morning trip to my local market was quite an adventure. I would point to some cheese and hold my fingers close together to indicate that I only wanted a little piece. I would try to buy sliced ham and find myself speechless when asked how much I wanted. Uh, no idea. Enough for two. 100 grams? How much is that?
5+ years later I’ve mostly got it figured out, but then I still find myself tripping up at the most random times. For example, when I sent my husband to the store to buy 2 kilograms of potatoes for thanksgiving instead of 2 pounds. If your own conversions are a little rusty, that’s 4 pounds of potatoes… for a dinner party of 8!
All of which explains why we finally managed to use up the last of those potatoes this week. They turned out be a great side for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Chicken, Apples, and Cream a la Normande. This is a delicious dish made with, well, chicken, apples, and cream as the title so clearly suggests. I wasn’t really convinced by the addition of mushrooms, or maybe I just added too many. But otherwise this was a great dish which earned two thumbs up in my household.