Pfefferminze!

Here’s the view out the window of the apartment:

Old Building, Cobblestones, Bank, Cafe, Store with a Star Sign...

Old Building, Cobblestones, Bank, Cafe, Store with a Star Sign...


Let’s take a closer look:
Stern Aphoteke (Star Apothecary): home of Japanisch Heilpflanzenöl

Stern Aphoteke (Star Apothecary): home of Japanisch Heilpflanzenöl

Do you know what Japanisch Heilpflanzenöl is made of? 100% pure, food-grade peppermint oil. All this time, peppermint has been right under my nose (where, according to the German pharmacy’s package insert, it should be doing wonders for my nasal congestion and overall energy levels.)

I think you know what comes next:

Oddly Yellow, Slightly Sticky Candy Canes!!

Oddly Yellow, Slightly Sticky Candy Canes!!

There, that’s done. Now I can go work on my rib recipes: that belly in that apron is a bit of a hazard when it comes to 305-degree sugar, but it would be right at home at a BBQ competition!

p.s. If my eyes look a bit swollen, it’s because I did not have enough respect for the torrent of fumes that came off the pan when I added peppermint oil to boiling sugar. Yowza, they were strong!

p.p.s. Super bonus points if you can spot the other entrant in my imaginary BBQ competition. Hint: he’s not wearing an apron, or pants, but he does have the belly…

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