being married to a military man has its perks. we’ve been lucky enough to live in some pretty amazing places. the first two years of marriage we called heidelberg, germany, home. not so bad. from there we took full advantage of the opportunity to travel easily throughout europe and north africa.
we have a list of favorite locations, but one of the top spots has to be salzburg, austria. it’s such a quaint town nestled between a mountain and a river. we ate several times at one of the oldest restaurants in all of europe, the stiftskeller, which dates back to the year 803. the music of mozart pours out of windows on the narrow streets near his birthplace. the scenes of “the sound of music” were shot in this perfect location of a town. there’s actually a whole store devoted only to stacks upon stacks of beautiful and intricately painted eggs.
we always stayed downtown at the hotel elefant. i have never looked so forward to breakfast as i did their breakfast, a traditional european buffet of deliciousness. but my favorite part was always the bircher müesli.
an easy mix of oats, yogurt, and fruits, it’s a simple and delightful way to start the day. i think i’ll crank up the “edelweiss,” grab a healthy bowl of viennese bircher müesli with apples and apricots, and pretend i get to spend the rest of the day wandering through salzburg.
Viennese Bircher Müesli with Apples and Apricots
Yield 4 servings
- 1 cup rolled oats (certified gluten free, if necessary)
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cup peeled, chopped Granny Smith apple
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Cover and chill at least 3 hours or overnight.