From Marie Bém
April 2007 Vratislavice, CZ
When a group of Czech photographers visited me in Florida in 2007 for a photo exhibit and cultural exchange, Marie Bém, wife of one of the photographers, came along. I cannot describe how wonderfully friendly and loving this woman is! As part of the cultural exchange, Marie made her special apple strudel. However, because of the language barrier, we drove all over town looking for the proper frozen pastry to use so she wouldn’t have to make it from scratch. Long story short, we got puff pastry, which was NOT what she was looking for! However, that strudel was tasty, if a little puffy.
I’d had the privilege of having her made-from-scratch strudel at her house in the Czech Republic on a previous visit. I asked her for her recipe while she was in Florida but she insisted that she couldn’t remember all the ingredients. She promised to write it all down and send it to me when she got home.
Of course, I promptly forgot all about it. But on my next trip to her house, there was the strudel, still warm from the oven, waiting on me! As I was sampling it, she produced a small sheet of notebook paper with her special recipe handwritten on it. She even included little hand-drawn diagrams so I would understand it! She went over it step by step with me to make sure I understood her nearly perfect English. Here are a couple of her delightful drawings: