Last week I thought it'd be fun to cook something somewhat festive for dinner on the 4th of July since we're living overseas and missed out on all the BBQing and fireworks. On one website they had different recipe ideas for different regions of the country and the Midwestern recipes were German-inspired recipes. Perfect! Or so I thought. So on Friday I went to the open market that they have every Friday in Marktoberdorf and bought some fresh fish. The filets in the window looked really good, but when the man behind the counter got the "2 Stuck" (2 pieces) that I asked for he lifted up a whole fish and dropped it in a plastic bag. I had eaten a whole fish once before but I wasn't sure I'd be able to stomach preparing it. I could hardly stand to see it's eyes peering at me through the plastic bag! I know...some of you are thinking..."really, a fish...and you worked in the Emergency Room???" And it's true...I've seen things that I won't list here because I'm sure you don't want to hear about them and yet I am totally grossed out by anything slimy or scaly!! Thankfully Luke came through for me and helped with all the preparations that required touching the fish...so pretty much all of it! They were delicious though and I guess somewhat festive...although I've never eaten a fish with eyes looking at me in the good ol US of A (and whole fish is actually what the recipe called for)! Here are a few pictures that I took to document the process!