The Spicy Story
First of all the spices are purchased in packets (i.e. taco mix) instead of bottles like we're familiar with in the states. I have not, as yet, figured out how to organize these packets into some semblance of order in my drawer. They all lay together in a row, but finding the one I want is time consuming.
Reading the labels, which are in the Czech language, is also a challenge. The pictures on the packages are a huge help. If the package has a picture of an onion on it, the obvious conclusion is that I have onion powder in my hand.
One of the missionary wives who was here in the early 1990s, shortly after CZ freedom, said that none of the labels had pictures - only Czech words. I can't imagine shopping without the pictures on the packages. I guess she carried a dictionary with her everywhere she went.
I'll have to take time to figure them all out someday soon and get my spices organized in an easy to figure out method. Most likely, alphabetical order. In the mean time, I'll have to paw through all the packets to find the one I'm looking for. I'm not complaining, just wanted you to get an idea of life in the kitchen over here.