Recently I met up with my friend James in Bernkastel Kues. We were scratching our heads for places to eat when I remembered a place I drive past whenever I visit the town. Continue reading “Kloster Machern near Bernkastel Kues”
I have to admit, like this guy I too find some German food a bit strange. However, what strikes me the most that unlike so many other cuisines, it remains true to its roots.
Back home in Britain, our national and regional dishes seem to have been unceremoniously raped and pillaged by celebrity chefs. You know, the ones telling us to cook a traditional Sunday roast in “EVOO” (took me ages to realize what that was), and to replace the roast spuds with quinoa garnished with flat leaf parsley and truffle oil. The final straw for me was when that Heston geezer got Little Chef to start dribbling balsamic vinegar around the edges of their full English.
In contrast, German food – as weird as some of it may seem to us ‘auslanders’ – does remain pretty unadulterated. It is pretty much as Großmutti would have cooked it years ago. And not a drop of chilli oil truffle oil or pink Himalayan salt in sight!
(The following content is reblogged from “Oh God My Wife is German:)
When you think of German food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Lots of meat? Sausage? Bread? Sauerkraut? (Endless fields of pig bodies to satisfy Germany’s disturbing and straight up demonic appetite for all things swine?) Before moving to Germany, I thought of these things too, because I had no idea just how weird and diverse German food really is — or that I would someday learn to love the nightmarish display of grotesqueries at the grocery store.
What follows is a list of the 10 weirdest foods I have learned to love as an American expat living in Germany:
Also known as Blood Tongue, this little childhood trauma is made from pig’s blood, tongue, fat and sometimes oatmeal or breadcrumbs. (They probably throw a live piglet in there too, just to keep things cute.) The first time I tried Zungenwurst, I hacked it back…
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It was not the response I expected: Years ago when I still lived in Germany, I took a Canadian friend who was visiting me in Frankfurt to a restaurant highly regarded for its German cuisine. I was glad I had made a reservation, it was Sunday evening and the restaurant was packed. My Canadian friend, […]
Please note this is a reblog from Spoonfuls of Germany, which is a great site and I do recommend you check it out.
It is now harvest time in the Mosel and traditionally this is when the Germans enjoy the Riesling equivalent of Beaujolais – Federweisser. This is the youngest wine, being served as soon as the alcohol content reaches four percent. Continue reading “Zwiebelkuchen and Federweisser”
Ice cream as we all know comes in a dazzling array of flavours ranging from the traditional through the exotic to the downright weird. However, on a trip to Cochem I tried ice cream – Riesling ice cream in fact. Continue reading “Riesling Ice Cream”
Today I want to talk about tipping in restaurants and cafes. This is a matter which varies so much between countries, and can even cause offence if done wrong. Continue reading “Tipping Etiquette in Germany”
On Saturday 20th July from 11am, the 2018 Zell Long Table (”Zeller Lange Tafel”) kicks off.
As the name suggests, a 400 metre long table runs the entire length of Balduinstraße (which is the main shopping street of the town) at which local cafes, bars, restaurants and even shops serve up various food specialities and of course copious amounts of local wine. Continue reading “Zeller Lange Tafel (Zell Long Table)”
The impressive Reichsburg medieval fortress in Cochem has several activities over the year, one of the most popular being the Knight’s Meal.
As the name suggests, you are served medieval style food by people in costume from the period, and the entertainment also harks from that era. Of course, meat features on the menu, but vegetarians are not forgotten as a meatless version of the meal is available. Continue reading “Knight’s Meal at Reichsburg, Cochem”
A nice explanation by a fellow WordPress blogger backpackerlee of three of the most popular German sausage variations. A great start for novices!