Small Vinter’s Breakfast (Kleines Winzerfrühstück)

This is a recipe I found on the German Mosel.de website. I am not sure what makes it different from a “Bauernfrühstück” (Farmer’s Breakfast), but it’s really tasty all the same. The streaky bacon (“Speck”) referred can be bought ready cubed or in a single piece. It is usually very fatty, very smoky but also very tasty. It may be more familiar to some by the French word “Lardons”.

Ingredients (German names of the ingredients are also shown):

  • 1 kg potatoes (“Kartoffeln”)
  • 125 g streaky bacon (“Speck”)
  • 2 peeled onions (“Zwiebeln”)
  • 3 fresh eggs (“Eier”)
  • 3 tablespoons milk (“Milch”)
  • Salt (“Salz”)
  • Freshly ground pepper (“Pfeffer”)
  • 1 bunch chives (“Schnittlauch”)
  • 1 Tomato (“Tomate”)

Preparation:

Peel and cook the potatoes, leave to cool and then cut into cubes. Dice the bacon and the onions and sauté in a pan until translucent. Add the potato and fry until golden. Whisk the egg with the milk and season to taste with the salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes, bacon and onion mixture. Cook over a low heat, occasionally loosening the edges with a knife or spatula so that the egg evenly disperses. Once the eggs are set to your liking, service garnished with chives and tomato slices.

TV Dinners Aldi Style

I recently discovered that the budget supermarket chain Aldi does a range of chilled as opposed to frozen ready meals (“Fertiggerichte”). You just bung them in the microwave for a few minutes and hey presto, dinner is served.

I know this is not a new idea – we Brits were the pioneers of TV dinners. What sets these apart is that each day a number of different options are offered. The portions are enough even for a larger size bloke like me, and they are quick, convenient, filling and above all, typically German. Oh, and the price is really good too.

The selection of meals offered changes on a very regular basis. The picture shows gammon (“Kasseler”) and sausages which were very tasty indeed, although I did add the mustard myself! Other typical dishes include kale stew (“Grünkohl”), roast pork or turkey as well as the more regular dishes such as pasta and Bratwurst.

German Food versus British Food

DinnerFor those foodies out there, the Local (an online newspaper) ran an article pitching several well known British dishes against their German counterparts. It was a close match, but the Brit nosh won the game 7 to 6.

Personally speaking, I think Shepherds Pie beats Sauerbraten hands down. Also the Käsespätzle versus Cheese on Toast was a bit of a home goal, especially if the latter has a dollop of Branston Pickle on it! And don’t even get me started on the numerous merits of the great British fry up!

You can see the full article by clicking here. How do you find German food compared to food from your home country?

Fried Mosel Eel

For those of you interested in Mosel regional cooking, here is a recipe which may not appeal to everyone but I personally quite like – fried eel. Eel is one of those foods that people (Cockneys excepted) unfairly dismiss without even trying, but I say if you ever get the chance, give it a whirl.

Ingredients (German names of ingredients are also shown):

  • 500 g Eel (“Aal”)
  • 1 Onion (“Zwiebel”)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fish seasoning (“Fischgewürz”)
  • 125 g Flour (“Mehl”)
  • 1 Egg (“Ei”)
  • 200 ml Wine (white is best. Water or beer could be used instead)
  • Oil for frying

Preparation:

Take the eel, cut into portions and season with a little salt. Poach the eel pieces in boiling water into which some fish spice and pepper have been added to taste. Whilst the eel is cooking, prepare a batter by whisking together the flour, egg, wine and two teaspoons of the oil. When the fish has cooked for 30 minutes, remove from the cooking liquid, drain thoroughly and dip in the batter. Finally, fry the battered eel pieces in oil until golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper and serve.

(Recipe adapted from the recipe section of the Mosel.de website)

Dining with dogs (Reblogged from Spoonfuls of Germany)

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, […]

http://spoonfulsofgermany.com/2015/08/20/dining-with-dogs/

Please note this is a reblog from Spoonfuls of Germany, which is a great site and I do recommend you check it out.

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