The Top 10 Weirdest German Foods I Have Learned to Love

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:)

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:


1.) Zungenwurst
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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Recipes from the Mosel – Small Vinter’s Breakfast (Kleines Winzerfrühstück)

This is a recipe I found on the German 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”. Continue reading “Recipes from the Mosel – Small Vinter’s Breakfast (Kleines Winzerfrühstück)”

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.

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