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Year: 2020

Germany New Years lucky charms

New Years Lucky Charms

A Chimney sweep, a Pig, a Horseshoe or four leaf Glover. f you want to help your luck in the new year, you can try lucky charms. I’ll reveal how these little helpers achieved their symbolism. For example, the chimney sweep saved houses from a fire. They are also known as messengers of good fortune.

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Salzburger Nockerln

Salzburger Nockerl, a sweet, light and fluffy Dumpling

At one of my visits to Salzburg a couple years ago I was longing for an Austrian sweet dish. We stopped at Cafe Mozart in the Getreidegasse to experience this local dessert. Salzburger Nockerl are light and fluffy, they are delicate vanilla-flavored dumplings, which reminds me of a soufflé. Like so many wonderful Austrian desserts […]

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Hot Egg liquor Punsch, Eierpunsch

Eierpunsch or Eggnog Liquor Punsch

Made with Eggnog Liquor and White Wine. It is something you would not expect to taste this good. It can easily become your favorite drink at the Christmas Market. Heat plain Eggnog, add some Rum, Whisky or Brandy, then some orange juice and white wine or champagne. Fill in 6 cups or glasses and decorate […]

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Gluehwein, Glühwein (hot mulled Red Wine)

Tasty Glühwein (hot mulled Red Wine)

Glühwein, or hot mulled wine you can make yourself, better than at any Christmas market! The alcoholic hot drink is part of the Christmas market, like the gifts under the Christmas tree. But let’s be honest, most of the time we get cheap booze for dear money at the Christmas market, and we only drink […]

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Cornish hens dinner table

Balsamic glazed Cornish Hens for a small gathering

As the holidays are approaching, there will be a question: What should I cook for only a small group of 2 to 4 people with little effort. While still young and small, only weighing less than 2 pounds, it is known that one Cornish hen is suitable for a single serving.

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Schaschlik, Kebab in grill

Schaschlik Kebab with a Curry Tomato sauce

This Schisch Kebab or Schaschlik recipe brings back memories of Christmas or New Years eve of my childhood. An easy dish we had prepared on skewers sometimes a day before, and then cooked on low in a curry-tomato sauce in the oven. We ate this meal often at small gatherings. I especially remember this Kebab […]

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Life size baby Jesus. Munich Christmas miracle, Baby Jesus, Christkindl

The Munich Christmas miracle

The people of Munich have their very own Christkindl or Christ child. Every year it is displayed for worship from the first day of Christmas until the Three Kings Day (Epiphany) early January in the Bürgersaal Church. The daily mass at 5 pm has a long tradition and is a highlight of the Christmas season. […]

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German Chocolate Christmas calendar

A sweet surprise, first day of Advent until Christmas

Christmas time for us children growing up in Germany was an exciting time. From the 1st December to the 24th, we were allowed to eat Chocolates in the morning, which normally would be a tabu during the year. We woke up early every day in Advent to look forward to open a little door at the Christmas calendar hanging on the wall, and there we discovered a sweet little treasure, surprise inside

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Christmas of my childhood banner

“Weihnachten” from my Childhood

The Advent in Germany is the most magical and festive time. I remember the romantic historical Christkindlmarkets, the garland, lights and glittering Christmas trees, the Glühwein and Lebkuchen that makes a dreary season heart light up. As children we decorated a wreath with four candles, called “Adventskranz,” and lit a new candle every Sunday. Afterward we would walk down the street and view the decorated homes with wreaths, yards and trees with strings of lights, and pyramids with candles in the windows.

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Roman villa in Ahrweiler, Römervilla

An amazing archeological find turned out to be a Roman Villa

It was a rainy day in Germany, so a visit to a Museum came to mind. Only 45 minutes from where I was staying is Ahrweiler in the North of the Rhineland. There, in 1980, construction workers discovered the remains of an ancient building at the foot of the so called “Silberberg”. It turned out […]

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