Ackerhaus betthaupt, painted folk art

Traditional painted furniture, the “Bauernmöbel”

Cover photo above: Work of a Peony Rose painter anno 1784, a painted headboard in the Ackerhus Museum. The fillings show the two seasons of Spring and Summer in the form of two women. When King Max II (1811–1864) wanted to connect to the peasants, he began actively promoting the art and customs of the people in the 19th century. With his doing he planned … Continue reading Traditional painted furniture, the “Bauernmöbel”

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. This decadent sweet dish/dessert was prepared by Anneliese Schwarzmann former chef and owner of the Hotel Stadt Mainz in Würzburg Salzburger Nockerl are light and fluffy, they are delicate vanilla-flavored dumplings, which reminds … Continue reading Salzburger Nockerl, a sweet, light and fluffy Dumpling

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 with spray whipping cream. Sip with a straw Also try … Continue reading Eierpunsch or Eggnog Liquor Punsch

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 it because we want to warm up. It is usually … Continue reading Tasty Glühwein (hot mulled Red Wine)

Schaschlik, Kebab Sticky post

Schaschlik Kebab with a Curry Tomato sauce

This Shisch Kebab or Schaschlik (Shashlik) recipe brings back memories of Family get-togethers in my childhood. It is also remembered as 80’s party food, just like the Hawaii toast. These Kebabs were an easy dish we had prepared on skewers, sometimes a day before, and then cooked on low in a curry-tomato sauce. We ate this meal often at small gatherings. I especially remember this … Continue reading Schaschlik Kebab with a Curry Tomato sauce

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. There you can see the Augustinian Christkindl, a precious, life-sized … Continue reading The Munich Christmas miracle

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 Continue reading A sweet surprise, first day of Advent until Christmas