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

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“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. Continue reading “Weihnachten” from my Childhood

Roman villa in Ahrweiler, Römervilla Sticky post

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 to be a sensational find. After ten years of excavation … Continue reading An amazing archeological find turned out to be a Roman Villa

Sweet Potato Brussels Sprouts

Fancy roasted Brussels Sprouts with sweet Potato

This is a recipe I have prepared a couple years ago, and it was so delicious I felt like I need to write about. Once prepared, it tastes so good, like it was made by a Chef at a fancy restaurant. It doesn’t only look appealing, it is fragrant and delicious. Sweet potatoes are not common in Europe, so I call this dish an American … Continue reading Fancy roasted Brussels Sprouts with sweet Potato

chicken stuffing

A Chicken Stuffing from my Childhood

This is my mother’s poultry stuffing recipe given down through generations. The chicken liver is optional, but for me it brings back memories to my Bavarian and Franconian roots.
I remember my childhood, I would get up early on Sunday morning and my mother would put some cooked “Fülle” Stuffing to the side for me to eat before the chicken is filled Continue reading A Chicken Stuffing from my Childhood