Zwiebelrostbraten, onion roast beef Sticky post

Zwiebelrostbraten or Onion Roast Beef, a popular German feast

Zwiebelrostbraten is sliced medium rare Roast Beef, served with fried onions on top, to which the name refers. It is a traditional dish of Swabian and Austrian cuisine and a classic dish in Vienna restaurants. In the Swabian region, the Onion roast beef is often served with Spätzle and is considered a Sunday meal. Regionally, it is also sold under the names “Wiener Zwiebelrostbraten”, “Allgäuer … Continue reading Zwiebelrostbraten or Onion Roast Beef, a popular German feast

German Goulash (Gulasch) Sticky post

German Gulasch (Goulash)

When growing up, my mother used to make Goulash on a regular basis – it’s one of those dishes that I fondly remember. She always made this dish in a pressure cooker. I was extremely suspicious of this pot, somehow I always expected the thing to suddenly explode. When I moved out and was now responsible for the goulash myself, I used a normal pot and let the dish simmer for several hours. Goulash is now our family tradition for large gatherings and holidays. I prepare two large pots for my daughter and family, and also for the visiting neighbors and friends. Continue reading German Gulasch (Goulash)

Tafelspitz, Krenfleisch

Tafelspitz, a simple feast for the frugal Emperor

In Franconia we call Tafelspitz “Fränkisches Hochzeitsessen”, or Franconian Wedding Dinner and was a stable meal on our dinner table. Tafelspitz boiled beef has also a rich history in Austria From a simple meal to the sumptuous feast, originally, the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I. had boiled beef served because the dish wasn’t too expensive. Only his chef refined this meal and developed the boiled … Continue reading Tafelspitz, a simple feast for the frugal Emperor

Sauerbraten, potato dumplings and red cabbage

Tangy Sauerbraten makes your taste buds happy

A Sunday meal I remember growing up. That sweet and sour, tangy taste and smell you won’t forget. Some have to develop taste buds for it. Sauerbraten can be a big hit a the dinner table, you can’t go wrong cooking for a big crowd. The Sunday classic Sauerbraten is perhaps one of the most famous traditional German dishes.  It is top round beef roast that … Continue reading Tangy Sauerbraten makes your taste buds happy

Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage

Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage

I ate this dish in the former Yugoslavia in 1986 (now Croatia) on the way to the famous Plitvicer Lakes. I always ordered a Grill Plate, it was a safe bet because of the language barrier. One way or another I ended up with Cevapcici, a Balkan sausage on my plate.  I prepare this dish with Tzatziki on the side, see recipe Continue reading Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage

German meat patties, Fleischkräpfle , Frikadellen, Buletten Sticky post

Frikadellen or German Meat Patties

Everyone likes to eat German meat patties or Frikadellen! You can get them at most take-out, like a butcher. But I still believe my mother’s tasted the best! Pretty much everyone has a “family recipe” and this is exactly what I want to share with you today, because these German meat patties are an absolute dream! Continue reading Frikadellen or German Meat Patties

Stuffed Cabbage, Krautwickel, mashed potatoes Sticky post

Krautwickel or Stuffed Cabbage

The other weekend I took advantage of the “man-is-not-at-home hour” and made my mothers cabbage wraps – and really celebrated it! Winter vegetables arouse little enthusiasm in men. And that’s expressed nicely. So on that Saturday I treated myself to this classic. Leaf by leaf filled with spiced hamburger meat and tied into small packs. Yes, admittedly, at the end I still had a lot of cabbage wraps left over. But the good thing about it, they can be frozen. Perfect for lazy weekends when I feel like eating hearty home cooked meal. Continue reading Krautwickel or Stuffed Cabbage