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

Sourbraten, Sauerbraten, Tangy beef roast

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. Plan for it way in advance, the marinating takes several days Another option if you too busy. No marinating required, … 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.  Eat with my white Tzatziki Sauce Eating Cevapcici at the beautiful Plitvicer Lakes Continue reading Cevapcici, a Balkan Sausage

German meat patties, Fleischkräpfle , Frikadellen, Buletten Sticky post

Frikadelle or German Meat Patties

In Bavaria they called Fleischpflanzerl, in Franconia Fleischküchle, Fleischkräpfle or Frikadelle, and in the North, Buletten or Bratklops.  These are German meat patties just like my mother made them. I remember it contained spices like salt, pepper, paprika, nutmeg and lemon zest/juice. Other ingredients are eggs, soaked rolls, onions parsley and sour cream.   Continue reading Frikadelle 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

German Beef roast, Rindsbraten

Rindsbraten or German Beef Roast

This is my mother’s recipe. She went to culinary school, and was an excellent cook. She taught me early on, and it must ingrained in me. Back when mother was alive, she must have spend half of her life in the kitchen. Cooking, baking, food decoration was her passion. In our parents house we used to joke to my dad. There is a German saying … Continue reading Rindsbraten or German Beef Roast