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Weihnachtsgans, Baked Goose, Christmas goose
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
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A Christmas Goose

A juicy, crispy goose as I had growing up in Germany – who can resist that? Here is a wonderful recipe with a classic fruity-spicy filling. The following recipe has been proven, and thus you can prepare it as a feast for your loved ones Goose has a reputation for being too fatty for some, […]

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Obatzda, angemachter Camembert
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Germany
Recipes
Spreads

Obatzda, a Bavarian Brie Spread

“Obatzda”, also called “Angemachter Camembert” in my Franconian circles, is a typical Bavarian spread made from Brie. It is served with a fresh Pretzel or Bauernbrot The difference between Brie and Camembert: Brie has 60% of milk fat, Camembert only 45%. Either can be used. This spread includes Beer and Caraway seeds which is added […]

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Nuernberger Christmas Market
Allgemein
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Nürnberg has a new Christkind

The Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt is one of the most famous Christmas markets in the world – with a “real” Christkind, the original Gingerbread and the Christkindlesglühwein. The new Christkind Benigna has opened the Weihnachtsmarket on Friday (29.11.19) with the traditional prologue In the 2019 opening of the Nürnberg of the Christkindlmarket, the new Christkind Benigna Munsi […]

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Zwetschgenmännchen, making dolls out of plums
Allgemein
Germany
Northern Europe

"Zwetschgemännle" made out of dried Prunes

For decades the “Zwetschgenmännle” which are popular figures from dried Prunes, can be found at the colorful world of the Christkindlesmarkt. There are over 350 different figures – from “Nackerte” (Naked) to “Schlotfeger” (Chimney sweeper) to Lovers. The repertoire ranges. There are hundreds of Gnomes and bass Violin players, Guitarists and Pianists, Cooks and Waiters, Mushroom pickers, Pastors, and even Devils etc.

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Christmas of my childhood banner
Allgemein
Germany
Northern Europe

“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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Passau boat ride, Schifffahrt Stephansdom, Cathedral, Passau
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Passau, the city where three Rivers meet

After settling in at my Airbnb in Passau, a city in Lower Bavaria, I took a walk at the beautiful waterfront promenade. There were colorful flowers and buildings as I strolled along. I noticed the architecture of Passau’s old city buildings, and as I was reading later, there is a reason why it has an Italian flair. After the catastrophic city fire of 1662, the Italian influence can be seen everywhere….

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Egg Liquor cake, Eierlikörkuchen
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Rum or Eggnog Liquor Cake will lighten up any gathering

Many people already know about Eierlikörkuchen from a German grandma – who, of course, has made the world’s best. Same recipe can be used as Rumkuchen (Rum cake). Incidentally, those cakes are often made with an oil and butter mixture. This creates a very special moisture. In the classic version, it is baked in a […]

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Hot Egg liquor Punsch, Eierpunsch
Desserts
Drinks, mixed
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

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. Eggnog Liquor (by Evan Williams) or the more expensive Verpoorten should be available in the US at least 6 weeks before Christmas at the Liquor store. […]

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Topfenknoedel, Austrian dish
Austria
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Austrian Topfenknödel

A typical Austrian or Bavarian dish I ate in Mittenwald, South Bavaria. These are called “Topfenknödel“. Topfen means Quark, and can be substituted with Greek Yoghurt. The dumplings could be be filled with Plum or Apricot pieces, and covered with puppy seed instead of bread crumps. While preparing the Topfenknoedel, you can make the Vanilla […]

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Mittenwald, Karwendel Mountains, Bavaria
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Mittenwald in the Karwendel mountains

When driving south from Landshut, I tried to avoid the Autobahn. After a couple of hours through South Bavaria, I arrived in Mittenwald. A lovely Bavarian town known for their Facade paintings on homes, and the Karwendel mountain peaks as a backdrop. South of where the Isar rises, Bavaria meets Tyrol. Thus, Mittenwald became a trade […]

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