Osterlamm Kuchen. German Easter lamb cake

German Easter Lamb cake or Osterlamm

Jasmin’s old family recipe A juicy Easter lamb made from a cake batter has become a beloved tradition for many families in Germany. Instead of a large cake, you can bake little Easter lambs and Easter bunnies, which I personally like much better. This way everyone gets their own mini cake. You can flavor the Easter lamb batter in different ways, vanilla and/or rum or … Continue reading German Easter Lamb cake or Osterlamm

Storchentag in Haslach by Wikimedia

“Storchentag” in the Black Forest

Haslach, a town in the Black Forest with 7000 people celebrates end of February the “Storchentag” (Day of the Stork). Children walk through town with white bags that is led by the “Storchenvater” the father of the stork. They call “Heraus, Heraus!” (get out). Customarily, the towns people throw sweets, fruits and pretzels out of their windows. Continue reading “Storchentag” in the Black Forest

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An empty Bocksbeutel wine bottle from 1905 was found in NY City

An exciting day for the people of Würzburg. An empty Wine bottle of 1905 was recently found at a construction work site in NY City at a former Biergarten. The “Bocksbeutel” carries the Coat of Arms of the Bürgerspital in Würzburg Continue reading An empty Bocksbeutel wine bottle from 1905 was found in NY City

Osterbrunnen, decorated Easter fountain by P. Eckert

“Osterbrunnen”, the decorated Easter Fountains in Franconia

Decorating an “Osterbrunnen” is a German tradition of sprucing up public fountains with garlands and painted eggs for Easter. It began in the early 20th century in the Upper Franconia (Fränkische Schweiz) but also has spread to other regions. The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday until two weeks after Easter Continue reading “Osterbrunnen”, the decorated Easter Fountains in Franconia

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A Hofbräuhaus opened in 1908, but not in Munich

August L. Janssen, the future “Wirt” and proprietor of the Hofbräuhaus in New York City was born in Emden, Germany. At age 20 and after attending the University of Göttingen in the year of 1887, young Janssen, as so many other Germans at that time, took a ship to NY city in the hope to immigrate to America After Janssen arrived in the US he … Continue reading A Hofbräuhaus opened in 1908, but not in Munich

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”